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Susan Wiser

Senior Researcher
Ecosystems & Conservation
Susan Wiser
Location
Lincoln
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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






Qualifications

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD Biology
1993

Cornell University
BA (Hons) Biology
1981

Publications

McCarthy JK, Wiser SK, Bellingham PJ, Beresford RM, Campbell RE, Turner R, Richardson SJ 2021. Using spatial models to identify refugia and guide restoration in response to an invasive plant pathogen. Journal of Applied Ecology 58(1): 192-201. WOS:000575091400001.

Testolin R, Carmona CP, Attorre F, Borchardt P, Bruelheide H, Dolezal J, Finckh M, Haider S, Hemp A, Jandt U, Korolyuk AY, Lenoir J, Makunina N, Malanson GP, Mucina L, Noroozi J, Nowak A, Peet RK, Peyre G, Sabatini FM, Sibik J, Sklenar P, Vassilev K, Virtanen R, Wiser SK, Zibzeev EG, Jimenez-Alfaro B 2021. Global functional variation in alpine vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Science 32(2). WOS:000645256100027.

Allen RB, MacKenzie DI, Bellingham PJ, Wiser SK, Arnst EA, Coomes DA, Hurst JM 2020. Tree survival and growth responses in the aftermath of a strong earthquake. Journal of Ecology 108(1): 107-121. WOS:000478480200001.

Valencia E, de Bello F, Galland T, Adler PB, Leps J, E-Vojtko A, van Klink R, Carmona CP, Danihelka J, Dengler J, Eldridge DJ, Estiarte M, Garcia-Gonzalez R, Garnier E, Gomez-Garcia D, Harrison SP, Herben T, Ibanez R, Jentsch A, Juergens N, Kertesz M, Klumpp K, Louault F, Marrs RH, Ogaya R, Onodi G, Pakeman RJ, Pardo I, Partel M, Peco B, Penuelas J, Pywell RF, Rueda M, Schmidt W, Schmiedel U, Schuetz M, Skalova H, Smilauer P, Smilauerova M, Smit C, Song MH, Stock M, Val J, Vandvik V, Ward D, Wesche K, Wiser SK, Woodcock B, Young TP, Yu FH, Zobel M, Gotzenberger L 2020. Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117(39): 24345-24351. WOS:000576672700016.

Simova I, Sandel B, Enquist BJ, Michaletz ST, Kattge J, Violle C, McGill BJ, Blonder B, Engemann K, Peet RK, Wiser SK, Morueta-Holme N, Boyle B, Kraft NJB, Svenning JC 2019. The relationship of woody plant size and leaf nutrient content to large-scale productivity for forests across the Americas. Journal of Ecology 107(5): 2278-2290. WOS:000484311000020.

Steidinger BS, Crowther TW, Liang J, Van Nuland ME, Werner GDA, Reich PB, Nabuurs G, De-Miguel S, Zhou M, Picard N, Herault B, Zhao X, Zhang C, Routh D, Peay KG, Abegg M, Yao CYA, Alberti G, Zambrano AA, Alvarez-Davila E, Alvarez-Loayza P, Alves LF, Ammer C, Anton-Fernandez C, Araujo-Murakami A, Arroyo L, Avitabile V, Aymard G, Baker T, Balazy R, Banki O, Barroso J, Bastian M, Bastin JF, Birigazzi L, Birnbaum P, Bitariho R, Boeckx P, Bongers F, Bouriaud O, Brancalion PHS, Brandl S, Brearley FQ, Brienen R, Broadbent E, Bruelheide H, Bussotti F, Gatti RC, Cesar R, Cesljar G, Chazdon R, Chen HYH, Chisholm C, Cienciala E, Clark CJ, Clark D, Colletta G, Condit R, Coomes D, Valverde FC, Corral-Rivas JJ, Crim P, Cumming J, Dayanandan S, de Gasper AL, Decuyper M, Derroire G, DeVries B, Djordjevic I, Ieda A, Dourdain A, Obiang NLE, Enquist B, Eyre T, Fandohan AB, Fayle TM, Feldpausch TR, Finer L, Fischer M, Fletcher C, Fridman J, Frizzera L, Gamarra JGP, Gianelle D, Glick HB, Harris D, Hector A, Hemp A, Hengeveld G, Herbohn J, Herold M, Hillers A, Coronado ENH, Huber M, Hui C, Cho H, Ibanez T, Jung I, Imai N, Jagodzinski AM, Jaroszewicz B, Johannsen V, Joly CA, Jucker T, Karminov V, Kartawinata K, Kearsley E, Kenfack D, Kennard D, Kepfer-Rojas S, Keppel G, Khan ML, Killeen T, Kim HS, Kitayama K, Kohl M, Korjus H, Kraxner F, Laarmann D, Lang M, Lewis S, Lu HC, Lukina N, Maitner B, Malhi Y, Marcon E, Marimon BS, Marimon BH, Marshall AR, Martin E, Martynenko O, Meave JA, Melo-Cruz O, Mendoza C, Merow C, Mendoza AM, Moreno V, Mukul SA, Mundhenk P, Nava-Miranda MG, Neill D, Neldner V, Nevenic R, Ngugi M, Niklaus P, Oleksyn J, Ontikov P, Ortiz-Malavasi E, Pan YD, Paquette A, Parada-Gutierrez A, Parfenova E, Park M, Parren M, Parthasarathy N, Peri PL, Pfautsch S, Phillips O, Piedade MT, Piotto D, Pitman NCA, Polo I, Poorter L, Poulsen AD, Poulsen JR, Pretzsch H, Arevalo FR, Restrepo-Correa Z, Rodeghiero M, Rolim S, Roopsind A, Rovero F, Rutishauser E, Saikia P, Saner P, Schall P, Schelhaas MJ, Schepaschenko D, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schmid B, Schongart J, Searle E, Seben V, Serra-Diaz JM, Salas-Eljatib C, Sheil D, Shvidenko A, Silva-Espejo J, Silveira M, Singh J, Sist P, Slik F, Sonke B, Souza AF, Sterenczak K, Svenning JC, Svoboda M, Targhetta N, Tchebakova N, ter Steege H, Thomas R, Tikhonova E, Umunay P, Usoltsev V, Valladares F, van der Plas F, Do TV, Martinez RV, Verbeeck H, Viana H, Vieira S, von Gadow K, Wang HF, Watson J, Westerlund B, Wiser S, Wittmann F, Wortel V, Zagt R, Zawila-Niedzwiecki T, Zhu ZX, Zo-Bi IC, Consortium G 2019. Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature 569(7756): 404-+. WOS:000468123700038.

