I am a scientist living in Auckland, New Zealand. I did my first degree in Biotechnology (BTech), and my PhD in Microbiology. Much of this site is about my PhD project which was to investigate bacteria known as 'rhizobia' in New Zealand native and exotic legumes. These bacteria form root nodules on legumes. I did this project in conjunction with Auckland University and Landcare Research from 2002 to 2006. After my PhD I worked for Corbans Viticulture and MAF Biosecurity NZ. My postdoc was working in the Fungal Biosystematics team at Landcare Research, working on the systematics of Colletotrichum. I am currently a research scientist at Landcare Research.
The best way to contact me is by email at: b.s....@rhizobia.co.nz, or at my work details below: