Zhi-Qiang Zhang has significantly advanced global taxonomy by founding and leading two of the largest international journals in biodiversity research: Zootaxa and Phytotaxa. Zhi-Qiang is a worldleading authority on the systematics and ecology of mites and has made outstanding global contributions to acarology. He has discovered and named over 150 new species of mites and wrote the first monograph on mites of greenhouses in the world. Due to the high frequency of mites existing in exported and imported produce, his work has greatly eased trade barriers and barriers and facilitated the import and export of fresh and stored produce.
Garth Harmsworth (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa) is renowned for his work building Māori research capability nationally, and advancing mātauranga-based kaupapa Māori and collaborative research practice. His knowledge and understanding of catchment management from both science and te ao Māori has been ground-breaking in establishing sustainable development approaches. He has brought an indigenous perspective to a conventionally ‘biophysical’ science discipline, which now serves as a best practice guide for future land use within Aotearoa and across the globe.
Miko Kirschbaum, who works in the development of computer models to investigate the growth responses of forests and grasslands to climate change, made it onto the Reuters ‘hot list’ of the top 1,000 climate scientists worldwide. The list is based on the numbers of papers published over a career, the number of citations of those papers, and a measure of public reach of the papers.