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Kim Handley
University of Auckland

Kim is the project’s principal investigator. Her key focus is on omic analyses, and interpreting these data alongside geochemical data with PhD students Olivia and Emilie.

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Emilie Gios
University of Auckland

Emilie is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. She will be studying life habits of microorganims in groundwater and how anthropogenic perturbations such as nutrient input in the environment impact microbial communities by using a multi-omics approach. Her goal is to explore groundwater ecosystems and their metabolic potential, and try to understand how interconnected those metabolic processes are.

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Olivia Mosley
University of Auckland

Olivia is a PhD student at the University of Auckland. She is interested in finding signature genes and organisms that indicate the health of  unconsolidated aquifer systems. The main focus being nitrate pollution and identifying key microbial processes in the nitrogen cycle.  She will be performing a survey across aquifers nationwide to test hypotheses created from the main well series. In addition to this, she will be looking at other evidence of anthropogenic activity such as pathogens.

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Murray Close
ESR, Christchurch

Role on project: Murray is a national groundwater quality expert with >90 peer-reviewed publications on groundwater quality and contamination. MC helped develop the MfE sponsored National Objectives Framework as part of the Groundwater Science Panel 2012-2013. Murray provides access to, and local expertise on, our proposed N-gradient wells, annually collected geochemical data, and facilitates sampling the sediment-attached and planktonic aquifer fractions using a novel sonication method.

Louise Weaver
ESR, Christchurch

Louise is a eukaryotic-prokaryotic microbiologist and drinking water quality expert at ESR, and has experience in recovering RNA from aquifer, identification of agriculturally-derived pathogens, and pathogen transport mechanisms. Louise will contributes expertise in identifying groundwater health indicators using molecular techniques.

Chris Daughney
GNS, Wellington

Chris is Division Director of Environment and Materials at GNS, and a geochemist and geomicrobiologist with extensive knowledge on nationwide aquifers and groundwater geochemistry. Chris produced the nationwide groundwater quality indicators consultancy reports for MfE (2009 and 2015), a national protocol for groundwater sampling for MfE (2006), and has a long track record of working on groundwater projects with the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Heather Martindale
GNS, Wellington

Role on project: Measurement of microbial denitrification

Rob van der Raaij
GNS, Wellington

Role on project: Measurement of microbial denitrification

Karen Houghton
GNS, Wellington

Role on project: Cultivation of groundwater microorganisms