Dr. John Innes

Landcare Research   John is the leading rat biologist in the Waikato. His most significant contribution to conservation at the national and international level was his team’s discovery that possums eat native birds and their eggs and young and are not just vegetarians. This revelation not only permanently refocused subsequent possum control throughout New Zealand, it…

Prof. Brendan Hicks

University of Waikato   Brendan began his research in the field of estimation of fish abundance by developing the systematic and quantitative use of drift diving, a direct counting technique of salmon and trout. He has used statistical analyses of fish abundance to produce a unique quantitative view of fish abundance in New Zealand’s lakes…

Dudley Bell

University of Waikato   Dudley provides technical support for more than 100 postgraduate (Ph.D. and Masters) students, and with his technical experience, expertise and knowledge have helped to develop outstanding scientific facilities to support the University of Waikato. His role has been instrumental in the success of some groundbreaking scientific discoveries at the University. Dudley…

Aaron M. Wall

University of Waikato   Aaron’s team identify farm management practices that either decreases soil carbon losses or increase gains. One of the major components of the carbon balance is the exchange of CO2 between the atmosphere and the ecosystem. This exchange is measured using eddy covariance systems, which he installed and maintains. Aaron M. Wall…

Brian Smith

Scientist at NIWA    Brian is an aquatic entomologist, who’s research over the last two decades has produced a comprehensive identification guide to our caddisfly fauna. His identification guide provides a major taxonomic resource for the identification of New Zealand caddisflies, an important and unique component of our freshwater fauna. Brian Smith NIWA Back to…

Professor Jonathan Scott

A cost-effective, MRI-safe design for neural implant leads. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a valuable diagnostic tool, which generates images and information without using radiation as with X-rays and CT scans. Unfortunately it cannot be used on patients who have a spinal-cord stimulator (SCS) or deep-brain stimulator (DBS) as the electrical leads of SCS and…

Dr. Cindy Baker

A significant contribution to the conservation of one of our rarest taonga species. New Zealand’s native lamprey, Geotria australis (a.k.a. piharau or kanakana) is classified as a “Threatened – Nationally Vulnerable” freshwater fish species. It is also a very elusive research subject. Tracking technology was either too big for the petite fish or, in the…

Professor Brendan Hicks

A revolutionary approach to lake water clarity monitoring. Professor Hicks and his team have developed an automated remote sensing technique using satellite pictures to assess and monitor key water clarity measures. The technique is significantly cheaper than on-site sampling, allowing scope for more lakes to be monitored, including those in hard to access areas. It…

Dr. Reece Hill

An innovative decision-support tool to support soil conservation. Dr. Hill led development of a framework which uses data from a variety of existing sources – including land use capability models, biodiversity information and sediment and water quality monitoring data – to identify priority areas for soil conservation. The framework can be applied at a variety…

Pastoral 21

Pastoral 21 delivered practical, science-backed strategies to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses from commercial dairy farms. Nitrogen and phosphorus losses from farmland influence water quality. By comparing the performance of a ‘current’ system with a modified ‘future’ system on four farmlets, over the space of five years, the Pastoral 21 research programme developed robust options…