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Sciences Research Support

Professor Jon Waters, Associate Dean (Research)

Jon Waters

Jon’s role as Associate Dean Research is to support research across the Division of Sciences. He is available to assist with applications for research funding. Jon also convenes the UORG Life Sciences Panel, and represents the Division of Sciences on the University’s Research Committee.

Jon is a biologist who uses genetic tools to understand biodiversity change. His ancient-DNA research has highlighted dramatic prehistoric shifts in several of New Zealand's iconic coastal vertebrate species. Jon’s marine biological research on sea-lions, penguins, and kelp communities emphasises the roles of extinction, recolonisation, and long-distance dispersal in shaping biological assemblages of the Southern Hemisphere. Jon’s research also combines genetic and geological tools to understand the pace of biological change driven by tectonic processes.

Contact

Jon Waters
Associate Dean (Research)
Tel: 64 3 479 5847
Email: jon.waters@otago.ac.nz

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Kate Berard, Sciences Research Advisor

Kate Berard

Kate has been a Research Advisor in the Division of Sciences since September 2005. Kate provides advice to academic staff regarding the development of research funding applications and the management of the subsequent research contracts.

Kate is responsible for Chemistry, Centre for Materials Science and Technology, Computer Science, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Sciences, Physics, and Psychology.

Contact

Kate Berard
Sciences Research Advisor
Tel: 64 3 479 8484
Email: kate.berard@otago.ac.nz

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Melanie Remy, Sciences Research Advisor

Melanie RemyMelanie joined the Sciences Division as a Research Advisor in July 2017. She provides advice to academic staff regarding the development of research funding applications and the management of the subsequent research contracts. Melanie is responsible for Botany, Geology, Marine Science, Surveying and Zoology.

Previously, Melanie worked in the USA and New Zealand as an academic research librarian since receiving her MA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) in 1999.

Contact

Melanie Remy
Sciences Research Advisor
Tel: 64 3 479 7717
Email: melanie.remy@otago.ac.nz

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