Dr Christopher Lusk

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD in Botany, Auckland

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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

  • Lusk, C. H., Jimenez- Castillo, M., Aragon, R., Easdale, T., Poorter, L., Hinojosa, L. F., & Mason, N. (2016). Testing for functional convergence of temperate rainforest tree assemblages in Chile and New Zealand. In VIII Southern Connection Congress 2016. Conference held at University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile.

  • Lusk, C. H., & Laughlin, D. (2016). Microenvironmental filtering, regeneration patterns, and tree species coexistence in a temperate forest. In The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) Joint Conference. Conference held at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Lusk, C. H., McGlone, M. S., & Overton, J. M. C. (2016). Climate predicts the proportion of divaricate plant species in New Zealand arborescent assemblages. Journal of Biogeography, 43(9), 1881-1892. doi:10.1111/jbi.12814

  • McGlone, M. S., Lusk, C. H., & Armesto, J. J. (2016). Biogeography and ecology of south-temperate forests INTRODUCTION. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 54(2), 94-99. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2016.1162819

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Contact Details

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