Chris works on developing green infrastructure to mitigate the impact of stormwater on urban environments.

He has a background in plant physiology and therefore focusses on the role of plants in removing pollutants and restoring the urban water balance through evapotranspiration.

Chris’ current research how we can use stormwater to irrigate the urban forest, but also works on biofiltration systems and constructed wetlands.

Chris teaches applied tree biology and urban forest ecosystems to undergraduate science students and postgraduate students studying urban horticulture and arboriculture.



Research Interests

  • Passive irrigation of street trees
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Bioretention
  • Plants in the urban water balance