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


Tō mātau rōpū pūtaiao / Our science team

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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Sudesh Sharma

Sudesh is an enthusiastic social and public health researcher with interests in understanding and addressing wicked societal challenges.

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Suzanne Manning

Suzanne is passionate about systemic social change.


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Theo Sarris

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 Baker

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

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Virginia Hope

Virginia brings a wealth of experience to her role.

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