With 30 years experience behind him, Malcolm is an expert in freshwater ecology and water quality. Malcolm has a MSc honours degree and holds a Bachelors degree in both Zoology and Botany. He also has experience in estuarine ecology. Malcolm has written a number of scientific papers on the ecology of New Zealand's native fish, and many reports on water quality and ecology in Canterbury. These include aspects of both chemical and microbiological quality, stormwater, and the effects of buffers strips on water quality.
Malcolm has worked for the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and worked for 16 years as a Water Quality Scientist for Environment Canterbury. He has also undertaken consultancy work for the Christchurch City Council, other local authorities and farmers.
Malcolm revels in the variety and challenges of environmental science. This could be interpreting the nuances of water quality data, identifying native fish habitats, undertaking night surveys, electric fishing, or invertebrate surveys.
Malcolm is an enthusiastic outdoorsman, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and boating. He also manages two farms, and understands the challenges of the rural environment, but with an understanding of the associated ecological issues.