Justin Morgenroth

Associate ProfessorJustin Morgenroth

Postgraduate Director of Studies
School of Forestry Rm143
Internal Phone: 95966


Research Interests

I’m interested in understanding urban trees and the critical roles they play in cities around the world. The trees that comprise urban forests face considerable abiotic and biotic stress, but help to make cities liveable, providing residents with healthy, sustainable, and desirable places to live and work. To that end, I research the growth, function, management, and ecosystem services of trees in urban environments. I also lead the ‘New Zealand Urban Forest Initiative’, which connects researchers and urban forest stakeholders, such that new research can be used to inform best practices in urban forest management in New Zealand.

I also study the spatial and temporal dynamics of New Zealand’s indigenous forests and exotic forest plantations using a range of quantitative techniques. I work extensively with remote sensing or earth observation techniques, including lidar, as well as aerial and satellite imagery. In this capacity, I lead the ‘Geospatial Research and Analysis Lab’ at the School of Forestry.

Recent Publications

  • Salekin S., Bloomberg M., Morgenroth J., Meason DF. and Mason EG. (2021) Within-site drivers for soil nutrient variability in plantation forests: A case study from dry sub-humid New Zealand. Catena 200 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2021.105149.
  • de Gouw S., Morgenroth J. and Xu C. (2020) An updated survey on the use of geospatial technologies in New Zealand’s plantation forestry sector. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 50 8 http://dx.doi.org/10.33494/nzjfs502020x118x.
  • Le TS. and Morgenroth J. (2020) Strategic expansion of existing forest monitoring plots: a case study using a stratified GIS-based modelling approach. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 50 http://dx.doi.org/10.33494/nzjfs502020x41x.
  • Manley B., Morgenroth J. and Xu C. (2020) Quantifying the area of the small-scale owners’ forest estate in the East Coast, Hawke’s Bay and Southern North Island. New Zealand Journal of Forestry 64(4): 18-26.
  • Morgenroth J., Chapman T., Davies H. and Melville W. (2020) New Zealand's Urban Forests - Monitoring & Managing for Improved Ecosystem Services. Tree Matters 86(Winter): 12-13.