Martin Howes Bs

Martin has an extensive background in corporate agriculture providing support to farms, from small to large businesses. Martin was responsible for implementing robust practices and systems to ensure high physical and financial performance and supporting managers and farm staff. Martin has been involved in managing several large farm development projects, a livestock trading farm and …

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Giselle McLachlan LLB ChFInstD

Giselle is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, an experienced company director, CEO and was previously a lawyer for over 30 years. Giselle’s career roles have been varied – working internationally as a lawyer as well as General Counsel for New Zealand’s largest insurance company, living and breathing agribusiness for some …

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Jabus Kok MSc

Jabus first joined us in April 2021 as a research assistant and soon embarked on a PhD. His PhD is through Lincoln University in Christchurch, but he is also co-supervised by Peter Amer and Peter Fennessy here at AbacusBio. Originally from South Africa, Jabus completed a Bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural science, before …

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Damien Fevre MSc

Damien joined AbacusBio in 2020 as a PhD student after a long association with the beekeeping industry. Originally from France, he first came to New Zealand in 2005 after completing a Master’s degree in genetics from Sorbonne University in Paris, as part of his world tour as a beekeeping worker. After traveling across Canada and …

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Luna Zhang

Luna Zhang PhD 张馨月 博士

Luna specialises in building mathematically-driven models for delivering business insights. She has a fierce passion for communicating data to different audience groups using personalised visuals and storytelling techniques. Originally from China and having spent some time in the US, Luna prides herself on having an open and curious mind and is excited about her role …

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Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson BAgSc

Kevin has a strong practical dairy background having managed dairy farms for several years prior to joining AbacusBio in 2013 and having been involved with dairy research and consulting in Australia. Kevin is keen to help farming clients gain the maximum value from their farming operation, through the implementation of sound monitoring systems. His focus …

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cherokee walters

Cherokee Walters PGDipSci

Cherokee Walters joined us in 2018 as an intern whilst finishing a postgraduate diploma in human physiology at the University of Otago. She is now a full-time consultant at AbacusBio. Originally from Te Puke in the North Island, she grew up on a lifestyle block raising beef cattle, as well as kaimanawa rescue and mixed-bred …

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Kat Stachwicz

Katarzyna Stachowicz PhD

Born and raised in Poland, Kat joined AbacusBio in 2013 and is an expert on animal breeding and genetics with special interest in genetic variability and the long term consequences of selection. Her experience in the genetic evaluation of sheep and cattle, variance components estimation, economic selection indexes and the identification of key ancestors for …

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Cheryl Quinton

Cheryl Quinton PhD

Cheryl specialises in breeding programs around the world. She enjoys teamwork and thrives in a collaborative environment, engaging closely with colleagues and clients to develop solutions and tools in quantitative genetics, breeding programs, and selection indexes for a wide range of species, including sheep, beef, dairy, poultry, and fish. Cheryl joined AbacusBio in 2015. Originally …

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Luke Proctor

Luke Proctor MSc

Luke specialises in the implementation of on-farm research projects. His past experience on a variety of science and research projects has given him a broad understanding of scientific processes and how they relate to the agricultural industry. His role at AbacusBio includes working with sheep and cattle breeders on the application of DNA tests and …

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Madeleine Post MSc

Madeleine joined us in May 2021, to extend our growing expertise in plant biotechnology. She recently finished a Master’s degree, looking at the biochemical and physiological effects of microplastic and phenanthrene toxicity (using marine macroalgae as a model). Originally from Hamburg, Madeleine spent a large portion of her childhood both in Europe and the Bay of …

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Gertje Petersen PhD

Gertje is a dynamic scientist charged with a strong sense of purpose, which is to create positive impacts in agriculture. Originally a veterinarian from Germany, she first joined AbacusBio in 2013 as a research assistant and later on graduated with a genetics PhD at the University of Otago in May 2019. She has an eagerness …

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Nadia McLean

Nadia McLean

Nadia joined AbacusBio in 2013 and specialises in the implementation of on-farm research projects, such as the Hill Central Progeny Test. Nadia’s focus is on lifting productivity behind the farm gate. Her background includes working with sheep breeders on the research and development of DNA tests and SNP technology and the logistical implementation of meat …

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Megan McCall

Megan McCall BApplSc

Megan enjoys the thrill of working with clients across the primary industries and creating a positive, lasting impact in agriculture. With a broad knowledge base in farming systems and her skills in facilitation and negotiation, Megan thrives on being able to develop practical solutions for the challenges that farmers face daily, on-farm and across the …

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Jarek Mazur

Jarek Mazur

Jarek brings his pleasant and diligent personality to the AbacusBio team. Originally from Poland, Jarek joined AbacusBio in 2018 with a strong administrative skillset, backed by his professional accountancy background. Jarek works closely with the administrative team on general administrative duties, financial reporting, and providing support in project and budget management. His focus within AbacusBio …

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Shalini Kumar

Shalini Kumar PhD

Shalini is an innovative and dynamic strategist, who strives to be the change she wants to see in the world. She joined AbacusBio in November 2020. A cytogeneticist and molecular biologist by training, she brings her strong background in life sciences seamlessly into the agricultural sector. In addition to being highly adaptable, her key strengths …

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Loamé Kok (Van Zyl) BSc

Loame first came to AbacusBio as an intern, while pursuing a genetics degree at the University of Otago. She is highly driven and brings her creative, pragmatic mindset towards her work at AbacusBio. At AbacusBio, she is involved in several projects looking at the development of practical packages to support the development of new plant products, …

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Cheryl King

Cheryl King

Cheryl is the first person you will meet at reception when entering our Dunedin office. Her approachable, friendly and bubbly personality will instantly put you at ease and make you feel right at home. Cheryl joined AbacusBio in 2014. Her role comprises of reception, administrative, and general office support duties. She brings years of office …

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Natalie Howes

Natalie Howes PhD

The opportunities presented to Natalie while growing up on-farm in the sheep, beef, and dairy industries, is what motivates Natalie to deliver impact to the agricultural sector. With an affable personality and grassroots core, Natalie works closely with clients to strategically apply scientific principles that deliver commercially relevant solutions. While based in AbacusBio’s Dunedin office, …

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Jamie Horrell BIT

Jamie first joined us as an intern in 2020 after finishing a Bachelor of Information Technology from Otago Polytechnic. During his internship, he re-designed the user experience for Gemnetics’ suite of breeding software products. Born and bred in Mosgiel, Jamie has a strong eye for detail and developed a strong passion for building websites and …

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Sam Harburg

Sam Harburg BAgrSc MBA

Sam is an all-rounded agricultural expert. He brings to you his deep technical expertise in livestock breeding, genetics, and production. Having gained an MBA from Deakin University in Australia, he also possesses a strong skillset in corporate agricultural management and economic analysis. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Sam offers practicality and versatility in his quest to …

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Martyn Haigh

Martyn Haigh BA BBS DipGrad

Martyn joined AbacusBio in 2019 as a software developer and brings to us his deep experience in IT and coding. Originally from Pukekohe in New Zealand, his varied roles across the country has led him to pursue a DipGrad in IT at the University of Otago. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in …

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Dallas Venables CAANZ

Dallas brings to us a wealth of experience in accounting and financial management. Born and bred in Dunedin, he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Otago. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Massey University. After coming back to New Zealand …

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Hannah Farr PhD

Hannah joined us in 2021, bringing to us her varied experience in science writing, finance, operations, and go-to-market strategy. Hannah’s strengths lie in having an inquiring mind and her ability to see the best in people. Originally from Tauranga, and having grown up in Katikati and Rotorua, she holds a BE(Hons) degree in chemical and …

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Mark Teviotdale

Mark Teviotdale BIT

Mark is an IT manager and a consultant with a remarkable track record. With over 14 years of commercial experience in New Zealand and London, across the health, energy, banking, and agri-tech sectors, Mark is naturally the go-to expert for advising clients on leveraging IT to meet their business needs. Mark joined AbacusBio in 2012, …

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Bruno Santos

Bruno Santos PhD

Bruno brings a global understanding of the agricultural sector to AbacusBio. His approach delivers his expertise with passion, customer centric focus and proactive collaboration. Bruno comes from Brazil and is widely experienced in the livestock production systems and environmental conditions of Latin America. Joining AbacusBio in 2012 after ten years of running a technical advisory …

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Sharl Liebergreen

Sharl Liebergreen BAgrSc

Sharl has been consulting internationally in agriculture, genetics, commercialisation and food for the past four years at AbacusBio. Prior to that he was heavily invested in New Zealand’s agricultural industry, supporting the endeavours of seedstock breeders as they modernised their breeding programs with genomic DNA technology, performance recording devices and decision support Software as a …

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Neville Jopson

Neville Jopson PhD

Neville joined AbacusBio in 2001, coming from an extensive practical and applied science background in New Zealand and European agricultural science and agribusiness. He has developed a variety of technological innovations in the areas of imaging technology, measurement of carcasses and meat cuts in live animals using CT and ultrasound scanning, as well as genetic …

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Fiona Hely

Fiona Hely BAppSc(Hons)

Fiona is a logical thinker and a great problem solver. You will find that she has a good listening ear and is able to successfully help you piece the puzzles together to resolve challenges and meet your data needs. Fiona specialises in the design and simulation of breeding programs and optimisation, bringing to clients her …

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Simon Glennie

Simon Glennie BSc

Simon is a practical person full of ideas and the passion to work with farmers. As a farm consultant at AbacusBio, Simon finds great satisfaction in advising and helping farmers succeed in making their farm systems more practical and efficient. Drawing on his science-based skills and practical experience, Simon’s own mixed system farming background has …

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Peter Fennessy

Peter Fennessy PhD

Peter is constantly curious, which may explain why he loves science so much. He loves digging into a problem and whilst he is technically very capable, he also looks at the world with a glint in his entrepreneur’s eye. Peter is a champion of science being practical and understanding the science and the commercial landscape …

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Jude Sise

Jude Sise MApplSc

Jude is an accomplished problem-solver with ideas and she has the tenacity to bring them to life. Her analytical mind, excellent attention to detail, and commercial acumen make her an outstanding consultant at AbacusBio. Jude specialises in genetics, modelling, and software development. She is also skilled in  communicating complex information clearly, which streamlines and enhances …

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Peter Amer

Peter Amer PhD

Peter is a world-class scientist, renowned for his multi-faceted approach to designing and developing effective breeding programs. He has a talent for creating practical innovative solutions that apply to a range of complex issues, whether it be technical, commercial, or political. It is not surprising that his problem-solving capabilities are widely sought around the world. …

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