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ECR Forum Committee Members


Committee members of the ECR Forum generally commit to serving a three-year term. Committee members will be selected with concern for the ECR Forum’s representativeness regarding gender, ethnicity, geographic location, occupational sector, and disciplinary affiliation. Two co-chairs will be sourced from current committee members. Co-chairs will generally serve for two years and their terms will overlap with each other by one year to enable continuity.

Tom Baker – Co-Chair (University of Auckland)

Tom Baker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. He is a human geographer whose research examines the social and spatial dimensions of policy and policy-making. Using primarily qualitative approaches, Tom’s research focuses on the ways in which elected representatives, experts, and the public conceive of, and act upon, economically and socially marginalised populations. He completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and before coming to Auckland, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Tom has also worked in the public sector at local and national levels, most recently at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Lucy Stewart –  Co-Chair (GNS Wellington)

Lucy is a postdoctoral researcher in the Marine Geosciences department at GNS Science, based in Wellington. She is an environmental microbiologist and specialises in the microbiology of high-temperature environments such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Her research aims to understand the interface between the biosphere and geosphere by characterising and cultivating microorganisms that grow using inorganic substrates such as metals, sulfur compounds, methane, and hydrogen. Lucy received a B.A. in History and a B.Sc.(Hons) in Microbiology from the University of Canterbury. She completed a PhD at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), supported by a Fulbright scholarship. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2015 she was awarded a Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellowship to characterise the microbial diversity of high-temperature environments along the offshore Kermadec volcanic arc. She is also an investigator on a recently-funded MBIE Endeavour Fund project to study the potential impacts of gas hydrate mining in New Zealand's offshore waters. Lucy sits on the Wellington Early Career Researchers committee.

William Godsoe – Committee Member (Lincoln University)

William is a Lecturer at the BioProtection Research Centre and Lincoln University. Having completed his PhD during the “great recession” of 2009 he is quite conscious of the challenges that face early career scientists. His research focuses on using quantitative tools to better predict where species can be found in nature and is particularly interested in the fates of invasive species that arrive in New Zealand. Originally from Canada, completed his PhD from the University of Idaho, a Postdoc at the United States National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee and has worked at both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University

Caroline Orchiston – Committee Member (University of Otago)

Caroline is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. Her research interests lie at the interface between earth and social science, investigating societal disaster resilience and recovery, community and business resilience, and scenario planning for impacts to critical infrastructure and emergency management during disasters. Caroline is an Associate Investigator on Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (National Science Challenge), a multi-disciplinary programme that aims to build a more resilient New Zealand by transforming how we prepare for and mitigate against rapid (earthquakes, floods) and slow onset (climate change-related) disasters. Since 2010, Caroline has been involved in a longitudinal study of community preparedness and awareness of natural hazard risk in Washington State, USA in collaboration with GNS Science, Washington State Emergency Management and the United States Geological Survey. Caroline is an Associate or Lead Investigator on several other projects funded by QuakeCoRE (TEC), New Zealand Transport Authority, Earthquake Commission and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Jane Allison – Committee Member (Massey University)

Jane Allison is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University in Auckland, where she is also a member of the Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics. Jane is also an Associate Investigator with the Biomolecular Interaction Centre at the University of Canterbury and with the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery. After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Canterbury in 2003, Jane moved to the UK in 2004 to study towards a PhD with Prof. Chris Dobson in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University as one of the inaugural Woolf Fisher scholars. She then moved to Zürich, Switzerland, to work as a postdoctoral research assistant in the computer-aided chemistry group of Prof. Wilfred van Gunsteren at the ETH, before returning to New Zealand in January 2012. She now leads a research group at Massey who work on both the development of molecular simulation techniques and their application to problems in areas ranging from materials science and food technology through to medical biochemistry and answering fundamental evolutionary questions. Jane became a Co-opted Councillor for the Royal Society Te Apārangi Council in 2017, replacing Dr Giles Dodson.

Tia Dawes – Committee Member (University of Auckland)

Ko Whakarongorua te maunga

Ko Utakura te awa

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Ngāti Toro te hapū

Ko Joyce tōku whānau

Ko Tia Dawes tōku ingoa 

Tia is a Research Fellow with both the James Henare Māori Research Centre and the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education. Tia studied the oratory of the Late Roman Republic with a particular emphasis on the political writings of Cicero before becoming increasingly interested in issues that involve Māori. As a James Henare Māori Research Fellow he is part of a multi-disciplinary team that has recently been awarded a NSC grant to conduct a study addressing the health-care needs of kaumātua in Te Tai Tokerau. He has also been appointed a Clear Research Fellow at the Centre of Learning and Research in Higher Education for 2018 to evaluate how career development and employability programmes have influenced Māori academic and career decision-making processes. This study will ensure future programming remain relevant to these student groups over coming years.

