I studied Agriculture at the University of Plymouth, UK before heading north to study Quantitative Genetics at the University of Edinburgh. I had hands on experience milking cows for 7 years, and a year in Zambia hand milking, growing maize and tobacco before I moved indoors, and have spent 20 years researching livestock genomics at the Roslin Institute and here at AgResearch. I am passionate about improving profitability and sustainability of global livestock systems using genomic technology.


  • Masters, Biological Science, University of Edinburgh, 2004
  • Doctorate, Biological Science, University of Edinburgh, 2008
  • Bachelors with Honours, Biological Science, Seale Hayne Agricultural College, University of Plymouth, UK, 2004


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