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…

Greta Dromgool

Greta Dromgool’s teaching and contributions to the Science Learning Hub have boosted science education regionally and nationally.  Greta is hugely committed to growing a love for science, sharing her enthusiasm for the discipline with her students (currently as Head of Science at Berkley Normal Middle School) and with her peers through her role as a…

Neil Standley

A genuine star in NZ’s artificial breeding world, Neil Standley provides critical support for LIC’s laboratories.   Each spring, LIC dispatches up to 140,000 straws of bull semen per day to New Zealand farms. Neil Standley is responsible for seeing that this happens without a hitch. As well as taking care of production lab technicalities and…

Dr Ian Kusabs

Dr Ian Kusabs has proven that a traditional Māori fishing method stacks up scientifically for monitoring the health of lakes and streams. Tau kōura uses bundles of bracken tied to submerged ropes, which provide an attractive habitat for native crayfish. Kōura is a keystone species in our freshwater ecosystems and function in Dr Kusabs’s words…

Dr Nina Scott

Dr Nina Scott’s research brings Mātauranga Māori to medicine, tangibly improving health outcomes for Māori. A leading expert in the use of kaupapa Māori methodologies for health research with more than 30 peer reviewed articles to her name, Dr Scott’s latest achievement is the Harti Hauora Tamariki Study. Designed using the He Pikanga Waiora Framework…

Dr Adam Hartland

Tiny keys to big global environmental questions – past, present and future – are Dr Adam Hartland’s specialty. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, Dr Hartland’s focus is on the interaction between natural organic matter, nanoparticles and trace elements in soil, water and minerals. He has unravelled clues to climate change in stalagmites…

Alexios Kavallaris

Breaking the speed limit for data crunching has earned Alexios Kavallaris a finalist ticket.  Achieving compliance for drainage works on road construction projects requires review and mathematical checking of numerous on-site tests. For the final 22 km stretch of the Waikato Expressway, more than 100,000 tests have been done. Learning that it took 17 minutes…

Improving Dairy Fertility Genetics

DairyNZ’s Improving Dairy Fertility Genetics Project has discovered new markers to help boost dairy herd fertility. Breeding Values (BV) estimate a cow or bull’s genetic merit for particular traits to help farmers increase desirable features in their herd. This DairyNZ project focused on the Fertility BV. Less than 5% of the measures in the existing…

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…