I am a sixth generation New Zealander, descended from British immigrants arriving on Saghalien (1847), Cressy (1850) and Lady Nugent (1851). I was raised at the foot of Maukatere / Mt Grey in North Canterbury but now live in the Bay of Plenty.

As a population ecologist, my research focuses on strengthening New Zealand's biosecurity systems against invasive pests and pathogens. I am proud that my work helps enable our unique species, environments, communities and industries to grow and thrive.


  • Bachelors with Honours, Biological Science, Lincoln University, 1993
  • Doctorate, Biological Science, Lincoln University, 1999


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