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Department of Plant Sciences


David Wright

My PhD project focuses on the impact of deer invasion on New Zealand forests. I am using long term census data collected from a variety of forest types to describe demographic patterns at the national scale. I am assessing the importance of deer in driving tree recruitment and mortality by making comparisons with a network of exclosure plots established over a similar time period. Other areas of research include identification of foliar traits which influence deer diet preferences, and an experimental comparison of the responses of New Zealand and European tree saplings to soil treatments and simulated browsing.

Related websites

NERC - funding
Landcare Research, New Zealand – National Vegetation Survey database
Cambridge University Botanic gardens – experimental facilities