Te Tohu Taiao Award Presentation
Peter Bellingham is a plant ecologist, who works at Landcare Research (a government research institute) in Lincoln, near Christchurch, New Zealand. His research has focused on long-term (decadal) dynamics in forests and effects of disturbances such as hurricanes and earthquakes. He has a long-standing interest in the ecological consequences of biological invasions, and the interactions between biological invasions and natural disturbance, above- and below-ground. He also has a research focus on the ecological restoration of island and coastal ecosystems, often working with the Māori communities that own them. He has been involved in the development and implementation of inventory and monitoring systems for terrestrial biodiversity for New Zealand’s national and international reporting and for evaluating the effectiveness of policy and management. Most of his research has been carried out in New Zealand, but he has also conducted studies in Jamaica, Japan, Puerto Rico, Tonga, and Australia.