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Chris Phillips

Scientist - Catchment and Biospheric Processes

E-mail: phillipsc@landcare.cri.nz

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc (Geology and Geography), Otago University, NZ, 1978
  • MSc (Hons) (Earth Science), University of Waikato, NZ, 1980
  • PhD (Agricultural Engineering), Canterbury University, NZ, 1989
  • PG Dip Com (Applied Computing and Marketing), Lincoln University, NZ, 1999

Professional Affiliations

  • New Zealand Geological Society
  • New Zealand Hydrological Society
  • New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM)
  • International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO)
  • International Erosion Control Association (Australasia) (IECA)

Role at Landcare Research

  • Erosion and slope stability research.
  • Erosion processes and the role of vegetation in modifying or mitigating erosion.
  • Integrated catchment management.
  • Part-time web designer.

Current Projects

Selected Publications

Phillips, C.J. Marden, M. in press. Reforestation schemes to manage landslide risk. In: Landslide Hazard and Risk. Eds. T. Glade, M. Anderson, M. Crozier. Wiley.

Fahey, B.; Marden, M.; Phillips, C. (submitted): Sediment yields associated with forest Harvesting in erodible hill country, Coastal Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand. Journal of Hydrology, (NZ).

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M.  2003. Erosion and stormwater control in the Forest industry: past, present and future? In: Proceedings of the 3rd South Pacific Conference on Stormwater and Aquatic Resource Protection. 14-16 May 2003, Auckland, New Zealand.

Davies-Colley, R. J.; Nagels, J. W.; Smith, R.; Young, R.; Phillips, C. 2002. Water quality impacts of cows crossing the Sherry River, Tasman District, New Zealand. Water Science and Technology (submitted).

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M.; Rowan,D.; Garrett, L. 2002. Soil loss, vegetation recovery, and sediment delivery to streams following plantation harvesting, Coromandel. Programme abstracts from "All the easy water has gone". New Zealand Hydrological Society annual conference, Blenheim, December 3-6, 2002.

Ekanayake, J.C.; Phillips, C.J. (2002) Slope stability thresholds for vegetated hillslopes: a composite model. Canadian Geotechnical Journal 39: 849-862.

Marden, M.; Phillips,C.J.; 2002. How do native riparian plants grow? Conservation Quorum, Issue 26, 14-15.

Marden, M.; Phillips,C.J.; Rowan, D. 2002. "Soil loss, vegetation recovery, and sediment yield following plantation harvesting, Coromandel - interim results" Programme abstracts from the Soil Quality/ NZ Association of Resource Management Conference in Palmerston North, April 2-5, 2002.

Fransen, P.J.B.; Phillips, C.J.; Fahey, B.D.  2001: Forest road erosion in New Zealand: overview.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 26: 165-174.

Cussins, T.; O'Halloran, K.; Lilburne, L.;Cochrane, P.; Hickey, C.; Sheppard, D.; Gough, J.; Wickstrom, M.; Eason, C.; Phillips, C.  2000: Ecological risk assessment at contaminated sites in New Zealand.  In: Proceedings 2000 CSRC Contaminated Site Remediation: From Source Zoens to Ecosystems, Melbourne, Australia, 4-8 December 2000.

Ekanayake, J.C.; Phillips, C.J. 1999:An energy balance method for stability analysis of vegetated slopes. Canadian Geotechnical Journal 36(6): 1172-1184.

Ekanayake, J.C.; Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M. 1999: A comparison of methods for stability analysis of vegetated slopes. In: Proceedings of the First Asia-Pacific Conference and Trade Exhibition on Ground and Water Bioengineering for Erosion Control and Slope Stabilisation. April 19-21, 1999, Manilla, Philippines. Pp. 411-418.

Ekanayake, J.C.; Phillips, C.J. 1999: A model for determining thresholds for initiation of shallow landslides under unsaturated conditions in the East Coast Region, New Zealand. Journal of Hydrology (NZ) 38(1): 1-28.

Phillips, C.J.; Ekanayake, J.C.; Marden, M. 1999: Can planting pattern make a difference to slope stability? Conservation Quorum 14: 14.

Watson, A.J.; Marden, M.; Phillips, C.J. 1999:  Root strength, growth and rates of decay: root reinforcement changes of two tree species and their contribution to slope stability.  Plant and Soil 217: 39-47.

Luckman, P.; Laurenson, M.; Douglas, G.; Phillips, C.; Mackay, A.; Walcroft, A.; Dodd, M.; Fung, L. 1999: Designing sustainable farms - plant solutions for eroding hill country. Paper presented at Te Papa Manaaki Whenua Conference April 1999.

Fransen, P.J.B.; Phillips, C.J.; Fahey, B.D. 1998: An overview of forest road erosion in New Zealand. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 79(45)( November 10, 1998) Supplement.

Phillips, C.J.; Watson, A.J. 1998: New Zealand scientists get to the root of erosion control. Erosion Control, September/October 1998: 26-28.

Watson, A.J.; Marden, M.; Phillips, C.J. 1998; Root strength, growth and rates of decay: a comparative study of the root reinforcement changes of two species and their contribution to slope stability. In: The supporting roots: Structure and function. Proceedings of International Conference, 20-24 July 1998, Bordeaux, France. Book of Abstracts. Proceedings to be published.

