Kirsty McGregor



Dr Kirsty McGregor manages Scion’s Research Investments Office, providing pre- and post-award research funding and grant writing support to scientists. The team provides a point of contact for external funders and Research Offices.

Kirsty joined Scion in 2019, having previously held administration and research support roles at the University of Oxford UK and the University of Waikato. Kirsty’s research background is in plant ecology and invasive species risk assessment.


  • PhD Ecology (Lincoln University, New Zealand)
  • MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (Imperial College, London, UK)
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology (University of Plymouth, UK)

Research capabilities

  • Ecology of non-radiata tree species and forests
  • Invasive species risk modelling

Career highlights

Academic and research:

  • Assistant Research Leader, Systems Ecology, Scion, 2020-present
  • Research Assistant, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, 2015-16
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Charles University, Prague Czechia, 2012-13
  • Scientist, IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants, GIS Unit, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2008

Professional and analytical:

  • Research Facilitator, Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford, 2018-19
  • Senior Analyst, HR Analytics, University of Oxford, 2013-2018

Selected papers

Jones, A.G., Cridge, A., Fraser, S., Holt, L., Klinger, S., McGregor, K.F., Paul, T., Payn, T., Scott, M.B., Yao, R.T. and Dickinson, Y. (2023) Transitional forestry in New Zealand: re-evaluating the design and management of forest systems through the lens of forest purpose. Biological Reviews 98: 1003-1015.

Brummitt, N. et al. (2015) Green plants in the red: a baseline global assessment for the Sampled Red List Index for Plants. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135152.

Pyšek, P., Manceur, A.M., Alba, C., McGregor, K.F., Pergl, J., Štajerovà, K., Danihelka, J., Kartesz, J., Klimešová, Lučanová, M., Moravcová, L., Nishino, M., Sádlo, J., Suda, J., Tichý, L., Kühn, I. (2015) Naturalization of central European plants in North America: species traits, habitats, propagule pressure, residence time. Ecology 96: 762-774.

Alba, C., Skálová, H., McGregor, K.F., D’Antonio, C., Pyšek, P. (2015) Native and exotic plant species respond differently to wildfire and prescribed fire as revealed by meta-analysis Journal of Vegetation Science 26: 102-113.

Deppe, L., McGregor, K.F., Tomasetto, F., Briskie, J.V., Scofield, R.P. (2014) Distribution and predictability of foraging activity in breeding Chatham Albatrosses Thalassarche eremita in relation to environmental characteristics. Marine Ecology Progress Series 498:287–301.

McGregor, K.F., Watt, M.S., Hulme, P.E., Duncan, R.P. (2012) What determines pine naturalisation: species traits, climate suitability or forestry use? Diversity and Distributions 18: 1013-1023.

McGregor, K.F., Watt, M.S., Hulme, P.E., Duncan, R.P. (2012) How robust is the Australian weed risk assessment protocol? A test using pine invasions in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Biological Invasions 14: 987–998.