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Chris Phillips

Senior Researcher
Soils & Landscapes
Chris Phillips
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Research interests

Role at Landcare Research

  • Senior Researcher - Erosion Processes

Research interests

  • Erosion processes and the role of vegetation in modifying or mitigating erosion.
  • Integrated catchment management.
  • Erosion and slope stability research.

Current Projects

  • STEC - 'Smarter targeting of erosion control' - MBIE programme
  • Steepland plantation forestry and post-harvest landslides and debris flows
  • Integrated Catchment Management (ICM)



PhD Agricultural Engineering

MSc (Hons) Earth Science

BSc Geology


Mackay-Smith TH, Burkitt L, Reid J, Lopez IF, Phillips C 2021. A framework for reviewing silvopastoralism: a New Zealand hill country case study. Land 10(12). WOS:000738293700001.

Marden M, Lambie S, Phillips C 2020. Potential effectiveness of low-density plantings of manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) as an erosion mitigation strategy in steeplands, northern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 50. WOS:000595151400001.

Gasser E, Perona P, Dorren L, Phillips C, Hiibl J, Schwarz M 2020. A new framework to model hydraulic bank erosion considering the effects of roots. Water 12(3). WOS:000529249500278.

Dymond J, Herzig A, Smith H, Zoerner J, Basher L, Phillips C, Haddadchi A, MacDonald I, Zammit C, Davies-Colley R, Swales A 2019. Event-scale soil-erosion and sediment-transport model for predicting water quality in rivers. Proceedings: NZ Hydrological Society Annual Conference 2019, Rotorua, New Zealand, 3-6 December 2019.

Gasser E, Schwarz M, Simon A, Perona P, Phillips C, Hubl J, Dorren L 2019. A review of modeling the effects of vegetation on large wood recruitment processes in mountain catchments. Earth-Science Reviews 194: 350-373. WOS:000472687000017.

Smith H, Phillips C 2019. Targeting smarter erosion control with new research. Soil Horizons.

Spiekermann R, Herzig A, Dymond J, Basher L, Betts H, Jolly B, Medyckyi-Scott D, Ausseil AG, Phillips C 2018. SedNetNZ and the challenges of science-driven erosion control in policy and practice. Proceedings: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 10-14 April 2018.

Phillips C, Marden M, Basher LR 2018. Geomorphology and forest management in New Zealand's erodible steeplands: An overview. Geomorphology 307: 107–121.

Betts H, Basher L, Dymond J, Herzig A, Marden M, Phillips C 2017. Development of a landslide component for a sediment budget model. Environmental Modelling & Software 92: 28–39.

Phillips CJ, Marden M, Betts H, Basher L 2017. Effectiveness of riparian margins for trapping sediment in steepland plantations. Proceedings: Forest Growers Research Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 17-19 October 2017.

Giadrossich F, Schwarz M, Cohen D, Cislaghi A, Vergani C, Hubble T, Phillips C, Stokes A 2017. Methods to measure the mechanical behaviour of tree roots: a review. Ecological Engineering 109(B): 256–271.

Hölbling D, Betts H, Spiekermann R, Phillips C 2017. [Abstract] Mapping landslide hotspots by means of historical and recent aerial photography on North Island, New Zealand. Proceedings: 17th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group Conference, Greytown, New Zealand, 6-10 February 2017. Pp. 62.

Hölbling D, Betts H, Spiekermann R, Phillips C 2016. Identifying spatio-temporal landslide hotspots on North Island, New Zealand, by analyzing historical and recent aerial photography. Geosciences 6(4): 48.

Quinn JM, Phillips C 2016. Production forestry. In: Jellyman PG, Davie TJA, Pearson CP, Harding JS ed. Advances in New Zealand freshwater science. New Zealand Hydrological Society & New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society. Pp. 469–481.

McIvor I, Phillips C, Marden M, Douglas G 2016. [Poster abstract] Soil type influences on root development of Populus × euramericana planted as poles. Proceedings: Joint Conference of the New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia: Soil, a Balancing Act Downunder, Queenstown, New Zealand, 12-16 December 2016.

Hölbling D, Betts H, Spiekermann R, Phillips C 2016. Semi-automated landslide mapping from historical and recent aerial photography. In: Sarjakoski T, Santos MY, Sarjakoski LT ed. Proceedings: The 19th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Helsinki, Finland, 14-17 June 2016.

Schwarz M, Phillips C, Marden M, McIvor IR, Douglas GB, Watson A 2016. Modelling of root reinforcement and erosion control by ‘Veronese’ poplar on pastoral hill country in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 46: 4.

Phillips C, Marden M, Basher L 2015. Forests and erosion protection - getting to the root of the matter. New Zealand Journal of Forestry 60(2): 11–15.

Basher L, Harrison D, Phillips C, Marden M 2015. What do we need for a risk management approach to steepland plantation forests in erodible terrain? New Zealand Journal of Forestry 60(2): 7–10.

Payn T, Phillips C, Basher L, Baillie B, Garrett L, Harrison D, Heaphy M, Marden M 2015. Improving management of post-harvest risks in steepland plantations. New Zealand Journal of Forestry 60(2): 3–6.

Phillips CJ, Marden M, Lambie SM 2015. Observations of "coarse" root development in young trees of nine exotic species from a New Zealand plot trial. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 45: 13.

Stokes A, Douglas GB, Fourcaud T, Giadrossich F, Gillies C, Hubble T, Kim JH, Loades KW, Mao Z, McIvor IR, Mickovski SB, Mitchell S, Osman N, Phillips C, Poesen J, Polster D, Preti F, Raymond P, Rey F, Schwarz M, Walker LR 2014. Ecological mitigation of hillslope instability: ten key issues facing researchers and practitioners. Plant and Soil 377: 1–23.

Davies T, Phillips C, Warburton J 2013. Processes, transport, deposition, and landforms: flow. 7.15 7.15 In: Shroder JF ed. Treatise on geomorphology. London, Academic Press. Pp. 158–170.

Phillips CJ, Marden M, Lambie SM, Watson A, Ross C, Fraser S 2013. Observations of below-ground characteristics of young redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) from two sites in New Zealand – implications for erosion control. Plant and Soil 363(1–2): 33–48.

Phillips C, Marden M, Basher L 2012. Plantation forest harvesting and landscape response - what we know and what we need to know. New Zealand journal of forestry 56(4): 4-12.

Phillips CJ, Marden M 2012. Future forest species for erosion control - something different? . Conservation Quorum May 2012.

Phillips C, Marden M 2011. Soil stabilising characteristics of native plants. Indigena (November): 10–13.

Allen W, Fenemor A, Kilvington M, Harmsworth G, Young RG, Deans N, Horn C, Phillips C, Montes de Oca O, Ataria J, Smith R 2011. Building collaboration and learning in integrated catchment management: the importance of social process and multiple engagement approaches. New Zealand journal of marine and freshwater research 45(3): 525-539. CABI:20113310543.

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