Position: Research scientist, Field: Ozone and UV, Organisation: National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

Dr Gregory Bodeker is a research scientist with the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and is based at Lauder in Central Otago. His particular interest is the study of ozone in the atmosphere.


In 2010 Greg left NIWA and set up his own atmospheric research company, Bodeker Scientific, specializing in the science of stratospheric ozone depletion, stratospheric composition, and climate change. See www.bodekerscientific.com.

Read this news story from November 2016, announcing the launch of the New Zealand’s second Regional Research Institute, The Centre for Space Science Technology. Greg has been leading the consortium of companies involved in getting this new centre off the ground.

Career pathway

Greg grew up in South Africa and always had a strong interest in scientific research. In 1990, he over-wintered in Antarctica, making measurements related to the ionosphere and taking photos of aurora. He has been working at NIWA since 1994.

“One of the projects I’m working on mainly right now is a better understanding of the links between ozone depletion and climate change and really being able to quantify that so that we know. It’s also so that we can guide policy makers in the implementation of international policy.”

Greg also leads a research project that aims to determine the variability in ozone over New Zealand and to develop models that can provide predictions of ozone levels.

He finds the research stimulating: “Well it’s very, very diverse. You can get involved in all sorts of different aspects of it and it has economic aspects, it has legal aspects. It’s so connected to many other fields. I found that very interesting. It’s not that you’re only working in a laboratory. It’s not that you’re only working on computers analyzing data, it’s also immediate and so you see that the work is very applied and it is addressing a huge problem. We do just a very small part of that, but we know that the part that we do fits into a huge big international collaborative effort and that’s very, very rewarding.”

This article is based on information current in 2008 and was updated in 2016.

    Published 29 July 2008, Updated 15 November 2016