|David Wardle works as the Smithsonian Professor of Forest Ecology at the NTU, and also holds adjunct positions with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and with the University of Canterbury and Landcare Research in New Zealand. He has authored two books on aboveground-belowground linkages (published by Princeton University Press in 2002 and Oxford University Press in 2010), and around 340 peer-reviewed journal articles of which over 25 have appeared in Science and Nature. He serves or has served on over ten editorial boards, including for Science, Ecology and Ecology Letters. He has also been recognized in every highly cited scientist list from 2006 onwards and is among the world’s 10 most cited scientists in ecology and environmental sciences. Further, he has supervised 23 postdoctoral researchers and 17 PhD students, most of which have actively published in major journals under his supervision (including in Nature and Science), most of which are still active in science and/or policy, and several of which hold positions as university faculty or as research scientists. Wardle has been the recipient of several scientific awards (most recently the 2018 Eminent Ecologist award from the Journal of Ecology) and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Wallenberg Scholar.|
- Kardol P, Fanin N, Wardle DA. (2018). Long term impacts of species loss on community properties across contrasting ecosystems. Nature, 557, 710-713.
- Fanin N, Gundale MJ, Farrell M, Ciobanu M, Baldock JA, Nilsson M-C, Kardol P, Wardle DA. (2018). Consistent effects of biodiversity loss on multifunctionality across contrasting ecosystems. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2, 269-278.
- Isbell F, Gonzalez A, Loreau M, Cowles J, Díaz S, Hector A, Mace GM, Wardle DA, O'Connor MI, Duffy JE, Turnbull LA, Thompson PL, Larigauderie A. (2017). Linking the influence and dependence of people on biodiversity across scales. Nature, 546, 65-72.
- Teste FP, Kardol P, Turner BL, Wardle DA, Zemunik G, Renton M, Laliberté E. (2017). Plant-soil biota feedback and the maintenance of diversity in Mediterranean-climate shrublands.. Science, 355, 173-176.
- Mayor JR, Sanders NJ, Classen AT, Bardgett RD, Clément JJ, Fajardo A, Lavorel S, Sundqvist MK, Bahn M, Chisholm C, Cieraad E, Gedalof Z, Grigulis K, Kudo G, Oberski D, Wardle DA. (2017). Elevation alters ecosystem properties across temperate treelines globally. Nature, 542, 91-97.