Steppe grassland dynamics and management; grassland response to climatic change; forest understorey invasion; native and exotic species dynamics; role of mycorrhizal fungi in plant invasion; long-term ecological studies; effects of deer on vegetation; consequences of rising deer populations; fairy rings.
Casper, B.B., R. Goldman, A. Lkhagva, B. Helliker, A. Plante, L.A. Spence, P. Liancourt, B. Boldgiv, and P.S. Petraitis (in press). Legumes mitigate ecological consequences of a topographic gradient in a northern Mongolian steppe. Oecologia
Liancourt, P., L.A. Spence, B. Boldgiv, A. Lkhagva, B.R. Helliker, B.B. Casper, P.S. Petraitis (in press). Vulnerability of the Northern Mongolian steppe to climate change: Insights from flower production and phenology. Ecology http://www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/11-1003.1
Spence, L.A., J.V. Ross, S.W. Wiser, R.B. Allen, and D.A. Coomes (2011) Disturbance affects short-term facilitation, but not long-term saturation, of exotic plant invasion in New Zealand forest. Proc RS B 278 1457-1466. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1738 Spence et al 2011_ProcRSB.pdf
Spence, L.A., I.A. Dickie, and D.A. Coomes (2010) Arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculum potential: a mechanism promoting positive diversity-invasibility relationships in mountain beech forests in New Zealand? Mycorrhiza 21 (4) 309-314. DOI: 10.1007/s00572-010-0340-4
Studying climate change through tree rings - video from University of Pennsylvania (2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5yfj8hOQE&feature=player_embedded
Fox, L.A. (2011) Scientist at Work blogs for New York Times:
Spence, L.A. (2009) Exotic plant invasion in New Zealand forest understorey over 34 years: the roles of natural disturbance events, species richness, and mycorrhizal fungi. PhD Thesis, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK
Spence, L.A. (2009) Wild Deer POSTnote 325, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn325.pdf
Spence, L.A. and T. Pearson (2004) Back to purple: conserving and restoring The Stiperstones. Natural England Internal Report.