Gradon Diprose – Committee Member (School of Health and Social Sciences - Wellington)

 Gradon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Sciences at the Open Polytechnic. He has a background in human geography, completing his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 2015. To date, his research has explored how people come together to contest disempowering processes that threaten their livelihoods and cultural survival, and how they collectively enact alternatives. He is a member of the Community Economies Collective, a group of scholars drawing on the work of J.K. Gibson-Graham to rethink the economy and build more sustainable socio-economic alternatives to support life. Gradon is currently a Co-Primary Investigator on Delivering Urban Wellbeing through Transformative Community Enterprise (National Science Challenge). This research investigates the social, economic and material impacts of a community enterprise in Christchurch. Prior to completing his PhD, Gradon worked as a planner in local government at various councils in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Amy Osborne – Committee Member (Canterbury University, Christchurch)

Amy is a Lecturer in genomics within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.  Originally from the UK, Amy completed a BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Science at King’s College London and followed this by working as a research associate at the Medical Research Council (Imperial College London) studying the genomics of complex disease.  After moving to New Zealand in 2006, Amy spent two years working as a research associate, first with the Wakefield Gastroenterology Research group in Wellington, and then in the Molecular Ecology Research group at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.  Amy undertook her PhD in population genomics at the University of Otago and completed this in 2011 (Dean’s list of Exceptional Theses).  Amy has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus), at the University of Otago in Dunedin and also at the University of Otago, Christchurch, with research interests spanning developmental genomics, evolution and development, and epigenetics.  Amy’s current research focuses on the interaction between the genome and the environment, via epigenetics.  

Jordis Tradowsky - Committee Member (Bodeker Scientific)

Jordis Tradowsky is an ECR working at Bodeker Scientific which is located in Alexandra, Central Otago. Bodeker Scientific is a scientist-owned atmospheric research company specialized in the science of stratospheric ozone depletion, stratospheric composition, and climate change. She has currently finished her doctoral degree for which she was enrolled at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, while also working at Bodeker Scientific and at the National institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) at Lauder. The title of her doctoral thesis was Enhancing the Upper-Air Observational Temperature Record to Improve Satellite Validation and Weather Forecasts. Jordis has experience in performing atmospheric measurements with balloon-borne instruments, combining measurements from different instruments into best-estimate data products, and  estimating and propagating measurement uncertainties. Furthermore she has developed of a method to correct radiosonde temperature biases prior to assimilation into a numerical weather prediction system by using radio occultation measurements as a reference. She is part of the Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN) and of the International Radio Occultation Working Group (IROWG).

Haki Tuaupiki - Committee Member (University of Waikato)

 Hopukia, hopukia!

Tākiri whetū ata ki Taupiri

Kia aitia te anu mātao ki Tongariro

Apakura te pō, tairanga te awatea!


Nō Te Tahaaroa a Haki Tuaupiki, ko Waikato me Ngāti Tūwharetoa ōna iwi.  He pūkenga matua ia i Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, ki Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.  Ko te whakatere waka te kai o tōna manawa.  Koirā hoki te kaupapa rangahau o tana tohu kairangi i oti ai i a ia i te tau 2017 ka huri nei. Otirā, ko te reo Māori me ōna tikanga te kai o tōna wairua, tū te ao, tū te pō. Haki is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at The University of Waikato. He recently graduated with his PhD, which is in the field of Māori navigation knowledge in the context of trans-pacific Polynesian voyaging and navigation revitalisation. Since the completion of his PhD, he has continued this research under a 2017-2018 co-funded project grant between Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and the University of Waikato which investigates Māori-specific navigation knowledge. It seeks to rediscover and regenerate Māori-specific navigation knowledge in te reo Māori to support the waka hourua community throughout Aotearoa in the context of Trans-Pacific navigation revitalisation. He is an active marae and hapū member of Ngāti Mahuta ki te Hauāuru on matters concerning the revitalisation and maintenance of the local te reo Māori dialect of his rohe. Tēnā tātou katoa.   

Hinekura Smith - Committee Member (University of Auckland)

Hinekura Smith is a Māori woman, educator, weaver, researcher and mother with tribal links to Te Rarawa, Nga Puhi and Te Ati Awa. She has over 20 years experience in education, beginning her career as a Māori language teacher, before moving into Māori medium professional development, initial teacher education, lecturing and research. Hinekura completed a Master of Education degree on Māori succeeding ‘as Māori’ in secondary schools, followed by a PhD about woven cloaks andliving as Māori women. Her research interests weave together Māori identity politics, decolonizing education, Mana wāhine research, Indigenous arts-based research methodologies and higher education. Hinekura is particularly interested in supporting Māori and Indigenous (MAI) doctoral students through the national MAI programme. She is currently a lecturer at the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at The University of Auckland.