Dr Bradley Case

Programme Leader of Geospatial Science, Senior Lecturer in GIS and Remote Sensing

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 5231

Email: Bradley.Case@aut.ac.nz


  • BSc, MSc (Forest Science) University of New Brunswick
  • PhD Lincoln University

Teaching Areas:

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Python Programming for GIS
  • Plant Ecology

Research Summary:

My research focusses primarily on characterising ecological patterns, and understanding the processes that drive these patterns, at multiple spatial and temporal scales. I am particularly interested in the processes that maintain ecological boundaries between plant populations or communities, such as at alpine treeline.  I use a range of field, experimental, and statistical/process-based modelling approaches for my research. I frequently use GIS, remote sensing, drone, and sensor technologies as data collection methods for my research and also have an avid interest in how such technologies can be usefully applied for ecological studies.


(from the last 5 years)
  • Case, B.S., Buckley, H.L., Barker-Plotkin, A.A., Orwig, D.A., and Ellison, A.M. 2017. When a foundation crumbles: forecasting forest community dynamics following the decline of the foundation species, Tsuga canadensis,” Ecosphere in press.
  • Lear, G., Lau, K., Perchec, A.M., Buckley, H.L., Case, B.S., Neale, M., Fierer, N., Leff, J.W., Handley, K.M., and Lewis, G. 2017. Following Rapoport’s Rule: The geographic range and genome size of bacterial taxa decline at warmer latitudes. Environmental Microbiology DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13797
  • Hermans, S., Buckley, H.L., Case, B.S., Curran-Cournane, F., Taylor, M., Lear, G. 2017. Bacteria as emerging indicators of soil condition. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 83 - e02826-16: 1-13.
  • Welsch, J. and Case, B.S. 2016. Shelterbelts – a farm-friendly way to improve carbon sequestration in the New Zealand agricultural sector. The Journal 20: 26-30.
  • Case, B.S., Buckley, H.L., Barker Plotkin, A.A., and Ellison, A.M. 2016. Using codispersion analysis to quantify temporal changes in the spatial pattern of forest stand structure. Chilean Journal of Statistics 7:3-15.
  • Welsch, J., Hale, R.J., Buckley H.L., and Case, B.S. 2016. Quantification and comparison of shelterbelt carbon stocks within and between an organic mixed-cropping farm and a conventional dairy farm. New Zealand Natural Sciences 41:14-28.
  • Buckley, H.L., Case, B.S., Vallejos, R., Camarero, J.J., Gutiérrez, E., Liang, E., Wang, Y., and Ellison, A.M. 2016. Detecting ecological patterns along environmental gradients: alpine treeline ecotones. American Statistical Association - Chance Magazine 29: 10-15.
  • Li, X., Camarero, J.J., Case, B.S., Liang, E., Rossi, S. 2016. The onset of xylogenesis is not related to distance from the crown. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46: 885-889.
  • Boyer, S., Case, B.S., Lefort, M-C., Waterhouse, B.R., and Wratten, S.D. 2016. Can ecosystem-scale translocations mitigate the impact of climate change on terrestrial biodiversity? Promises, pitfalls, and possibilities. F1000 Research 5: 146.
  • Wang, Y., Pederson, N., Ellison, AM., Buckley, HL., Case, BS., Liang, E., Camarero, JJ. 2016. Increased stem density and competition diminishes potential positive effects of warming at alpine treeline. Ecology doi: 10.1890/15-1264.1
  • Buckley, H.L., Case. B.S., Zimmerman, J.K.., Thompson, J., Myers, J.A., and Ellison, A.M. 2016. Using codispersion analysis to quantify and understand spatial patterns in species-environment relationships. New Phytologist 211: 735-749.
  • Buckley, H.L., Case, B.S., and Ellison, A.M. Using codispersion analysis to characterize spatial patterns in species co-occurrences. 2016. Ecology 97(1): 32–39.
  • Case, B.S., Zawar-Reza, P., and Tait, A. 2016. Simulating topoclimatic data to support bioclimatic research in alpine environments: application and assessment of a mesoscale atmospheric model. International Journal of Climatology 36:885-899.
  • Jonsson, M., Straub, CS., Didham, RK., Buckley, HL., Case, BS., Hale, RJ., Gratton, C., and Wratten, SD. 2015. Experimental evidence that the effectiveness of conservation biological control depends on landscape complexity. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 1274-1282.
  • Case, B.S., and Buckley, H.L. 2015. Local-scale topoclimate effects on treeline elevations: a country-wide investigation of New Zealand’s southern beech treelines. PeerJ 3:e1334.
  • Case, B.S. and Hale, R.J. 2015. Using novel metrics to assess biogeographic patterns of abrupt treelines in relation to abiotic influences. Progress in Physical Geography 39:310-336.
  • Godsoe, W. and Case, B.S. 2015. Accounting for shifts in the frequency of suitable environments when testing for niche overlap. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6: 59-66.
  • Case, B.S. and Duncan, R.P.  2014. A novel framework for disentangling the scale-dependent influences of abiotic factors on alpine treeline elevation. Ecography 37: 838-851
  • Lear, G., Bellamy, J., Case, B.S., Lee, J.E., and Buckley, H.L. 2014. Fine-scale spatial patterns in bacterial community composition and function within freshwater ponds. ISME Journal DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2014.21.
  • Welsch, J.S., Case, B.S., and Bigsby, H. 2014. Trees on farms: understanding and mapping woody re-vegetation potential in an intensely-farmed agricultural landscape. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 183: 93-102.
  • Buckley, HL., Sciligo, AR., Adair, KL., Case, B.S., Monks, JM. 2014. Is there gender bias in reviewer selection and publication success rates for the New Zealand Journal of Ecology? New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38(2): 335-339.
  • Lear, G., Washington, V., Neale, M., Case, B.S., Buckley, H.L., and Lewis, G. 2013. The biogeography of stream bacteria Global Ecology and Biogeography  22: 544-554.
  • Czerepowicz, L., Case, B.S., and Doscher, C. 2012. Using satellite imagery data to estimate aboveground shelterbelt carbon stocks across an agricultural landscape. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 156: 142-150.
  • Jonsson, M., Buckley, H.L., Case, B.S., Wratten, S.D., Hale, R.J., and Didham, R.K. 2012. Agricultural intensification drives landscape-scale context effects on host-parasitoid interaction in agroecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 706-714.
  • Whitehead, J., Case, B.S., Molles, L., and Wilson, K-J. 2012. Home range size and habitat quality limit kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) breeding success in a low rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) mast year. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36: 64-74.