Dr Alex Thompson

General Manager - Science


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Alex is a science leader who is passionate about delivering science that achieves impact. With extensive experience in research strategy, investment and the science-policy interface, Alex joined NIWA in 2017 after a decade in government policy advisory and science investment roles. Alex had previously held research posts at British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge UK, University of California at Berkeley, and Forschungzentum Jülich in Germany, and was a founding editor at Nature Geoscience. Her research addressed the interface between the earth’s surface and the atmosphere, with a focus on using stable isotopes to understand trace and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

Alex has an MSc in quantum chemistry (University of Canterbury) and a PhD in atmospheric chemistry (York University, Canada).