Take 10 with...


... One of our scientists, and read about some of the fascinating work taking place in the Faculty of Science.

Future undergraduates

We're incredibly proud of the work that takes place in the Faculty of Science, and we love to showcase the research of our early-career and up-and-coming academics.

Every fortnight, as part of our internal staff newsletter, we feature an interview with one of our scientists. The interviews are framed as 'Take 10 with...' – the idea is that we ask the researcher 10 questions to get an overview of their work in a way that is accessible to our wide and varied audience. We have collated the 2017 interviews on this page, and we will continue to add to it as we gather more of our scientists' stories.

We encourage you to make suggestions about researchers you would like to see featured. Please send your ideas to the Science Communications and Marketing team.

Biological Sciences


Dr Christina Painting, School of Biological Sciences

Take 10 with... Dr Christina Painting

Dr Christina Painting, from the School of Biological Sciences, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss the fundamental challenge for biologists - understanding why animals are so diverse in form and function.

Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Jessie Jacobsen, School of Biological Sciences

Take 10 with... Dr Jessie Jacobsen

School of Biological Sciences Rutherford Discovery Fellow, Dr Jessie Jacobsen, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss reading people like books, and the benefits of caffeine-fuelled meetings.

 

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Take 10 with... Dr Kristal Cain

Dr Kristal Cain is a lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences and is an integrative organismal biologist.  She gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research that tests long-standing ideas and assumptions about why animals do the things they do.

Ant Poole

Take 10 with... Professor Ant Poole

Professor Ant Poole, from the School of Biological Sciences, gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research about the evolutionary origins of DNA.

Dr Anna Brooks, School of Biological Sciences

Take 10 with... Dr Anna Brooks

Dr Anna Brooks from the School of Biological Sciences gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss lymph nodes, lasers, and landing a permanent job in research.

Chemical Sciences


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Take 10 with... Dr Viji Sarojini

Dr Viji Sarojini is a senior lecturer at the School of Chemical Sciences and a contributor to the Food and Health Programme at the University of Auckland. She gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research into the incredible world of peptides.

Associate Professor Paul Kilmartin homepage tile

Take 10 with... Professor Paul Kilmartin

Professor Paul Kilmartin from the School of Chemical Sciences gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss monitoring the oxidation and reduction processes of conducting plastics and wine.

 Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Take 10 with... Professor Jadranka Traves-Sedjic

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss developments that aim to exploit the enormous potential of organic (polymer) electronics.

 

Dr Erin Leitao

Take 10 with... Dr Erin Leitao

Dr Erin Leitao from the School of Chemical Sciences gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research about new methods of making long chains of atoms.

 

Dr Michel Nieuwoudt from the School of Chemical Sciences

Take 10 with... Dr Michel Nieuwoudt

Dr Michel Nieuwoudt, from the School of Chemical Sciences, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research about measuring energies in molecules by irradiating them with light to determine the detailed composition of complex fluids like milk or biolgocial tissue samples.

Computer Science


Dr Rizwan Asghar, Department of Computer Science homepage tile

Take 10 with... Dr Rizwan Asghar

Dr Rizwan Asghar, from the Department of Computer Science, gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss cyber security and privacy challenges.

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Take 10 with... Dr Ian Warren and Dr Andrew Meads

Dr Ian Warren and Dr Andrew Meads from the Department of Computer Science give us 10 minutes of their time to discuss smartphones and safe driving.

 

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Take 10 with... Dr Chia-Yen Chen

Dr Chia-Yen Chen (or Yen) is an alumna of the Department of Computer Science.  She gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss 3D reconstructions, computer vision, and augmented reality.

Environment


Dr Karen Fisher, School of Environment

Take 10 with... Dr Karen Fisher

Dr Karen Fisher from the School of Environment is contributing towards her Iwi’s vision with research examining efforts to restore the fresh water management of the Waipā River.

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Take 10 with... Associate Professor Jan Lindsay

Associate Professor Jan Lindsay from the School of Environment gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research into making society more resilient to volcanic hazards through improving understanding of the processes occurring at and beneath volcanoes.

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Take 10 with... Associate Professor Jennifer Salmond

Dr Jennifer Salmond, from the School of Environment, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research about how risks associated with poor air quality can be reduced.

Paul Augustinus

Take 10 with... Associate Professor Paul Augustinus

Associate Professor Paul Augustinus from the School of Environment gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his  research on records of past environments.

