Associate Professor David Campbell

Ecosystem carbon exchange and wetland ecohydrology

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) PhD Otago

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My research contributes to the understanding of how ecosystems function, especially the way they exchange water, energy, carbon, and greenhouse gases with their atmospheric environment. I have predominantly worked within two groups of ecosystems: N.Z.’s globally distinctive peat wetlands; and our intensively managed agricultural systems.

Current areas of research focus are the sustainability of the carbon sink function of NZ peat wetlands and identifying land-use practices that might mitigate the large CO2 losses from our peatlands that have been drained for agriculture.

Research Interests

  • Climate Research
  • Impacted Ecosystems
  • Terrestrial Systems
  • Wetland Systems

Recent Publications

  • Kaneko, T., Gould, N., Campbell, D., Snelgar, P., & Clearwater, M. J. (2022). The effect of soil type, fruit load and shaded area on ‘Hass’ avocado (Persea americana Mill.) water use and crop coefficients. Agricultural Water Management, 264. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2022.107519

  • Beringer, J., Moore, C. E., Cleverly, J., Campbell, D. I., Cleugh, H., De Kauwe, M. G., . . . Woodgate, W. (2022). Bridge to the future: Important lessons from 20 years of ecosystem observations made by the OzFlux network. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.16141

  • Campbell, D. I., Glover-Clark, G. L., Goodrich, J. P., Morcom, C. P., Schipper, L. A., & Wall, A. M. (2021). Large differences in CO2 emissions from two dairy farms on a drained peatland driven by contrasting respiration rates during seasonal dry conditions. Science of the Total Environment, 760. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143410

  • Knox, S. H., Bansal, S., McNicol, G., Schafer, K., Sturtevant, C., Ueyama, M., . . . Jackson, R. B. (2021). Identifying dominant environmental predictors of freshwater wetland methane fluxes across diurnal to seasonal time scales. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15661

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: FG.3.02
Phone: +64 7 858 5189