Kevin Gould

Kevin Gould

Job Title

Professor, Plant Biology


My research has focused on the structural and physiological mechanisms through which plants tolerate environmental stressors. Recent projects have included:

  • Roles of anthocyanin pigments in the photoprotection, UV-B screening, and thermotolerance of leaves in native New Zealand plants;
  • Foliar aposematism as an anti-herbivore defence;
  • Protective functions of betalains and anthocyanins in stems;
  • Free radicals and antioxidant defences in shoots and roots under stress;
  • Cellular basis for the modification of flower colour;
  • Nitric oxide as a mediator of plant stress responses;
  • Protective mechanisms in New Zealand liverworts;
  • Evaluation of antioxidants from native plant extracts and traditional Maori foods as nutritional supplements for humans.
  • Biology of plants