I grew up on a sheep farm in Mokoreta, in Southland. My interest in science led me to an MSc in genetics at the University of Otago in collaboration with AgResearch, and a PhD at Dublin City University as a Teagasc Walsh Fellow.

I returned to AgResearch in 2014, where my research focuses on investigating the genetic basis of disease and welfare traits in livestock, including parasites and pneumonia. The goal of this research is healthy, productive animals that are more resilient to stress.


  • Doctorate, Science, Dublin City University, 2014
  • Masters, Science, University of Otago, 2011
  • Bachelors, Science, University of Otago, 2008