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Mr Blair Sowman

BSc - Massey University


Leads and manages the Technical Services team within the School of Environment, based in the City Campus 300 Sector (buildings 301 and 302).   Blair manages the technicians who look after school facilities (laboratories and workshops) which support teaching and research in the areas of Geology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, GIScience and Geography; as well as field activities.

The technical team operate and look after over 30 laboratories and workshops for the School of Environment.  Blair provides administration, guidance and ongoing development of health & safety systems relating to School activities, CapEx and OpEx purchasing, SciQuest purchasing, MPI Transitional Facility for quarantine imports, management of laboratories, workshops, fieldwork, vehicles and watercraft.  The School has eight technicians broadly covering the following areas; environmental chemistry, climate and geophysics, x-ray, palaeontolgy, geocartographics, sedimentology, coastal and hydrology processes, electron microscopy and earth science processing.

Research | Current

National Environmental Monitoring Standard - Rainfall (V2) co-author.  Exposure and hemispherical photography for use in rainfall monitoring, site selection and data processing. 


Management of the Technical Services team and School of Environment Laboratory Facilities.

Health and Safety Manager for the School of Environment (and contributor for University working groups)

Operator for the School of Environment Transitional Facility

Areas of expertise

  • Management (people, data and contracts)
  • Hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Health and Safety
  • Also hold the following qualifications;
    • First Aid
    • Traffic Controller
    • 4WD (basic and advnaced)
    • ATVs (basic and advanced)
    • Swift Water Safety
    • Confined Spaces
    • Gas Testing
    • HUET
    • Health and Safety (L1 & L2)
    • Day Skipper
    • Fall Arrest Systems
    • Basic Welding (MIG, TIG, ARC)


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Co-Author for NEMS Rainfall V2 (National Environmental Monitoring Standard)

New Zealand Hydrological Society (NZHS) Member

New Zealand Hydrological Society Technical Branch Committee Member

New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZSIM) Member

Australasian Laboratory Managers Association (AMLA) Member

Contact details

Office hours

8.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 415
New Zealand

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