MSc (Dist), BSc (Hons)
Research | Current
Current areas of research include:
- Determining the biotic and abiotic characteristics of ecosystems that develop under pioneering stands of Cyathea medullaris and the likely successional trajectory of such stands.
- Determining the effect of differing abundances of Cyathea dealbata understory on abiotic conditions on the forest floor and on seedling regeneration, and thereby establish the filtering role of tree ferns within a mature forest structure.
- Identify the mechanisms by which a range of tree fern species exert their influence on the regeneration of forest canopy species through analysis of possible allelochemicals in their litter, and the effects of shading.
- Development of an individual-based model of forest dynamics that represents the presence and abundance of tree ferns to support the analysis of the long-term effect on forest community from varying densities of tree ferns.
Dr Bruce Burns, Senior Lecturer in BBC, SBS, University of Auckland
Ass. Prof George Perry, SoE, University of Auckland
Dr Bill Lee, Landcare Research Lincoln
BSc (Hons) 2.1 Plant Biology; University of Wales, Bangor (2000)
MSc (Dist) Environmental Management; Coventry University (2005)
Areas of expertise
New Zealand tree fern ecology
British plant community ecology
Planning, development and the environment
Full Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Brock, J. M. R., Perry, G. L. W., Lee, W. G., Schwendenmann, L., & Burns, B. R. (2018). Pioneer tree ferns influence community assembly in northern New Zealand forests. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 42 (1)10.20417/nzjecol.42.5
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Burns, George Perry, William Lee, Luitgard Schwendenmann
- Brock, J. M. R., Perry, G. L. W., Lee, W. G., & Burns, B. R. (2016). Tree fern ecology in New Zealand: A model for southern temperate rainforests. Forest Ecology and Management, 375, 112-126. 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.05.030
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Burns, George Perry, William Lee