School of Agriculture and Environment – all staff

Head and Deputy Head of School

  • Prof Peter Kemp

    Prof Peter Kemp

    Head of School/Professor of Pasture Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 84845

  • Prof Paul Kenyon

    Prof Paul Kenyon

    Deputy Head of School, School of Agriculture & Environment/Professor in Sheep Husbandry - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 85176


Staff

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  • Dr Reza Abdollahi

    Dr Reza Abdollahi

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Jolanda Amoore

    Jolanda Amoore

    Farm Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Chris Anderson

    Prof Chris Anderson

    Professor in Environmental Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

     I define myself as a soil chemist, with specific expertise in the subject area of environmental geochemistry.

    I have significant experience in the application of new environmental chemistry techniques (analytical and technology-based) to current science and technology problems. A key focus of my research is the use of plants to extract, degrade or immobilise contaminants in soil. My research has been dominated by attention to trace elements, but extends to organic contaminants. Underpinning my research is a quest to understand the flux of contaminants within the soil-plant-animal biogeochemical system.

     

  • Dr Kate Arentsen

    Dr Kate Arentsen

    Research Development Advisor - Research and Enterprise

    Project Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Doug Armstrong

    Prof Doug Armstrong

    Professor in Conservation Biology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    My research programme focuses on improving methods for understanding population and metapopulation dynamics of threatened wildlife, with particular application to reintroduction.  This research involves analyses of field experiments and long-term data sets within the frameworks of adaptive management and structured decision making.  Field projects have involved many different wildlife restoration projects around the North Island of New Zealand as well as offshore islands., and an 11-year project on management of native forest fragments on Rereahu farms in the central North Island.

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  • Dr Penny Back

    Dr Penny Back

    Senior Lecturer in Dairy Production - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Senior Lecturer in Dairy Production - School of Veterinary Science

  • Fiona Bardell

    Fiona Bardell

    Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I assist the Environmental Science Group and Professional Development Courses with FLRC.

  • Karen Barker

    Karen Barker

    Seed Analyst - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Paul Barrett

    Paul Barrett

    Technical Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Ian Barugh

    Ian Barugh

    Consultant - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Phil Battley

    Associate Professor Phil Battley

    Associate Professor in Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I am interested in ornithology in general, but specifically in bird migration, particularly shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. This work involves remote tracking of Bar-tailed Godwits and Red Knots from New Zealand, and investigating the molecular basis to godwit migration timing in a Marsden-funded project with Dr Andrew Fidler (Cawthron Inst.).

  • Prof Mark Bebbington

    Prof Mark Bebbington

    Professor in Geostatistics/SB Group Leader - School of Fundamental Sciences

    Professor in Geostatistics - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I'm Professor in Geostatistics, in the Statistics Group and in Volcanic Risk Solutions at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. My research is focussed on estimation of hazard from volcanoes and earthquakes, with interests in related problems from survival analysis and process control.

    I moonlight as an Associate Editor for the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics and for Statistics in Volcanology (https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/siv/), and am a member of the New Zealand Volcano Science Advisory Panel

  • Sunmeet Bhatia

    Sunmeet Bhatia

    Technician - Research and Teaching (Plant Science) - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Sharon Bishop

    Sharon Bishop

    Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Hugh Blair

    Prof Hugh Blair

    Professor of Animal Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Mike Bretherton

    Dr Mike Bretherton

    Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Phil Brooks

    Phil Brooks

    Manager - Tuapaka Farm - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • John Brophy

    John Brophy

    Stock Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Jennifer Burke

    Dr Jennifer Burke

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Dr Lucy Burkitt spent 10 years as a research scientist with the Dairy Centre at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture in Burnie in North West Tasmania, before joining Massey University.  Lucy’s research interests are in soil and nutrient management, with a specific focus on phosphorus loss from intensive pasture systems and more recently, nutrient loss and attenuation in hill country landscapes.  

