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.
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.
Melanie 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.