Weeds Biocontrol team
Manaaki Whenua’s Weeds Biocontrol team had a successful evening at the NZ Biosecurity Awards in late October 2022. Members of the team contribute to B3: Better Border Biosecurity, which won the Science Award. Ronny Groenteman and Quentin Paynter joined the group who accepted the award.
Catriona Mcleod, an ecologist at Manaaki Whenua, has received the Cranwell Medal for excellence in science communication from the New Zealand Association of Scientists. Catriona was nominated for her work leading the Trustworthy Biodiversity Indicators programme, creating an exciting yet respectful conversation between scientists and people in diverse communities, applying creative ways to engage on a range of platforms, from social media channels through to group discussions kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).
John Dando, who recently retired from Manaaki Whenua’s soil physics laboratory in Palmerston North after 30 years’ service, was awarded the New Zealand Society of Soil Science’s biennial national award (the Blakemore Award) in December 2022, in recognition of his significant technical contribution to soil science.