  • Dean Burnham

    Dean Burnham

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Craig Burridge

    Craig Burridge

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

    Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

    Research Officer - Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamic - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

    Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

    Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Marta is the co-director of the New Zealand Biochar Research Centre. She has been a member of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (2013-2015) and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Biochar Initiative (2011-2015; vice-chair 2014; chair 2015). Marta studied Agricultural Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Lleida, Spain) and then received her MSc and PhD in Soil Science from the University of California, Davis. Previous to working at Massey University, she was a Senior Researcher - “Ramon y Cajal” (2003-2008) at NEIKER (Spain) and lecturer (1999-2003) at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

  • Kataraina Cassidy

    Kataraina Cassidy

    Business Development Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Isabel Castro

    Associate Professor Isabel Castro

    Associate Professor in Ecology/Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I am a wildlife biologist with broad interests including animal behavior, parasite-host interactions, anatomy, morphology, sensory biology, and conservation. My research is on island species, particularly birds, but also introduced mammals and charismatic land snails. I have a passion for solving conservation problems, making new biological findings, and working with technology.

  • Dr Kirsty Chidgey

    Dr Kirsty Chidgey

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Christine Christensen

    Dr Christine Christensen

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Andrea Clavijo McCormick

    Dr Andrea Clavijo McCormick

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Alastair Clement

    Dr Alastair Clement

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Rene Corner-Thomas

    Dr Rene Corner-Thomas

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Senior Lecturer - School of Veterinary Science

    Dr Rene Corner-Thomas is a senior lecturer in sheep production in the International Sheep Research Centre at Massey University. After completing a PhD at Massey University in 2007 she worked as a Research Officer at Estendart Ltd before returning to the University in 2012. Rene joined the Sheep Research Centre as a research officer to work on projects ranging from large flock studies of hogget breeding, to feeding hogget ewes on alternative herbages during lambing to an investigation of ewe longevity. In 2015, Rene took up a lecturing position and in 2018 was promoted to senior lecturer.

  • Martin Correa Luna

    Martin Correa Luna

    Research Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Lydia Cranston

    Dr Lydia Cranston

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Senior Lecturer - School of Veterinary Science

  • Lance Currie

    Lance Currie

    Senior Technical Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Sherryl Curtis

    Sherryl Curtis

    Executive Assistant - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Shaun De Malmanche

    Shaun De Malmanche

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Russell Death

    Prof Russell Death

    Professor of Freshwater Ecology - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Danny Donaghy

    Prof Danny Donaghy

    Professor of Dairy Production Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Hamish Doohan

    Hamish Doohan

    Farm Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Ina Draganova

    Dr Ina Draganova

    Lecturer in Animal Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Ina is a Lecturer in the School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University. Prior to joining Massey University Ina was a lecture at Hartpury College, University of West of England, UK where she led the BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme. Her research interests lie in the area of animal management, behaviour and precision farming. In recent years, Ina has focused on the use of emerging precision tools to track and monitor livestock and the use of aerial imaging systems in pasture mamagement.

  • Dr Rao Dukkipati

    Dr Rao Dukkipati

    Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics - School of Veterinary Science

    Rao was born and brought up in an agricultural family in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. After obtaining BVSc and MVSc (Genetics and Animal Breeding) degrees from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, he worked for over three years in the same university as Lecturer in Genetics and Animal Breeding. Rao came to New Zealand in 2002 to do PhD in Animal Science (Molecular Genetics) in IVABS, Massey University. After completion of PhD in early 2007, he worked as Research Officer in Johne's sub-unit vaccine project in IVABS until appointed to the current position at the beginning of 2011.

  • Sandra Dunkinson

    Sandra Dunkinson

    Accounts Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • David Feek

    David Feek

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Michelle Fremaux

    Michelle Fremaux

    Director - Equine Parentage and Animal Genetics Service Centre - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Luke Fullard

    Dr Luke Fullard

    Lecturer in Mathematics - School of Fundamental Sciences

    Lecturer in Computational Geodynamics - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Ian Fuller

    Prof Ian Fuller

    Professor in Physical Geography - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Associate Dean Research - Dean Research

    Focused in fluvial geomorphology, my research and teaching concentrates on: (i) river channel dynamics and interaction with river habitat; (ii) flood histories and catchment response to environmental change; (iii) slope-channel coupling and catchment connectivity. Within this platform of research there is considerable breadth and diversity, including hazard assessment and impacts on stream ecology. I co-direct Massey's Innovative River Solutions Centre. I also actively engage in pedagogic research and the scholarship of teaching, and was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.

