Publications

Refereed journal articles

In the pipeline

Bekessy SA, Garrard GE, Mata L, Hobbs RJ. (In review) The critical role of ‘every day nature’ for the future of cities.

Garrard GE, Williams NSG, Mata L, Thomas J, Bekessy SA. (In review) Biodiversity sensitive urban design.

Hardy MJ, Bekessy SA, Fitzsimons JA, Mata L, Cook C, Nankivell A, Smillie K, Gordon A. (In review) Protecting nature on private land using revolving funds: Which properties are suitable?

Hurley SV, Mata L, Baracco MG, Garrard GE, Bekessy SA. (In review) Beyond green architecture: the untapped potential of buildings to support biodiversity.

Accepted | Online

Threlfall CG, Mata L, Mackie J, Hahs AK, Stork NE, Williams NSG, Livesley SJ. (Online, 30 January 2017) Increasing biodiversity in urban green spaces through simple vegetation interventions. Journal of Applied Ecology.

2017

Mata L, Garrard GE, Kutt AS, Wintle BC, En Chee Y, Backstrom A, Bainbridge B, Urlus J, Brown GW, Tolsma AD, Yen AL, New TR, Bekessy SA. (2017) Eliciting and integrating expert knowledge to assess the viability of the critically endangered golden sun-moth Synemon plana. Austral Ecology 42: 297-308.

Mata L, Threlfall CG, Williams NSG, Hahs AK, Malipatil M, Stork NE, Livesley SJ. (2017) Conserving herbivorous and predatory insects in urban green spaces. Scientific Reports 7: 40970. doi: 10.1038/srep40970

2016

Torabi N, Mata L, Gordon A, Garrard GE, Wescott W, Dettmann P, Bekessy SA. (2016) The money or the trees: what drives landholders’ participation in biodiverse carbon plantings? Global Ecology and Conservation 7: 1-11.

2015

Steele W, Mata L, Fünfgeld H. (2015) Urban climate justice: Creating sustainable pathways for humans and other speciesCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 121-126.

Threlfall CG, Walker K, Williams NSG, Hahs AK, Mata L, Stork N, Livesley SJ. (2015) The conservation value of urban green space habitats for Australian native bee communities. Biological Conservation 187: 240-248.

2014

Mata L, Goula M, Hahs AK. (2014) Conserving insect assemblages in urban landscapes: accounting for species-specific responses and imperfect detectionJournal of Insect Conservation 18: 885-894. For non-formatted PDF please click here.

2013

Mata L, Grosso-Silva JM, Goula M. (2013) Pyrrhocoridae from the Iberian Peninsula. Heteropterus Revista de Entomología 13: 175-189.

Taxonomic and faunistic papers

Goula M, Mata L. (2015) Heteroptera. Revista Ibero Diversidad Entomologica Accesible 53: 1-30.

Mata L. (2012) A tree diagram key to the insect orders of Australia.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4793.9681

Goula M, Mata L. (2011) Orthotylus (Parapachylops) caprai Wagner, 1955, new record for the Iberian Peninsula (Heteroptera, Miridae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 166: 177-179.

Goula M, Mata L. (2011) Spilostethus furcula (Herrich-Schaeffer, 1850), primera cita en el NE ibérico, y otros heterópteros interesantes de la región (Heteroptera, Lygaeidae). Nouvelle Revue d’Entomologie 27: 71-75.

Goula M, Mata L. (2011) Aradus krueperi Reuter 1884 reencontrada en la Península Ibérica (Heteroptera, Aradidae), y algunos comentarios sobre Deraeocoris (Deraeocoris) flavilinea (A. Costa 1862) (Heteroptera, Miridae). Nouvelle Revue d’Entomologie 27: 91-92.

Mata L, Goula M. (2011) Clave de Familias de Heterópteros de la Península Ibérica. Centro de Recursos de Biodiversidad Animal. Universidad de Barcelona: Barcelona.

