New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute - Directors

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    Professor Gary Wilson - Director

    A Professor of Marine Science at the University of Otago, Gary has
    participated in over 35 expeditions to the Antarctic and Subantarctic, and
    attracted more than $20 million in research grants, resulting in 100 scientific
    papers in peer-reviewed journals. Gary’s influence on internationally
    collaborative Antarctic research was acknowledged with a Sir Peter Blake
    Leadership Award in 2006 for his role in bringing together the multinational
    team for the ANDRILL project, which he chaired between 2004 and 2009.
    He has held the Byrd Fellowship at the Ohio State University and the Blaustein
    Visiting Professorship at Stanford University.


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    Professor Craig Cary - Deputy Director

    A microbial ecologist turned molecular geneticist and a Professor in
    Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato, Craig’s research is
    focussed on microbial life in extreme environments. He has participated
    in 29 deep-sea expeditions to hydrothermal vents, and 12 seasons in
    Antarctica to study microbial life. He chairs the Antarctic Nearshore and
    Terrestrial Observing Systems (ANTOS) SCAR Action Group. Craig’s work
    is highly published and is directly influencing management of human
    impacts in Antarctica.

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    Dr Vonda Cummings - Deputy Director

    A marine ecologist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric
    Research (NIWA) in Wellington, Vonda has participated in and led a diverse
    range of projects focused on marine ecosystem structure and function in
    New Zealand and Antarctica. She is a principal investigator of two SCAR
    programmes, and was part of the New Zealand-led Latitudinal Gradient
    Project (LGP). Vonda has authored more than 80 research papers in
    scientific journals, actively pursues pathways to policy at international fora,
    and leads multiple SCAR Action Groups.