Expertise Available

Expertise and Role in the Kiwi Genome Project
Dr Mere Roberts
Auckland University
Dr Roberts has had a broad experience in indigenous environmental perspectives and resource management. Her expertise includes traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples, particularly matauranga Maori, and its relevance and utility in modern resource management.
Assoc Prof Don Love
University of Auckland
Dr Love is a molecular geneticist who has played a leading role in the establishment of the field of function genomics in New Zealand. His current research involves mutagenesis in the zebrafish in order to model human disorders.
Dr Richard Newcomb
Dr Newcomb was until recently the Sector Leader Gene Technologies at HortResearch. Research in his laboratory has focused on isolating genes that encode proteins involved in the recognition of pheromones of the horticulture pest. He has constructed a number of expressed sequence tagged libraries.
Prof Barry Scott Prof Scott has 25 years post PhD research experience in the Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions. He has been director of Massey University Molecular Genetics Unit. Prof Scott is currently head of the Centre for Functional Genomics at Massey University. He is a leading expert in the mapping and the assembly of large genomic regions.
Dr Jim Watson
Genesis Research and Development Corporation Ltd.
Dr Watson founded Genesis Research & Development Corporation in 1994 and served as Research Director until 1998, when he was appointed Chief Executive, Dr Watson is also a Member of the Growth & Innovation Advisory Board. He is a past President of the Australasian Society of Immunology (1999/2000) and was a Director of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, New Zealand 1999 - 2002. He was recently elected President of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1993.
Prof David Penny
Allan Wilson Centre
Massey University
Prof Penny is known international for his work on the origin and migration of early human populations; the origins of New Zealand biota; the origin of life and the RNA world; DNA evidence and the survival of land vertebrates across the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. He has lead the field of molecular phylogenetics with major achievements in studies of complex algorithms for reconstructing evolutionary trees; computer simulations of the effectiveness of different methods
Prof Mike Hendy
Allan Wilson Centre
Massey University
Mike Hendy is Professor of Biological Mathematics at Massey University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. His expertise lies in data mining and bioinformatics. Prof Hendy has published more than 90 papers in a variety of academic journals, most of which have deal issues central to this application.
Associate Professor James Kalmakoff
Director, Centre for Gene Research
University of Otago
Associate Professor Kalmakoff has played a central role in the introduction of computing to the Department of Biochemistry at Otago University and in the development of computer aided learning (CAL) software for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. He has been active in promoting the use of the Web for teaching, communications and research. He is currently Associate Dean, Website and Communications for the Health Sciences Division and Chairman of the Web Advisory Committee that is responsible for the University Corporate Website. In 1996, he was appointed Director, Centre for Gene Research, one of the Centres of expertise at this University. Associate Professor Kalmakoff's technical and teaching expertise will be invaluable to the proposed project.
Prof Charles Daugherty
Victoria University of Wellington
Prof Daugherty's research has focused on evolutionary and population biology of vertebrates, conservation genetics, and ecological restoration. Prof Daugherty has an international reputation in these areas and has published extensively in the area of kiwi genetics and conservation biology. Prof Daugherty is a principal investigator in the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution.