Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Biocontrol & Molecular Ecology

The Biocontrol & Molecular Ecology team works on a range of projects aimed at protecting terrestrial biodiversity in New Zealand, and mitigating the impacts of invasive species on the natural environment and productive sector.

Our core skills and capability fall into three key areas:

Biodiversity management
Biodiversity management
  • Biodiversity inventory and monitoring (including sub-Antarctic Islands)
  • Understanding, protecting and restoring wetlands, drylands, forest fragments and rare ecosystems
  • Sanctuaries and iconic species management
  • Species recovery strategies, including genetics and assisted reproduction
  • Conservation planning tools
  • Biodiversity offsetting
  • Incorporating biodiversity into urban design
Invasive Species management
Invasive species management
  • Management of weeds, especially through biocontrol
  • Safe importation of new plant germplasm (to prevent new weeds)
  • Managing invasive invertebrates in natural ecosystems
  • Managing diseases of native plants
Molecular biology
Molecular biology
  • Understanding populations in order to better conserve or control them
  • Diagnostics and systematics
  • Functional genetics/genomics
  • EcoGene® (DNA services undertaken for national and international clients for biodiversity and biosecurity applications)

Our team is responsible for managing the Miller Invertebrate Containment Facility at Lincoln, and the Pathogen Containment Facility currently being constructed at Tamaki. We also manage the Ecological Genetics Laboratory at Tamaki and Ecology Labs at Hamilton, Palmerston North and Dunedin.

Currently our team has 38 staff located at our Auckland, Hamilton, Lincoln, Palmerston North and Dunedin sites. We also have 9 Research Associates associated with our team, and a number of casual staff working with us at any one time.

Julia Allwood

Julia Allwood

Researcher Molecular Ecology & Capability Leader

Location: Auckland

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Eva Biggs

Eva Biggs

Researcher, Molecular Ecology

Location: Lincoln

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Angela Bownes

Angela Bownes

Biocontrol Knowledge Broker & Capability Leader

Location: Lincoln

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Talia Brav-Cubitt

Talia Brav-Cubitt

Research Technician

Location: Auckland

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Anna Bristol

Anna Bristol

Science Team Manager

Location: Hamilton

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Amber Brooks

Amber Brooks

Plant Pathology Research Technician

Location: Lincoln

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Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Researcher

Location: Lincoln

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Arnaud Cartier

Arnaud Cartier

Entomology Technician and Invertebrate Containment Facility Manager

Location: Lincoln

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Seona Casonato

Seona Casonato

Research Associate

Location: Lincoln

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Carina Davis

Carina Davis

Molecular Technician

Location: Lincoln

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Murray Dawson

Murray Dawson

Researcher

Location: Lincoln

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Manpreet Dhami

Manpreet Dhami

Researcher / Capability Leader

Location: Lincoln

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Andrew Dopheide

Andrew Dopheide

Researcher

Location: Auckland

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Shaun Forgie

Shaun Forgie

Research Associate

Location: Auckland

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Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler

Research Leader

Location: Lincoln

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Hugh Gourlay

Hugh Gourlay

Research Technician

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9683

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Ronny Groenteman

Ronny Groenteman

Researcher / RPAL

Location: Lincoln

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Lynley Hayes

Lynley Hayes

Science Team Leader

Location: Lincoln

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Richard Hill

Richard Hill

Research Associate

Location: Lincoln

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Gary Houliston

Gary Houliston

Portfolio Leader

Location: Lincoln

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Peter N Johnson

Peter N Johnson

Research Associate - Emeritus

Location: Dunedin

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Claudia Lange

Claudia Lange

Researcher / Capability Leader

Location: Lincoln

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Chris McGrannachan

Chris McGrannachan

Weed Biocontrol Scientist

Location: Auckland

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Zane McGrath

Zane McGrath

Junior Lab / Field Technician

Location: Auckland

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Danielle Middleton

Danielle Middleton

Molecular Ecologist

Location: Lincoln

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Caroline Mitchell

Caroline Mitchell

Lab Technician

Location: Lincoln

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Quentin Paynter

Quentin Paynter

Research Leader

Location: Auckland

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Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Technician

Location: Palmerston North

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Ana Podolyan

Ana Podolyan

Molecular Technician

Location: Lincoln

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Chantal Probst

Chantal Probst

Technician

Location: Auckland

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Hester Roberts

Hester Roberts

Senior Molecular Technician

Location: Auckland

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Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Research Associate

Location: Lincoln

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Pauline Syrett

Pauline Syrett

Research Associate - Emeritus

Location: Lincoln

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Katherine Trought

Katherine Trought

Research Technician

Location: Lincoln

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Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Research Associate - Emeritus

Location: Nelson

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Chris Winks

Chris Winks

Research Associate

Location: Auckland

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