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

  • Tulod AM., Norton DA. and Sealey C. (2019) Canopy manipulation as a tool for restoring mature forest conifers under an early-successional angiosperm canopy. Restoration Ecology 27(1): 31-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12707.
  • Norton DA. (2018) A substantial northward extension of the range of Dracophyllum fiordense W.R.B. Oliv. (Ericaceae), Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 56(4): 430-437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2018.1491863.
  • Norton DA., Butt J. and Bergin DO. (2018) Upscaling restoration of native biodiversity: A New Zealand perspective. Ecological Management and Restoration 19: 26-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emr.12316.
  • Reid N., Smith R., Whalley R., Norton DA. and Ryder D. (2018) Restore, regenerate, revegetate: Restoring ecological processes, ecosystems and landscapes in a changing world. Ecological Management and Restoration 19: 3-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emr.12331.
  • Rodrigues AP., Moltchanova E., Norton DA. and Turnbull MH. (2017) Ecological factors preventing restoration of degraded short tussock landscapes in New Zealand's dryland zone. Open Agriculture 2: 442-452. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/opag-2017-0048.