Catherine L Kirby

Catherine L KirbyIt was during her Master of Science research at the University of Waikato that Catherine Kirby discovered a passion for New Zealand’s forest canopies. This largely unexplored world of native epiphytes, vines and mistletoes has since drawn Catherine to plenty of epiphyting*, through canopy flora and fauna surveys, restoration research, academic publishing, photography, conference and community presentations, and of course, lots of tree climbing. In 2013, Catherine convened the first New Zealand Epiphyte Workshop and launched the New Zealand Epiphyte Network and Blog to provide information and connections for people interested canopy ecosystems.

*defined here as the exploration, observation, study, and all round enjoyment of epiphytes, vines, mistletoes and associated lifeforms.




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