Bruelheide H, Dengler J, Jimenez-Alfaro B, Purschke O, Hennekens SM, Chytry M, Pillar VD, Jansen F, Kattge J, Sandel B, Aubin I, Biurrun I, Field R, Haider S, Jandt U, Lenoir J, Peet RK, Peyre G, Sabatini FM, Schmidt M, Schrodt F, Winter M, Acic S, Agrillo E, Alvarez M, Ambarli D, Angelini P, Apostolova I, Khan M, Arnst E, Attorre F, Baraloto C, Beckmann M, Berg C, Bergeron Y, Bergmeier E, Bjorkman AD, Bondareva V, Borchardt P, Botta-Dukat Z, Boyle B, Breen A, Brisse H, Byun C, Cabido MR, Casella L, Cayuela L, Cerny T, Chepinoga V, Csiky J, Curran M, Custerevska R, Stevanovic ZD, Bie E, Ruffray P, Sanctis M, Dimopoulos P, Dressler S, Ejrnaes R, El-Sheikh MAM, Enquist B, Ewald J, Fagundez J, Finckh M, Font X, Forey E, Fotiadis G, Garcia-Mijangos I, de Gasper AL, Golub V, Gutierrez AG, Hatim MZ, He T, Higuchi P, Holubova D, Hoelzel N, Homeier J, Indreica A, Gursoy DI, Jansen S, Janssen J, Jedrzejek B, Jirousek M, Jurgens N, Kacki Z, Kavgaci A, Kearsley E, Kessler M, Knollova I, Kolomiychuk V, Korolyuk A, Kozhevnikova M, Kozub L, Krstonosic D, Kuehl H, Kuehn I, Kuzemko A, Kuzmic F, Landucci F, Lee MT, Levesley A, Li CF, Liu H, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Lysenko T, Macanovic A, Mahdavi P, Manning P, Marceno C, Martynenko V, Mencuccini M, Minden V, Moeslund JE, Moretti M, Mueller JV, Munzinger J, Niinemets U, Nobis M, Noroozi J, Nowak A, Onyshchenko V, Overbeck GE, Ozinga WA, Pauchard A, Pedashenko H, Penuelas J, Perez-Haase A, Peterka T, Petrik P, Phillips OL, Prokhorov V, Rasomavicius V, Revermann R, Rodwell J, Ruprecht E, Rusina S, Samimi C, Schaminee JHJ, Schmiedel U, Sibik J, Silc U, Skvorc Z, Smyth A, Sop T, Sopotlieva D, Sparrow B, Stancic Z, Svenning JC, Swacha G, Tang ZY, Tsiripidis I, Turtureanu PD, Ugurlu E, Uogintas D, Valachovic M, Vanselow KA, Vashenyak Y, Vassilev K, Velez-Martin E, Venanzoni R, Vibrans AC, Violle C, Virtanen R, von Wehrden H, Wagner V, Walker DA, Wana D, Weiher E, Wesche K, Whitfeld T, Willner W, Wiser S, Wohlgemuth T, Yamalov S, Zizka G, Zverev A 2019. sPlot - A new tool for global vegetation analyses. Journal of Vegetation Science 30(2): 161-186. WOS:000466421500001.

