The Future of Our Taonga Tipu
Understanding the future persistence of treasured plants in Tongariro National Park is the focus of a collaborative project of the Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Ngāti Rangi members, and the Department of Conservation. The project integrates field data collected at Tongariro National Park with climate data and species distribution modelling to build projections of future distributions of culturally and ecologically valuable plant taxa. To support the work we jointly secured the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund (MBIE- VM) in early 2016.
WARM (Warming And species Removal in Mountains)
This is a global collaboration of scientists interested in the effects of climate change and species interactions. We use common methods to unearth trends common across ecosystems globally. As part of this collaboration, Julie Deslippe and I run a field site in the Rangpio desert, in Tongariro National Park. We measure how plant composition and manipulative warming affect species composition and carbon cycling.
Collaboration internationally is an important part of understanding global trends.
My studies have taken me to learn from a wide variety of scientists throughout Europe. I have contributed to research programs in Costa Rica, Austria and Spain.
Most recently I went for a collaborative trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. I learned Species Distribution Modelling techniques with the experts, exchanged ideas with experts in the field of global environmental change at the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, and gave a seminar on my work in New Zealand.
For recent outreach and collaboration, see my twitter feed on the home page.