Scholarly book chapters

Goula M, Mata L. (2014) Predatory arthropods in agroecosystems of Almería. In: Tello JC & FC Ferre (Eds), pp 349-370, Organisms for the control of pathogens in protected crops: Cultural practices for sustainable agriculture. Fundación Cajamar: Almería.

Goula M, Mata L. (2010) Artrópodos depredadores en agroecosistemas de Almería. In: Tello JC & FC Ferre (Eds), Organismos para el control de patógenos en los cultivos protegidos: Prácticas culturales para una agricultura sostenible. Fundación Cajamar: Almería.

Refereed conference papers

Goula M, Mata L. (2011) La Entomofauna útil para el control biológico: La conservación de un servicio ecológico en áreas protegidas. In: Fra U, Crecente R (Eds). Actas del congreso internacional sobre las reservas de la biosfera como estrategia territorial de sostenibilidad, Lugo, June 3-4, 2011. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Servizo de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico.

Reports

Garrard GE, Faulkner R, Mata L, Torabi N, Peterson IR, Gordon A, Bekessy SA. (2016) An assessment of the national effort towards feral cat control. A report prepared for the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

Hahs AK, Chew YC, Cooper K, de Bie K, Garrard GE, Hamer A, Harrison L, Herman K, Honan P, Jones T, Lomdahl A, Lynch Y, Mata L, McCarthy M, Norman M, Ord L, Parris K, Regester K, Rogers A, Rumpff L, Szonyi J, Thomas J, Tingley R, Vesk P, Williams NSG, Zhang L. (2016) City of Melbourne Biodiversity Monitoring Program 2016 Workshop Report. Prepared for the City of Melbourne’s Urban Sustainability Branch.

Mata L, Ives CD, Morán-Ordóñez A, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Cranney K, Smith TR, Backstrom A, Bickel DJ, Hahs AK, Malipatil M, Moir ML, Plein M, Porch N, Semeraro L, Walker K, Vesk PA, Parris KM, Bekessy SA. (2016) The Little Things that Run the City – Insect ecology, biodiversity and conservation in the City of Melbourne. Report prepared for the City of Melbourne. For the high-resolution version click here.

Mata L, Garrard GE, Hahs AK, Bolitho J, Chambers L, Clemann N, Faulkner R, Foster J, Harris GJ, Kutt A, McMaster D, McMullan-Fisher S, Menkhorst P, Read C, Sinclair S, Sparks D, Stajsic V, Tsyrlin E, West M, Parris K, Bekessy SA. (2016) Target species for rewilding, monitoring and public engagement in the City of Melbourne. Report prepared for the City of Melbourne’s Urban Sustainability Branch.

Mata L, Ives CD, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Backstrom A, Cranney K, Smith TR, Stark L, Bickel DB, Cunningham S, Hahs AK, Hochuli D, Malipatil M, Moir M, Plein M, Porch N, Semeraro L, Standish R, Walker K, Vesk PA, Parris K, Bekessy SA. (2015) The Little Things that Run the City: How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and ecosystem health? Report prepared for the City of Melbourne. For the high-resolution version click here.

Government submissions

Bekessy SA, Hardy M, Backstrom A, Damiens F, Faulkner R, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Hartridge S, Kusmanoff A, Mata L, Mumaw L, Selinske M, Torabi N. (2016) Submission to the Melbourne Metro Rail Project Environmental Effects Statement, 3pp. 

Faulkner R, Corney H, Damiens F, Kusmanoff A, Gordon A, Hardy M, Backstrom A, Mata L, Mumaw L, Selinske M, Hartridge S, van Wijnen S, Smith T, Garrard GE, Peterson I, Torabi N, Bekessy SA. (2016) Comments on the Draft National Recovery Plan for Leadbeater’s Possum, 5 pp.

Kusmanoff A, Gordon A, Backstrom A, Damiens F, Faulkner R, Garrard GE, Hardy M, Hartridge S, Mata L, Mumaw L, Selinske M, Torabi N, Bekessy SA. (2016) Submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on the Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations, 9 pp. 

