Extension and Outreach Manager,
Laura oversees the development and implementation of NZAGRC’s extension and outreach programme. Her work aims to help people better understand agriculture’s contribution to climate change and take informed, evidence-based steps towards managing greenhouse gas emissions at the farm level.
Partnerships are critical to that effort. Laura works closely with people in the primary sector, scientists and government agencies to ensure that the NZAGRC’s programme adds value to and helps extend existing efforts to prepare New Zealand farms and farmers for a low-emissions future.
Laura has extensive experience in climate change and environmental policy at domestic and international levels, having worked previously at the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She holds an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (First Class Honours) from Massey University. She grew up on a sheep, beef and cropping farm in the Manawatū, and maintains strong networks within the agricultural sector.
Laura joined the NZAGRC in 2015 as part of the NZAGRC’s team working on the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. She commenced her current role in 2019.