About us

UC Biosecurity Innovations (UCBI) aims to build biosecurity capabilty through

  • innovative teaching and research
  • novel tools and technology
  • national and international partnerships and collaborations. 

Biosecurity is a multi-faceted topic and so are our people. Founded in 2020, our team of more than 25 researchers have a passion for biosecurity.

With cutting edge equipment and containment facilities, we link research in biology, technology, mathematics, statistics, law, journalism, education, social and behavioural sciences with Mātauranga and other indigenous knowledge systems.

Our research themes

Contact our Director, Steve Pawson or Research Advisor, Brenda Greene or our theme leaders below to discuss opportunities and outcomes for our four research themes.

Biosecurity risks

We identify biosecurity risks and invasion pathways before new species cross the border and

  1. test and improve risk assessment processes
  2. design and build new detection tools
  3. connect with communities to build biosecurity capability

Blair Robertson

Associate Professor
Jack Erskine 713

Heyang (Thomas) Li

Senior Lecturer
Jack Erskine 720
Internal Phone: 93052

Biosecurity surveillance

To find new species fast so that they can be eradicated we specialise in

  1. software: machine learning/artificial intellingence, data mining
  2. hardware: the design, build and testing of sensors
  3. molecular tools: chemical lures, e-DNA, biodegradable materials

Claudia Meisrimler

Senior Lecturer
Internal Phone: 91019

Volker Nock

Associate Professor
Rutherford Discovery Fellow
Link 306
Internal Phone: 94303

Biosecurity capability

Human behaviour, trade and tourism, is part of the biosecurity problem and the solution. We focus on building biosecurity capability and

  1. the ethical, social and legal implications of biosecurity action
  2. the psychology, education, social media and risk communication impacts of biosecurity action
  3. Māori and Pasifica roles in biosecurity

Don Hine

Head of School
Psychology Building 221
Internal Phone: 90179

Dr Chris North

Senior Lecturer Above the Bar
Rehua 320
Internal Phone: 93436

Biosecurity system

We check that the biosecurity system is effective, resilient, collaborative and

  1. is informed by and meets the needs of all Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners, communities and businesses
  2. can safely share data with domestic and international partners
  3. reduces risk on trade and tourism pathways
  4. has a relevant spatial component e.g. biosecurity geoanalytics

Sascha Mueller

Senior Lecturer
Meremere 306

Vanessa Bastos

Beatrice Tinsley BT325
Internal Phone: 91028