Science writing for the public

Whitehead M (2021) How many native bees fit into six car parking spaces? The Urban Field Naturalist Project

Whitehead M and Evershed N (2020) Interactive: See how your favourite dogs are related to one another. The Guardian 25 Oct 2020

Whitehead MR. (2019) Wild yeasts are everywhere. Some of them will even make beer for you. Froth (October edition)

Whitehead MR. (2019) The sexy gum: a love story. The Conversation (12th April 2019)

Whitehead MR. (2016) Australia’s sexual swindlers: Seduction, deception, and pollination. Wildlife Australia 53 (3), 14

Peer reviewed published papers

Jaya FR, Tanner JC, Whitehead MR, Doughty P, Keogh JS, Moritz, CC and Catullo RA (2022) Population genomics and sexual signals support reproductive character displacement in Uperoleia (Anura: Myobatrachidae) in a contact zone. Molecular Ecology

Reiter N, Phillips RD, Swarts ND, Wright M, Holmes G, Sussmilch FC, Davis BJ, Whitehead MR, Linde CC. (2020) Specific mycorrhizal associations involving the same fungal taxa in common and threatened Caladenia (Orchidaceae): implications for conservation. Annals of Botany, 126(5):943-55.

Oktalira FT, Whitehead MR, Linde CC (2019) Mycorrhizal specificity in widespread and narrow-range distributed Caladenia orchid species. Fungal Ecology, 42.

Whitehead MR, Sherwin WB, Crayn D, Rossetto M. (2019) A predominantly southern distribution conceals a northern reservoir of diversity in a wet sclerophyll tree. Australian Journal of Botany, 67(7) p455.

m_coverWhitehead MR, Gaskett A, Johnson SD. (2018) Floral community predicts pollinators’ color preference: implications for Batesian floral mimicry. Behavioral Ecology, ary138.

Whitehead MR, Lanfear R, Mitchell RJ, Karron JD. (2018) Plant mating systems often vary widely among populations. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6:38.

Whitehead MR, Catullo RA, Ruibal M, Dixon KW, Peakall R, Linde CC. (2017) Evaluating multi-locus Bayesian species delimitation for discovery of cryptic mycorrhizal diversity. Fungal Ecology, 26: 74-84.

Whitehead MR, Linde CL, Peakall R. (2015) Pollination by sexual deception promotes outcrossing and mate diversity in self-compatible clonal orchids. Journal of Evolutionary Biology,  28: 1526-1541

Smouse P, Whitehead MR, Peakall R. (2015) An informational diversity framework, illustrated with sexually deceptive orchids in early stages of speciation. Molecular Ecology Resources

Rollins LA, Whitehead MR, Woolnough AP, Sinclair R, Sherwin WB (2015) No evidence of selection in the dopamine receptor D4 gene in invasive starling populations. Current Zoology, 61(3): 505 – 519.


Whitehead MR, Peakall, R. (2014) Strong prepollination reproductive isolation in sympatric sexually deceptive orchids is driven by floral scent. Evolution, doi:10.1111/evo.12382

Lehtonen J, Whitehead MR. (2014) Sexual deception: Coevolution or inescapable exploitation? Current Zoology, 60: 52 – 61.

Peakall R, Whitehead MR (2014) Floral odour chemistry defines species boundaries and underpins strong reproductive isolation in sexually deceptive orchids. Annals of Botany, 113: 341-355

Holleley CE, Nichols RA, Whitehead MR, Adamack AT, Gunn MR, Sherwin WB (2014) Testing single-sample estimators of effective population size in genetically structured populations. Conservation Genetics 15, 23-35

Whitehead MR, Peakall R (2013) Short term but not long term patch avoidance in an orchid-pollinating solitary wasp. Behavioral Ecology, 24: 162-168 doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars149

Whitehead MR, Phillips RD, Peakall R (2012) Pollination: The Price of Attraction. Current Biology, R680-R682

Karron JD, Ivey CT, Mitchell RJ, Whitehead MR, Peakall R, Case A (2012) New perspectives on the evolution of plant mating systems. Annals of Botany 109: 493-503 doi: 10.1093/aob/mcr319

Whitehead MR, Peakall R (2012) Microdot technology for individual marking of small arthropods. Agricultural and Forestry Entomology 14, 171-175 doi: 10.1111/j.1461-9563.2011.00556.x

Holleley CE, Nichols RA, Whitehead MR, Gunn MR, Gupta J, Sherwin WB (2011) Induced dispersal in wildlife management: experimental evaluation of the risk of hybrid breakdown and the benefit of hybrid vigor in the F1 generation. Conservation Genetics 12:1, 31-40

Roche SA, Carter RA, Peakall R, Smith L, Whitehead MR, Linde CC (2010) A narrow group of monophyletic Tulasnella (Tulasnellaceae) symbiont lineages are associated with multiple species of Chiloglottis (Orchidaceae): Implications for orchid diversity. American Journal of Botany 97, 1313-1327

Whitehead MR, Peakall R (2009) Integrating floral scent, pollination ecology and population genetics. Functional Ecology 23, 863-874

Holleley CE, Hocking AD, Schubert TL, Whitehead MR. (2008) Control of Penicillium roqueforti (Thom) infection in cultures of Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen)(Diptera: Drosophilidae). Australian Journal of Entomology 47, 170-173

Edited volumes

“Researching functional ecology in Kosciuszko National Park”. (2017) Eds. Zurcher H, Ming-Dao C, Whitehead M, Nicotra A. ANU Press, Canberra, Australia. DOI: 10.22459/RFEKNP.11.2017