Elizabeth Overdyck


PhD Student

Thesis topic: Thresholds for Sustainable Regeneration in Urban Restoration Plantings

Liz's research investigates forest regeneration dynamics within the urban environment, with a particular focus on the availability of seed and germination requirements in fragmented bush patches in Hamilton. Fieldwork involves using seed traps and soil seed bank samples to measure seed availability within planted and naturally occuring bush patches of differing size, age, planting composition and isolation. Individual species life history traits and distribution in the landscape will be used to identify attributes or thresholds which may limit or alter successional processes in urban native lowland forest patches in contrast to intact forest.

E-mail: eg3@waikato.ac.nz