Dr Kiri Joy Wallace

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

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About Kiri

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.

Research Supervised

PhD, Bibishan Rai, University of Waikato

PhD, Fevziye Hasan, University of Waikato

MSc, Sarah Busbridge, University of Waikato

MSc, Monique Hall, University of Waikato

MSc, Kat De Silva, Victoria University

Teaching Commitments


Biology; Ecology; Environment


Recent Publications

  • 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

  • Wallace, K. J., Laughlin, D. C., & Clarkson, B. D. (2017). Exotic weeds and fluctuating microclimate can constrain native plant regeneration in urban forest restoration. Ecological Applications, 27(4), 1268-1279. doi:10.1002/eap.1520

  • Cutting, K. J., Clarkson, B. D., & Laughlin, D. C. (2015). Urban restoration ecology: Enrichment planting of Beilschmiedia tawa into the weed Tradescantia fluminensis. In New Zealand Ecological Society 2015 conference. Held at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

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