  • Ian Furkert

    Ian Furkert

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Elena Garnevska

    Dr Elena Garnevska

    Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Dorian Garrick

    Prof Dorian Garrick

    Chief Scientist, Director of Al Rae Centre, Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Hossein Ghani Zadeh

    Dr Hossein Ghani Zadeh

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Gillian Gibb

    Dr Gillian Gibb

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I am interested in the molecular evolution of birds and animals.  My research interests include New Zealand birds, island avian assemblages, the impact of the KT boundary on avian evolution, mitochondrial genome assembly, gene order, long branch attraction, phylogenetics and systematics. 

    I completed my PhD with Professor David Penny in 2010, and since then have undertaken postdoctoral positions at the Australian National University in Canberra, and the University of Montpellier II in France. My previous research has revolved around mitochondrial genomes and phylogenetics of birds, marsupials and Xenarthrans (armadillos, anteaters and sloths)

  • Julian Gorman

    Julian Gorman

    Lecturer - School of People, Environment and Planning

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Shelley Grace

    Shelley Grace

    Laboratory and Administration Assistant - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Miles Grafton

    Dr Miles Grafton

    Senior Lecturer - Precision Agriculture - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Miles Grafton worked as a Management Accountant and GIS technician in the agricultural aviation industry for a number of years. His Ph.D research was in identifying causes of material flow problems in aircraft. He has also been involved in  developing computer controlled automated delivery systems  for variable rate application of bulk solids from agricultural aircraft. 

    He works in Precision Agriculture (PA) and has been involved in modelling fertiliser ballistics for improved applicationaccuracy and quantifying the benefits of PA.

  • Dr David Gray

    Dr David Gray

    Senior Lecturer in Farm Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

    My key research interests are in how farmers learn and make decisions.  I am particularly interested in how farmers design and manage their production systems.  I have also undertaken research into resilient farming systems and the management of risk.  In recent years I have been involved in projects investigating farmer learning through a community of practice and other work using an innovation systems framework to consider innovation in the primary sector.  My final area of work is in the area of farm management consultancy and the processes consultants use to diagnose and solve problems for farmer clients.

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  • Ali Hagen

    Ali Hagen

    Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr James Hanly

    Dr James Hanly

    Senior Lecturer in Soil Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Jonathan Hannon

    Jonathan Hannon

    Zero Waste Coordinator - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Kerry Harrington

    Dr Kerry Harrington

    Senior Lecturer in Weed Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Senior Lecturer in Weed Science, involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in weed biology and control, and also actively involved in research and extension about weed control.

  • Tracy Harris

    Tracy Harris

    Ecology Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Xiong Zhao He

    Dr Xiong Zhao He

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • May Hedges

    May Hedges

    Junior Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Margreet Hekman

    Margreet Hekman

    Technical Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Ian Henderson

    Dr Ian Henderson

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Rebecca Hickson

    Associate Professor Rebecca Hickson

    Associate Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I completed my PhD looking at dystocia in beef heifers at Massey University in 2009. I have a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and Mathematics and a BBS in Finance, also from Massey University. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm near Gisborne and have maintained a strong interest in beef production, particularly breeding cows. Current research interests include beef cow efficiency, making the best use of dairy beef opportunities, and Theileria orientalis (ikeda) impacts in beef herds.

