Dr Kiri Joy Wallace

Kiri Joy Wallace

Research Fellow

Qualifications: BSc (U. of Delaware), MSc (U. of Delaware), PhD (U. of Waikato)

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About Kiri Joy

I am passionate about restoration of native ecosystems, especially in urban areas. Going hand-in-hand with that, I like to restore people's connection with nature, helping them enjoy and benefit from it! Research involving society and the environment sparks my interest and allows me to shine, whatever a specific project may entail.

Thank you for any interest you may have in my research group but I am not currently taking any new students and am on leave until 1 November 2022.

Research Supervised


  • Rai, Bibishan (in progress). Restoring the structure, stability and functioning of soil food webs in urban forests in New Zealand.
  • Hasan, Fevziye (in progress). Investigating species traits, interactions, and ecosystem services of novel dung beetle communities in New Zealand grasslands

MSc (Research)

  • Mitchell, Grace (in progress).
  • Hall, Monique (2020). First Class Honours. Enrichment planting of late successional plant species within restored urban forests.
  • Busbridge, Sarah (2020). First Class Honours. Urban forest restoration ecology: Factors influencing native tree regeneration and practitioner decision-making processes.
  • de Silva, Kat (2019). Temporal Development and Regeneration Dynamics of Restored Urban Forests. (co-supervised at Victoria University of Wellington)

Research Interests

I have a specific interest in urban forest ecosystem restoration ecology and am a Researcher in the MBIE-funded research programme People, Cities & Nature. 

I am also a co-lead of the BioHeritage Eco-index for Aotearoa programme.

Recent Publications

  • Rout, M., Reid, J., Wallace, K. J., Hall, M. M., & Whitehead, J. (2021). Voicing stakeholder visions for biodiversity indicators: A framework using content analysis. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators, 12, 100156. doi:10.1016/j.indic.2021.100156

  • Forbes, A. S., Wallace, K. J., Buckley, H. L., Case, B. S., Clarkson, B. D., & Norton, D. A. (2020). Restoring mature-phase forest tree species through enrichment planting in New Zealand’s lowland landscapes. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 44(1). doi:10.20417/nzjecol.44.10

  • Hall, M. M., Wehi, P. M., Whaanga, H., Walker, E. T., Koia, J. H., & Wallace, K. J. (2020). Promoting social and environmental justice to support Indigenous partnerships in urban ecosystem restoration. Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/rec.13305

  • Breed, M. F., Cross, A. T., Wallace, K., Bradby, K., Flies, E., Goodwin, N., . . . Aronson, J. (2020). Ecosystem restoration: A public health intervention. EcoHealth, 3 pages. doi:10.1007/s10393-020-01480-1 Open Access version:

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Biology; Ecology; Environment; Environmental Impacts

Restoration Ecology, Urban Ecology, Forest Ecology

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: D.1.16
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 Ext 6585