Roger Slack Award 2016: Cate Macinnis-Ng

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the Roger Slack Award in Plant Biology for 2016

as Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng of Auckland University.

As a plant ecophysiolgist, Dr Macinnis-Ng specialises in plant functional responses to environmental conditions. She is particularly interested in the impact of climatic variability and change on carbon and water fluxes of the forest. Since moving to New Zealand in 2010, Cate has been exploring the physiology of our largest and longest-lived tree, kauri. Among key findings Cate has found evidence for drought adaptations in a species previously thought to be highly vulnerable to water stress. This research has laid the groundwork for a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship exploring limits of drought tolerance using a NZ-first throughfall exclusion experiment. Congratulations to Cate on this excellent achievement. Cate will be presenting her work at our upcoming annual meeting at Queenstown Research Week on September 2nd.


IMG_1088Measuring leaf water potential in a Kauri forest.

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