Acting Director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre

Dr James Buwalda took on the role of Acting Director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre in May 2012. In this role he oversees the Centre's strategic direction, science leadership and research management.

Dr Buwalda has recently been consulting on strategy and innovation matters for government, tertiary education and industry bodies, including chairing the Better Border Biosecurity research collaboration to work more effectively with New Zealand’s biosecurity agencies. He has also had extensive and very senior experience in New Zealand government including 11 years in Chief Executive roles. He is a graduate of Lincoln, earned his PhD (in plant physiology) at the University of London, and earlier in his career was a scientist with MAF and then HortResearch.

Former Director, Distinguished Professor Alison Stewart stepped down at the end of 2011, and remains with the Centre at Lincoln University, as a researcher and the leader of the Trichoderma biological control group.