Ekanayake, J.C.; Phillips,C. J. 1997: Lighthouse Road landslide, Akaroa - monitoring during remedial work. Transactions of IPENZ 24( 1/CE): 27-35.

Phillips, C.J.; Pruden, C.; Coker, R.J. 1996: Forest harvesting in the Marlborough Sounds - Flying in the face of a storm? New Zealand Forestry May 1996:27-31.

Phillips, C.J.; Watson, A.J. 1994: Structural tree root research in New Zealand: A review. Landcare Research Science Series No. 7. Manaaki Whenua Press. 71p.

Zhang, X.; Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M. 1993: A comparison of earthflow movement rates on forested and grassed slopes, Raukumara Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand. Geomorphology 6: 175-187.

Phillips, C.J.; Davies, T.R.H. 199:1. Determining rheological parameters of debris flow material. Geomorphology 4: 101-110.

Zhang, X.; Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M. 1991: Internal deformation of a fast-moving earthflow, Raukumara Peninsula, New Zealand. Geomorphology 4: 145-154.

Davies, T.R.; Phillips, C.J.; Pearce , A.J.; Zhang, X.B. 1991: New aspects of debris flow behaviour. In: Proceedings of Japan-U.S. Symposium on Snow Avalanche, Landslide, Debris Flow Prediction and Control, Tsukuba, Japan. Pp. 443-451.

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M.; Pearce, A. 1990: Effectiveness of reforestation in prevention and control of landsliding during large cyclonic storms. In: Proceedings XIX World IUFRO Congress, Montreal, Canada.

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M.; Rowan, D. 1989: Planning for forestry after Cyclone Bola : a comment. New Zealand Forestry: Nov. 1989.

Phillips, C.J. 1989: Geomorphic effects of Cyclone Bola 1988 - A note. Journal of Hydrology (NZ) 28(2): 142-146.

Phillips, C.J. 1988: Geomorphic effects of two storms on the upper Waitahaia River catchment, Raukumara Peninsula, New Zealand. Journal of Hydrology (NZ) 27(2): 99-112.

Phillips, C.J.; Pearce, A.J. 1986: Terrain stability zoning of the Pouturu and Huiarua Blocks of Tokomaru State Forest. Forest Research Institute Bulletin No. 109.

Phillips, C.J. 1985: Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary geology of the upper Waitahaia River, Raukumara Peninsula, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 28: 595-607.

Phillips, C.J.; Pearce, A.J. 1984: Terrain stability zoning of the Owhena-Mangawhero Block of Tokomaru State Forest. Forest Research Institute Bulletin No. 91.

Phillips, C.J.; Pearce, A.J. 1984: Terrain stability zoning of the Makomako Block of Tokomaru State Forest. Forest Research Institute Bulletin No. 92.

Pearce, A.J.; Phillips, C.J.; Campbell, I.B. 1983: Regolith profiles on slopes underlain by Moutere Gravel Formation, Big Bush State Forest : Hydrologic and geomorphic implications. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 26: 57-70.

Phillips, C.J.; Nelson, C.S. 1981: Hydrology and sedimentology of an artificial lake - Lake Matahina, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 15: 459-473.

Selected Consultancy Reports

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M.; Miller, D.  2000.  Review of plant performance for erosion control in the East Coast region. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9900/111 for MAF Policy (unpublished).

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M. 1999; Ohui Forest monitoring programme; Review and recommendations. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9899/81 for Carter Holt Harvey Forests (unpublished).

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M. 1999; Review of vegetation-slope stability in plantation forests and risk assessment of Ohui Forest to landsliding. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9899/66 for Carter Holt Harvey Forests (unpublished).

Watson, A.; Phillips, C.J.; Simcock, R. 1998: Rooting depth investigations of indigenous plants: tailings Dam Embankment - Martha Gold Mine, Waihi for Waihi Gold Mining Company. Landcare Research Contract Report LC 9798/90 (unpublished).

Phillips, C.J.; Marden, M. 1996: Mohaka forest storm damage. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9596/121 for Carter Holt Harvey Forests Central Region (unpublished).

Phillips, C.J.; Ekanayake, J.C. 1996: Omoto Forest: Assessment of environmental effects of harvesting. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9596/69 for Timberlands West Coast (unpublished) 34 p.

Hunter, G.; Lynn, I.H. Phillips, C.J. 1996: The susceptibility of land in Canterbury to soil erosion and water quality degradation associated with earthworks and vegetation clearance. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9596/ for Canterbury Regional Council (unpublished).

Phillips, C.J. 1995: Afforestation of Kapitea Farm: Impacts of proposed land preparation. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9495/67 for Timberlands West Coast (unpublished) 29 p.

Phillips, C.J. 1994: Rural land disturbance and vegetation removal controls in New Zealand. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9394/69 for Works Environmental Management (unpublished) 40 p.

Phillips, C.J.; Coker, R.J. 1994: Soil and water impacts of small coupe harvesting in beech forest. Landcare Research Contract Report LC 9394/85 (unpublished) 56 p.

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