Publications and Media


Media Articles:

The Upside Of Oily Hair – How Salon Waste Could Lower The Boom On Oil Spills – UTS Newsroom Feature, July 2017.

Waste Human Hair Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills – Business Standard, July 2017.

Could Human Hair Be Used To Clean Up Environmental Disasters? – Daily Mail, July 2017.

Here’s Why Scientists Say That Oily Hair Could Save the Environment – Yes, Really! – Popsugar, July 13 2017.

Waste Human Hair Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills In Oceans, Say Scientists – Economic Times: Energy World, July 17 2017.

Crude Awakening – March 2016 article on simulating crude oil spills, and teaching undergraduate students about effective environmental remediation at local and global scales – U: Magazine.

Crude Oil Experiments in Environmental Remediation – October 2015 media slideshow on university students enjoying a brand new practical designed by Megan for 91159 Environmental Remediation – UTS: Science Facebook Page.

Striking a Balance – November 2015 article on balanced teaching semesters at UTS, as well as designing 91107 The Biosphere and 91159 Environmental Remediation to maximise student learning experiences – U: Magazine.

Face to Facebook – August 2012 article on how managing online student support communities can enhance students’ university experience – U:Magazine.

Conference and Workshop Presentations:

Megan Phillips, Ashley Douglas and Thomas Pettit (2017) 91159 Environmental Remediation: For students, By students – UTS First Year Experience Forum, May 2017.

Megan Phillips (2015) Flipped Learning in 91107 The Biosphere – UTS Flipped Learning Action Group.

Megan Phillips and Yvonne Davila (2014 – 2015) The First Year Science Teaching Associates Orientation – UTS: Faculty of Science Workshop, University of Technology Sydney.

Megan Phillips and Brad Murray (2011) Correlated evolutionary divergences between seedling growth traits and exotic plant invasiveness: an experimental test using phylogenetically independent contrasts – Ecological Society of Australia’s Ecology in Changing Landscapes Conference.

Megan Phillips (2010) Harder, better, faster, stronger: Phylogenetically independent contrasts of seed traits between invasive and non-invasive exotic plant species – Ecological Society of Australia’s 50th Anniversary Conference. Awarded the Wiley-Blackwell Student prize for outstanding poster presentation.

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Murray BR, Martin LJ, Phillips ML, Pyšek P (2017) Taxonomic perils and pitfalls of dataset assembly in ecology: a case study of the naturalized Asteraceae in Australia. NeoBiota 34, 1–20.

Phillips ML (2016) Intentional Small-scale Disasters: Simulating Oil Spills to Develop Hands-on Remediation Experience, Simulation Australia, ASC 2016 Conference Proceedings,

Murray BR, Hardstaff LK, Phillips ML (2013) Differences in leaf flammability, leaf traits and flammability-trait relationships between native and exotic plant species of dry sclerophyll forest. PLOS ONE 8, e79205.

Stohlgren TJ, Pyšek P, Kartesz J, Nishino M, Pauchard A, Winter M, Pino J, Richardson DM, Wilson J, Murray BR, Phillips ML, Celesti-Grapow L, Graham J (2013) Globalization effects on common plant species. In Encyclopedia Of Biodiversity (Ed. Levin SA), pp. 700–706. Second Edition. Academic Press, Waltham.

Murray BR, Phillips ML (2012) Temporal introduction patterns of invasive alien plant species to Australia. NeoBiota 13, 1–14.

Phillips ML, Murray BR (2012) Invasiveness in exotic plant species is linked to high seed survival in the soil. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14, 83–94.

Simberloff D and 140 co-authors including Phillips ML (2011) Non-natives: 141 scientists object. Nature 475, 36.

Stohlgren TJ, Pyšek P, Kartesz J, Nishino M, Pauchard A, Winter M, Pino J, Richardson DM, Wilson JRU, Murray BR, Phillips ML, Ming-yang L, Celesti-Grapow L, Font X (2011) Widespread plant species: Natives versus aliens in our changing world. Biological Invasions 13, 1931–1944.

Murray BR, Phillips ML (2010) Investment in seed dispersal structures is linked to invasiveness in exotic plant species of south-eastern Australia. Biological Invasions 12, 2265–2275.

Phillips ML, Murray BR, Pyšek P, Pergl J, Jarošík V, Chytrý M, Kühn I (2010) Plant species of the Central European flora as aliens in Australia. Preslia 82, 465–482.

Phillips ML, Murray BR, Leishman MR, Ingram R (2010) The naturalization to invasion transition: Are there introduction-history correlates of invasiveness in exotic plants of Australia? Austral Ecology 35, 695–703.

Nevill JC, Hancock PJ, Murray BR, Ponder WF, Humphreys WF, Phillips ML, Groom PK (2010) Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and the dangers of groundwater overdraft: A review and an Australian perspective. Pacific Conservation Biology 16, 187–208.