Our people

The NZAGRC team is made up of people with science, policy, contract management and administration backgrounds. Most are based at our headquarters on the Grasslands campus of AgResearch, in Palmerston North.

NZAGRC staff

Harry Clark

Harry
Clark

Director,
NZAGRC

Harry is one of New Zealand’s leading experts on agricultural greenhouse gases and is highly respected internationally as well.

Sinead Leahy

Sinead
Leahy

Senior Science Advisor,
NZAGRC

Sinead supports the NZAGRC Director to develop and monitor the NZAGRC science programme, contributes to policy initiatives and undertakes extension activities.

Laura Kearney v2

Laura
Kearney

Extension and Outreach Manager,
NZAGRC

Laura looks after the NZAGRC’s extension and outreach programme, aimed at helping people understand agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and how they can be reduced at the farm level.

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Nimlesh
Balaine

Science Contracts Manager,
NZAGRC

Nimlesh manages the science contracts that make up the NZAGRC’s domestic programme. She also assists with the NZAGRC’s governance and advisory groups.

Jessica Somerton v2

Jessica
Somerton

International Science Contracts Manager,
NZAGRC

Jessica manages the contracts relating to the NZAGRC’s international activities in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

Trina Bishop

Trina
Bishop

Office Manager,
NZAGRC

Trina is the face of the NZAGRC’s Palmerston North office, providing dedicated administration and office management support to the team.

Kate Parlane

Kate
Parlane

Project Analyst,
NZAGRC

Kate manages the NZAGRC’s financial structure, reconciling its various revenue streams, managing expenditure and advising on operating procedure.

Jeremy Emmet Booth

Jeremy
Emmet-Booth

Postdoctoral Scientist,
NZAGRC

Jeremy contributes to the NZAGRC’s work in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Sixth Assessment Report.

Carlos Gonzales Fischer

Carlos
Gonzalez-Fischer

Postdoctoral Scientist,
NZAGRC

Carlos also contributes to the NZAGRC’s work in support of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report and is working on papers related to the GRA.

Ackim Mwape

Ackim
Mwape

Global Research Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow: Policy Support,
NZAGRC

Ackim works closely with MPI, helping them implement New Zealand’s GRA engagement strategy in Africa.