Honorary Research Associate, Department of Conservation, New Zealand
Carol West is an Honorary Research Associate with the Department of Conservation based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has recently retired from her role as Director of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit in the Science and Policy Group of DOC’s National Office. In her roles as a scientist and team leader within DOC over the past 25 years, she has conducted or facilitated research to understand what management interventions might be necessary to conserve Aotearoa/New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Her research has focussed on plant ecology, primarily forest dynamics, island ecology, and the impacts of invasive plants. She has undertaken research throughout the NZ archipelago from subtropical Raoul Island to subantarctic Campbell Island, providing advice to managers not only in New Zealand but also in Australia (Lord Howe Island) and Japan, where she was based in 2004–2005 as Visiting Professor in the Centre for Research on Wild Plants, Utsunomiya University. Her knowledge as a plant ecologist has provided fundamental contributions to weed eradication strategy and the classification of naturally uncommon ecosystems, as examples.