Emeritus Professor Roberta Farrell


Qualifications: BSc Missouri, MSc PhD Illinois, CNZM, FRSNZ, FIAWS

Research Interests

  • NZ Sapstain Fungi
  • Bio Fibres and Fungi for use in Wood, Pulp and Paper Industries
  • Sapstain Fungi
  • Antarctic Research
  • Ganga

Honours, distinctions, membership of committees (since 2005):

  • 2010
    • Nature Asia-Pacific highlights PNAS publication 'Highly specialized microbial diversity in hyper-arid polar desert'; see
  • 2009
    • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Missouri-St Louis
    • Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in recognition for services to biochemical research.
    • Invitation Key Note Lecture Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on Biological Prospecting in the Antarctic Treaty Area 3 - 5 February 2009, Baarn, The Netherlands
  • 2008
    • Hamilton New Zealand Kudos Science Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    • Appointment Adjunct Professor, North Carolina State University, USA.
    • Appointment Board New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology (three years).
    • Invitation Keynote Lecture Bio-08, Grahamstown,South Africa, 23 January 08
  • 2007
    • Appointment Panel Member Royal Society of New Zealand Travel Grants Committee
    • Appointment Associate Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics, University of Western Cape, South Africa.
    • Invitation Sir Holmes Miller Lecture 2007, Wellington Branch New Zealand Antarctic Society
    • Invitation Keynote Lecture Hokkaido University, 19 October 2007.
  • 2006
    • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment received the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in the category of "Scientific Achievements in the Environment" (
    • Member 50th Anniversary of Scott Base Conference Organising Committee, a joint partnership of Antarctica New Zealand and the Royal Society of New Zealand
    • Appointed Director ZyGEM Ltd
  • 2005
    • Elected Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand
    • Invitation Speaker II International Colloquium on Eucalyptus Pulp, Concepción, Chile, 22 - 26 May 2005
    • Invitation Keynote Speaker China Paper/China Forest 2005 Beijing, China 22 - 24 Sept 2005
    • Invitation Plenary Lecture AWIS (Association for Women in Sciences), 5th National Conference, 8 July 2005.
    • Appointed Director ZyGEM Ltd

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