  • Dr Simon Hills

    Dr Simon Hills

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

     The overarching theme of my research is understanding the composition, distribution and evolutionary history of New Zealand’s unique ecosystems. My primary focus is the rich, and largely endemic, marine mollusc fauna. However, I apply my broadly ranging expertise in genomics, ecology and evolutionary biology, to a diverse range of research topics involving New Zealand’s biodiversity, both native and exotic. As a Māori (Ngati Porou) scientist, I am increasingly focused on research collaborations with iwi/hapu. These projects generally involve working with Māori communities to build capacity and generate data that will inform enhanced kaitiakitanga.

  • Prof John Holland

    Prof John Holland

    Professor in Environmental Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Katherine Holt

    Dr Katherine Holt

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I have been employed as Massey academic since completing my PhD in 2008, and was recently promoted to Senior lecturer at the start of 2016. I am the leader for the undergraduate Geography teaching programme here at Massey, and the Laboratory Manager for our Palynology lab. My research interests focus on pollen analysis (palynology) and reconstructing past environments. I have 12 years’ experience working with pollen, and I now provide commercial pollen analysis services, including analysis of honey samples.

  • Associate Professor David Horne

    Associate Professor David Horne

    Associate Professor in Soil Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Danielle Hubbard

    Danielle Hubbard

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Karen Hytten

    Dr Karen Hytten

    Lecturer in Environmental Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Matthew Irwin

    Matthew Irwin

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Edward James

    Edward James

    Technical Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Catriona Jenkinson

    Dr Catriona Jenkinson

    Research Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Paramsothy (Jeya) Jeyakumar

    Dr Paramsothy (Jeya) Jeyakumar

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I describe myself as a soil scientist, with specific expertise in the subject area of environmental chemistry. My research objectives align with enhancing the primary sector production and productivity while maintaining soil and water quality, and food safety. My current research projects study heavy metals and essential micronutrients in agricultural products and their effects on the food chain. I developed a great deal of expertise in using metal speciation to assess the bioavailability of trace elements (TE) in soil, and their effects on plants and soil microbial activity.

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  • Viladmir Kaul

    Viladmir Kaul

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Peter Kemp

    Prof Peter Kemp

    Head of School/Professor of Pasture Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Peter is an active researcher in pasture science, agroforestry and agricultural systems and has supervised many postgraduate students from around the world as well as teaching pasture science at all levels. 

  • Janine Kenny

    Janine Kenny

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Paul Kenyon

    Prof Paul Kenyon

    Deputy Head of School, School of Agriculture & Environment/Professor in Sheep Husbandry - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Huub Kerckhoffs

    Dr Huub Kerckhoffs

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I have a strong background on how light and hormones are controlling growth and development in a wide range of plant model systems, like potato, tomato, pea, arabidopsis and rice. My PhD was on plant physiological functions of photoreceptors in tomato at Wageningen University (Netherlands). I have worked on various related molecular biological, genetic and crop physiological aspects in several countries since before coming to NZ to Crop & Food Research in Hawke’s Bay where I worked on mainly vegetable production systems. I have joined Massey University since early 2013.

  • Dr Gabor Kereszturi

    Dr Gabor Kereszturi

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I completed my Master's degree (Diploma) in Geography, specialization in Geographical Information System (GIS) and Geomorphology, at the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering at University of Miskolc, Hungary, in 2009. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Earth Sciences a Massey University, New Zealand, in 2014. I have completed my post-doc research on hyperspectral imaging at Massey University. Since 2017, I have been working as a Lecturer and then as a Senior Lecturer at Massey University on variety of research topics in Earth Science and Remote Sensing.

  • Dr Tiffany Kosch

    Dr Tiffany Kosch

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Associate Professor Ignacio Lopez Campbell

    Associate Professor Ignacio Lopez Campbell

    Associate Professor in Pasture Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

    Prof Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

    Professor - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Gert Lube

    Associate Professor Gert Lube

    Associate Professor in Physical Volcanology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Marion MacKay

    Dr Marion MacKay

    Senior Lecturer in Environment Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Marion is a Senior Lecturer in Horticulture and Environmental Management who specialises in plant biodiversity and the conservation and management of plant-related aspects of the landscape/environment.  Her current research examines the diversity of exotic plants in cultivation in New Zealand and their utility for international conservation programmes.  The genus Rhododendron is the current focus; in 2017-18 Marion has been working with an international group to develop a global conservation strategy for this genus.  Marion also studies New Zealand indigenous flora including native forest restoration projects and the target species programme of the New Zealand Indigenous Seed Bank project. 

