Greg was raised on the Kapiti Coast, near Wellington, and developed an early passion for science and biodiversity, which culminated in a PhD from Canterbury University.
He has spent the bulk of his career working for the NZ Department of Conservation and then for the UN Environment Programme and SPREP, and for many years was based in Apia. He has traveled extensively for work throughout the Pacific. He now does consultancy work for MFAT, SPREP, Conservation International, the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and local NGOs, such as the Samoa Conservation Society. His professional focus is invasive species management and biodiversity – he writes project design and review documents, he leads and facilitates meetings and workshops, he drafts guidelines and develops implementation plans (including budgets), he edits for journals and he represents governmental senior officials at multi-lateral environment meetings.
When not living and breathing the impact of climate change on biodiversity, Greg is
wading rivers fishing rod in hand, tossing back what he and his family can’t eat.