Dr Jonathan Stephens
Auckland University, New Zealand

➢ Over 15 years of research experience studying the New Zealand flora particularly Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) and other honey yielding indigenous plant species.

➢ Lead researcher for Comvita at the University of Auckland and Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Biological Sciences.

➢ His research ranges from investigations of the quality of raw materials, chemical fingerprinting of products, the efficacy and therapeutic values of unique bioactive components, to the development of plantations as a honey source.

➢ Trained at the University of Waikato, completing biological undergraduate degree; an MSc (1st class) in association with AgResearch at Ruakura; and a PhD with Comvita and the Honey Research Unit at Waikato.