Agriculture staff

Head of Agriculture Group

  • Dr Janet Reid

    Dr Janet Reid

    Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84812

Agronomy

  • Karen Barker

    Karen Barker

    Seed Analyst - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Hossein Ghani Zadeh

    Dr Hossein Ghani Zadeh

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 86165

  • Dr Kerry Harrington

    Dr Kerry Harrington

    Senior Lecturer in Weed Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84814

    Senior Lecturer in Weed Science, involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in weed biology and control, and also actively involved in research and extension about weed control.

  • Associate Professor Ignacio Lopez Campbell

    Associate Professor Ignacio Lopez Campbell

    Associate Professor in Pasture Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 85786

  • Craig McGill

    Craig McGill

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84803

    Craig Is a Research Officer in Seed Science and Technology with a research focus on seed of both introduced and indigenous plant species. Craig’s work on indigenous flora centres around seed conservation though ex situ storage of seed as part of the New Zealand Indigenous Seed Bank project, for which Craig is project leader. This work includes research into seed desiccation tolerance, storage and germination. Work on introduced species is looking at the transmission and viability of endophytes beneficial to the New Zealand pastoral sector in seed. 

  • Dr James Millner

    Dr James Millner

    Academic Dean - Agriculture - College of Sciences

    Senior Lecturer in Agronomy - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84811

    Research interests

    Crop production: Yield and quality of cereal grain crops; forage crops including cereals, maize for silage and brassica crops; seed production of crop and herbage species.

    Farm forestry:Trees in sustainable hill country production systems.  Plantation manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) for production of high methylglyoxal (UMF) honey.

    Teaching

    Undergraduate:Teaching in the 283 and 119 series papers in the BAgriScience degree. Emphasis on crop agronomy, agricultural systems and trees on farms. As BAgriScience director I provide advice and guidance to students in the programme.

    Postgraduate:Supervision and teaching of postgraduate students at masterate and PhD level.

  • Ruth Morrison

    Ruth Morrison

    Manager - Seed Testing Service - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 84199

  • Dr Soledad Navarrete

    Dr Soledad Navarrete

    Research Officer - Animal Science - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84807

  • Kay Sinclair

    Kay Sinclair

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84867

  • Robert Southward

    Robert Southward

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84818

Agriculture

  • Martín Correa-Luna

    Martín Correa-Luna

    Research Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    I obtained my degree in agricultural engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then, I began an internship in Denver, USA in a distinguished Angus breeding cattle farm. Back in Argentina, I worked as a crops and cattle farm planning and management advisor. In 2013 I moved to New Zealand, where I worked on a dairy farm for one season and in 2014 I started working as a research technician at Massey University on the Project Dairy 1. In 2016, I commenced my PhD in Animal Science exploring nitrogen use efficiency of dairy farm systems and profitability.

  • Prof Danny Donaghy

    Prof Danny Donaghy

    Professor of Dairy Production Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Miles Grafton

    Dr Miles Grafton

    Senior Lecturer - Precision Agriculture - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Miles Grafton worked as a Management Accountant and GIS technician in the agricultural aviation industry for a number of years. His Ph.D research was in identifying causes of material flow problems in aircraft. He has also been involved in  developing computer controlled automated delivery systems  for variable rate application of bulk solids from agricultural aircraft. 

    He works in Precision Agriculture (PA) and has been involved in modelling fertiliser ballistics for improved application accuracy and quantifying the benefits of PA.

  • Dr Janet Reid

    Dr Janet Reid

    Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Associate Professor Brennon Wood

    Associate Professor Brennon Wood

    Associate Professor in Agricultural Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment

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Farm and agribusiness

  • Dr Elena Garnevska

    Dr Elena Garnevska

    Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 84794

  • Dr David Gray

    Dr David Gray

    Senior Lecturer in Farm Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84805

    My key research interests are in how farmers learn and make decisions.  I am particularly interested in how farmers design and manage their production systems.  I have also undertaken research into resilient farming systems and the management of risk.  In recent years I have been involved in projects investigating farmer learning through a community of practice and other work using an innovation systems framework to consider innovation in the primary sector.  My final area of work is in the area of farm management consultancy and the processes consultants use to diagnose and solve problems for farmer clients.

  • Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan

    Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan

    Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 86266

  • Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84793

    Delivering farm and agribusiness management research and education - risk, strategy, business analysis, cooperatives; Elected director of Fonterra Cooperative; Director of the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association and represents NZ in the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) in Dairying.  Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and International Journal of Agricultural Management. Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. An in-depth understanding of global farming and agribusiness. Awarded Officer of NZ Order of Merit for services to agribusiness in 2018.

  • Associate Professor Peter Tozer

    Associate Professor Peter Tozer

    Associate Professor in Farm Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84795

Horticulture

  • Sunmeet Bhatia

    Sunmeet Bhatia

    Technician - Research and Teaching (Plant Science) - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Julian Gorman

    Julian Gorman

    Lecturer - School of People, Environment and Planning

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Huub Kerckhoffs

    Dr Huub Kerckhoffs

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    I have a strong background on how light and hormones are controlling growth and development in a wide range of plant model systems, like potato, tomato, pea, arabidopsis and rice. My PhD was on plant physiological functions of photoreceptors in tomato at Wageningen University (Netherlands). I have worked on various related molecular biological, genetic and crop physiological aspects in several countries since before coming to NZ to Crop & Food Research in Hawke’s Bay where I worked on mainly vegetable production systems. I have joined Massey University since early 2013.

  • Su Liu

    Su Liu

    Horticultural Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Marion MacKay

    Dr Marion MacKay

    Senior Lecturer in Environment Management - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Marion is a Senior Lecturer in Horticulture and Environmental Management who specialises in plant biodiversity and the conservation and management of plant-related aspects of the landscape/environment.  Her current research examines the diversity of exotic plants in cultivation in New Zealand and their utility for international conservation programmes.  The genus Rhododendron is the current focus; in 2017-18 Marion has been working with an international group to develop a global conservation strategy for this genus.  Marion also studies New Zealand indigenous flora including native forest restoration projects and the target species programme of the New Zealand Indigenous Seed Bank project. 

  • Chris Rawlingson

    Chris Rawlingson

    Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Associate Professor Nick Roskruge

    Associate Professor Nick Roskruge

    Associate Professor in Horticulture - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Svetla Sofkova-Bobcheva

    Dr Svetla Sofkova-Bobcheva

    Lecturer in Horticulture Production - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Associate Professor Jason Wargent

    Associate Professor Jason Wargent

    Associate Professor in Horticulture - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    My research is principally focussed on understanding plant responses to environmental factors within the context of increased sustainability and quality in crop production. My key interest is focused on the role of sunlight, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation in particular. Whilst plant responses to UV are numerous, comparatively little is understood regarding the possible exploitation of such endpoints to drive quality within modern crop production. Our research encompasses fundamental plant science, and the application of that knowledge through commercialisation pathways. 

     

Plant pests and diseases

  • Dr Xiong Zhao He

    Dr Xiong Zhao He

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Carl Mesarich

    Dr Carl Mesarich

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Dr. Carl Mesarich was appointed as a lecturer and project leader in plant pathology at Massey University in 2016. He obtained his M.Sc. (Biological Sciences) and Ph.D. (Molecular Plant Pathology) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Following completion of his Ph.D., he held postdoctoral postpositions at Wageningen University, The Netherlands (Laboratory of Phytopathology, 2012–2014) and The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, Auckland, New Zealand (Bioprotection Group, 2015).

  • Prof Qiao Wang

    Prof Qiao Wang

    Professor in Entomology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Qiao joined Massey University following his postdoc at University of California. His team focuses on plant protection, insect behaviour and biological control. His experience in Australia, China, NZ and USA is reflected in his > 300 publications, work with >80 postgraduates and scientists from around the world, and regular services on editorial boards of international journals and national and international panels. He was awarded a Distinguished Scientist Award by the Entomological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to entomological science during his career. Qiao has also served his university as the Chair of College of Sciences Research Committee.

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