  • Prof Mark Macklin

    Prof Mark Macklin

    Adjunct Professor of Fluvial Geomorphology - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Quang Mai

    Quang Mai

    Research Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Sam McColl

    Dr Sam McColl

    Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Craig McGill

    Craig McGill

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Craig Is a Research Officer in Seed Science and Technology with a research focus on seed of both introduced and indigenous plant species. Craig’s work on indigenous flora centres around seed conservation though ex situ storage of seed as part of the New Zealand Indigenous Seed Bank project, for which Craig is project leader. This work includes research into seed desiccation tolerance, storage and germination. Work on introduced species is looking at the transmission and viability of endophytes beneficial to the New Zealand pastoral sector in seed. 

  • Prof Sarah McLaren

    Prof Sarah McLaren

    Professor of Life Cycle Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Sarah is Director of the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre (NZLCM Centre), and Associate Professor in Life Cycle Management at Massey University.  Her research focuses on development and application of Life Cycle Assessment
    (LCA) and related approaches such as carbon and water footprinting, and particularly on (a) methods for LCA and related techniques and (b) the relationship between LCA and decision-making. 
    Currently Sarah is Chair of the Standards New Zealand International Review Group on LCA, New Zealand representative on the ISO 14046 Water Footprint Working Group, and a Committee member of the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ).

  • Dr Stuart Mead

    Dr Stuart Mead

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Carl Mesarich

    Dr Carl Mesarich

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Dr. Carl Mesarich was appointed as a lecturer and project leader in plant pathology at Massey University in 2016. He obtained his M.Sc. (Biological Sciences) and Ph.D. (Molecular Plant Pathology) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Following completion of his Ph.D., he held postdoctoral postpositions at Wageningen University, The Netherlands (Laboratory of Phytopathology, 2012–2014) and The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, Auckland, New Zealand (Bioprotection Group, 2015).

  • Dr James Millner

    Dr James Millner

    Academic Dean - Agriculture - College of Sciences

    Senior Lecturer in Agronomy - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Research interests

    Crop production: Yield and quality of cereal grain crops; forage crops including cereals, maize for silage and brassica crops; seed production of crop and herbage species.

    Farm forestry:Trees in sustainable hill country production systems.  Plantation manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) for production of high methylglyoxal (UMF) honey.

    Teaching

    Undergraduate:Teaching in the 283 and 119 series papers in the BAgriScience degree. Emphasis on crop agronomy, agricultural systems and trees on farms. As BAgriScience director I provide advice and guidance to students in the programme.

    Postgraduate:Supervision and teaching of postgraduate students at masterate and PhD level.

  • Dr Maria Minor

    Dr Maria Minor

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Soil ecology (focusing on ecology of soil invertebrates), systems ecology (focusing on the interactions between human land use and biodiversity) , New Zealand's Biological Heritage (focusing on diversity and conservation of native invertebarte fauna).

  • Joshua Mitchell

    Joshua Mitchell

    Herd Manager / 2IC - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Anja Moebis

    Dr Anja Moebis

    Technician - Soil and Earth Sciences - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Technician at the Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Soil and Earth Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North. As a technician, I am responsible and manager of the Earth Science Laboratories (e.g., microscopes, PSDA, EMP, FTIR, pycnometer, XRD, rock-cutting saws), teaching of undergraduate students during lab-classes, teaching of postgraduate students on specific instruments, support with their filed work and help during sample preparation and data interpretation.

