Dr Geoff Hicks

Natural Sciences Commissioner 

Dr Geoff Hicks has recently retired from the role of Chief Scientist at the Department of Conservation where he led DOC’s science strategy (Science Counts!) and its national science effort.

For more than 15 years he contributed to the science-policy interface within the New Zealand science system strategy, review, advisory, research assessment and governance processes; most recently serving on the Officials Committee developing the National Statement on Science Investment (NSSI).

Prior to DOC he had a successful 25 year career as a marine biologist and museum exhibitions concept leader. He was responsible for the creation of the first Natural Environment exhibitions at Te Papa.

Geoff has served on NIWA’s Coasts and Oceans Advisory Committee; the Participants and Board Nominations Committees of the Australian Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (Canberra) and co-chairs the End-User Advisory Panel for the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

For the past six years Geoff has led New Zealand’s contribution to the UN supported Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as Head of the New Zealand Delegation.

He is Emeritus Research Associate at Landcare Research and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee of the World Cultural Council which selects the Albert Einstein World Award of Science.

In his role at the National Commission Geoff has led our contribution to the development of New Zealand’s first Global Geopark. He is also a member of New Zealand's National Committee for the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 – 2030.

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