Yvonne Davila

Yvonne desertPosition: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Phone: +61 2 9351 7683
Email: yvonne.davila@sydney.edu.au
Location: Room 310, A08 – Heydon-Laurence Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia

Research Interests

I am interested in plant reproductive ecology, and specifically plant-pollinator interactions of Australian biota.

My PhD research focused on how spatial and temporal variation in visitation rates and pollinator assemblage composition affect pollination, seed production and seedling performance. I studied Trachymene incisa and its native pollinators along the coast and northern tablelands of NSW. During this time the call of the desert was ever present …

Since completing my PhD, I have collaborated with Glenda Wardle and Tony Popic investigating the dynamic pollination networks of Australia’s arid zone. I have been to the Simpson Desert three times and have witnessed the cycle of drought, rain and fire (sometimes a little bit too close!). Each time a new network had been assembled, with a new set of interactions between native plants and their pollinators. I am interested in how this unpredictable variation in time and space are linked to network structure and function.

Publications (with DERG)

Popic, T. J., Y. C. Davila, and G. M. Wardle. 2013. Evaluation of Common Methods for Sampling Invertebrate Pollinator Assemblages: Net Sampling Out-Perform Pan Traps. PLoS One 8:e66665.

Popic, T. J., G. M. Wardle, and Y. C. Davila. 2012. Flower‐visitor networks only partially predict the function of pollen transport by bees. Austral Ecology 38:76-86.