Prof. David Norton

Prof. David Norton

David Norton is a professor at Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury. He has taught and researched the ecology and conservation of New Zealand’s native biodiversity for over 35 years. In the last couple of decades, David’s research has focused on enhancing native biodiversity within farming systems through remnant management, restoration and management planning, including publication of a 2013 book ‘Nature and Farming’ with an Australian colleague. David works closely with sector groups such as Beef+Lamb NZ and NZ Merino and has written the biodiversity section for the refreshed Beef+Lamb NZ Farm Plan that will replace the current land environment plans early in 2021.

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The Importance of Native Trees in Agroecosystems

By Prof. David Norton18th of March 2021

Early settlers who arrived on land cleared of native forests soon began planting exotic tree species for multiple benefits. These exotics continue to dominate tree cover on farms today. Native...
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The Pure Advantages of Native Forests

By Prof. David Norton9th of March 2021

Aotearoa/New Zealand’s native forests are unique and special in terms of their biodiversity and their contribution to all New Zealanders’ cultural identity. Our remaining native forests are still under serious...
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