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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

  • Garrity, F. D. A., & Lusk, C. H. (2017). Independent contrasts reveal climatic relationships of divaricate plants in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 16 pages. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2017.1293695

  • Lusk, C. H., & Laughlin, D. C. (2017). Regeneration patterns, environmental filtering and tree species coexistence in a temperate forest. New Phytologist, 213(2), 657-668. doi:10.1111/nph.14168 Open Access version: hdl:https://hdl.handle.net/10289/110

  • Reichgelt, T., Lee, W. G., Lusk, C. H., & Kennedy, E. M. (2017). Changes in leaf physiognomy of New Zealand woody assemblages in response to Neogene environmental cooling. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5), 1160-1171. doi:10.1111/jbi.12980

  • Laughlin, D. C., Lusk, C. H., Bellingham, P. J., Burslem, D. F. R. P., Simpson, A. H., & Kramer-Walter, K. R. (2017). Intraspecific trait variation can weaken interspecific trait correlations when assessing the whole-plant economic spectrum. Ecology and Evolution, 14 pages. doi:10.1002/ece3.3447 Open Access version: hdl:https://hdl.handle.net/10289/113

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Contact Details

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

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