Dr Eric Walton

Research & Innovation Manager
+64 9 306 8916
+64 22 067 7660
Level 4, 369 Queen St, Auckland

Eric has an extensive network with businesses and government agencies. His role at Waikato is to build linkages between the University and the business community in Auckland, working primarily with the Biotech, Food, Health, Arts and Business sectors.

Along with Dr Trevor Drage (based in Wellington), Dr John Tyrrell, Tipene Merritt and Dr Nikki Harcourt, Eric is part of the research external engagement team working with Director Dr Simon Lovatt.

Eric was previously a Business Manager based in Auckland for the University of Otago Research & Enterprise office from December 2007. This was after 26 years with HortResearch and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, chiefly as research scientist, team leader and project and client manager. Eric has led various programmes on optimising fruit and flower production, linking whole plant physiology and molecular biology. Eric has a BHortSci from Lincoln College and a PhD from the University of California at Davis.