Qualifications:PhD, M.Agr.Sc

Areas of interest

  • Farm system research, focus on nutrient management
  • Co-development, stakeholder participation
  • Multi-stakeholder processes
  • Regional development
  • Grassland ecology
  • Organic farming

Key accomplishments

  • Led the recently completed¬†Forages for Reduced Nitrate leaching programme. This programme was twice awarded a Gold by the main funder, the NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • Was involved in key New Zealand farm systems research projects for the dairy sector and cross-sectoral:
    • Matrix for Good Management project, Environment Canterbury, to develop the Industry-Agreed Good Management Practices Relating to Water Quality.
    • Southern Wintering Systems, a DairyNZ-led initiative supporting decisions around winter management of dairy cows to achieve more profitable farms, good outcomes for animals and reduced environmental impacts
    • Pastoral 21 Canterbury, a farm system comparison of high and low input farm systems for high profitability and reduced nitrate leaching.¬†
  • Initiated and led projects on co-development of Dutch organic dairy farming, regional co-operations and farming systems integrating nature management, animal husbandry and cropping
  • Treasurer Netherlands Society for Grassland and Fodder Crops 2006-2011.
  • Board member Dutch Network Organic Dairy Products 2004-2007
  • Programme Leader Dutch research on organic animal production 2004-2007
  • Invited chairperson, speaker and facilitator

Refereed papers/reviews/book chapters:


Conference proceedings/abstract:



24 scientific reports; 33 other published articles



Other roles

  • Ad-hoc reviewer various scientific journals
  • Professional member of:
    • Dutch Grassland Association (affiliated to European Grasslands Federation)
    • Zew Zealand Grassland Association
    • Australasia-Pacific Extension Network