I grew up in Timaru and I’m from Scottish, English and Māori (Ngāti Kauwhata) ancestry.

After my Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from Otago University, I worked for the New South Wales Dept of Agriculture for 10 years.

Based in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton from 2007, my research interests are focused on the ecology and management of grazed pastures. This includes pasture establishment, persistence, diversity and production – as well as the effects of, and impact on, the environment.


  • Doctorate, Science, Otago University, 1996


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