Dr Susanna Rutledge

Research Fellow

Qualifications: MSc Wageningen, PhD Waikato

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Research Interests

My research focuses on carbon and water cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, and its response to land use, management, climate extremes and environmental change.

Currently I am working as a research fellow funded by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre ( I am part of a team working on identifying on-farm management practices that either decrease carbon losses or increase gains in intensively managed dairy soils. We are determining paddock-scale carbon balances to determine the impact of management practices like rotational grazing and pasture renewal with or without cultivation. I am currently leading work which will determine whether higher diversity pastures can increase soil C content.

Our group is developing capability in the measurement of ecosystem-scale gas exchanges of all greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O), and we are closely working together with researchers from Landcare Research on modelling C balances.

Research Supervised

S. McNally The relative contribution of roots and shoots of different pasture swards to stable soil organic matter. (PhD candidate 2011-present) Committee member.

E. Chibnall Contribution of dissolved organic carbon leaching to the annual carbon budget of a dairy farm (MSc 2013) Committee member


Biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases and water; Carbon cycle; Biogeochemistry; Soil carbon; Climate change; Agrometeorology, Micrometeorolgy; Eddy covariance; Soil science

Contact Details

Room: FG.3.04
Phone: +64 7 838 4055