Jessica Somerton v2


International Science Contracts Manager,

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

Jessica joined the NZAGRC in June 2019, initially assisting with contract management of the domestic programme. More recently, Jessica has joined the international team. In addition to her GRA contract management responsibilities, Jessica also coordinates the NZAGRC’s broader involvement in the GRA, in particular its Livestock Research Group, which NZAGRC Director Dr Harry Clark co-chairs on behalf of New Zealand.

Jessica holds a BSc and MSc in Food Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, USA. For much of her career, she has researched the sensory and consumer science of dairy products – in both academia and industry.

Jessica is also a qualified web and graphic designer, and these skills enable her to provide vital support to the NZAGRC and GRA communications effort.