The NZDFI’s work is underpinned by a rigorous scientific approach, and significant investment in research. Much of this work is undertaken by researchers at the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry.

The Science Team is led by Associate Professor Dr Clemens Altaner, a wood scientist at the School of Forestry.

Working with Dr Altaner are a number of academic colleagues, a cohort of international PhD research students, and technical staff.