Katrin Webb



Katrin Webb is the Operating Officer for the Forest Science group. Her background is in forest health, pathology and ectomycorrhizal fungi of plantation forests. Her research into soil microbial interactions with trees focused on the large potential benefits to the New Zealand forest industry in terms of improving forest health and tree growth.


  • PhD (Mycology), Lincoln University, New Zealand - 2008
  • Diplom Biologe – Equivalent to MSc Biology (Botany, Ecology, Zoology, Geography), Christian Albrechts Univeritaet zu Kiel, Germany - 2002.

Research capabilities

  • Molecular forest pathology
  • Forest pathology and diagnostics
  • Mycorrhizal ecology
  • Ectomycorrhizal fungi of plantation forests

Career highlights

  • Forest Science Operating Officer, Scion 2016 - present
  • Business Development Manager, Scion 2014 - 2016
  • Team Leader, Forest Protection, Scion 2010 - 2014

Selected papers

Smaill, S. J. & Walbert, K (2013): Fertilizer and fungicide use increases the abundance of less beneficial ectomycorrhizal species in a seedling nursery. Applied Soil Biology. 65, Pages 60 - 64.

McCarthy, J.K.; Hood, I.A.; Brockerhoff, E.G.; Carlson, C.A.; Pawson, S.M.; Forward, M.; Walbert, K.; Gardner, J.F. (2010): Predicting sapstain and degrade in fallen  trees following storm damage in a Pinus radiata forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 260 (9) 1456 - 1466.

Walbert, K, Ramsfield, T.D., Ridgway, H.J., and Jones, E.E. (2010):  Ectomycorrhiza of Pinus radiata (D. Don 1836) in New Zealand – an above- and belowground assessment. Australasian Mycologist. Australasian Mycologist 29 (1), 7 - 16.

Walbert, K., Ramsfield, T.D., Ridgway, H.J., and Jones, E.E. (2010): Ectomycorrhizal species associated with Pinus radiata in New Zealand including novel associations determined by molecular analysis. Mycorrhiza 20, 209-215

Walbert, K (2008): Ectomycorrhizal communities associated with a Pinus radiata plantation in the North Island, New Zealand. PhD Thesis. Department of Ecology, Lincoln University. 249pp. http://researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz/dspace/handle/10182/658