Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Susan Wiser

Susan Wiser
Position: Senior Scientist/Capability Leader
Team: Ecosystems & Global Change
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640
Phone: +64 3 321 9839
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Role at Landcare Research


Senior Scientist:  Plant Ecology
Research interests
  • Vegetation classification and its application
  • Large-scale ecological synthesis
  • Ecological informatics
  • Ecology of naturally rare ecosystems and habitat islands
  • Environmentally sustainable indigenous forestry

Professional affiliations/recognition

2007— ARC-NZ Working Group on an International Exchange Schema for Vegetation data
2005— ARC-NZ Working Group on Standard Site Measurements for Ecologists
2003— International Association for Vegetation Science Working Group on Ecoinformatics
2003–2007 Associate Editor Journal of Vegetation Science
2001–2003 Councillor New Zealand Ecological Society
2001–2003 Councillor Canterbury Botanical Society
2000–2003 Editorial Board Journal of Vegetation Science
Member: New Zealand Ecological Society
  International Association of Vegetation Science
  New Zealand Farm Forestry Association






Qualifications

Qualifications

  • North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    PhD Biology
    1993
  • Cornell
    BA (Hons) Biology
    1981

Publications

Publications

  • Wiser S 2017. Laudatio for Robert K. Peet: recipient IAVS Honorary Membership Award. IAVS Bulletin 2017/2: 4-6. https://doi.org/10.21570/BUL-201705-1 (Non-refereed Article, 2017)
  • Smale MC, Wiser SK, Bergin MJ, Fitzgerald NB 2017. A classification of the geothermal vegetation of the Taupō Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand [early view online]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2017.1322619 (Journal Article, 2017)
  • Wiser SK, Thomson FJ, De Cáceres M 2016. Expanding an existing classification of New Zealand vegetation to include non-forested vegetation. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40(1): 160-178. http://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3255 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Liang J, Crowther TW, Picard N, Wiser S, Zhou M, Alberti G, Schulze E-D, McGuire AD, Bozzato F, Pretzsch H, de-Miguel S, Paquette A, Hérault B, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Barrett CB, Glick HB, Hengeveld GM, Nabuurs G-J, Pfautsch S, Viana H, Vibrans AC, Ammer C, Schall P, Verbyla D, Tchebakova N, Fischer M, Watson JV, Chen HYH, Lei X, Schelhaas M-J, Lu H, Gianelle D, Parfenova EI, Salas C, Lee E, Lee B, Kim HS, Bruelheide H, Coomes DA, Piotto D, Sunderland T, Schmid B, Gourlet-Fleury S, Sonké B, Tavani R, Zhu J, Brandl S, Vayreda J, Kitahara F, Searle EB, Neldner VJ, Ngugi MR, Baraloto C, Frizzera L, Bałazy R, Oleksyn J, Zawiła-Niedźwiecki T, Bouriaud O, Bussotti F, Finér L, Jaroszewicz B, Jucker T, Valladares F, Jagodzinski AM, Peri PL, Gonmadje C, Marthy W, O’Brien T, Martin EH, Marshall AR, Rovero F, Bitariho R, Niklaus PA, Alvarez-Loayza P, Chamuya N, Valencia R, Mortier F, Wortel V, Engone-Obiang NL, Ferreira LV, Odeke DE, Vasquez RM, Lewis SL, Reich PB 2016. Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science 354(6309): aaf8957. http://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf8957 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Engemann K, Sandel B, Boyle BL, Enquist BJ, Jørgensen PM, Kattge J, McGill BJ, Morueta-Holme N, Peet RK, Spencer NJ, Violle C, Wiser SK, Svenning J-C 2016. A plant growth form dataset for the New World. Ecology 97(11): 3243. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1569 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Engemann K, Sandel B, Enquist BJ, Jørgensen PM, Kraft N, Marcuse-Kubitza A, McGill B, Morueta-Holme N, Peet RK, Violle C, Wiser S, Svenning J-C 2016. Patterns and drivers of plant functional group dominance across the Western Hemisphere: a macroecological re-assessment based on a massive botanical dataset. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 180(2): 141-160. http://doi.org/10.1111/boj.12362 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Goldsmith GR, Morueta-Holme N, Sandel B, Fitz ED, Fitz SD, Boyle B, Casler N, Engemann K, Jørgensen PM, Kraft NJB, McGill B, Peet RK, Piel WH, Spencer N, Svenning J-C, Thiers BM, Violle C, Wiser SK, Enquist BJ 2016. Plant-O-Matic: a dynamic and mobile guide to all plants of the Americas. