Key Science Roles

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    Tim Barnard

    Associate Science Leader, Forest Ecology and Management

    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

    Portfolio Leader, Integrated Bioenergy

    Dr Paul Bennett is the Portfolio Leader for Integrated Bioenergy. 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

    Technology and Services Leader, Process Development

    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

    Team Lead, Plant Systematics and Collections

    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

    Team Lead, Physics and Materials

    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

    Scientist, Microbial Ecology - Soil 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

    Team Lead, Microbial Biotech

    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

    Scientist, Molecular Physiology

    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

    Portfolio Leader, Indigenous Forests Established

    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, 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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    Diego Elustondo

    Team Lead, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

    Diego has decades of international experience. He has worked in Chile, Canada, Sweden, and now New Zealand, in Universities, R&D Institutes and Industry. Diego is excited to contribute to the… Read more

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    Melissa Evans

    Research Group Leader, Digital and Geospatial Intelligence

    Melissa Evans is an experienced computer science specialist.

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    Muthasim Fahmy

    Energy Systems Engineer, Physics and Materials

    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

    Research Group Leader, Ecology and Environment

    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

    Scientist, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

    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

    Scientist, Materials Analysis, Characterisation and Testing

    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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    Warren Grigsby

    Scientist, Bio/Organic Chemistry

    Dr Warren Grigsby is a chemist with specialised experience in synthetic and polymer chemistry. His research focuses on developing chemicals, composites and wood-based materials based on processing biopolymers and renewables.… Read more

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    Peter Hall

    Team Lead, Process Development

    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

    Portfolio Leader, High Value Biorefineries

    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

    Scientist, Silviculture and Forest Carbon

    Dr Alan Jones works as a Scientist for Silviculture and Forest Carbon at Scion. His role is focussed on optimising the ecosystem service value of trees across all landscapes.

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    Jana Krajňáková

    Scientist, Molecular Physiology

    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

    Research Group Leader, Forest Genetics and Biotechnology

    Dr Gareth Lloyd-Jones is a biochemist specialising in industrial biotechnology. His research focuses on microbes and enzymes associated with the carbon cycle and how to re-employ these systems for biosynthetic… Read more

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    Rebecca McDougal

    Scientist, Pathogen Diagnostics and Collections

    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

    Scientist, Forest Ecology and Management

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

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    Kim McGrouther

    Team Lead, Analytical Chemistry; 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

    Scientist, Plant Morphology and Physiology

    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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    Nicolas Meurisse

    Team Lead, Forest Ecology and Management

    Dr Nicolas Meurisse specialises in risk assessment and invasion ecology of forest insects. His research encompasses forest entomology, population modelling and pest management (including monitoring and biological control). Nicolas works… Read more

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    Karl Murton

    Scientist, Process Development

    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

    Team Lead; Acting Portofolio Leader, Sustainable Materials

    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.

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    Richard Parker

    Scientist, Additive Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies

    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, Forest Ecology and Management

    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

    Scientist, Forest Ecology and Management

    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

    Fire Scientist, Fire and Atmospheric Sciences

    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, Plant Protection Physics and Chemistry

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

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    Steve Riley

    Scientist, Process Development

    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

    Portfolio Leader, Trees to High Volume Wood Products

    Dr Carol Rolando is an applied forest scientist with expertise in forest establishment and vegetation management, biosecurity, pesticide application and invasive species management (notably wilding conifers). Having worked as a… Read more

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    Matthew Scott

    Scientist, Forest Ecology and Management

    Dr Matthew Scott is an ecologist specialising in processes that structure ecological communities, control biodiversity, regulate species interactions and manage ecosystem function.

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    Tripti Singh

    Team Lead, Wood Science Design

    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

    Scientist, Quantitative Genomics

    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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    Simeon Smaill

    Team Lead, Microbial Ecology - Soil Systems

    Dr Simeon Smaill is a microbial ecologist who specialises in plant-soil-microbe interactions in forest systems. His expertise encompasses exploration of the activity of growth-promoting microbes, biogeochemical cycles, nutrient modelling, improving… 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

    Team Lead, Molecular Physiology

    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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    Claire Stewart

    Portfolio Leader, New Value from a Digital Forest and Wood Sector

    As Portfolio Leader for New Value Digital Forest and Wood Sector at Scion, Claire's focus is on driving digital led transformation in the forestry sector.

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    Yu Shyang (Alan) Tan

    Team Lead, Data and Computational Sciences

    Dr Alan Tan is currently the acting Research Group Leader for the Data and Geospatial Intelligence group in Scion. His expertise and research interests are in Applied Machine Learning, Distributed… Read more

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    Glenn Thorlby

    Scientist, Quantitative Genomics

    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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    Kirk Torr

    Research Group Leader, Chemistry and Physics

    Dr Kirk Torr is the Research Group Leader for the Chemistry and Physics Group. He is a organic chemist who currently specialises in lignin valorisation and liquid biofuels research. He… Read more

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    Rebecca Turner

    Scientist, Forest Ecology and Management

    Dr Rebecca Turner is a mathematical biologist with experience in ecological modelling and biosecurity. Her research interests include invasion ecology and process based modelling.

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    Steve A. Wakelin

    Portfolio Leader, Designing Forests - Mahi Tahi Whaihua

    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

    Scientist, Remote Sensing and GIS

    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

    Scientist, Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

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