Blair grew up on a mixed cropping and dairy farm on the Taieri Plains south of Dunedin. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physical Geography from the University of Otago, focusing on hill slope hydrological processes; and a PhD in Environmental Physics, based in the Soil and Physical Sciences Department at Lincoln University, where he developed water balance models for agro-forestry farming systems. In 2009, he completed his MBA degree at Canterbury University to complement his scientific training.
Blair brings to Lincoln Agritech 20 years of industry experience. He has solved environmental management issues for a wide range of areas including the mining, forestry, agriculture and tourism sectors. Blair has managed his own consultancy firm and has worked in a number of large corporate businesses.
Being a Soil Scientist and Agricultural Physicist, agriculture has always been his passion. In recent times, he has focussed on environmental management and assisting farmers to achieve maximum returns from their natural resources using irrigation and effluent management. Blair has also worked on the design of off-pasture dairy operations to help mitigate the environmental impacts of dairy developments. This culminated in him being a founding shareholder and chairman of the farm development company Canfarm.
Blair has particular interests in:
- Environmental and hydrological monitoring
- Irrigation design and system efficiency
- Sustainable farming systems
- Impacts of agriculture on New Zealand water quality
Blair leads the development of Lincoln Agritech’s nitrate sensor, HydroMetrics GW50. This groundwater sensor is capable of measuring the concentration of nitrates in real-time. To learn more about this product, visit www.hydrometrics.co.nz or go to the LinkedIn product page.