My father is from Manchester, England. My mother's family came from Cornwall in the late 1800s. I was born in Nelson, grew up in Dunedin and live in Hamilton.

I started in forestry science and earned my PhD in forest economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I am passionate about science affecting meaningful change for current and future generations. This is reflected in my research on innovation systems and processes, and preference for community-led research, using action research.


  • Doctorate, Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • Graduate Diploma, Forestry, Massey University, 1998
  • Bachelors with Honours, Forestry, University of Canterbury, 1994


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