Christina Bava - Position: Research Associate, Plant & Food Research. Field: Sensory & Consumer Science. Christina works in the Sensory and Consumer Science Department of Plant & Food Research, Mt Albert. Her work involves understanding consumer behaviour in relation to food choices.
Dr Nick Roskruge - Position: Horticulture Degree Major leader Job: Agronomist working on crop production systems and improving yield quality – primarily with traditional foods such as taewa (Māori potatoes), kānga (corn), kōkihi (New Zealand spinach) and kamokamo (Māori pumpkin). Nick has a dual function, managing a series of projects aligned to crop production systems and also coordinating the national Māori horticultural organisation – Tāhuri Whenua.
Dr Richard Espley - Position: Scientist (Plant genetics) at Plant & Food Research, Mount Albert Research Centre. Richard’s current job involves investigating the genetic basis of how plants control the way they make colour, for example, in fruit. "The work ranges from beautiful orchards in Hawke’s Bay to the high-tech lab in Auckland, and I love that variety and the opportunities to keep learning."
Dr Jaspreet Singh - Position: Research Officer Field: Food science and nutrition Place of Work Riddet Institute Jaspreet’s research currently focuses on characterising food crops, like cereals and potatoes. He characterises these resources to help develop new, custom food products. Jaspreet enjoys his research and thinks food products are a new, interesting field with lots of unsolved problems.
Dr Brett Ennis - Position: Chief Executive Prevar Field: Apple and pear commercialisation Brett has worked in a variety of roles in the New Zealand biotechnology industry. He started out in the dairy industry before making the shift into apples and pears. Brett enjoys the responsibility and challenges of his current role as it covers aspects of science management, together with business strategy development and implementation, plus intellectual property licensing.
Dr Stewart Collie. Position: Senior Scientist, AgResearch, Lincoln. Stewart leads a small research team at AgResearch developing technical textiles, including protective fabrics and composites reinforced with natural fibres like New Zealand flax (harakeke).
Dr Nicola Anstice - Field: Department of Optometry and Vision Science. Nicola Anstice completed a PhD project at The University of Auckland’s Department of Optometry and Vision Science, which examined the effects of a new contact lens on myopia progression in children.
Dr David Scobie - Position: Scientist Job: Dr David Scobie works with sheep and issues associated with their skin and wool. He has recently developed a sheep that is more cost-effective and lower maintenance for farmers. "...the best part about this job has been the enthusiastic response of sheep farmers".