Let's Talk About Us

Dr Racheal Bryant

PhD (Lincoln University)

B. Appl. Sc. (1st class hons, Massey University)

Racheal grew up on a dairy farm in the rural Taranaki town of Manaia.

Her interest in animals and farming took her to Massey University where she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture.

Inspiring teachers there encouraged and developed her appreciation of plants and pastures resulting in an honours project which investigated the response of tall fescue genotypes under different defoliation regimes. She carried on to complete her PhD at Lincoln University (LU), developing a selection index to improve perennial ryegrass nutritive value.

Nowadays, Racheal is a senior lecturer for the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University. She supervises a number of PhD students and collaborates with farmers and industry partners to tackle the many challenges facing the agricultural sector. One of her past collaborations with DairyNZ in the Pastoral 21 project, demonstrated the value of farmlet studies as a resource for teaching and collaboration. And so, the Dairy Futures: Living Laboratory farmlets were born.

For more information on Racheal's past research projects visit the LU website: https://researchers.lincoln.ac.nz/racheal.bryant

Dr Omar al-marashdeh

PhD (Lincoln University)

Omar is a Lincoln University lecturer in Animal Science with research interests in dairy nutrition and welfare. Omar grew up in Jordon and on arrival in New Zealand started working in the dairy industry, managing a Synlait dairy farm. His academic thinking led him to study for his doctorate at Lincoln University, completing his PhD on the impact of timing on maize supplementation on rumen function, cow behaviour and production.

Omar's knowledge of dairy farm systems and in particular, plantain in dairy farm systems is a useful asset for the Living Lab which has plantain integrated into a large part of the dairy future farmlet.

You can follow Omar's research on his researchgate link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Omar_Al-Marashdeh2

Paige fisher

B. Sc. Agric. (University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa)

Paige was born in Zimbabwe but had the privilege of growing up all around the world with a father very involved in agricultural research, so followed in his footsteps and earned her BSc(Agric) Animal Science in 2014 from University of Pretoria in RSA.

In 2015 Paige left to pursue a life and career overseas and worked as a jillaroo on a 1500 organic beef farm in Central Queensland, Australia, then moved to New Zealand in 2016 to herd manage on a 1400 dairy farm out in Mid-Canterbury.

We're delighted to have Paige join the Living Lab team as a Research Tech and we hope this will help her desire to further a career in the research field.

Dr Mancoba (Christopher) Mangwe

PhD (Lincoln University)

MSc Animal and Dairy Science (National Chung Hsing University)

BSc Animal Science (University of Swaziland)

Mancoba (Christopher) Mangwe is from the Kingdom of Swaziland. Christopher earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2010 from the University of Swaziland. In 2016, he completed his Master of Science in Animal and Dairy Science from the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.

He joined Lincoln University in March 2017 as a recipient of the New Zealand Scholarship. The title of his dissertation was “Chicory as an alternative to perennial ryegrass to alter milk fatty acid composition while minimizing environmental risks” which he successfully defended in 2021.

To see more of Christopher’s publications visit his ResearchGate link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mancoba_Mangwe3

Yingluck Moonsan

MSc Animal Nutrition (Kasetsart University)

PhD Scholar (Lincoln University)

Yingluck, is an assistant professor in Animal Science at Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University (PSRU) Thailand, and a PhD. candidate in Animal Science at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She holds a Masters degree in Animal nutrition from Kasetsart University.

She was born in a farming family in Phitsanulok, a Northern Province of Thailand. Since a child Yingluck was surrounded by several kinds of animal. Her research interests are in the field of animal nutrition, feed technology and agricultural related global warming.

Most of Yingluck's, published articles and textbooks are in the Thai language but some of her international research is available on ResearchGate.

To see more of Yingluck’s publications visit her ResearchGate link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yingluck_Moonsan3

Sebrena Samantha Smalling

BSc Agriculture (The University of the West Indies)

MSc Agriculture (The University of the South Pacific)

PhD Scholar (Lincoln University)

Sebrena is from the island of Jamaica. She grew up having parents who were involved in subsistence farming and hence it sparked her interest in pursuing a career in the field of agriculture.

In 2008 she received a Diploma in Secondary Education and an Associate Degree in Agriculture Science from the College of Science and Education (CASE) in Jamaica.

Sebrena completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture in 2014 at The University of the West Indies (UWI) and then went on to The University of the South Pacific (USP) where she earned a Master of Agriculture in 2017. A recipient of the New Zealand scholarship Sebrena enrolled in a PhD program at Lincoln University investigating the impact of integration of pastoral poultry and ruminants production systems on environmental and animal welfare risks.

To see more of Sebrena’s publications visit her ResearchGate link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sebrena_Smalling2

Jabus kok

BSc Agriculture (Massey University)

MSc Animal Science (Massey University)

PhD Scholar (Lincoln University)

Originally from South Africa, Jabus completed a Bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural science, before moving on to do a Master’s degree in animal science (both at Massey University). Jabus describes himself as a people person, who strives to seek innovative solutions for the agricultural sector. His natural curiosity and willingness to learn have also spurred him on to pursue a PhD.

Jabus is based at AbacusBio in Dunedin and will complete his PhD through Lincoln University. He will be involved in the living lab investigating future dairy farm systems with efficient nitrogen use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.