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Associate Professor David Campbell

Associate Professor (Earth Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons), PhD Otago

Personal Website: http://waiber.com

Research Interests

My research contributes to the understanding of how ecosystems function, especially the way they exchange water, energy, carbon, and greenhouse gases with their atmospheric environment. I have predominantly worked within two groups of ecosystems: N.Z.’s globally distinctive peat wetlands; and our intensively managed agricultural systems. In the 1990’s I was an early adopter of micrometeorological methods for investigating the water and energy balances, then CO2 and CH4 exchanges, of wetlands. With colleagues, I then applied these methodologies to investigate whole-farm carbon balances as a way of understanding the impact of the intensive management of grazed farming systems on soil carbon stocks. We now use these approaches to study ecosystem-scale greenhouse gas exchanges while still focussing on the sensitivity of ecosystems (whether natural or managed) to disturbance regimes, climate extremes (e.g. drought), and environmental change.

Research Supervised

PhD

  • Ratcliffe, Joshua (in progress). Carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling in damaged and pristine peatlands.
  • Goodrich, Jordan (2015). Magnitude and controls on the net carbon balance of a New Zealand bog.
  • Kalaugher, Electra (2015). Adaptation of New Zealand dairy farms to climate change: An integrated, farm-level analysis.
  • Rutledge-Jonker, Susanna (2010). Carbon dioxide losses from terrestrial organic matter resulting from photodegradation and microbial respiration.

MSc

  • Keyte Beattie, Alexandra (2014). The role of Empodisma robustum litter in CO2 exchange at Kopuatai bog.
  • Sturgeon, Catherine (2013). Assessing dissolved organic carbon export from Kopuatai bog, New Zealand.
  • Blyth, James (2011). Ecohydrological characterisation of Whangamarino wetland.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Kirschbaum, M. U. F., Schipper, L. A., Mudge, P. L., Rutledge, S., Puche, N. J. B., & Campbell, D. I. (2017). The trade-offs between milk production and soil organic carbon storage in dairy systems under different management and environmental factors. Science of the Total Environment, 577, 61-72. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.055

  • Wall, A., Rutledge, S., Mudge, P., Campbell, D., Schipper, L. A., Pronger, J., & Joshi, C. (2016). Do soils gain carbon following conversion of ryegrass/clover to a moderately diverse pasture?. In New Zealand Society of Soil Science & Soil Science Australia: Soil, a Balancing Act Downunder. Conference held in Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand.

  • Beringer, J., Hutley, L. B., McHugh, I., Arndt, S. K., Campbell, D., Cleugh, H. A., . . . Wardlaw, T. (2016). An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network - OzFlux. Biogeosciences, 13, 5895-5916. doi:10.5194/bg-13-5895-2016 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10935

  • Pronger, J., Campbell, D., Clearwater, M., Rutledge, S., Wall, A., & Schipper, L. A. (2016). Carbon isotope discrimination as an indicator of pastoral water use efficiency. In New Zealand Society of Soil Science & Soil Science Australia: Soil, a Balancing Act Downunder. Conference held in Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Email: davec@waikato.ac.nz
Room: FG.3.02
Phone: +64 7 858 5189