  • Prof Patrick Morel

    Prof Patrick Morel

    Professor in Animal Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Mary Morgan-Richards

    Prof Mary Morgan-Richards

    Professor in Evolutionary Biology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I am an evolutionary biologist working within the Ecology group (SAE) on the Manawatu campus. My research expertise is in hybridisation of genetically distinct populations or species, and the process of speciation. I teach population genetics, conservation biology, and New Zealand Natural History to undergraduate students. My graduate students use native invertebrates such as weta, stick insects, marine snails and feather lice to test evolutionary hypothesis about the formation of new species and the distribution of genetic and adaptative diversity 

  • Prof Stephen Morris

    Prof Stephen Morris

    Professor in Animal Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Ruth Morrison

    Ruth Morrison

    Manager - Seed Testing Service - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Soledad Navarrete

    Dr Soledad Navarrete

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Karoly Nemeth

    Prof Karoly Nemeth

    Professor in Geology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Karoly Nemeth works as a Senior Lectutrer at the Institute of Agriculture and Environment of the Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. degree in geology from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2001. Nemeth’s areas of expertise include sedimentology, physical volcanology, magma-water interaction research, and volcanic hazard studies. Nemeth’s research is centered on understanding monogenetic volcanism and volcanic field evolution. Nemeth works on research on understanding the phreatomagmatic eruption styles and volcanic field evolution in New Zealand, Idaho (USA), Argentina, Chile, Libya, Saudi Arabia, SW Pacific, Japan and Korea.

  • Shaun Nielsen

    Shaun Nielsen

    Ecology Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne

    Technician Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Sarah Pain

    Dr Sarah Pain

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Senior Lecturer - School of Veterinary Science

  • Dr Alan Palmer

    Dr Alan Palmer

    Senior Lecturer in Earth Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Experienced in soil description and mapping, appropriate land use options and Quaternary geology. I specailise in mapping farms using standard and new techniques to improve both productive and environmental outcomes. This includes assessing potential and actual erosion and its mitigation.  I am also experienced in Quaternary geology, especially loess and gravel sequences, volcanic landscapes and deposits. I specialise in analysis and identification of volcanic ash. I have also worked with Quaternary aquifer systems. 

  • Julie Palmer

    Julie Palmer

    Lecturer in Earth Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Elizabeth Parlato

    Dr Elizabeth Parlato

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Michelle Pearce

    Michelle Pearce

    Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Diane Pearson

    Prof Diane Pearson

    Professor in Environmental Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Tara Penketh

    Tara Penketh

    Receptionist/Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Kalwyn Pereka

    Kalwyn Pereka

    Poultry Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Tyla Petera

    Tyla Petera

    Farm Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Sam Peterson

    Dr Sam Peterson

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Coming from a farming background, I studied agricultural science at Massey and continued to do a masters in lipid metabolism in sheep and a PhD in lactational physiology. I have a commitment to quality teaching, believing that I am responsible, at least in part, for my students' learning.

    My teaching includes organic chemistry,metabolic biochemistry, animal physiology, reprodutive physiology, lactational physiology. 

    My research involves epigenetic effects on lactation especially in sheep, factors affecting fetal growth and development, and the development of a sheep dairy industry in New Zealand.

  • Prof Murray Potter

    Prof Murray Potter

    Professor in Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Professor Murray Potter is working both nationally and internationally to find practicable solutions to human-wildlife conflict. His areas of expertise include conservation biology, reproductive and stress physiology, avian nutrition, avian migration, entomology, kiwi, stoats, Adelie penguins and emperor penguins. His research interests include studies that integrate the ecology, physiology, behaviour and natural history of whole organisms within their natural settings, including how temporal constraints, stress, morphology and nutrition underpin and interact with an animal's behaviour and ecology. In particular he is interested in invertebrate and vertebrate behaviour, physiology, nutrition and conservation, and predator/prey population dynamics. 

  • Associate Professor Jonathan Procter

    Associate Professor Jonathan Procter

    Associate Professor in Earth Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Geoff Purchas

    Geoff Purchas

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan

    Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan

    Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Gillian Rapson

    Dr Gillian Rapson

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I'm concerned about the state of our planet, and that we need to leave some thing for future generations.

