David Norton

ProfessorDavid Norton

School of Forestry Rm233
Internal Phone: 95955

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Research interests include conservation biology (especially fragmentation and restoration ecology, significance assessment and threatened plant conservation) and integrated land management (especially involving biodiversity in agricultural and plantation forest systems). Current research focuses on integrating pastoral and biodiversity values in the South Island high country and includes projects looking at integrated management planning, habitat use by merino sheep, photomonitoring as a management tool, effects of different management actions on biodiversity. Other research projects include assessing the affects of subsidence resulting from underground coal-mining on podocarp-beech forest, mine-site restoration, and ecology, conservation and restoration of threatened plant species.

Recent Publications

  • Forbes AS., Norton DA. and Carswell FE. (2016) Artificial canopy gaps accelerate restoration within an exotic Pinus radiata plantation. Restoration Ecology 24 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12313.
  • Forbes AS., Norton DA. and Carswell FE. (2016) Tree fern competition reduces indigenous forest tree seedling growth within exotic Pinus radiata plantations. Forest Ecology and Management 359: 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2015.09.036.
  • Norton D., Young L. and Clarkson B. (2016) Introduction to special section on New Zealand restoration. Ecological Management and Restoration 17(3): 168-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emr.12228.
  • Norton DA. and Young LM. (2016) Effect of shade and grazing removal on degraded grasslands: Implications of woody restoration for herbaceous vegetation. Ecological Management and Restoration 17 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emr.12205.
  • Norton DA. and Young LM. (2016) Effects of sheep grazing exclusion on alpine tall tussock grassland. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40: 179-185.