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Dr Ian Sutherland

Dr Ian Sutherland

Science Group Leader, Animal Productivity (Acting)
 
Location: Grasslands

Ph: +64 6 351 8000 x 8000       ian.sutherland@agresearch.co.nz

Before joining the Leadership Team, Ian was AgResearch’s Parasitology Team Leader.

Ian joined AgResearch in 1995 to work on anthelmtinic resistance and worm control in grazing livestock.  In 2002, he moved to CSIRO in Queensland, where he led research into ectoparasites of cattle.  He returned to AgResearch in 2006 on the opening of the Hopkirk Research Institute. 

Ian has a B.Sc. in Parasitology from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. 

Dr Glyn Francis

Dr Glyn Francis

Science Group Leader, Innovative Farm Systems

Location: Lincoln
Ph: +64 3 325 9989       glyn.francis@agresearch.co.nz

Prior to this newly created position Glyn was the Section Manager for Biocontrol & Biosecurity at AgResearch.

Glyn gained extensive research experience in soil and water quality under arable and pastoral production systems during his employment with MAF and Crop & Food Research and joined AgResearch in 2008.

Glyn has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Warwick University and a PhD in Soil Science from Lincoln College.
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Dr Bram De Vos

Dr Bram de Vos

Science Group Leader, Land & Environment

Location: Ruakura
Ph: +64 7 838 5811      bram.devos@agresearch.co.nz

Bram joined AgResearch in 2010, from his role as Operational Manager of the Soil Science Centre of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) of Wageningen University and Research Centre. 

His scientific work has focussed on water flow and nutrient transport in soils, and involved field experiments and simulation modelling, including applied research for Water Boards and Regional Councils. 

As Team Leader for the Nutrient Management Team of Alterra in Wageningen, Bram’s team was successful in helping farmers and the government to reduce the nitrate loads on groundwater.

Bram studied Applied Physics at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.
 

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Dr Anette Becher

Dr David Pacheco

Science Group Leader, Animal Nutrition & Health
 
Location: Grasslands
Ph: +64 6 3518232       david.pacheco@agresearch.co.nz  
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Dr Jolon Dyer

Dr Jolon Dyer

Science Group Leader, Food & Bio-based Products

Location: Lincoln
Ph: +64 3 325 9619       jolon.dyer@agresearch.co.nz  
 

Jolon leads the Food & Bio-based Products group at AgResearch. 

He also holds adjunct positions as a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury in their Biomolecular Interaction Centre, and is an Associate Professor at Lincoln University in their Wine and Food Molecular Biosciences Department.

His team at AgResearch have achieved significant national and international recognition including the AWI Award for Scientific Achievement and AWI-DWI Excellence in Wool Science Personal Award in 2005, the NZIAHS Significant Science Award in 2008, and the American Society of Photobiology New Investigator Award in 2010.

Jolon has a BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Chemistry and a PhD, Chemistry from the University of Canterbury.

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Dr Tony Conner

Science Group Leader, Forage Improvement
 
Location: Lincoln
Ph: +64 3 321 8812       tony.conner@agresearch.co.nz  
 

Tony Conner joined AgResearch in 2011 as Science Group Leader for Forage Improvement, after almost 30 years at the Lincoln campus of Plant & Food Research and its predecessor organisations.

His research career has focused on the applications of plant biotechnology and genomics to crop improvement and the integration of these emerging technologies into plant breeding programmes.

Tony has a BSc(Hons) from University of Canterbury and a PhD in Genetics from University of California, Davis. He was elected a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2003, became a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science in 2010, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011.


Shane Devlin

Shane Devlin

Portfolio Leader, Dairy On-farm
 
Location: Ruakura
Ph: +64 7 838 5634       shane.devlin@agresearch.co.nz

Shane Devlin has been with AgResearch since 2008, working in the Business team with the Agriculture & Environment group. 

Shane has worked closely with our Farm Systems, Animal Welfare, Resource Economics and Social Research teams.

Prior to joining AgResearch Shane spent 16 years in the Rural Finance sector in the Waikato region, working with Dairy farmers in the Waikato, and has interests in a dairy farming business.

Shane has a B.Ag (Rural Valuation) from Massey University.

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Kevin Argyle

Portfolio Leader, Dairy Pasture-to-Plate

Location: Grasslands
Ph: +64 6 351 8311       kevin.argyle@agresearch.co.nz   
 
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Nick Daniels

Mark O'Connor

Portfolio Leader, Meat & Fibre On-farm

Location: Grasslands
Ph: +64 6 3518033      mark.oconnor@agresearch.co.nz


Dr Jason Archer

Dr Jason Archer

Portfolio Leader, Meat & Fibre Paddock-to-Consumer

Location: Invermay
Ph: +64 3 489 9138      jason.archer@agresearch.co.nz  


Jason joined AgResearch in 2002 and was Team Leader of Farm Systems from 2007 to 2011. 

Jason has worked for NSW Agriculture, and was Programme Leader within the Australian CRC for Beef Quality.

Jason’s R&D experience has covered a number of applied animal production areas, spanning genetics, nutrition and management of deer, beef cattle and sheep, and analysis of farm systems. 

Jason has a B.Ag.Sc (Hons) and PhD from University of Adelaide, and a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of New England.

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Dr Liz Wedderburn

Dr Liz Wedderburn

Portfolio Leader, Agricultural Policy

Location: Ruakura
Ph: +64 7 838 5320       liz.wedderburn@agresearch.co.nz

Liz is an Eminent Scientist with 28 years of experience in sustainable agriculture in science and research leadership positions within AgResearch.

Liz has designed and lead trans-disciplinary teams focused on land and water quality, resource use efficiency, and rural futures. 

Liz’s experience is recognised with invitations to participate on advisory panels, industry and policy forum, and international review panels.

Liz has a BSc (Hons) in Plant Ecology from Paisley, and a PhD in Biology from Glasgow University.
 

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