Research Scientist at Plant & Food Research, Lincoln

Melanie has been a researcher at Plant & Food Research, since 2001 after completing her PhD at Lincoln University. She works in the Beneficial Biodiversity team of the Productive Biodiversity and Pollination Group in the Sustainable Production Portfolio at Plant & Food Research.

Melanie’s specific area of research is in the development and implementation of sustainable technologies and strategies to protect and strengthen insect ecosystem services and beneficial biodiversity in New Zealand agroecosystems. A key component of this research is to understand and mitigate anthropogenic-related impacts on beneficial organisms.

Current projects include native plantings to support pollinators and natural enemies.