Environmental sciences staff

Head of Environmental Sciences Group

  • Prof Chris Anderson

    Prof Chris Anderson

    Professor in Environmental Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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     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.

     

Environmental sciences

  • Prof Chris Anderson

    Prof Chris Anderson

    Professor in Environmental Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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     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.

     

  • Jonathan Hannon

    Jonathan Hannon

    Zero Waste Coordinator - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof John Holland

    Prof John Holland

    Professor in Environmental Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Karen Hytten

    Dr Karen Hytten

    Lecturer in Environmental Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof Sarah McLaren

    Prof Sarah McLaren

    Professor of Life Cycle Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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).

  • Prof Diane Pearson

    Prof Diane Pearson

    Professor in Environmental Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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Earth science

  • Dr Kate Arentsen

    Dr Kate Arentsen

    Research Development Advisor - Research and Enterprise

    Project Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof Mark Bebbington

    Prof Mark Bebbington

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

    Professor in Geostatistics - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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

  • Dr Alastair Clement

    Dr Alastair Clement

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • David Feek

    David Feek

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Luke Fullard

    Dr Luke Fullard

    Lecturer in Mathematics - School of Fundamental Sciences

    Lecturer in Computational Geodynamics - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof Ian Fuller

    Prof Ian Fuller

    Professor in Physical Geography - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Associate Dean Research - Dean Research

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    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.

  • Dr Katherine Holt

    Dr Katherine Holt

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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.

  • Matthew Irwin

    Matthew Irwin

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Gabor Kereszturi

    Dr Gabor Kereszturi

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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.

  • Associate Professor Gert Lube

    Associate Professor Gert Lube

    Associate Professor in Physical Volcanology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof Mark Macklin

    Prof Mark Macklin

    Adjunct Professor of Fluvial Geomorphology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Sam McColl

    Dr Sam McColl

    Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Stuart Mead

    Dr Stuart Mead

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Anja Moebis

    Dr Anja Moebis

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

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    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 Karoly Nemeth

    Prof Karoly Nemeth

    Professor in Geology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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.

  • Dr Alan Palmer

    Dr Alan Palmer

    Senior Lecturer in Earth Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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

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  • Associate Professor Jonathan Procter

    Associate Professor Jonathan Procter

    Associate Professor in Earth Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Acushla Sciascia

    Acushla Sciascia

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Mike Tuohy

    Mike Tuohy

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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.

  • Prof Georg Zellmer

    Prof Georg Zellmer

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

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    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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Soil science

  • Dr Mike Bretherton

    Dr Mike Bretherton

    Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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.  

  • Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

    Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

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

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  • Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

    Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

    Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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).

  • Dr Christine Christensen

    Dr Christine Christensen

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Lance Currie

    Lance Currie

    Senior Technical Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Ian Furkert

    Ian Furkert

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr James Hanly

    Dr James Hanly

    Senior Lecturer in Soil Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Associate Professor David Horne

    Associate Professor David Horne

    Associate Professor in Soil Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Paramsothy (Jeya) Jeyakumar

    Dr Paramsothy (Jeya) Jeyakumar

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    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.

  • Dr Neha Jha

    Dr Neha Jha

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Quang Mai

    Quang Mai

    Research Technician - 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.

  • Associate Professor Ranvir Singh

    Associate Professor Ranvir Singh

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

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    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

  • Bob Toes

    Bob Toes

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Ross Wallace

    Ross Wallace

    Technical Assistant - School of Agriculture and Environment

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