    I like the outdoors, and enjoy field work, and meeting new ecosystems and new plants.

    I'm fussy about details, and I like a tidy office and tidy files.

    I do a lot of science editing, and can red-pen anything (as my grad students quickly learn).

    I am heavily invollved with Keeble's Bush and the Kahuterawa Restoration project.

  • Prof Ravi Ravindran

    Prof Ravi Ravindran

    Professor - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Chris Rawlingson

    Chris Rawlingson

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Carlene Ray-Forsyth

    Carlene Ray-Forsyth

    DNA Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Janet Reid

    Dr Janet Reid

    Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Rachael Richardson

    Rachael Richardson

    Technical Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Alastair Robertson

    Associate Professor Alastair Robertson

    Associate Professor in Ecology - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Chris Rogers

    Associate Professor Chris Rogers

    Associate Professor - School of Veterinary Science

    Associate Professor in Equine Production - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I am an Assoc Professor at Massey University teaching and conducting research across disciplines into Veterinary science, Equine science, Agriculture production systems and Sport Science. I obtained my PhD from Massey University in Equine Biomechanics and then was a Huygens Post-Doctoral fellow at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.  After completion of the Post-Doctoral appointment I returned to take up a position at Massey University.

    My current research interests have a similar eclectic mix to my teaching.  However, the common theme has been the effect of environmental and training stimuli on tissue development and career length in both racing and sport horses. 

  • Associate Professor Nick Roskruge

    Associate Professor Nick Roskruge

    Associate Professor in Horticulture - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Professor Surinder Saggar

    Professor Surinder Saggar

    Professor - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Professor Surinder Saggar has an outstanding record of research and service in agriculture, both in India, where he spent first few years of my career, and in New Zealand, where he is  currently based at Landcare Research, Palmerston North. A soil scientist with more than 40-year experience in soil biogeochemistry, he has been instrumental in managing and planning of research across a broad spectrum in agriculture science, and conducting research and consultancy on nutrient management in sustainable primary production systems and in greenhouse gas emissions. He has also contributed to the extension and adoption of this research.

  • Phillip Santiago

    Phillip Santiago

    Herd Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Nicola Schreurs

    Dr Nicola Schreurs

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Research Gate Profile can be found here: <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicola_Schreurs">Nicola M. Schreurs on ResearchGate</a> 

  • Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Delivering farm and agribusiness management research and education - risk, strategy, business analysis, cooperatives; Elected director of Fonterra Cooperative; Director of the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association and represents NZ in the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) in Dairying.  Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and International Journal of Agricultural Management. Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. An in-depth understanding of global farming and agribusiness. Awarded Officer of NZ Order of Merit for services to agribusiness in 2018.

  • Fiona Sharland

    Fiona Sharland

    Agricultural Research Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Kay Sinclair

    Kay Sinclair

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Ranvir Singh

    Associate Professor Ranvir Singh

    Associate Professor in Environmental Hydrology and Soil Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I define myself as an environmental hydrologist, with specific expertise in the subject area of catchment hydrology, water quality, irrigation and agricultural drainage systems, and water productivity and footprinting sciences. I specialize in integration of field observations, geographical information and hydrological models to study water use, attenuation of nutrient runoff and leaching from agricultural soils, and surface water and groundwater hydrology in rural and peri-urban landscapes

  • Brian Smith

    Brian Smith

    Field Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Svetla Sofkova-Bobcheva

    Dr Svetla Sofkova-Bobcheva

    Lecturer in Horticulture Production - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Brittnee Southland

    Brittnee Southland

    Kennel Hand/Animal Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Kennel Hand/Animal Technician - School of Veterinary Science

  • Robert Southward

    Robert Southward

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Kevin Stafford

    Prof Kevin Stafford

    Professor of Veterinary Ethology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I teach animal behaviour and welfare to veterinary and agriculture undergraduates and supervise gradute students in these fields. My research is focussed on animal welfare andanimal behaviour.

