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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. (2019). Leaf functional trait variation in a humid temperate forest, and relationships with juvenile tree light requirements. PeerJ, 7, e6855. doi:10.7717/peerj.6855

  • Lusk, C. (2019). Journal Annual Prize 2018. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 57(1), 1. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2019.1577744

  • Kpodonu, A. T. N. K., Hamilton, D. P., Lusk, C. H., Hartland, A., Laughlin, D. C., & Verburg, P. (2019). Long-term changes in the water quality of a deep temperate oligotrophic lake in response to catchment disturbance: evidence from sediment cores. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1-17. doi:10.1080/00288330.2019.1577279

  • Whyte, H. D., & Lusk, C. H. (2019). Woody debris in treefall gaps shelters palatable plant species from deer browsing, in an old-growth temperate forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 448, 198-207. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2019.06.010

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Contact Details

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