Dr Christopher Lusk

Christopher Lusk

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD in Botany, Auckland

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Research Supervised

MSc (Research)

  • FitzPatrick, Dominic (2015). Tree species sorting along temperature gradients: How do frost-resistant traits influence competitive ability in the forest environment?

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., Wiser, S. K., & Laughlin, D. C. (2020). Macroclimate and topography interact to influence the abundance of divaricate plants in New Zealand. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11, 13 pages. doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.00507

  • Fritz, R., & Lusk, C. H. (2020). Determinants of leaf area index and understorey light availability in New Zealand old-growth forests. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.13781

  • Lusk, C. H., Grierson, E. R. P., & Laughlin, D. C. (2019). Large leaves in warm, moist environments confer an advantage in seedling light interception efficiency. New Phytologist, 9 pages. doi:10.1111/nph.15849

  • 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

Room: D.1.08A
Phone: +64 7 838 4205