Kusmanoff A, Selinske M, Mata L, Bekessy SA, Gordon A, Garrard GE, Corney H, Backstrom A, Toorabi N, Hardy M, Damiens F. (2016) Submission on Victoria’s new biodiversity strategy: Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036, 6 pp.

Gordon A, Hardy M, Mata L, Garrard GE, Kusmanoff A, Bekessy SA. (2014) Submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Senate Environment and Communications References Committee Inquiry into Environmental Offsets, 5 pp. (Submission number: 34)

Other media

Cranney K, Bekessy SA, Mata L. (2017) The Little Things that Run the City – 30 amazing insect that live in Melbourne! City of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Damiens F, Mumaw L, Backstrom A, Bekessy SA, Coffey B, Faulkner R, Garrard GE, Hardy M, Kusmanoff A, Mata L, Rickards L, Selinske M, Torabi N, Gordon A. (In press) Why politics and context matter in conservation policy: A response to Kareiva and Fuller. Global Policy.

Kusmanoff A, Garrard GE, Mata L, Bekessy SA. (2016) Getting smarter about city lights is good for us and nature too. The Conversation, 16 December 2016.

Mata L. (2016) The Little Things that Run the City. Wild Melbourne, 9 November 2016.

Mata L. (2012) Hidden helpersAustralian Turfgrass Management Journal 14.5: 7-9.

PhD Thesis

Mata L. (2013) Heteroptera ecology, biodiversity and conservation. University of Barcelona, PhD thesis.

Congresses and Conferences

Mata L, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Cranney K, Smith T, Backstrom A, Hahs A, Vesk P, Parris K, Bekessy SA. (2017) The Little Things that Run the City – Insect ecology, biodiversity and conservation in the City of Melbourne. Victorian Biodiversity Conference. 7 – 8 February 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

Bonney S, Andersen A, Hoffman B, McGuiness K, Van de Wetering M, Gibb H, Lach L, Mata L. (2016) Ants as the little things that run the world.  Australian Entomological Society 47th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in conjunction with The Entomological Society of New Zealand. 27– 30 November 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Mata L, Ives CD, Morán-Ordóñez A, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Cranney K, Smith TR, Backstrom A, Andersen A, Bickel DJ, Hahs AK, Malipatil M, Moir ML, Plein M, Porch N, Semeraro L, Walker K, Vesk PA, Parris KM, Bekessy SA. (2016) The Little Things that Run the City – Insect ecology, biodiversity and conservation in the City of Melbourne. Australian Entomological Society 47th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in conjunction with The Entomological Society of New Zealand. 27– 30 November 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Mata L, Parris K, Valentine L, Garrard GE, Bekessy SA. (2016) Re-wilding the city: which species and why? North American Congress for Conservation Biology. 17 – 20 July 2016, Madison, USA.

Mata L, Parris K, Valentine L, Garrard GE, Bekessy SA. (2016) Re-wilding the city: which species and why? Society for Conservation Biology 4th Oceania Congress. 5 – 8 July 2016, Brisbane, Australia.

Bonney S, Andersen A, Hoffman B, McGuiness K, Van de Wetering M, Gibb H, Lach L, Mata L. (2015) Ants as the little things that run the world. Ecological Society of Australia 2015 National Conference. 29 November – 3 December 2015, Adelaide, Australia.

Livesley SJ, Threlfall CG, Hahs AK, Ossola A, Mata L, Williams NSG, Stork N. (2015) To maximise urban biodiversity we need large and complex green spaces within the urban landscapes. International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress, 5 – 10 July 2015, Portland, USA.

Mata L, Garrard GE, Fidler F, Ives CD, Maller C, Bekessy SA. (2015) The biodiversity benefits of pop-up parks. Ecological Society of Australia 2015 National Conference. 29 November – 3 December 2015, Adelaide, Australia.