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7(8): 960-965. http://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12548 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Wiser SK 2016. Achievements and challenges in the integration, reuse and synthesis of vegetation plot data. Journal of Vegetation Science 27(5): 868-879. http://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12419 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Crowther TW, Glick HB, Covey KR, Bettigole C, Maynard DS, Thomas SM, Smith JR, Hintler G, Duguid MC, Amatulli G, Tuanmu M-N, Jetz W, Salas C, Stam C, Piotto D, Tavani R, Green S, Bruce G, Williams SJ, Wiser SK, Huber MO, Hengeveld GM, Nabuurs G-J, Tikhonova E, Borchardt P, Li C-F, Powrie LW, Fischer M, Hemp A, Homeier J, Cho P, Vibrans AC, Umunay PM, Piao SL, Rowe CW, Ashton MS, Crane PR, Bradford MA 2015. Mapping tree density at a global scale. Nature 525: 201-205. http://doi.org/10.1038/nature14967 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • De Cáceres M, Chytrý M, Agrillo E, Attorre F, Botta-Dukát Z, Capelo J, Czúcz B, Dengler J, Ewald J, Faber-Langendoen D, Feoli E, Franklin SB, Gavilán R, Gillet F, Jansen F, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Krestov P, Landucci F, Lengyel A, Loidi J, Mucina L, Peet RK, Roberts DW, Roleček J, Schaminée JHJ, Schmidtlein S, Theurillat J-P, Tichý L, Walker DA, Wildi O, Willner W, Wiser SK 2015. A comparative framework for broad-scale plot-based vegetation classification. Applied Vegetation Science 18(4): 543-560. http://doi.org/10.1111/avsc.12179 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Šímová I, Violle C, Kraft NJB, Storch D, Svenning J-C, Boyle B, Donoghue JC, Jørgensen P, McGill BJ, Morueta-Holme N, Piel WH, Peet RK, Regetz J, Schildhauer M, Spencer N, Thiers B, Wiser S, Enquist BJ 2015. Shifts in trait means and variances in North American tree assemblages: species richness patterns are loosely related to the functional space. Ecography 38(7): 649-658. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.00867 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Miller AL, Wiser SK, Sullivan JJ, Duncan RP 2015. Creek habitats as sources for the spread of an invasive herb in a New Zealand mountain landscape. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 39(1): 71-78. http://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3200 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Lamanna CA, Blonder B, Violle C, Kraft NJB, Sandel B, Šímová I, Donoghue JC, Svenning JC, McGill BJ, Boyle B, Buzzard V, Dolins S, Jørgensen PM, Marcuse-Kubitza A, Morueta-Holme N, Peet RK, Piel WH, Regetz J, Schildhauer M, Spencer N, Thiers B, Wiser SK, Enquist BJ 2014. Functional trait space and the latitudinal diversity gradient. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111(38): 13745-13750. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1317722111 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Stephenson NL, Das AJ, Condit R, Russo SE, Baker PJ, Beckman NG, Coomes DA, Lines ER, Morris WK, Rüger N, Álvarez E, Blundo C, Bunyavejchewin S, Chuyong G, Davies SJ, Duque Á, Ewango CN, Flores O, Franklin JF, Grau HR, Hao Z, Harmon ME, Hubbell SP, Kenfack D, Lin Y, Makana J-R, Malizia A, Malizia LR, Pabst RJ, Pongpattananurak N, Su S-H, Sun I-F, Tan S, Thomas D, van Mantgem PJ, Wang X, Wiser SK, Zavala MA 2014. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature 507: 90-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12914 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Miller AL, Diez JM, Sullivan JJ, Wangen SR, Wiser SK, Meffin R, Duncan RP 2014. Quantifying invasion resistance: the use of recruitment functions to control for propagule pressure. Ecology 95(4): 920-929. http://doi.org/10.1890/13-0655.1 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Franklin J, Keppel G, Webb EL, Seamon JO, Rey SJ, Steadman DW, Wiser SK, Drake DR 2013. Dispersal limitation, speciation, environmental filtering and niche differentiation influence forest tree communities in West Polynesia. Journal of biogeography 40(5): 988-999. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12038 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Forgie SA, St John MG, Wiser SK 2013. Invertebrate communities and drivers of their composition on gravel beaches in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 37(1): 95-104. