Dr Martin Bader

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Senior Lecturer

Email: martin.bader@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3742-9762

Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Auckland University of Technology (2017 - ongoing)


  • PhD Plant Ecology, University of Basel
  • MSc Plant Ecophysiology, University of Waikato
  • MSc Geography, Saarland University


I earned a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Basel (Switzerland) in late 2009 and stayed on for a 9-month postdoctoral stint. Following a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Western Australia (2010 – 2012), I took on a full-time permanent position as quantitative ecologist/biostatistician at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion). In February 2017, I joined AUT as senior lecturer in ecology.

Research interests:

Plant Ecology, Tree physiology, Plant-Insect-Interactions, Plant-Pathogen-Interactions, Global Change Ecology, Biostatistics

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Member of the editorial board, Forests (2019 - ongoing)

Research outputs:


  • Körner, C., & Bader, M. K. -F. (2010). Der Wald in einer CO2-reichen Welt: Synthese des 8-jährigen CO2-Anreicherungsexperimentes in einem Laubmischwald beim schweizerischen Forschungskran in Hofstetten (SO) in der Nordwestschweiz. Switzerland: Lehrmittelverlag Kanton Solothurn.

Journal articles

  • Pawson, S. M., Bader, M. K. F., Brockerhoff, E. G., Heffernan, W. J. B., Kerr, J. L., & O’Connor, B. (2018). Quantifying the thermal tolerance of wood borers and bark beetles for the development of Joule heating as a novel phytosanitary treatment of pine logs. Journal of Pest Science, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10340-018-1015-8

  • Redlich, S., Clemens, J., Bader, M. K. F., Pendrigh, D., Perret-Gentil, A., Godsoe, W., . . . Brockerhoff, E. G. (2018). Identifying new associations between invasive aphids and Pinaceae trees using plant sentinels in botanic gardens. Biological Invasions, 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10530-018-1817-x

  • Scott, P., Bader, M. K. F., Burgess, T., Hardy, G., & Williams, N. (2019). Global biogeography and invasion risk of the plant pathogen genus Phytophthora. Environmental Science and Policy, 101, 175-182. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2019.08.020

  • Fiori, L., Martinez, E., Bader, M. K. -F., Orams, M. B., & Bollard-Breen, B. (2019). Insights into the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to investigate the behavior of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Marine Mammal Science. doi:10.1111/mms.12637

  • Bader, M. K. -F., & Leuzinger, S. (2019). Hydraulic coupling of a leafless kauri tree remnant to conspecific hosts. iScience, 19, 1238-1247. doi:10.1016/j.isci.2019.05.009

  • Rolando, C., Somchit, C., Bader, M. K. -F., Fraser, S., & Williams, N. (2019). Can copper be used to treat foliar Phytophthora infections in Pinus radiata?. Plant Disease, 103(8), 1828-1834. doi:10.1094/pdis-07-18-1247-re

  • Gómez-Gallego, M., Leboldus, J., Bader, M. K. -F., Hansen, E., Donaldson, L., & Williams, N. M. (2019). Contrasting the pathogen loads in co-existing populations of Phytophthora pluvialis and Nothophaeocryptopus gaeumannii in Douglas fir plantations in New Zealand and the US Pacific Northwest. Phytopathology, 109(11), 1908-1921. doi:10.1094/phyto-12-18-0479-r

  • Romo, C. M., Bader, M. K. F., & Pawson, S. M. (2019). Inner log temperatures vary with log direction and forest cover: Implications for predicting the phenology of saproxylic insects. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 275, 329-339. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.05.008

  • Gomez-Gallego, M., Gommers, R., Bader, M. K. F., & Williams, N. M. (2019). Modelling the key drivers of an aerial Phytophthora foliar disease epidemic, from the needles to the whole plant. PLoS ONE, 14(5). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216161

  • Fettermann, T., Fiori, L., Bader, M., Doshi, A., Breen, D., Stockin, K. A., & Bollard, B. (2019). Behaviour reactions of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) to multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Scientific Reports, 9(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-019-44976-9

  • Romo, C. M., Bader, M. K. F., & Pawson, S. M. (2018). Measuring wood-boring depth of Arhopalus ferus and Prionoplus reticularis in Pinus radiata logs informs the development of phytosanitary treatments. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 166(10), 823-833. doi:10.1111/eea.12710

  • Graham, N. J., Suontama, M., Pleasants, T., Li, Y., Bader, M. K. F., Klápště, J., . . . Williams, N. M. (2018). Assessing the genetic variation of tolerance to red needle cast in a Pinus radiata breeding population. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 14(4), 1-12. doi:10.1007/s11295-018-1266-9

  • Allen, H., Sabetian, A., Bader, M., & Rowlands, T. (2018). Influence of age, size and condition factor on lipid concentration in the snapper Chrysophrys auratus. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 52(2), 295-307. doi:10.1080/00288330.2017.1421236

  • Chase, K. D., Kelly, D., Liebhold, A. M., Bader, M. K. -F., & Brockerhoff, E. G. (2017). Long‐distance dispersal of non‐native pine bark beetles from host resources. Ecological Entomology, 42.

