Dr. Warwick Silvester ONZM is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at University of Waikato. He has interests in plant nutrition and productivity and has published papers on nitrogen fixation, nitrogen cycling and tree physiology. He is currently Chair of Pukemokemoke Forest Trust and is the inaugural KuDos Lifetime Achievement Awardee in recognition of outstanding achievements in environmental research and a founding member of Tāne’s Tree Trust.
The loss of native forests since humans first settled in New Zealand around 800 years ago has been a disaster for hill country soils, water quality and biodiversity. Evidence of soil movement and its eventual loss into waterways and the sea is widespread.