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3077 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Wiser SK, De Cáceres M 2013. Updating vegetation classifications: an example with New Zealand's woody vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Science 24(1): 80-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01450.x (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Morueta-Holme N, Enquist BJ, McGill BJ, Boyle B, Jørgensen PM, Ott JE, Peet RK, Šímová I, Sloat LL, Thiers B, Violle C, Wiser SK, Dolins S, Donoghue JC, Kraft NJB, Regetz J, Schildhauer M, Spencer N, Svenning JC 2013. Habitat area and climate stability determine geographical variation in plant species range sizes. Ecology Letters 16(12): 1446-1454. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/Ele.12184 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Wiser SK, Buxton RP, Clarkson BR, Hoare RJB, Holdaway RJ, Richardson SJ, Smale MC, West C, Williams PA 2013. New Zealand's naturally uncommon ecosystems. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: conditions and trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 49-61. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/researchpubs/uncommon-ecosystems-book-section.pdf (Book Section, 2013)
  • Mason NWH, Wiser SK, Richardson SJ, Thorsen MJ, Holdaway RJ, Dray S, Thomson FJ, Carswell FE 2013. Functional traits reveal processes driving natural afforestation at large spatial scales. PLoS ONE 8(9): e75219. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0075219 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Allen R, Hurst J, Wiser S, Easdale T 2012. Developing management systems for the production of beech timber. New Zealand journal of forestry 57(2): 38-44. http://www.nzjf.org/abstract.php?volume_issue=j57_2&first_page=38 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Hurst JM, Stewart GH, Perry GLW, Wiser SK, Norton DA 2012. Determinants of tree mortality in mixed old-growth Nothofagus forest. Forest Ecology and Management 270(0): 189-199. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112712000394 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Carswell FE, Doherty JE, Allen RB, Brignall-Theyer ME, Richardson SJ, Wiser SK 2012. Quantification of the effects of aboveground and belowground competition on growth of seedlings in a conifer-angiosperm forest. Forest ecology and management 269: 188-196. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2011.12.027 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • De Cáceres M, Legendre P, Wiser SK, Brotons L 2012. Using species combinations in indicator value analyses. Methods in ecology and evolution 3(6): 973-982. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Wright DM, Tanentzap AJ, Flores O, Husheer SW, Duncan RP, Wiser SK, Coomes DA 2012. Impacts of culling and exclusion of browsers on vegetation recovery across New Zealand forests. Biological conservation 153(0): 64-71. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320712002285 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Holdaway RJ, Wiser SK, Williams PA 2012. Status assessment of New Zealand's naturally uncommon ecosystems. Conservation biology 26(4): 619-629. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • De Caceres M, Wiser SK 2012. Towards consistency in vegetation classification. Journal of vegetation science 23(2): 387-393. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Richardson SJ, Williams PA, Mason NWH, Buxton RP, Courtney SP, Rance BD, Clarkson BR, Hoare RJB, St. John MG, Wiser SK 2012. Rare species drive local trait diversity in two geographically disjunct examples of a naturally rare alpine ecosystem in New Zealand. Journal of vegetation science 23(4): 626-639. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01396.x (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Wiser S, Burrows L 2011. The National Vegetation Survey databank: a resource for managing vegetation plot data. Indigena (November): 14-16. http://doi.org/10.7931/DL1MW2 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Richardson SJ, Hurst JM, Easdale TA, Wiser SK, Griffiths AD, Allen RB 2011. Diameter growth rates of beech (Nothofagus) trees around New Zealand. New Zealand journal of forestry 56(1): 3-11. <Go to ISI>://CABI:20113169083 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Spence LA, Ross JV, Wiser SK, Allen RB, Coomes DA 2011. Disturbance affects short-term facilitation, but not long-term saturation, of exotic plant invasion in New Zealand forest. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological sciences 278(1711): 1457-1466. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Wiser SK, Spencer N, De Caceres M, Kleikamp M, Boyle B, Peet RK 2011. Veg-X - an exchange standard for plot-based vegetation data. Journal of vegetation science 22(4): 598-609. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000292463600003 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Clarkson BR, Smale MC, Williams PA, Wiser SK, Buxton RP 2011. Drainage, soil fertility and fire frequency determine composition and structure of gumland heaths in northern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 35(1): 96-113. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/2952 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Wiser SK, Hurst JM, Wright EF, Allen RB 2011. New Zealand's forest and shrubland communities: a quantitative classification based on a nationally representative plot network. Applied vegetation science 14(4): 506-523. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Wiser S 2010. Ecosystems without many plant species: do they have any value besides occupying space? Trilepidea 82: 1. http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/publications/Trilepidea-82-100924.pdf (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Wiser S 2010. Summary of shingle beach presentation. Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand newsletter. Pp. 4. http://www.dunestrust.org.nz/DRTNewsletterWinter2010.pdf (Unused 1, 2010)
  • Russo SE, Jenkins KL, Wiser SK, Uriarte M, Duncan RP, Coomes DA 2010. Interspecific relationships among growth, mortality and xylem traits of woody species from New Zealand. Functional ecology 24(2): 253-262. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Rogers GM, Wiser SK 2010. Environment, composition and conservation of coastal turfs of mainland New Zealand. New Zealand journal of botany 48(1): 1 - 14. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Bellingham PJ, Wiser SK, Wright AE, Cameron EK, Forester LJ 2010. Disperser communities and legacies of goat grazing determine forest succession on the remote Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Biological conservation 143(4): 926-938. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Wiser SK, Buxton RP, Clarkson BR, Richardson SJ, Rogers GM, Smale MC, Williams PA 2010. Climate, landscape and microenvironment interact to determine plant composition in naturally discrete gravel beach communities. Journal of vegetation science 21(4): 657-671. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Richardson SJ, Peltzer DA, Hurst JM, Allen RB, Bellingham PJ, Carswell FE, Clinton PW, Griffiths AD, Wiser SK, Wright EF 2009. Deadwood in New Zealand's indigenous forests. Forest ecology and management 258(11): 2456-2466. (Journal Article, 2009)
  • Wiser, S. 2009. A century of New Zealand native forest surveys. Indigena May issue, pp 13-16 (Popular/Trade Journal, 2009)

Memberships

Memberships

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Vegetation Science (ended Jan. 2003)
  • Council of the New Zealand Ecological Society.
  • Associate editor for Journal of Vegetation Science
  • Secretary, International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS)
  • Scientific Advisor, New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage: Vegetation Information and Mapping Programme
  • Steering Committee Member: Ecoinformatics Working Group, International Association for Vegetation Science
  • Council Member, New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
  • Council Member, International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS)
  • Vegetation classification and description specialist, IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Committee for Scientific Standards

Skills

Skills

  • Ecological Research
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Forest and Grassland Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Plant Community Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Ecological Informatics
  • Vegetation classification