  • Allan Still

    Allan Still

    General Manager - Massey Agricultural Experiment Station - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Claire Sweeney

    Claire Sweeney

    Technical Assistant - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Lesley Taylor

    Lesley Taylor

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor David Thomas

    Associate Professor David Thomas

    Associate Professor in Companion Animal Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Bob Toes

    Bob Toes

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Peter Tozer

    Associate Professor Peter Tozer

    Associate Professor in Farm Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Steven Trewick

    Prof Steven Trewick

    Professor in Evolutionary Ecology - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Mike Tuohy

    Mike Tuohy

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    An observer of Earth by means of the many sensors now orbiting the planet on satellites.

    A map enthusiast with expertise in GIS and image processing.

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  • Cleland Wallace

    Cleland Wallace

    Ecology Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Ross Wallace

    Ross Wallace

    Technical Assistant - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Qiao Wang

    Prof Qiao Wang

    Professor in Entomology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Qiao joined Massey University following his postdoc at University of California. His team focuses on plant protection, insect behaviour and biological control. His experience in Australia, China, NZ and USA is reflected in his > 300 publications, work with >80 postgraduates and scientists from around the world, and regular services on editorial boards of international journals and national and international panels. He was awarded a Distinguished Scientist Award by the Entomological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to entomological science during his career. Qiao has also served his university as the Chair of College of Sciences Research Committee.

  • Dr Yu Wang

    Dr Yu Wang

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Dr. Yu Wang is currently working on the development and implementation of a pipeline that comprises imputation to sequence, sequence level genome-wide association studies, followed by single-step prediction using sequence imputed variants. She graduated from the EMABG program, where she obtained her master degrees from both Wageningen University and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. After that, she finished her Ph.D. degree at the University of Hohenheim in 2018. Her Ph.D. project was focused on selection methods in the conservation of local livestock populations. Her research interests are animal breeding and genetics, quantitative genetics, conservation genetics, and genomics. 

  • Associate Professor Jason Wargent

    Associate Professor Jason Wargent

    Associate Professor in Horticulture - School of Agriculture and Environment

    My research is principally focussed on understanding plant responses to environmental factors within the context of increased sustainability and quality in crop production. My key interest is focused on the role of sunlight, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation in particular. Whilst plant responses to UV are numerous, comparatively little is understood regarding the possible exploitation of such endpoints to drive quality within modern crop production. Our research encompasses fundamental plant science, and the application of that knowledge through commercialisation pathways. 

     

  • Karin Weidgraaf

    Karin Weidgraaf

    Research Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Tim Wester

    Dr Tim Wester

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    I hold a BS-Agriculture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and MS and PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I came to Massey in 2000 after postdocs in the US and Scotland. My expertise is in the effects of feed form and diet composition on nutrient digestion and metabolism. My research explores topics ranging from effect of pelleting on nutrient use and gut development in poultry; impact of gelling agent on feed digestibility in farmed saltwater crocodiles in Papua New Guinea; influence of organic and conventional pasture on milk composition in cows; and amino acid metabolism in domestic cats.

  • Associate Professor Brennon Wood

    Associate Professor Brennon Wood

    Associate Professor in Agricultural Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Sharon Wright

    Sharon Wright

    Graduate Studies Administrator - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Zoe Yang

    Zoe Yang

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Fifi Zaefarian

    Dr Fifi Zaefarian

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Poultry Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Prof Georg Zellmer

    Prof Georg Zellmer

    Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Georg F. Zellmer received his PhD from the Open University (UK) in 1999, and subsequently worked as research fellow at the University of Bristol (UK), the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (USA), the University of Hawaii (USA), and Academia Sinica (ROC). As member of the Volcanic Risk Solutions team at Massey University since 2013, Professor Zellmer investigates the timescales of magmatic processes, volatiles in subduction zones, and other fundamental aspects of igneous systems. He has international laboratory experience and at present devotes time to the development of a spinel-structured oxide hygrometer for a range of applications in the Earth and Planetary Sciences.

  • Dr Anke Zernack

    Dr Anke Zernack

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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