Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

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Suzie Greenhalgh

Suzie Greenhalgh is the Portfolio Leader for Enhancing Policy Development at Landcare Research in New Zealand and leads the Values, Monitoring and Outcomes programme. Some of Suzie’s current research involves the analysis, design, and implementation of environmental and agricultural policy and policy processes (including collaborative processes), the development of market-based instruments for ecosystem services (particularly water quality, biodiversity and greenhouse gases), and the development of frameworks to incorporate ecosystem services into decision-making.

Before joining Landcare Research Suzie worked at the World Resources Institute, an environmental policy think-tank in Washington, DC. There she worked in a number of other areas including implementation of nutrient trading programmes and reverse auctions; economic valuation of coral reefs in the Caribbean; US agricultural policy as it relates to water quality, biofuels and climate change; and development of greenhouse gas accounting standards.

Suzie holds undergraduate degrees in agricultural science and post-graduate degrees in soil science and resource economics.

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Jim Sinner

Jim Sinner is a Senior Scientist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group at the Cawthron Institute, and Science Leader for Social Science. Jim uses his background in economics and public policy to collaborate across multiple disciplines, working with government and resource users to integrate information and insights from biophysical and social science to address environmental management challenges. Jim’s main areas of work are freshwater and coastal management and marine biosecurity, and he has also worked on climate change policy, trade policy and fisheries management.

For a research project on Freshwater Values, Monitoring and Outcomes, Jim and his co-researchers are exploring how “value” is perceived, constructed, measured, and negotiated in freshwater management, including through collaborative processes.

Originally from North Dakota, Jim attended Harvard and Cornell universities and worked in the US Congress before moving to New Zealand in 1991, where he has worked for 22 years in government, consultancy, advocacy, and research roles concerning resource management and environmental stewardship.

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Andrew Fenemor

Andrew Fenemor is Research Priority Leader Land & Water at Landcare Research in Nelson.  His current research interests span water allocation and governance (including groundwater and water quality), integrated catchment management, stakeholder engagement (socio-hydrology) and RMA decision-making.

His recent research includes collaborative water management, knowledge used within collaborative processes, and indicators to assess policy performance and working with indigenous communities in Cotopaxi province, Ecuador to undertake a water inventory process completed. Since 2008, Andrew has also acted as a commissioner deciding consents for major Canterbury irrigation deveIopments including Central Plains Water, the Hurunui Water Project, and on the Rakaia River Water Conservation Order.

Previously, Andrew led the 12-year Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) programme, based in Tasman’s Motueka catchment ( and has held a science managerial role with environmental responsibilities at Tasman District Council.Andrew is a past president of the New Zealand Hydrological Society and in 2006 was awarded their Outstanding Achievement medal.

Andrew holds degrees in agricultural engineering from the Lincoln College/University of Canterbury and the Ohio State University.

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Rob Davies-Colley

Rob Davies-Colley is a Principal Scientist in the Aquatic Pollution Group at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Hamilton. Rob has a background in geoscience, with a PhD in environmental engineering (Oregon State University 1982). He has worked on water quality in a wide range of water sub-domains from wastewater treatment to deep sea oceanography, and including rivers, lakes and estuaries. He has expertise in river ecology and riparian management as well as in water quality. Specialist research interests include optical water quality, microbial water quality, and water monitoring and reporting.

Rob is a board member of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on Diffuse Pollution, and he co-convened the 15th IWA conference on Diffuse Pollution (DIPCON2011) in Rotorua in 2011. He is the scientific spokesperson for New Zealand’s National Rivers Water Quality Network (NRWQN) operated by NIWA and has been an advisor and task leader in the Ministry for the Environment’s (ongoing) National Environmental Monitoring and Reporting project – for which the NRWQN is a model.

His work in the Values, Monitoring and Outcomes programme is now increasingly focused on community monitoring. In ‘sister’ research programmes, Rob leads a major project on fine sediment and its optical effects (focused on the Kaipara system) with a view to enumeration of environmental limits, as well as research on the dynamics of contaminant microbes in rivers and estuaries.

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Garth Harmsworth

Garth Harmsworth (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa) is a senior environmental scientist at Landcare Research, Palmerston North, with over 28 years’ experience. Garth’s background is in environmental planning, resource management, land resource assessment, GIS applications and environmental databases, and indigenous values and knowledge research. He has led over 40 collaborative projects with Māori organisations and iwi/hapū, including iwi/hapū knowledge and information systems, land resource assessment, environmental planning, mapping cultural landscapes, environmental and cultural indicators, restoration of indigenous landscapes, climate change, with a primary focus on building Māori research capacity through collaborative projects.

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Ken Hughey

Ken is Professor of Environmental Management at Lincoln University and has a PhD in resource management. Ken leads the Lincoln University research team that has been surveying New Zealanders every two years since 2000 about their perceptions of the state of the environment – they use the Pressure State Response model of environmental reporting as the basis of this ongoing research. His research speciality is the ecology and management of rivers and lowland wetland ecosystems, and his teaching includes a course on Integrated Environmental Management based on collaborative approaches. Ken also leads a large multi-year research programme on prioritising river values, in- and out-of-stream.

Ken has an ongoing interest in the sustainable management of Canterbury’s water resources. He was part of the multi-stakeholder group evaluating storage options in Stage 3 of the Canterbury Strategic Water Study and has been involved in working groups to establish targets for the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS). Ken is also a Board member of the Waihora Ellesmere Trust and a member of the Hurunui Waiau Water Zone Management Committee.

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