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Our science team

ESR employs around 400 expert minds including the largest team of forensic, social, radiation, environmental and infectious disease scientists and epidemiologists in New Zealand.

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Our expertise, experience and networks are trusted to solve complex problems, collect, collate and analyse huge amounts of data and manage a range of critical national science assets and facilities for New Zealand. Read about our people below or use the filter to find an expert in a particular science discipline.

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Megan Devane

Megan is a member of ESR’s Food and Water Environmental Microbiology Group

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Murray Close

Murray Close

Principal scientist Murray Close is a member of ESR’s Food, Water, and Biowaste group and leads its Groundwater team.

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Nikolaus Hermanspahn

Nikolaus is one of the senior scientists in ESR’s Radiation Science Group

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Olga Pantos

Olga is a research scientist in ESR's Food, Water and Biowaste group.

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Our health labs

Our health laboratories

Find out more about what our Health Laboratories are responsible for and the independent scientific advice, support and services they can assist with.

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Phil Abraham

Senior Groundwater Technician Phil Abraham works in ESR’s Water, Food and Biowaste group.

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