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Beach vegetation data needed by PhD student

Cate Ryan, one of the Trust’s student scholarship recipients and a major player in organising our next conference, is doing her PhD on identifying and measuring indicators of active dune condition using remotely sensed imagery (aerial, UAV and satellite), at a national scale.

She needs help with relatively recent (in the past 10-12 years) vegetation records for her dune study sites to assess against her results. Ideally she’d like composition and cover data for the beaches listed below, but presence /absence data (e.g. species lists) will also be really helpful. Her research is plot based, with the plots in the foredunes, but she would be keen to see any data for any parts of the following beaches:

Spirits Bay (Northland)

Ponaki Beach (Northland)

Rarawa (Northland)

Cable Bay (Northland)

Pakiri – Te Arai Beaches (Auckland)

Muriwai (Auckland)

Whatipu (Auckland)

Tawharanui (Auckland)

Orewa (Auckland)

Otama (Coromandel)

Ohope Beach west (Bay of Plenty)

Mangangu Stream (Waikato)

Himitangi (Manawatu)

Otaki (Wellington)

Raumati (Wellington)

New Brighton Beach (Canterbury)

Kaitorete Spit (Canterbury)

Waikouiti Beach (Otago)

Saint Kilda and Saint Clair Beaches (Otago)

Coal River (Fiordland)

Welcome Bay (Fiordland)

Smoky Beach (Rakiura /Stewart Island)

If you can help her, we’d really appreciate it. Please send any data or queries to .