Dr Tanya Mason
BSc. Hons. PhD
Research Fellow
Field of Research: 
Plant ecology, biodiversity, conservation, vegetation dynamics
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 8435
Level 5 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects

Research Interests

My previous research has focused on invader interactions with native plant biodiversity and I have developed land management protocols for invader control. My recent post-doctoral research focused on the resistance of constructed native communities to weed invasion. My current research addresses vegetation dynamics (specifically in response to climate change and fire) in upland swamps of NSW.

Current Projects

Temperate Highland Swamps on Sandstone Research Project:Vegetation, biogeography and conservation status of temperate highland swamps.

Long Term Ecological Research Network: Upland swamp and woodland restoration networks.



 BEES1301 Ecology, sustainability and environmental science (Guest Lecturer)



Mason, T.J., French, K. and Jolley, D. (in press) Arrival order among native plant functional groups does not affect invasibility of constructed dune communities. Oecologia. DOI:10.1007/s00442-013-2628-5

Mason, T.J., French, K. and Russell, K.G. (2012) Are competitive effects of native species on an invader mediated by water availability? Journal of Vegetation Science. 23: 657-666.

French, K., Mason, T. and Sullivan, N. (2011) Recruitment limitation of native species in invaded coastal dune communities. Plant Ecology 212 (4): 601-609.

Mason, T.J., French, K. and Lonsdale, W.M. (2009) Do graminoid and woody invaders have different effects on species richness within plant functional groups in native communities? Journal of Applied Ecology, 46: 426-433.

Mason, T.J. and French, K. (2008). Impacts of a woody invader vary in different vegetation communities. Diversity and Distributions. 14: 829-838.

French, K., Ens, E., Gosper, C.R., Lindsay, E., Mason, T. Owers, B. Sullivan, N. (2008). Management implications of recent research into the effect of bitou bush invasion. Plant Protection Quarterly 23 (1): 24-28.

Mason, T.J. and French, K. (2007). Management regimes for plant invaders differentially impact resident communities. Biological Conservation 136: 246-259.

Mason, T.J., French, K. and Russell, K.G. (2007). Moderate impacts of plant invasion and management regimes in coastal hind dune seed banks. Biological Conservation 134: 428-439.

Mason, T.J., Lonsdale, W.M. and French, K. (2005) Environmental weed control policy in Australia: current approaches, policy limitations and future directions. Pacific Conservation Biology 11 (4): 233-245