NZAGRC Science Leadership Team

The role of NZAGRC Science Leadership Team (SLT) is to play a key part in the development, implementation and monitoring of all of the Centre’s science programmes and strategies.  It consists of respected New Zealand-based researchers with excellent science credentials accompanied by strong leadership, communication, strategic and inter-personal skills with expertise in those areas of science covered in the NZAGRC Strategy and Science Plan.

Membership is agreed by the Steering Group and includes the NZAGRC Principal Investigators in addition to the NZAGRC Director and NZAGRC Operations Manager.  

Dr Graeme Attwood  AgResearch  
Dr Cecile DeKlein   AgResearch 
Professor Hong Di  Lincoln University 
Dr Robyn Dynes  AgResearch  
Dr Peter Janssen  AgResearch  
Dr David Whitehead   Manaaki Whenua


Science leadership & capability building 

The NZAGRC is committed to providing opportunities for researchers to be trained and work with leading experts in New Zealand.  Some students go on to continue their studies or enter a postdoctoral position under guidance from NZAGRC science leaders, other enter into industry based positions.

The NZAGRC supports more than 50 researchers and students by providing funding via its core research programme or via its student scholarships programme.

Below are profiles of our scientists and past students. 

Science Profile - Phil Journeaux

Farming Has Always Been Part of Phil’s Life

Phil Journeaux’s pathway to co-leading the NZAGRC’s Māori-focused research programme (with Dr Tanira Kingi at Scion) was set at an early age.

Born and raised in the rural Central North Island in Raetihi, most of his friends lived on farms, so he was interested in farming from his childhood.

After attending College in Ohakune and Whanganui Phil headed to Massey University where he did his Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and later completed his Master of Agricultural Science.

“Essentially it was a follow-on from my interest in farming,” he says. “I started work out of varsity with MAF (now Ministry of Primary Industries, MPI) as a farm advisor in Northland. Within MAF I ended up as North Island Manager for the Policy Group. I was interested in aspects of management, so did an MBA at Waikato University.”

Phil’s interests also expanded to include the specifics of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation research.

“Given the wider publicity around GHGs, I was interested in what this meant at a farm level – what practical measures could farmers take, and what was the implication for this on farm systems and profitability?”

This focus on farms systems, management and mitigation blended into Phil’s next role with AgFirst.

“My main role was as an agricultural economics consultant, although I was involved in some research-type projects involving land use, agri-environmental impacts and cost/benefit analyses, plus some involvement in Primary Growth Partnership (PGP programmes) a research fund operated by MPI.”

Now, in his involvement in the NZAGRC’s Māori-focused research programme, Phil is a combination of project manager – overseeing the administration of the project and completion of milestones etc - as well as carrying out modelling work with Farmax and Overseer, and on-farm economic analyses.

The NZAGRC funded programme aims to assist the capacity of Māori farmers to improve their efficiency and productivity while lowering GHG emissions.

“The work to date shows that (a) the application of the GHG mitigation strategies can be quite complex at a farm level, and (b) every farm is different, so there are not necessarily easy answers to the question of mitigating GHGs and remaining profitable.”

Looking forward, Phil says he intends to continue working on GHG mitigation strategies that are both practical and maintain farm profitability and acknowledges the importance of “disseminating information and working with farmers in achieving the adoption of some of these approaches.”

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