Role at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Entomology technician, Invertebrate and Plant Containment Facility (PC2) manager.
As well as fulfilling the role of Containment Facility manager, I have expertise in host testing and development of insect rearing techniques. I have successfully reared biocontrol agents to control weeds such as Japanese honeysuckle, old man’s beard, tradescantia, field horsetail, tutsan, Darwin’s barberry, moth plant and alligator weed. I am currently working on new projects to control banana passionfruit, Chilean flame creeper, oxygen weed, yellow flag iris, wild and yellow ginger. I am intimately involved in the wasp biological control project led by Dr Bob Brown and currently working on the introduction of several biological agents.
François Rabelais University of Tours, France
MSc (Dist) Behavioural Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity