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

  • Wallace, K. J., Clarkson, B. D., & Farnworth, B. (2022). Restoration trajectories and ecological thresholds during planted urban forest successional development. Forests, 13(2), 199. doi:10.3390/f13020199

  • Orlando, L. F., DePinto, A. J., & Wallace, K. J. (2022). Ecohealth villages: A framework for an ecosystem approach to health in human settlements. Sustainability, 14(12), 7053. doi:10.3390/su14127053

  • Farnworth, B., Wallace, K. J., Hall, M. M., & Clarkson, B. D. (2021). Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park 2021 Long-term monitoring: Report on ecological restoration progress (ERI Report 149). Hamilton, New Zealand: Environmental Research Institute.

  • 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

Find more research publications by Kiri Joy Wallace


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