Postgraduate students


The Hill Country Futures programme is supporting the next generation of researchers and improving New Zealand’s future research capability through several postgraduate scholarships.


Gregory Coleman

Master's student
School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University

Research Involvement

Gregory Coleman

Gregory was born in the UK – where he developed an interest in agriculture through visits to a family farm – before moving to New Zealand in 2014. He graduated from Massey in 2021 with a BSc, major in chemistry and minor in earth science. He is due to complete his Masters research in June this year.

Gregory is researching the effectiveness of Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FT-IR) spectroscopy to enable farmers to accurately analyse nutrients in shrubs and trees.

““This has the potential to be a faster, cheaper and better predictive method for farmers than the alternatives previously used. I’m finding it really interesting applying chemistry to potentially help hill country farmers. It’s very satisfying."