Dr Kiri Joy Wallace

Research Fellow

Qualifications: BSc (U. of Delaware), MSc (U. of Delaware), PhD (U. of Waikato)

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About Kiri Joy

I am passionate about forest and community ecology and learning how to restore native terrestrial ecosystems. Going hand-in-hand with that, I like to restore people's connection with nature, helping them enjoy and benefit from it! Ecological research sparks my interest and allows me to shine, whatever a specific project may entail.

Thank you for any interest you may have in my research group but I am not currently taking any new students.

Research Interests

I have a specific interest in urban forest restoration ecology and am a Plantings Research Aim Leader in the MBIE funded research programme People, Cities & Nature. 

I am also a co-lead of the BioHeritage Scorecard for Aotearoa programme.

Research Supervised

MSc, Grace Mitchell, University of Waikato (In Progress)

PhD, Bibishan Rai, University of Waikato (In Progress)

PhD, Fevziye Hasan, University of Waikato (In Progress)

MSc, Monique Hall, University of Waikato (In Progress)

MSc, Sarah Busbridge, University of Waikato (Completed 2020, First Class Honours)

MSc, Kat De Silva, Victoria University of Wellington (Completed 2019, First Class Honours)

Teaching Commitments


Biology; Ecology; Environment; Environmental Impacts

Restoration Ecology, Urban Ecology, Forest Ecology

Recent Publications

  • Forbes, A. S., Wallace, K. J., Buckley, H. L., Case, B. S., Clarkson, B. D., & Norton, D. A. (2020). Restoring mature-phase forest tree species through enrichment planting in New Zealand’s lowland landscapes. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 44(1). doi:10.20417/nzjecol.44.10

  • Breed, M. F., Cross, A. T., Wallace, K., Bradby, K., Flies, E., Goodwin, N., . . . Aronson, J. (2020). Ecosystem restoration: A public health intervention. EcoHealth, 3 pages. doi:10.1007/s10393-020-01480-1

  • Wallace, K. J., & Clarkson, B. D. (2019). Urban forest restoration ecology: a review from Hamilton, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. doi:10.1080/03036758.2019.1637352

  • Wallace, K. J., Laughlin, D. C., Clarkson, B. D., & Schipper, L. A. (2018). Forest canopy restoration has indirect effects on litter decomposition and no effect on denitrification. Ecosphere, 9(12). doi:10.1002/ecs2.2534 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Room: F.G.10a
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 Ext 6585