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.

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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Samantha Coward

Samantha Coward

Samantha Coward is a Forensic Toxicologist at ESR and leads the Blood Alcohol team.

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Theo Sarris

Based in Christchurch, Dr Theo Sarris is a Senior Groundwater Modeller and Research Scientist with ESR’s Groundwater team. 

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Virginia Jinny Baker

Virginia Baker

Virginia's focus is on using systems approaches to find innovative and collaborative solutions

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