Associate Professor Daniel C Laughlin

Associate Professor (Biological Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc Calvin College, MSc Penn State University, PhD Northern Arizona University

Research Interests

Understanding and predicting vegetation responses to environmental change is one the biggest challenges facing ecologists. My research integrates principles of ecophysiology and plant population and community dynamics to advance the theoretical foundations of ecology so that we can restore and manage wild landscapes in a rapidly changing world.

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Research Supervised

MSc (Research)

  • Purcell, Adam (2016). Functional trait variation along a hydrological gradient and trait-based predictions of the composition of a wetland plant community.
  • Simpson, Angela (2015. Interactions between soil fertility and climate drive variation in functional traits in New Zealand forests.
  • Kramer-Walter, Kris (2015). Root traits if New Zealand trees: Community-level responses to a soil fertility gradient, and plastic responses to nutrient availability.


  • Jager, Melissa (2014). Plant traits and their role in determining forest community structure along a soil fertility gradient.

BSc (Hons)

  • Lyon, Claudia (2016). Understanding the relationships between leaf and wood decomposition rates and functional traits among forty-nine co-occurring New Zealand tree species.

Teaching Commitments

Contact Details

Room: D.1.05
Phone: +64 7 858 5190