Our People

Dr Reece Hill

Director/Soil Scientist

Mobile: 022 1913695

 

Relevant
Work History

  • Dr Hill is a qualified Soil Scientist with over 20 years experience.

  • Dr Hill was part of the Forestry Tasmania project team mapping State Forest soils in Tasmania, Australia (4 years). He was lead soil surveyor for one of the three map sheets in Northern Tasmania, involving soil profile description of more than 200 soils as well as sample collection for analysis. His role also included soil and site suitability assessment of potential plantation sites across Tasmania. Dr Hill was co-author of “Forest Soils of Tasmainia”.

  • Dr Hill's postgraduate field work included mapping and sampling soils in North Canterbury and Kinleith Forest, South Waikato.

  • Dr Hill has a strong knowledge of national soil information and soil classification (New Zealand Soil Classification, S-map and the NZLRI) and through his employment with Waikato Regional Council (14 years) he has gained an extensive understanding of soils of the Waikato and adjoining regions. He established the soil quality monitoring programme for Waikato Regional Council, involved in annual soil sampling, and co-authoring the soil quality monitoring chapter of “Land and Soil Monitoring: A guide for SoE and regional council reporting”.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Soil Science, Lincoln University.

  • Master of Applied Science
    Soil Science, Lincoln University.

  • Bachelor of Science
    Biology and Earth Sciences, University of Waikato.

  • Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management
    FLRC Short Course, Massey University.

Additional
Experience

  • Implementation of SoE monitoring methods for soil quality, soil erosion and riparian margins.

  • Integration of electronic data capture methods into fieldwork. including the use of GPS and PDA devices for catchment monitoring.

  • Spatial analysis projects assessing land use change.

Particular Skills

  • Soil mapping.

  • Soil-landscape interpretation.

  • Soil description and sampling.

  • Soil and land monitoring.


Mr Dan Borman

Director/Principal Analyst

Mobile: 022 0695062

 

Relevant
Work History

  • After completing and undergraduate degree in Geology, Mr Borman worked with the British Geological Survey at their Keyworth headquarters and as a field geologist. He subsequently spent a period working offshore within the petroleum exploration industry; most recently as a data engineer and well site geologist contracted to British Petroleum's Forties Field.

  • Following completion of a Masters degree in Geographical Information Science, Mr Borman worked on a variety of national infrastructure projects with M.C. O'Sullivan and Company, consulting engineers in Dublin. During this time he was involved in rolling out GIS across the company offices, constraint analyses and programming of various GIS add-ons to allowing more efficient use of GI technologies throughout the organisation.

  • Mr Borman has most recently been employed by Waikato Regional Council (10 years) where he has worked primarily with members the Resource Information Group science team providing robust information and innovative analyses to support a variety of work streams and help inform policy decisions. During this time Mr Borman has been involved in projects at all levels of government and has developed a strong understanding of land and soil issues, resource management in relation to spatial analysis and modelling.

Qualifications

  • Master of Geographical Information Science
    Geographical Information Science, University of Edinburgh.

  • Bachelor of Science
    Geology, Cardiff University (Prifysgil Caerdydd)

Additional
Experience

  • Integration of electronic data capture methods into fieldwork, including the use of GPS and PDA devices for catchment monitoring.

  • Spatial analysis projects to identify land use intensification.

Particular Skills

  • Spatial SQL/GIS customisation.

  • Spatial analysis as applied to a wide range of science and engineering disciplines.