Mata L, Hahs AK, Malipatil MB, Stork N, Threlfall CG, Williams NSG, Livesley SJ. (2014) Insect diversity in urban green spaces is determined by environmental gradients across multiple spatial scales. Ecological Society of Australia 2014 National Conference. 28 September – 3 October 2014, Alice Springs, Australia.

Threlfall CG, Ossola A, Wilson L, Mata L, Williams NSG, Hahs AK, Stork N, Livesley SJ. (2014) The Restoration of Melbourne’s urban golf courses to benefit biodiversity. International Horticultural Congress, 17 – 22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

Mata L, Threlfall CG, Williams NSG, Hahs AK, Stork N, Livesley SJ. (2013) The added benefits of unmanaged herbaceous vegetation in urban golf courses: a multi-species site occupancy modelling approach to insect conservation. 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years. 18 – 23 August 2013, London, United Kingdom.

Mata L, Goula M, Monleón T. (2011) Derivation by spatial statistics of a species richness predictive model in environmental space: a contribution to the understanding of landscape processes underlying global environmental change. XIII Conferencia Española y III Encuentro Iberoamericano de Biometría. 7 – 9 September 2011, Barcelona, Spain.

Goula M, Alomar O, Mata L. (2011) La conservacón de entomofauna útil para el control biológico: un servicio ecosistémico de los espacios protegidos. Las Reservas de la Biosfera como estrategia territorial de sostenibilidad. 4 June 2011, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Mata L, Goula M, Monleón T. (2010) Insect biodiversity patterns of social-ecological systems in the Mediterranean: a preliminary assessment. International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability in an Urbanizing World. 15 – 17 October 2010, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.

Goula M, Mata L. (2009) Heterópteros útiles y perjudiciales en zonas hortícolas de Almería (Insecta, Hemiptera). XXVI Jornadas de la Asociación Española de Entomología. 12 – 15 September 2009, Granada, Spain.

Symposia

Garrard GE, Mata L, Bekessy SA. (2016) Conservation tools for sharing cities with nature. Untaming the Urban Symposium: 8-9 December 2016, Canberra, Australia.

Garrard GE, Mata L, Bekessy SA. (2016) Nature for cities, Cities for nature. RMIT University Centre for Urban Research Research Symposium: 8 April 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Ramalho C, Valentine L, Mata L, Kennedy P, Hobbs R. (2016) Novel resources for threatened fauna in urban environments. Untaming the Urban Symposium: 8 – 9 December 2016, Canberra, Australia.

Seminars

Mata L, Ives CD, Morán-Ordóñez A, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Cranney K, Smith TR, Backstrom A, Bickel DJ, Hahs AK, Malipatil M, Moir ML, Plein M, Porch N, Semeraro L, Walker K, Vesk PA, Parris KM, Bekessy SA. (2016) The Little Things that Run the City – Insect ecology, biodiversity and conservation in the City of Melbourne. RMIT University Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation Research Forum: 19 October 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Mata L. (2016) The Little Things That Run the City: Conserving insect biodiversity in urban environments. Lincoln University EcoPathways Seminar Series: 23 March 2016, Lincoln, New Zealand.

Mata L. (2016) The Little Things That Run the City: Conserving insect biodiversity in urban environments. University of Canterbury School of Biological Science Departmental Seminar Series: 17 March 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mata L. (2015) Justice for non-human species. RMIT University Centre for Urban Research Urban Climate Change – Justice in the City Seminar Series: 26 March 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

Mata L, Ives CD. (2015) The little things that run the city – Insect biodiversity in Melbourne’s green spaces. Australasian Masters in Landscape Architecture ‘Urban Resilience : Design strategies for a warming city’ Summer Workshop: 28 January 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

Mata L. (2012) The biodiversity of heteropteran bugs in south eastern Melbourne golf courses. The University of Melbourne Burnley Campus Seminar Series: 4 May 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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