Key Science Roles

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    Tim Barnard

    Associate Science Leader, Forest Systems & Value Chain Optimisation

    Tim Barnard is a social scientist specialising in policy analysis and environmental planning. He represents New Zealand on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Montreal Process.
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    Paul Bennett

    Science Leader, Clean Technologies

    Dr Paul Bennett is the Science Leader for Clean Technologies. Paul has spent over 30 years working on a range of fuels, biofuels and bioenergy issues. He has worked as… Read more

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    Kaye Burling

    Packaging Technology & Services Leader, Packaging Solutions

    Kaye provides a link for commercial clients and partners to Scion’s Packaging material developments and testing facilities, biodegradation and ecotoxicity facilities and promotes our capabilities in sustainable packaging.

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    Matt Buys

    Assistant Research Leader, Collections & Systematics

    Dr Matt Buys is the curator of Scion's National Forestry Herbarium. His role involves the management of New Zealand's largest reference collection associated with forestry.

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    Katharine Challis

    Theoretical Physicist, Clean Technologies

    Dr Katharine Challis is a physicist specialising in using advanced theoretical and computational methods to explain and predict the behaviour and dynamics of physical systems. She is currently interested in… Read more

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    Peter Clinton

    Science Leader, Forest Systems

    Dr Peter Clinton is a forest ecologist who specialises in maintaining the productive capacity of commercial forests. He is one of New Zealand’s leading experts in sustainable forest management. His… Read more

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    Christophe Collet

    Research Leader, Industrial Biotechnology

    Using bacteria to produce PHA bioplastics and other high value products from wood residue, in the context of a biorefinery, is an area of research Dr Christophe Collet is focussing… Read more

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    Lloyd Donaldson

    Senior Scientist, Plant Anatomy & Microscopy

    Dr Lloyd Donaldson is a leading microscopist specialising in plant anatomy and ultrastructure, and has pioneered techniques in confocal fluorescence imaging of wood and biomaterials.

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    Heidi Dungey

    Science Leader, Genetics & Research Leader, Tree Breeding

    Dr Heidi Dungey specialises in tree breeding and genetic resource characterisation for commercial forestry species including radiata pine, Douglas-fir, cypresses, eucalypts and redwoods. Her research encompasses quantitative and ecological genetics… Read more

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    Elizabeth Dunningham

    Scientist, Research Leader & Project Leader, Wood Modification

    Dr Elizabeth Dunningham is a wood scientist specialising in wood modification. Her experience includes research in many aspects of wood and composites performance evaluation, including stability, colour and weathering. Elizabeth… Read more

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    Melissa Evans

    Science Leader, Forest Informatics

    Melissa Evans is an experienced computer science specialist.Read more

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    Muthasim Fahmy

    Scientist, Energy Systems Engineer; Project Leader, Bioenergy Systems, Bioenergy Process Fundamentals

    Dr Muthasim Fahmy is an engineer and physicist specialising in energy processes and systems. His current research focuses on advanced tools for bioenergy systems analysis to understand the role and… Read more

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    Stuart Fraser

    Assistant Research Leader, Pathogen Ecology & Control

    Dr Stuart Fraser is a Forest Pathologist. Stuart’s research focuses on disease epidemiology and management, diagnostics of fungal pathogens, and pathogen adaptability.

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    Daniel Gapes

    Research Leader, Clean Technologies

    Dr Daniel Gapes is an environmental engineer with an impressive record of developing innovative technologies. He is currently leading Scion’s environmental technology research, aimed at developing new ways of managing… Read more

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    Douglas Gaunt

    Science Leader, Wood & Fibre

    Doug Gaunt specialises in all aspects of timber engineering and leads research into new timber products and systems. He played a key role in developing and commercialising timber grading systems… Read more

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    Peter Hall

    Senior Scientist & Project Leader, Bioenergy

    Peter brings practical experience to his research as he comes from a forest management background, with skills in forest establishment, silviculture and harvesting. He now specialises in resource assessment and… Read more

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    Stefan J. Hill

    Scientist; NMR Spectroscopist; Research Leader, Advanced Chemical Characterisation; Acting Science Leader, Biopolymers and Chemicals

    Dr Stefan Hill specialises in the area of Solid State and Solution State NMR of organic materials and Synchrotron based X-ray diffraction techniques for nanostructure investigation and determination. He is… Read more

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    Alan Jones

    Research Leader, Enabling Environments

    Dr Alan Jones works as Research Leader for Forest Systems at Scion, with responsibility for the Enabling Environments programme. His role is focussed on optimising the ecosystem service value of… Read more

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    Jana Krajňáková

    Research Leader, Plant Propagation & Automation

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jana Krajnakova specialises in different aspects of regeneration of forest tree species using tissue culture and biotechnology approaches with a strong focus on the fundamental physiological and… Read more

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    Gareth Lloyd-Jones

    Science Leader, Biotransformation

    Dr Gareth Lloyd-Jones is a biochemist specialising in industrial biotechnology. His research focuses on microbial organisms and enzymes associated with the degradation of organic matter.Read more

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    Rebecca McDougal

    Research Leader, Forest Pathology

    Dr Rebecca McDougal is a microbiologist specialising in forest pathology. Her role is to apply molecular biology techniques in forest diagnostics, characterising pathogen populations and disease management.

