About us

Our team is made up of people with different scientific backgrounds but a unique interest. Who are we?

Luke Sutherland-Stacey, Director (PhD)

is an expert in in-situ and remote sensing techniques and works actively in the interdisciplinary space bridging the gap between research and applications.

Phone:  021 823 555

John Nicol, Senior Scientist (PhD)

has over 20 years experience developing weather radar technologies and measurement techniques in academia and working with national weather services. 

Email: john@weatherradar.co.nz

Beatriz Reboredo (PhD)

moved to New Zealand from Spain in 2015 and completed a PhD in atmospheric dynamics at the University of Auckland looking at the scale sensitivity of heat-induced tropical circulations. She joined WRNZ in 2019 as a postdoctoral scientist, where she works towards improving radar analysis through interpolations methods.

Email: beatriz@weatherradar.co.nz

Geoff Austin, Professor (PhD)

has been working with weather radar rainfall measuring and flood forecasting systems around the world for more than 40 years in academic and commercial settings.

Harry Oudenhoven,  Electronics Technician

Harry worked for the Auckland Nuclear Accessory Company for a short time before working for the University of Auckland as a technician in the Physics Advanced Laboratory. Finding retirement not sufficiently challenging, he now works part time for Weather Radar New Zealand contributing to their electronics projects.

Email: harry@weatherradar.co.nz

Alan Seed (PhD)

Graduated with a PhD in Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 1989 and worked in South Africa as a hydrologist and at the University of Auckland Physics Department as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow before joining the Bureau of Meteorology in 1997. He supervised the development of the operational systems for quantitative radar rainfall estimation and ensemble nowcasting that underpin the Bureau’s flood warning service before retiring as a Principal Research Scientist in 2020.

Email: alan@weatherradar.co.nz

Kate Ploeg, grad student (Summer internship)

Kate is about to graduate in a BSc(Hons) in Geophysics and Physics at the University of Auckland. She joined the WRNZ team in Nov '23 to undergo a summer internship focused on analyzing the data from different rainfall sensors: rain gauges and disdrometers.

Email: kate@weatherradar.co.nz