Michelle Leishman


  • 8296 Citations
  • 42 h-Index
1990 …2019
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My current research focuses on understanding the success of invasive plants, plant and vegetation responses to climate change, plant conservation and adaptation under climate change, and urban green space. I also lead the Green Cities Which Plant Where project at Macquarie University in collaboration with Western Sydney University and NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, and am Co-Director of MQ's Centre for Smart Green Cities. In addition I am a Board Member of Bush Heritage, Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, and Council member of the Australian Flora Foundation.

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Projects 2006 2019

Research Outputs 1990 2019

Austropuccinia psidii on the move: survey based insights to its geographical distribution, host species, impacts and management in Australia

Fernandez Winzer, L., Berthon, K. A., Carnegie, A. J., Pegg, G. S. & Leishman, M. R., Apr 2019, In : Biological Invasions. 21, 4, p. 1215–1225 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

geographical distribution
New South Wales
Myrtus communis
rust diseases

Endangered species face an extra threat: susceptibility to the invasive pathogen Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust) in Australia

Berthon, K. A., Fernandez Winzer, L., Sandhu, K., Cuddy, W., Manea, A., Carnegie, A. J. & Leishman, M. R., Jul 2019, In : Australasian Plant Pathology. 48, 4, p. 385-393 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Myrtus communis
endangered species

Evidence for a shift in defence driving the invasion success of Acacia longifolia in Australia

Manea, A., Tabassum, S., Carthey, A. J. R., Cameron, D. N. S. & Leishman, M. R., Jun 2019, In : Biological Invasions. 21, 6, p. 2211-2220 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Acacia longifolia
colonizing ability
enemy release hypothesis
Acacia cyclops
Salvinia molesta
Azolla filiculoides
food enrichment
nutrient enrichment

Growth, reproduction and functional trait responses of three freshwater plant species to elevated carbon dioxide

Gufu, G. D., Manea, A. & Leishman, M. R., Mar 2019, In : Aquatic Botany. 154, p. 18-23 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

carbon dioxide
Vallisneria spiralis
Azolla filiculoides
Salvinia molesta


2017 BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National (non-economic) Benefit

Lesley Hughes (Recipient), Michelle Leishman (Recipient), Rachael Gallagher (Recipient), Nola Hancock (Recipient), Linda Beaumont (Recipient), Leigh Staas (Recipient), Victoria Graham (Recipient), Timothy Ralph (Recipient), Hsing-Chung Chang (Recipient), Kerrie Tomkins (Recipient), Emilie-Jane Ens (Recipient) & Melanie Bishop (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Honorary award

Faculty of Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Research

Michelle Leishman (Recipient), Lesley Hughes (Recipient), Victoria Graham (Recipient), Linda Beaumont (Recipient), Melanie Bishop (Recipient), Rachael Gallagher (Recipient), Nola Hancock (Recipient), Kerrie Tomkins (Recipient), Hsing-Chung Chang (Recipient), Emilie-Jane Ens (Recipient), Leigh Staas (Recipient) & Timothy Ralph (Recipient), 24 Nov 2017


honors and awards

Macquarie University Academic Staff Award for Excellence in Research, Highly Commended

Lesley Hughes (Recipient), Michelle Leishman (Recipient), Linda Beaumont (Recipient), Melanie Bishop (Recipient), Rachael Gallagher (Recipient), Nola Hancock (Recipient), Kerrie Tomkins (Recipient), Hsing-Chung Chang (Recipient), Emilie-Jane Ens (Recipient), Timothy Ralph (Recipient) & Victoria Graham (Recipient), 1 Nov 2017