Phil is a freshwater fisheries scientist with a PhD from the University of Canterbury. He first worked with NIWA in 2005–2007 and has been back as a scientist since 2012 specialising in freshwater resource management and conducting research on freshwater fisheries and food webs. He leads the freshwater fisheries research within the Sustainable Water Allocation Programme. Prior to becoming Assistant Regional Manager in 2018 he was the Freshwater Ecology Group Manager in Christchurch.
Research programmes: Sustainable Water Allocation Programme (https://www.niwa.co.nz/freshwater-and-estuaries/programme-overview/susta...) Freshwater Biosecurity (https://www.niwa.co.nz/freshwater-and-estuaries/programme-overview/fresh...)