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Dr Christopher Lusk

Forest Ecology

Qualifications: PhD in Botany, Auckland

Personal Website: http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/sites/clusk/

Research Interests

Chris Lusk is a plant ecologist, working mainly on forest dynamics and plant physiological ecology. He is interested in trying to reconcile New Zealand's strange flora and vegetation with ecological theory, and in understanding the implications of introduced mammals and climate change for NZ vegetation. He is currently supervising research students working on growth vs. shade tolerance trade-offs in warm- and cool-temperate tree assemblages, and the physiological ecology of divaricate plants and their broadleaved congeners.

Recent Publications

  • Lusk, C. H., Clearwater, M. J., Laughlin, D. C., Harrison, S. P., Prentice, I. C., Nordenstahl, M., & Smith, B. (2018). Frost and leaf-size gradients in forests: global patterns and experimental evidence. New Phytologist, 219(2), 565-573. doi:10.1111/nph.15202

  • Sendall, K. M., Reich, P. B., & Lusk, C. H. (2018). Size-related shifts in carbon gain and growth responses to light differ among rainforest evergreens of contrasting shade tolerance. Oecologia, 15 pages. doi:10.1007/s00442-018-4125-3

  • Piper, F. I., Altmann, S. H., & Lusk, C. H. (2018). Global patterns of insect herbivory in gap and understorey environments, and their implications for woody plant carbon storage. Oikos, 14 pages. doi:10.1111/oik.04686 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11769

  • Lusk, C. (2018). Journal prize 2017. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 56(1), 1 page. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2018.1405711

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Contact Details

Email: clusk@waikato.ac.nz
Room: D.1.08A
Phone: +64 7 838 4205

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