Dr Christopher Lusk
Senior Research Fellow
Qualifications: PhD in Botany, Auckland
Personal Website: http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/sites/clusk/
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.
- FitzPatrick, Dominic (2015). Tree species sorting along temperature gradients: How do frost-resistant traits influence competitive ability in the forest environment?
Piper, F. I., Altmann, S. H., & Lusk, C. H. (2018). Global patterns of insect herbivory in gap and understorey environments, and their implications for woody plant carbon storage. Oikos, 14 pages. doi:10.1111/oik.04686 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11769
Reichgelt, T., Lee, W. G., Lusk, C. H., & Kennedy, E. M. (2017). Changes in leaf physiognomy of New Zealand woody assemblages in response to Neogene environmental cooling. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5), 1160-1171. doi:10.1111/jbi.12980
Garrity, F. D. A., & Lusk, C. H. (2017). Independent contrasts reveal climatic relationships of divaricate plants in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 16 pages. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2017.1293695
Laughlin, D. C., Lusk, C. H., Bellingham, P. J., Burslem, D. F. R. P., Simpson, A. H., & Kramer-Walter, K. R. (2017). Intraspecific trait variation can weaken interspecific trait correlations when assessing the whole-plant economic spectrum. Ecology and Evolution, 14 pages. doi:10.1002/ece3.3447 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11374
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