Environmental Information key contacts

NIWA's Environmental Information team is led by Jochen Schmidt.

Dr
Jochen
Schmidt
Position: 
Chief Scientist - Environmental Information
Phone: 
+64-3-343-8058
Email (displayed): 
Jochen.Schmidt@niwa.co.nz
Jochen has a background in hydrology, geomorphology, soil science, geo-informatics, and hazards and risk assessment. He worked for Landcare Research between 2001 and 2003 and was instrumental in developing the New Zealand Digital Soil Map (‘SMAP’). He joined NIWA in 2003 and coordinates systems for collecting, managing and delivering environmental information – ensuring they are robust and meet best-practice standards. Jochen leads NIWA’s engagement with the primary sector.
Dr
Rob
Bell
Position: 
Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes
Phone: 
+64-7-856-1742
Email (displayed): 
Rob.Bell@niwa.co.nz
Rob is a coastal oceanographer with 35 years experience with a PhD from the University of Canterbury in Civil Engineering. He consults extensively on coastal & estuarine environmental projects particularly the effects of coastal wastewater discharges, dredging, water quality modelling, coastal hazards and the impacts of coastal climate change. Rob is a certified Hearings Commissioner under the Making Good Decisions programme, member of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ) and a Chartered Professional Engineer CPEng (Environmental Engineering). 
Dr
Rob
Davies-Colley
Position: 
Principal Scientist - Water Quality
Phone: 
+64-7-856-1725
Email (displayed): 
Rob.Davies-Colley@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, National River Water Quality Network. Rob is an environmental scientist specialising in water quality and aspects of stream ecology. He has an MSc in Earth Sciences (Waikato University) and PhD in Environmental Engineering (Water Resources; Oregon State University). His research interests range over general water quality, diffuse pollution from land uses (particularly pastoral agriculture), microbial contaminants and disinfection, optical water quality, natural wastewater treatment, and physical aspects of stream and riparian ecology. Applied/consulting work includes development of water quality guidelines/standards, assessment of wastewater assimilation, and impacts of livestock on streams. Rob is scientific spokesperson for the National Rivers Water Quality Network (NRWQN). 
Mr
Roddy
Henderson
Position: 
Hydrologist
Phone: 
+64-3-343-7873
Email (displayed): 
Roddy.Henderson@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, Climate-Freshwater Networks and Databases. Roddy has a BE (Civil) and MSc (Resource Management) from the University of Canterbury. He has worked in the field of hydrology for more than 30 years. In that time he has been involved in research into channel erosion processes, high intensity rainfall in the Southern Alps, estimation of hydrological parameters in ungauged basins, and quality assurance of hydrological data. His many commercial projects involving hydrological data analysis and simulation, are generally either related to hydro-power projects (new and existing), water supply systems, or estimation in locations with little or no data. 
Mr
Paul
Johnston
Position: 
Emeritus Researcher – Atmospheric Physics
Phone: 
+64-3-440-0446
Email (displayed): 
Paul.Johnston@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, Atmospheric Monitoring Programme. Paul Johnston is an emeritus atmospheric research scientist at NIWA's observatory at Lauder in Central Otago, New Zealand. His research is primarily in the field of long term monitoring of atmospheric chemical composition and radiation, using spectroscopic techniques. He has developed UV/Visible spectrometer systems for the measurement of the stratosphere radicals important in ozone loss chemistry, as well as applying similar techniques to measure halogens in the boundary layer. He has been a co-chair of the global Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), UV/Visible Work Group. He is also the GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) representative.
Mr
Kevin
Mackay
Position: 
Principal Technician - Marine Geology
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0479
Email (displayed): 
Kevin.Mackay@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, NIWA Marine Databases. Kevin Mackay (Bsc. Hons) is a geologist who as been working for NIWA for 22 years in the Fisheries and Ocean Geology groups. He has experience in relational database management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has worked extensively with a variety of data sets in the marine environment including geology and geophysics, hydrography, freshwater fisheries, oceanography, fisheries, and biodiversity. Since 2010, he has been the IODE (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) National Coordinator for Oceanographic Data Management. 
Mr
Rod
McKay
Position: 
Group Manager - Instrument Systems
Phone: 
+64-3-343-8055
Email (displayed): 
rod.mckay@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, NIWA Instruments. Rod is an electrical and electronics engineer with a first class honours degree from Canterbury University. He manages the NIWA Instrument Systems team, and the bulk of his time is spent scoping new projects and ensuring that those projects in the delivery and support phases occur on time and to budget. Rod has over 20 years experience in the design and delivery of hardware and software systems to local and international clients. His particular fields of interest include hardware and software system integration, data collection and management, and industrial instrumentation and control systems. 
Mr
Bernard
Miville
Position: 
Manager Operational Forecasting
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0889
Email (displayed): 
Bernard.Miville@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, NIWA Product Database and Delivery. Bernard is an ex-meteorologist with a BSc (Hons Physics) and MSc (Meteorology) from McGill University (Canada). He manages the forecasting and remote sensing operation part of EcoConnect, where several numerical models developed at NIWA are producing twice daily weather, ocean and river forecasts and satellite images are processed mainly for commercial and research users. Bernard was a meteorologist and sea ice forecaster for over 17 years for Environment Canada, and was data manager for a number of years for the CliC-SCAR WMO-WCRP program based at the (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway) and the IODP program (Hokkaido University, Japan). 
Mr
Arne
Pallentin
Position: 
Principal Technician - Marine Geology
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0603
Email (displayed): 
Arne.Pallentin@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator NIWA Geospatial Datasets and Services. Arne is a GIS Analyst with the Ocean Sediments Group at Greta Point. He has MSc in Geology from the University of Goettingen, Germany. His work ranges from data collection using NIWA's multi-beam sonars to data analysis for a large variety of uses, to data management issues, an area he has been focusing on over the last years. Arne has more than 10 years experience using a variety of GIS software packages, but specialising in ESRI ArcGIS. Since 2007 Arne has managed the GIS team of the Ocean Geology/ Ocean Sediment groups, and in 2010 has taken on the role of NIWA GIS coordinator. 
Mr
Alan
Porteous
Position: 
Climate Scientist
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0533
Email (displayed): 
Alan.Porteous@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, Climate Database. Group Manager, Climate Data and Applications. This group manages the National Climate Database CLIDB, and the associated services that contribute to the science and applications of NIWA's National Climate Centre. Alan is also Project Manager for the GEF-funded Climate Early Warning System in Samoa, and in that capacity working on the development of other projects in the South Pacific. My background is in agriculture, having worked on a range of farms, and managed an experimental pedigree Jersey dairy farm in India for almost 10 years. I have a Diploma of Field Technology from Lincoln University, and a WMO post graduate certificate in Agricultural Meteorology gained in Israel. Gaps in my education have been plugged by extra mural papers from Massey University. Prior to the establishment of NIWA I was a research assistant at the New Zealand Meteorological Service. 
Dr
Dave
Rowe
Position: 
Emeritus - Freshwater Ecologist
Phone: 
+64-7-856-1757
Email (displayed): 
Dave.Rowe@niwa.co.nz
Dr Dave Rowe gained his PhD at Stirling University and has more than 30 years experience with both native and introduced fish in NZ. He is responsible for a wide range of applied research and consultancy projects identifying factors that reduce native fish biodiversity in NZ rivers and lakes. Biosecurity is another speciality and he helped develop grass carp as a weed control agent, using this tool to rehabilitate NZ lakes via the eradication of both pest plants and introduced fish. More recently, research on the impacts of introduced fish on biodiversity and lake ecosystem functioning led to the development a NZ risk assessment model for fish introductions. Dave currently manages the Fish Group based in Hamilton. 
Dr
Kareen
Schnabel
Position: 
Marine Biologist
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0862
Email (displayed): 
Kareen.Schnabel@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Manager, National Invertebrate Collection (NIC). Dr. Kareen Schnabel has been the Collection Manager of the NIWA Invertebrate Collection since 2006, designated a collection of national significance by the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science & Technology. As Project Manager, she supervises three full-time staff and oversees the maintenance and development of the NIC which includes supporting scientific visitors, specimen and data requests and promoting the NIC and biodiversity research to a non-scientific audience. She also organizes and participates in aspects of NIWA's dynamic sample acquisition programs including going to sea on NIWA's deep-sea R.V. Tangaroa. Her own research focuses on decapod taxonomy, systematics and biogeography. 
Mr
Brent
Wood
Position: 
Principal Technician - GIS and Spatial Data Management
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0529
Email (displayed): 
Brent.Wood@niwa.co.nz
EI Role: Coordinator, NIWA Marine Biology Databases. Brent started work for the Ministry of Fisheries in 1976, as a coastal fisheries technician. By the early 1980's he was developing computer programs to validate, manage, extract and analyse data collected by research projects. He spent some years working in the Computer Group as a data and database administrator, as well as the role of GIS expert before moving back to science when the Ministry's fisheries research team merged with NIWA in 1995. He has specialised skills in interactive data capture systems and spatial data management and analysis, and has most recently been working on systems to better manage data and metadata, and improve the discoverability of, and access to, various datasets held within NIWA. 

Full Staff List

Position Email Phone (external)
Mr Michael Bargh Environmental Data Scientist Michael.Bargh@niwa.co.nz +64-3-343-7806
Dr Rob Bell Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Rob.Bell@niwa.co.nz +64-7-856-1742
Dr Rob Davies-Colley Principal Scientist - Water Quality Rob.Davies-Colley@niwa.co.nz +64-7-856-1725
Mr Roddy Henderson Hydrologist Roddy.Henderson@niwa.co.nz +64-3-343-7873
Mr Kevin Mackay Principal Technician - Marine Geology Kevin.Mackay@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0479
Mr Rod McKay Group Manager - Instrument Systems rod.mckay@niwa.co.nz +64-3-343-8055
Mr Bernard Miville Manager Operational Forecasting Bernard.Miville@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0889
Mr Arne Pallentin Principal Technician - Marine Geology Arne.Pallentin@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0603
Mr Alan Porteous Climate Scientist Alan.Porteous@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0533
Dr Dave Rowe Emeritus - Freshwater Ecologist Dave.Rowe@niwa.co.nz +64-7-856-1757
Dr Jochen Schmidt Chief Scientist - Environmental Information Jochen.Schmidt@niwa.co.nz +64-3-343-8058
Dr Kareen Schnabel Marine Biologist Kareen.Schnabel@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0862
Mr Brent Wood Principal Technician - GIS and Spatial Data Management Brent.Wood@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0529