  • Rolando, C. A., Dick, M. A., Gardner, J. F., Bader, M. K. -F., & Williams, N. M. (2017). Chemical control of two Phytophthora species infecting the canopy of Monterey pine (Pinus radiata). Forest Pathology, 47.

  • Kerr, J. L., Kelly, D., Bader, M. K. -F., & Brockerhoff, E. G. (2017). Olfactory cues, visual cues, and semiochemical diversity interact during host location by invasive forest beetles. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43(1). doi:10.1007/s10886-016-0792-x

  • Nishar, A., Bader, M. K. -F., O'Gorman, E. J., Deng, J., Breen, B., & Leuzinger, S. (2017). Temperature effects on biomass and regeneration of vegetation in a geothermal area. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8. doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.00249

  • Gómez-Gallego, M., Bader, M. K. -F., Scott, P. M., Leuzinger, S., & Williams, N. M. (2017). Phytophthora pluvialis studies on douglas-fir require Swiss needle cast suppression. Plant Disease, 101(7). doi:10.1094/PDIS-12-16-1738-RE

  • Romo, C. M., Bader, M., & Pawson, S. M. (2016). Comparative Growth and Survival of Hylurgus ligniperda (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) and Arhopalus ferus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) Reared on Artificial or Natural Diet at 15 or 25°C. Journal of Economic Entomology, 101.

  • Ruthrof, K. X., Bader, M. K. -F., Matusick, G., Jakob, S., & Hardy, G. E. S. J. (2016). Promoting seedling physiological performance and early establishment in degraded Mediterranean-type ecosystems. New Forests, 47(3). doi:10.1007/s11056-015-9520-6

  • Voelker, S. L., Brooks, J. R., Meinzer, F. C., Anderson, R., Bader, M. K. -F., Battipaglia, G., . . . Wingate, L. (2016). A dynamic leaf gas‐exchange strategy is conserved in woody plants under changing ambient CO₂: Evidence from carbon isotope discrimination in paleo and CO₂ enrichment studies. Global Change Biology, 22(2). doi:10.1111/gcb.13102

  • Scott, P., Bader, M. K. -F., & Williams, N. M. (2016). Foliar phosphite application has minor phytotoxic impacts across a diverse range of conifers and woody angiosperms. Physiologia Plantarum, 158(2). doi:10.1111/ppl.12442

  • Schädel, C., Bader, M. K. -F., Schurr, E. A. G., Biasi, C., Bracho, R., Čapek, P., . . . Wickland, K. P. (2016). Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils. Nature Climate Change, 6. doi:10.1038/nclimate3054

  • Klein, T., Bader, M. K. -F., Leuzinger, S., Mildner, M., Schleppi, P., Siegwolf, R. T. W., & Körner, C. (2016). Growth and carbon relations of mature Picea abies trees under 5 years of free-air CO₂ enrichment. Journal of Ecology, 104(6). doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12621

  • Bader, M. K. -F., Mildner, M., Baumann, C., Leuzinger, S., & Körner, C. (2016). Photosynthetic enhancement and diurnal stem and soil carbon fluxes in a mature Norway spruce stand under elevated CO₂. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 124. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2015.12.005

  • Gardner, J. F., Dick, M. A., & Bader, M. K. -F. (2015). Susceptibility of New Zealand flora to Phytophthora kernoviae and its seasonal variability in the field. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 45.

  • Mildner, M., Bader, M. K. -F., Baumann, C., & Körner, C. (2015). Respiratory fluxes and fine root responses in mature Picea abies trees exposed to elevated atmospheric CO₂ concentrations. Biogeochemistry, 124(1-3). doi:10.1007/s10533-015-0084-5

  • Sopow, S. L., Bader, M. K. -F., & Brockerhoff, E. G. (2015). Bark beetles attacking conifer seedlings: Picking on the weakest or feasting upon the fittest?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(1). doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12368

  • Strand, T. M., Rolando, C. A., Richardson, B., Bader, M. K. -F., Gous, S., & Hammond, D. (2014). An aerial spot-spraying technique: a pilot study to test a method for pest eradication in urban environments. SpringerPlus, 3.

  • Bader, M. K. -F., Ehrenberger, W., Bitter, R., Stevens, J., Miller, B. P., Chopard, J., . . . Veneklaas, E. J. (2014). Spatio‐temporal water dynamics in mature Banksia menziesii trees during drought. Physiologia Plantarum, 152(2). doi:10.1111/ppl.12170

  • Rolando, C., Gaskin, R., Horgan, D., Williams, N. M., & Bader, M. K. -F. (2014). The use of adjuvants to improve uptake of phosphorous acid applied to Pinus radiata needles for control of foliar Phytophthora diseases. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 1.

  • Dick, M. A., Williams, N. M., Bader, M. K. -F., Gardner, J. F., & Bulman, L. S. (2014). Pathogenicity of Phytophthora pluvialis to Pinus radiata and its relation with red needle cast disease in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 44.

  • Pawson, S. M., & Bader, M. K. -F. (2014). LED lighting increases the ecological impact of light pollution irrespective of color temperature. Ecological Applications, 24(7). doi:10.1890/14-0468.1

  • Mildner, M., Bader, M. K. -F., Leuzinger, S., Siegwolf, R. T. W., & Körner, C. (2014). Long-term 13C labeling provides evidence for temporal and spatial carbon allocation patterns in mature Picea abies. Oecologia, 175(3).

  • Mildner, M., Bader, M. K. -F., Leuzinger, S., Siegwolf, R. T. W., & Körner, C. (2014). Long-term ¹³C labeling provides evidence for temporal and spatial carbon allocation patterns in mature Picea abies. Oecologia, 175(3). doi:10.1007/s00442-014-2935-5

  • ZImmermann, U., Bitter, R., Schüttler, A., Ehrenberger, W., Rüger, S., Bramley, H., . . . Bader, M. K. -F. (2013). Advanced plant-based, internet-sensor technology gives new insights into hydraulic plant functioning. Acta Horticulturae, 991.

  • Bader, M. K. -F., Leuzinger, S., Keel, S. G., Siegwolf, R. T. W., Hagedorn, F., Schleppi, P., & Körner, C. (2013). Central European hardwood trees in a high-CO₂ future: Synthesis of an 8-year forest canopy CO₂ enrichment project. Journal of Ecology, 101(6). doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12149

  • Leuzinger, S., & Bader, M. K. (2012). Experimental vs. modeled water use in mature Norway spruce (Picea abies) exposed to elevated CO₂. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3. doi:10.3389/fpls.2012.00229

  • Bystriakova, N., Bader, M. K. -F., & Coomes, D. A. (2011). Long‐term tree fern dynamics linked to disturbance and shade tolerance. Journal of Vegetation Science, 22.

  • Scherrer, D., Bader, M. K. -F., & Körner, C. (2011). Drought-sensitivity ranking of deciduous tree species based on thermal imaging of forest canopies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 151.

  • Bader, M. K. -F., & Körner, C. (2010). No overall stimulation of soil respiration under mature deciduous forest trees after 7 years of CO2 enrichment. Global Change Biology, 16.

  • Bader, M. K. -F., Siegwolf, R. T. W., & Körner, C. (2010). Sustained enhancement of photosynthesis in mature deciduous forest trees after 8 years of free air CO2 enrichment. Planta, 232.

  • Dulamsuren, C., Hauck, M., Bader, M. K. F., Osokhjargal, D., Oyungerel, S., Nyambayar, S., . . . Leuschner, C. (2009). Water relations and photosynthetic performance in Larix sibirica growing in the forest-steppe ecotone of northern Mongolia. Tree Physiology, (29).

  • Dulamsuren, C., Hauck, M., Bader, M. K. F., Oyungerel, S., Osokhjargal, D., Nyambayar, S., & Leuschner, C. (2009). The different strategies of Pinus sylvestris and Larix sibirica to deal with summer drought in a northern Mongolian forest–steppe ecotone suggest a future superiority of pine in a warming climate. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39.

  • Dulamsuren, C., Hauck, M., Nyambayar, S., Bader, M. K. F., Osokhjargal, D., Oyungerel, S., & Leuschner, C. (2009). Performance of Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) on steppe slopes of the northern Mongolian mountain taiga: drought stress and herbivory in mature trees. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 66.

  • Bader, M., Hiltbrunner, E., & Körner, C. (2009). Fine root responses of mature deciduous forest trees to free air carbon dioxide enrichment (FACE). Functional Ecology, 23.

Conference contributions

  • Chopard, J., Bader, M. K. -F., Veneklaas, E. J., & Renton, M. (2011). Impact of a tree's hydraulic strategy on its survival in a global climate change context. In MODSIM 2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Perth: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc..