Caeli Richardson PhD

Caeli discovered her passion for agriculture while working on a dairy farm in Canada. She broadened her practical experience on a local swine and cash crop operation before gaining a global perspective of on-farm challenges. Incorporating practical experience into her theoretical training allows Caeli to create innovative solutions to multifaceted problems.  She brings tremendous passion and positive …

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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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Paul Petrowski BS, MA

Paul Petrowski is a scientific programmer and data scientist based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Paul specializes in developing code to build solutions for problems in genomics and has worked across a variety of spaces in genomics and breeding, including automated phenotyping, gene edit validation, and genomic selection. Within Abacus he is focused on delivering working …

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David Kenny PhD

Joining AbacusBio in August 2022, David brings strong technical experience in livestock breeding and genetics derived from completion of a PhD in statistical genetics and post-doctoral experience. David’s technical experience is complemented by an in-depth practical knowledge gained primarily on his family’s beef and sheep farm, as well as from working on progressive dairy farms …

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Megan Vasko MS

Megan joined us in August 2021, specialising in project and product management. She brings to the team her adaptability and tenacity to get things done. Originally from Ohio in the USA, she gained a Bachelor’s degree in medical dietetics and a Master’s degree in Public Health Research. With a diverse career background spanning banking, a …

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Kendra Armstrong PhD

Kendra joined AbacusBio in 2021 and is based at our fourth office, in North America, where she will be working alongside John Crowley. At AbacusBio, Kendra brings to us her pragmatic and down-to-earth approach to projects that she learnt working on her family farm.  She is fascinated with improving processes and utilizing the tools at hand …

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Tom Kirk

Tom Kirk BCom

Tom’s background in finance, economics, and statistics provide a unique perspective on which clients can tap to understand insights about the trade-offs and economic issues facing the agricultural and food systems industries. Tom joined AbacusBio in 2014, firstly as an intern and then later as a consultant based in Edinburgh. His commerce background and ability …

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Leticia Lara

Letícia Lara PhD

Letícia joined us in our Edinburgh office as a consultant, bringing with her a highly specialised skillset in genetics and plant breeding. Originally from Brazil, Letícia gained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from the Federal University of Lavras. She moved on to complete a PhD at the University of São Paulo. Her PhD looked at …

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Kathryn Grant PhD

Kathryn Grant joined us in 2020 – based at our Edinburgh office. Originally from Oxford in the UK, she brings to us her strong experience in cereal crop genetics. Whilst a biology major during her undergraduate years at the University of Oxford, she became interested in food security after attending a few lectures throughout her …

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Mike Carson

Mike Carson PhD

Mike has over 40 years of experience in tree breeding and related forest tree and plant research, initially as a scientist and then R&D manager at the NZ Forest Research Institute, and subsequently as owner and manager in a clonal forestry business (Forest Genetics), and a provider of breeding software (Gemnetics). Mike has completed reviews …

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Merlin McKenzie

Merlin McKenzie MSc

Merlin specialises in the development of commercial software and systems for the commercial forestry sector, and had a part in creating some of New Zealand’s first database applications for management of plantation forests. In 1997, he established Centralis Ltd, a company specialising in corporate information systems design and development. Merlin holds a BSc in Mathematics …

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Ireti Balogun PhD

Ireti is an ambitious individual who aspires to contribute to the greater good. Her passion for leading change in food production led her to study agriculture and food security at university. Originally from Nigeria, and having spent some time in the UK, Ireti initially joined AbacusBio in 2018 as an intern. In 2019, Ireti jumped …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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