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Take 10 with... Dr Murray Ford

Dr Murray Ford from the School of Environment gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research on coastal landforms and how they respond to storms and sea level rise.

 

Exercise Sciences


How does food affect the brain

Take 10 with... Dr Nicholas Gant

Dr Nicholas Gant from the Department of Exercise Sciences gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research into fatigue, nutrition and brain function.

 

Dr Arne Nieuwenhuys, Lecturer, Department of Exercise Sciences

Take 10 with... Dr Arne Nieuwenhuys

Dr Arne Nieuwenhuys from the Department of Exercise Sciences gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss how anxiety and fatigue affect human movement and performance.

Winston Byblow

Take 10 with... Professor Winston Byblow

Professor Winston Byblow from the Department of Exercise Sciences gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research into stroke recovery.

Marine Science


Dr Diana LaScala-Gruenewald (left) with PhD student Ashley Flood, Institute of Marine Science

Take 10 with... Dr Diana LaScala-Gruenewald

Dr Diana LaScala-Gruenewald is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Marine Science. She give us 10 minutes of her time to discuss the declining numbers of spiny lobster due to low numbers of offspring and high fishing pressure.

Dr Darren Parsons, Institute of Marine Science and NIWA

Take 10 with... Dr Darren Parsons

Dr Darren Parsons, from the Institute of Marine Science and NIWA, gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss how fish interact with the environment and his work gathering data inputs for fishery assessments.

Julie Hope (right), Research Fellow Institute of Marine Science

Take 10 with... Julie Hope

Julie Hope is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Marine Science. She gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research into the function and importance of microalgae.

Mathematics


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Take 10 with... Dr Claire Postlethwaite

Dr Claire Postlethwaite from the Department of Mathematics gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research into the behaviour of solutions to differential equations.

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Take 10 with... Dr Gabriel Verret

Dr Gabriel Verret from the Department of Mathematics gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research with graphs, and tackling a problem we all face: a dearth of time.

 

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Take 10 with... Dr Pedram Hekmati

Dr Pedram Hekmati, senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss geometry, T-duality and being a mathematical detective.

Physics


Dr Nicholas Rattenbury, Department of Physics, homepage tile

Take 10 with... Dr Nicholas Rattenbury

Dr Nicholas Rattenbury from the Department of Physics gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss extra-solar planets, galactic stucture and time domain astrophysics.

 

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Take 10 with...Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck

Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck, from the Department of Physics, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research and the two techniques she uses ie. spectropscopic fluorescence and optical coherence tomography.

Dr Ben Mallett, Department of Physics (2).

Take 10 with... Dr Ben Mallett

Dr Ben Mallett from the Department of Physics gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss 'superconducting sandwiches'.

Psychology


Dr Reece Roberts, School of Psychology

Take 10 with... Dr Reece Roberts

Dr Reece Roberts, from the School of Psychology, gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss the brain, how it thinks and how it is affected by aging.

Associate Professor Karen Waldie and senior lecturer Dr Elizabeth Peterson, Department of Psychology homepage tile

Take 10 with... Associate Professor Karen Waldie and Dr Elizabeth Peterson

Associate Professor Karen Waldie and senior lecturer Dr Elizabeth Peterson from the School of Psychology give us 10 minutes of their time to discuss dyslexia and longitudinal data collection.

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Take 10 with... Dr Lixin Liang

Dr Lixin Jiang, lecturer in the School of Psychology, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss employee wellbeing, being patient, and balancing reading with writing.

Dr Gwenda Willis

Take 10 with... Dr Gwenda Willis

Senior Lecturer Gwenda Willis, from the School of Psychology, gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss her research about how to work effectively with people who have sexually offended, to prevent reoffending.

Statistics


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Take 10 with... Dr Ciprian Giurcaneanu

Dr Ciprian Giurcaneanu, from the Department of Statistics, gives us 10 minutes of his time to discuss his research about statistical signal processing.

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Take 10 with... Dr Yalu Wen

Dr Yalu Wen from the Department of Statistics gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss big genetic data, and their impact on our understanding of disease.

 

Dr Beatrix Jones, Senior Lecturer, Department of Statistics

Take 10 with... Dr Beatrix Jones

Dr Beatrix Jones from the Department of Statistics gives us 10 minutes of her time to discuss how analysing data can reveal new information.