Prof Bruce Clarkson & Dr Bev Clarkson

Outstanding leaders in terrestrial ecology, Professor Bruce Clarkson and Dr Bev Clarkson have dedicated their careers to understanding and protecting our special landscapes. Collectively, the Clarksons have attracted approximately $26 million in research funding, written nearly 200 peer-reviewed papers, supervised over 25 postgraduate students, supported many major community environmental/conservation advisory organisations and provided senior leadership…

Dr Rob Bell

From sewage to sea-level rise, Dr Rob Bell has devoted his professional life to protecting New Zealanders from water-related hazards. Principal Scientist and Programme Leader at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Dr Bell’s remarkable career began with a series of engineering projects to clean up wastewater outfall discharges into our coastal…

Midland Trauma Research Centre (MTRC)

Through clinical research, quality improvement initiatives and education, the Midland Trauma Research Centre (MTRC) aims to reduce the incidence and impact of traumatic injury. The MTRC team has published numerous important papers on cycling, workplace and on-farm injuries; equity and ethnicity; trauma in the elderly and the experience/impact of trauma on patients and whaanau/family. The…

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson’s technical career demonstrates an appetite for challenge. Aside from a two-year spell overseas, Karen Thompson has worked at NIWA since 2001, and is now manager of its Ecotoxicology and Chemistry Group. She has proved her skills in some demanding situations, from conducting assays on long oceanic voyages, to devising experimental setups for fish…

Lynnette Rogers

For many decades, Lynnette Rogers has been driving change and agency in grass roots science education. Lynnette is currently educator for the Kukutaaruhe Education Trust, which supports science, Maatauranga Maaori, environmental and community learning through The Fairfield Project on the grounds of Fairfield College. Her work utilises gully restoration and community gardens to provide education…

Dr. Matthew Luckie

Dr Matthew Luckie’s work is supporting global efforts to make the internet safer and more transparent. As the internet grows organically and at pace, it is becoming the ‘wild frontier’ of the digital age. Dr Matthew Luckie is one of its prominent explorers, going beyond text-book accounts to observe and document its real-world operation at…

Farm Medix

Farm Medix’s latest screening technology helps maintain milk quality, counter disease and reduce antibiotic use in cows, sheep and goats.  High somatic cell counts (SCC) in milk prevent it from being sold, can incur penalties for the farmer and can indicate bacterial disease (like contagious mastitis) in animals. Managing SCC can be a frustrating business,…

Dr. Lee Streeter

By successfully accounting for movement in ‘time of flight’ range imaging, Dr Lee Streeter has revolutionised this technology and expanded its potential application. ‘Time of flight’ imaging allows for physical measurements to be captured by timing how long it takes a light wave to travel to an object and back. Multiple images can be compiled…

Dr. Drew Lohrer

Marine ecologist, Dr Drew Lohrer is helping us protect and manage valuable coastal resources. Dr Lohrer’s research often focuses on nursery environments or early links in food chains where even small changes can have far-reaching ramifications. His research has informed conservation of seagrass beds which help manage nutrients and are a threatened habitat and food…

Dr. Phillip Elmer

Kudos Lifetime Achievement award winner, Dr. Phil Elmer is a highly respected and passionate Waikato-based scientist who leads a plant research team with more patents and biological product success than any other in NZ. Dr. Elmer began his science career in the 1980s wanting to make a difference and find solutions to problems. While most…