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Jill Rapson: Current and recent post-graduate research students
“Distinguishing equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamics using palynological records” (Co-supervisor with John Flenley and Robert McLachlan.) Xun has investigated the Holocene dynamics of New Zealand's forest vegetation in both climatically stable and historically disturbed sites. Her work has shown that even climax vegetation progressively changes, and more disturbed vegetation is actually more stable in terms of composition. Her detailed investigations around tephras indicate rapid recovery from quite extensive disturbance events.
Anderson, Barbara. PhD (2004). “Is there textural convergence between communities of unrelated species in similar habitat?” (Co-supervisor with Peter Bannister and Bastow Wilson, University of Otago.)
McBreen, Kim. PhD. (1999). “Kamahi decline in Tongariro National Park”. (Co-supervisors: Murray Potter and Peter van Essen.)
Keesing, Vaughan. PhD (1996). "Impacts of invasion on community structure: habitat and invertebrate assemblage responses to Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull invasion, in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand". (Co-supervisors: Ian Henderson and Clare Veltmann.)
Dawson, Philip. MSc (2004). “Regeneration of the native sand dune plant Pimelea arenaria in the lower North Island, New Zealand”. (Co-supervisor with A/Prof. Robin Fordham).
Hofmann, Angelika. MSc (2001). “Impacts of UV-B radiation on pasture species”. (Co-supervisor with C Matthew).
Nicholls, Vivienne. MSc (2000). “Ecology and ecophysiology of subantarctic Campbell Island megaherbs”.
Page, Brent. MSc (2000). “Oviposition preference of ragwort flea beetle Longitarsus jacobaeae (Waterhouse) as influenced by condition of host, Senecio jacobaea L.” (Co-supervisors: Keith Betteridge and Peter McGregor.)
Singers, Nicholas. MSc (Hons) (1998). “The dynamics of temporary wetlands in dune slacks at Tangimoana, Manawatu, New Zealand, with special reference to the endangered sand spiked sedge, Eleocharis neozelandica Kirk (Cyperaceae)”. (Co-supervisor: Alastair Robertson.)
van Essen, Peter. MSc (Hons) (1992). "Ecology of Olearia colensoi dominated sub-alpine scrub in the Southern Ruahine Range, New Zealand". (Co-supervisor: John Skipworth.)
Olliff, Miranda. BSc (Hons) (1999). “Vegetation history of standing stags in grassland near treeline, on Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand”.
Urlich, Mike. BSc (Hons) (1999). “Past, present and future vegetation of Waimeha Lagoon, Waikanae, New Zealand, and its relation to management”.
Pegman, Andrew. Dip.Sci. (1996). "The sand dune vegetation of the dynamic Whatipu Beach, North Manakau Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand".
Stocker, Richard. Dip.Sci. (1992). "Vegetation and community structure in Westland snow banks in response to snow-lie patterns".
Brown, Stephen. Dip. Sci. (1991). “Allelopathic effects of Calluna vulgaris in Tongariro National Park”.