Mr Benjamin Michael Cranston

BSc. Fort Lewis College

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

I earned my BSc. in Chemistry at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, USA before spending some time at Oregon State University (USA) conducting graduate research in Radioanalytical and Inorganic Materials Science. I then moved to Auckland with my wife to pursue pharmaceutical production to shortly thereafter transition into the ecological and biological domains of scientific inquiry. I am deeply passionate about the natural world and find it greatly rewarding to be among the ecophysiology community.

Research | Current

Climate projections indicate that northern New Zealand will experience more frequent drought events like the one in 2012 - 2013 which afflicted many plant species, yet the response mechanisms of native vegetation remains largely unknown. During my PhD tenure, I am conducting a precipitation-throughfall exclusion experiment on kauri (Agathis australis) trees at Huapai Scientific Reserve in West Auckland to determine how these 'kings of the forest' cope with water shortage. This experiment is the first of its kind in the country; I am primarily focused on monitoring physiological functions associated with water allocation (e.g. sapflow and leaf-level processes) as well as carbon-use indicators as they adequately describe tree-climate interactions during this long-term study.

Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 733 - Bldg 733
Level 3, Room 313
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand