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Meet our staff
- Al Glen, Senior Researcher
- Ana Podolyan, Molecular Technician
- Ben Jolly, Scientific Programmer
- Fiona Carswell – Chief Scientist
- Jessie Prebble, Botanist
- Jo Carpenter, Researcher – Conservation Ecology
- Manpreet Dhami, Senior Researcher
- Paula Godfrey, Research Technician
- Sze-Wing Yiu, Post-Doctoral Researcher – Behaviour Ecologist
- Yvonne Taura, Kairangahau Māori – Ecology
I’m a botanist, specialising in systematics and taxonomy, which means I research how many species of plants there are and how they are related to each other.
I get to spend time out in the hills, in the lab extracting DNA, in the herbarium measuring plants, and in front of the computer analysing data and writing it up.
What was it that led you into this field?
I love plants, and being outside in the bush, and especially being above the treeline in the alpine. My parents took us tramping as children and taught me the names of many native plants, I think that’s probably what started it.
What would be the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
The biggest challenge for me was completing my PhD. It’s a lot of work, and has to be mostly self motivated. I really like working in a team and bouncing ideas off other people. Luckily, I had lots of help from my supervisors, but I’ve certainly appreciated working in teams since moving on from study to work.