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    Kirsty McGregor

    Assistant Research Leader, Future Forest Systems

    Dr Kirsty McGregor is an ecologist with experience in invasive species and plant conservation. Her focus as Assistant Research Leader is to take a systems approach to understanding the ecology… Read more

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    Kim McGrouther

    Scientist; Team Manager, Clean Technologies & Biotransformation; Project Leader, Corporate Sustainability

    Kim is a chemist with broad experience in industrial processing. Since joining Scion in 1991 her research has focused on oxidative pulp bleaching and waste water treatment for the pulp… Read more

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    Dean Meason

    Senior Scientist; Research Leader, Systems Biology & Risk

    Dr Dean Meason is a tree ecophysiologist who has worked with a number of different temperate and tropical forest species to provide a mechanistic understanding to forest management. His expertise… Read more

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    Karl Murton

    Research Leader, Pulp, Paper & Pilot Plant Facilities

    Dr Karl Murton is a chemical engineer specialising in mechanical pulping technologies. He is researching the production of useful extractives from wood as part of the biorefinery process.

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    Kate Parker

    Research Leader, Packaging Solutions

    Dr Kate Parker is a chemist who is developing new packaging materials using biomaterials. Kate’s particular field of interest is biopolymer foams as alternatives to expanded polystyrene.Read more

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    Richard Parker

    Senior Scientist; Rural Fire, Human Factors & Robotics

    Dr Richard Parker is a human factors researcher who specialises in developing work practices to enhance productivity and safety in dangerous occupations (e.g. forest harvesting and rural fire fighting). His… Read more

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    Thomas Paul

    Scientist, Production Ecosystems

    Dr Thomas Paul is a forest ecologist with broad research interests in estimating forest carbon stocks and their change in natural and planted forests, forest inventory designs and their implementation… Read more

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    Tim Payn

    Principal Scientist & Research Leader, Enabling Environments

    Dr Tim Payn comes from a background in soil science and has specialised interest in forest nutrition management. He is heavily involved in global efforts to support sustainable forest management.… Read more

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    Grant Pearce

    Senior Fire Scientist, Rural Fire Research

    Grant Pearce is one of New Zealand's leading specialists in wildfire behaviour. His research has enabled the development of fire behaviour models for New Zealand fuel types, which are routinely… Read more

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    Brian Richardson

    Principal Scientist, Forest Protection

    Dr Brian Richardson is a Principal Scientist in the Forest Protection Team with research interests in pest eradication, control of wilding conifers, vegetation management in forest systems, and forest management… Read more

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    Steve Riley

    Scientist & Project Leader, Wood Drying

    Steve Riley leads the wood drying programme at Scion. This research, conducted in partnership with the wood processing industry, has significant impact on the value and performance of sawn timber… Read more

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    Carol Ann Rolando

    Scientist, Pest Management

    Dr Carol Rolando specialises in developing practical methods for managing forest weeds, pests and diseases. Her work in weeds research has earned Carol recognition from the forest industry as they… Read more

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    Tripti Singh

    Senior Scientist & Project Leader, Bioactives & Wood Protection

    Dr Tripti Singh specialises and leads wood protection research. Her expertise includes wood durability, timber treatments/remedial treatment, wood modification, bioactive molecules, fungal enzymes, and wood preservation/protection standards. Tripti is involved… Read more

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    Gancho Slavov

    Research Leader, Quantitative & Molecular Genetics

    Dr Gancho Slavov’s research is aimed at understanding the processes that shape genetic variation within and among populations. His current work focuses on using genomic/multiomic data to dissect the architectures… Read more

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    Dawn Smith

    Senior Scientist; Research Leader, Polymers & Composites; Project Leader, Packaging

    Dr Dawn Smith specialises in the synthesis, characterisation, and formulation of polymers. Originally from the US, she worked in the biomedical device industry in R&D and new product development (CIBA… Read more

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    Stephanie Sopow

    Forest Entomologist, Entomology

    Stephanie Sopow is an entomologist specialising in forest insect ecology and taxonomy. She is Project Leader for Scion’s plant health diagnostic services and a biological control project to manage giant… Read more

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    Mathias Sorieul

    Plant Cell and Molecular Biologist/Biochemist; Research Leader, Fibre Science; Project Leader, Composite

    Dr Mathias Sorieul is a molecular biologist with specialised experience in protein trafficking and cell wall biosynthesis. His research now focused on cell wall architecture design, wood fibre optimisation and… Read more

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    Glenn Thorlby

    Research Leader, Plant Biotechnology

    Dr Glenn Thorlby is a plant molecular biologist with specialised experience in gene discovery and functional genomics. He leads Scion’s Plant Biotechnology research that aims to use biotechnology to add… Read more

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    Steve A. Wakelin

    Research Leader, Forest Systems Ecology

    Dr Steve Wakelin is a microbial ecologist with expertise in soil biogeochemistry and plant-microbe-soil interactions. He has worked across a diverse range of native and managed ecosystems, exploring the role… Read more

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    Michael S. Watt

    Senior Scientist & Research Leader, Geomatics

    Dr Michael Watt is a forestry scientist who specialises in remote sensing and development of models to characterise growth, health and wood quality of the forest resource. He has published… Read more

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    Suren Wijeyekoon

    Senior Scientist, Project Leader; Acting Research Leader, Bioenergy

    Dr Suren Wijeyekoon is a scientist in Clean Technologies with experience in bioenergy production and environmental management. His areas of work include gaseous biofuels focussing on biohydrogen and biomethane production,… Read more