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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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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John Crowey

John Crowley PhD

John is well known for being easy-going and reliable. Growing up on a beef and dairy farm in Ireland and eventually gaining a PhD in statistical genetics, he possesses a good mix of technical and practical experience. John joined AbacusBio in 2018, and is excited about developing applied genetic and technical solutions for clients. His …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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