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Dr Christopher Lusk

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD in Botany, Auckland

Personal Website: http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/sites/clusk/

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.

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?

Recent Publications

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lusk, C. (2017). Journal prize 2016. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 55(2), 79. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2017.1296005

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Contact Details

Email: clusk@waikato.ac.nz
Room: D.1.08A
Phone: +64 7 838 4205