The kauri drought experiment
In 2016, Cate will be starting a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship project that involves using a throughfall exclusion experiment to create droughted plots in the forest. Trees under drought will be compared to trees in control plots to explore the physiological impacts of water stress on kauri and associated species. Further details can be found here.
Kauri in a changing climate
Cate was awarded a Marsden Fast-Start grant in November 2012 to study drought impacts on native trees of New Zealand. She is using measurement and modelling approaches to assess the threat of drought to kauri (Agathis australis) and associated species. Cate is collaborating with Mike Clearwater and PhD student, Julia Kaplick on this project.
Carbon fluxes in native forests
Cate recently completed a two year research fellowship funded by the Faculty Research Development Fund to quantify carbon cycling in kauri forests. The sampling period captured the wet summer of 2012 and the very dry summer of 2013 so the impact of water availability on the major fluxes of carbon is now being assessed. Cate collaborates with Luitgard Schwendenmann on this project.