Climate key contacts

Key contacts for Climate services

Chief Scientist - Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards

Sam is the Chief Scientist for the Climate and Atmosphere Centre. He is an expert on using climate models to understand the drivers of climate variability in New Zealand and Antarctica, and in particular human-induced climate change. His research has been able to identify the contribution of human-induced warming to intensifying current New Zealand weather extremes, including droughts and floods. Recently he has been part of a team investigating the interactions between Antarctic sea-ice, atmospheric circulation and the Southern Ocean. He joined NIWA in 2006 and commenced his current role as Chief Scientist in 2015.

Principal Scientist - Climate Applications

Drew joined NIWA in 2007 and uses a diverse background in climate science, environmental science and geology to improve understanding of the global climate system. He leads the NIWA Climate Present and Past project that has achieved hundreds of scientific outputs since 2009, including a dendroclimatology lab and ancient kauri archive based at NIWA. Drew is a co-lead of the Southern Hemisphere Assessment of PalaeoEnvironments (SHAPE) focus group supported by the International Quaternary Union (INQUA). Drew’s current research focuses on integrating different lines of surface climate evidence in modern analog models to establish how Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation processes contributed to past climate variability and change.

Principal Scientist - Climate

Andrew is a Principal Scientist with the National Climate Centre. He leads and manages multi-year multi-organisation research contracts and interacts with internal and external modellers and assessors of climate data and related impacts. Andrew analyses and interprets climate data in response to commercial requests for information, oversees the provision of relevant up-to-date climate information on the NIWA webpages, and acts as a NCC liaison with the media. He also fosters and promotes effective end-user communication of climate science and its applications. 

Principal Scientist - Atmosphere and Climate

Olaf holds a PhD in meteorology and worked in the UK and Germany on the development of atmospheric chemistry and chemistry-climate models. He is leading the NIWA Climate Variability and Change Programme, which focusses on using global and regional climate models and a hydrology model to predict climate globally and for the New Zealand region, ranging from seasonal to centennial timescales. He is leading the Earth System Modelling and Predictions programme for the Deep South National Science Challenge, which is tasked with developing and exploiting the New Zealand Earth System Model and to downscale these results. He is a Lead Author of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is representing NIWA in the Unified Model Global Model Configuration Group, and is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI). He has been involved in the past three WMO Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion, in 2010 as a Lead Author.

Full Staff List

Staff member Position
Dr Rob Bell Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Email Dr Rob Bell
Tony Bromley Principal Technician - Atmosphere Email Tony Bromley
Dr Trevor Carey-Smith Climate Scientist Email Dr Trevor Carey-Smith
Dr Steve Chiswell Physical Oceanographer Email Dr Steve Chiswell
Amelia Connell Marine Biology Technician Email Amelia Connell
Dr Jono Conway Hydrological Forecasting Scientist Email Dr Jono Conway
Dr Sam Dean Chief Scientist - Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards Email Dr Sam Dean
Wills Dobson Atmospheric Technician Email Wills Dobson
Dr Nicolas Fauchereau Climate Scientist Email Dr Nicolas Fauchereau
Nava Fedaeff Climate Scientist Email Nava Fedaeff
Andrew Harper Principal Technician - Climate Email Andrew Harper
Roddy Henderson Hydrologist Email Roddy Henderson
Dr Darren King Environmental Scientist Email Dr Darren King
Michael Kotkamp Atmospheric Technician Email Michael Kotkamp
Errol Lewthwaite Principal Technician - Climate Email Errol Lewthwaite
Ben Liley Atmospheric Scientist Email Ben Liley
Dr Andrew Lorrey Principal Scientist - Climate Applications Email Dr Andrew Lorrey
Gregor Macara Climate Scientist Email Gregor Macara
Ross Martin Principal Technician - Atmosphere Email Ross Martin
Dr Richard McKenzie Emeritus Researcher – Atmospheric Radiation Email Dr Richard McKenzie
Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher Atmosphere-Ocean Scientist Email Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher
Dr Olaf Morgenstern Principal Scientist - Atmosphere and Climate Email Dr Olaf Morgenstern
Dr Brett Mullan Principal Scientist - Climate Email Dr Brett Mullan
Sylvia Nichol Atmospheric Scientist Email Sylvia Nichol
Alan Porteous Climate Scientist Email Alan Porteous
Dr Richard Querel Atmospheric Scientist Email Dr Richard Querel
Dr Graham Rickard Marine Physics Modeller Email Dr Graham Rickard
John Robinson Principal Technician - Atmosphere Email John Robinson
Dr Suzanne Rosier Climate Scientist Email Dr Suzanne Rosier
Dr Helen Rouse Regional Manager - Christchurch and Nelson Email Dr Helen Rouse
Hisako Shiona Atmospheric Technician Email Hisako Shiona
Seema Singh Climate Technician Email Seema Singh
Dan Smale Principal Technician - Atmosphere Email Dan Smale
Dr Abha Sood Climate Scientist Email Dr Abha Sood
Dr Tilmann Steinmetz GIS Data Analyst & Administrator Email Dr Tilmann Steinmetz
Stephen Stuart Climate Scientist Email Stephen Stuart
Dr Andrew Tait Principal Scientist - Climate Email Dr Andrew Tait
Linda Wang Climate Technician Email Linda Wang
Dr Jonny Williams Climate Scientist Email Dr Jonny Williams
Dr Mike Williams Principal Scientist - Marine Physics Email Dr Mike Williams
Dr Ed -Yang Yang Meteorologist Email Dr Ed -Yang Yang
Dr Christian Zammit Hydrologist Email Dr Christian Zammit
Dr Guang Zeng Atmospheric Scientist Email Dr Guang Zeng