Slik JWF, Franklin J, Arroyo-Rodríguez V, Field R, Aguilar S, Aguirre N, Ahumada J, Aiba S-I, Alves LF, K A, Avella A, Mora F, Aymard C. GA, Báez S, Balvanera P, Bastian ML, Bastin J-F, Bellingham PJ, van den Berg E, da Conceição Bispo P, Boeckx P, Boehning-Gaese K, Bongers F, Boyle B, Brambach F, Brearley FQ, Brown S, Chai S-L, Chazdon RL, Chen S, Chhang P, Chuyong G, Ewango C, Coronado IM, Cristóbal-Azkarate J, Culmsee H, Damas K, Dattaraja HS, Davidar P, DeWalt SJ, Din H, Drake DR, Duque A, Durigan G, Eichhorn K, Eler ES, Enoki T, Ensslin A, Fandohan AB, Farwig N, Feeley KJ, Fischer M, Forshed O, Garcia QS, Garkoti SC, Gillespie TW, Gillet J-F, Gonmadje C, Granzow-de la Cerda I, Griffith DM, Grogan J, Hakeem KR, Harris DJ, Harrison RD, Hector A, Hemp A, Homeier J, Hussain MS, Ibarra-Manríquez G, Hanum IF, Imai N, Jansen PA, Joly CA, Joseph S, Kartawinata K, Kearsley E, Kelly DL, Kessler M, Killeen TJ, Kooyman RM, Laumonier Y, Laurance SG, Laurance WF, Lawes MJ, Letcher SG, Lindsell J, Lovett J, Lozada J, Lu X, Lykke AM, Mahmud KB, Mahayani NPD, Mansor A, Marshall AR, Martin EH, Calderado Leal Matos D, Meave JA, Melo FPL, Mendoza ZHA, Metali F, Medjibe VP, Metzger JP, Metzker T, Mohandass D, Munguía-Rosas MA, Muñoz R, Nurtjahy E, de Oliveira EL, Onrizal, Parolin P, Parren M, Parthasarathy N, Paudel E, Perez R, Pérez-García EA, Pommer U, Poorter L, Qi L, Piedade MTF, Pinto JRR, Poulsen AD, Poulsen JR, Powers JS, Prasad RC, Puyravaud J-P, Rangel O, Reitsma J, Rocha DSB, Rolim S, Rovero F, Rozak A, Ruokolainen K, Rutishauser E, Rutten G, Mohd. Said MN, Saiter FZ, Saner P, Santos B, dos Santos JR, Sarker SK, Schmitt CB, Schoengart J, Schulze M, Sheil D, Sist P, Souza AF, Spironello WR, Sposito T, Steinmetz R, Stevart T, Suganuma MS, Sukri R, Sultana A, Sukumar R, Sunderland T, Supriyadi, Suresh HS, Suzuki E, Tabarelli M, Tang J, Tanner EVJ, Targhetta N, Theilade I, Thomas D, Timberlake J, de Morisson Valeriano M, van Valkenburg J, Van Do T, Van Sam H, Vandermeer JH, Verbeeck H, Vetaas OR, Adekunle V, Vieira SA, Webb CO, Webb EL, Whitfeld T, Wich S, Williams J, Wiser S, Wittmann F, Yang X, Adou Yao CY, Yap SL, Zahawi RA, Zakaria R, Zang R 2018. Phylogenetic classification of the world’s tropical forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(8): 1837–1842.

Maitner BS, Boyle B, Casler N, Condit R, Donoghue J, Duran SM, Guaderrama D, Hinchliff CE, Jorgensen PM, Kraft NJB, McGill B, Merow C, Morueta-Holme N, Peet RK, Sandel B, Schildhauer M, Smith SA, Svenning JC, Thiers B, Violle C, Wiser S, Enquist BJ 2018. The BIEN R package: A tool to access the Botanical Information and Ecology Network (BIEN) database. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9(2): 373-379. WOS:000425027700016.

Smale MC, Wiser SK, Bergin MJ, Fitzgerald NB 2018. A classification of the geothermal vegetation of the Taup Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 48(1): 21-38. WOS:000419889000002.

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 48(1): 21–38. https://doi.org/10.21570/BUL-201705-1

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.

Wiser SK 2016. Achievements and challenges in the integration, reuse and synthesis of vegetation plot data. Journal of Vegetation Science 27(5): 868–879.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. ISI:000326114000013.

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.

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.

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.

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. Show more

Memberships

  • Vegetation classification and description specialist, IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Committee for Scientific Standards
  • President, International Association for Vegetation Science http://iavs.org/