Landcare Research is a Crown research institute (CRI), one of seven in New Zealand. CRIs were formed in 1992 as independent companies that are owned by, and accountable to, the New Zealand Government. Our shareholders are the Minister of Finance and Minister of Science and Innovation. It is currently chaired by Jane Taylor. The main site is in Lincoln, near Christchurch. There are also other sites at Auckland on the Tamaki campus of Auckland University, Hamilton, Gisborne, Havelock North, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Alexandra, and Dunedin. The focus of the research at this company is the environment, biodiversity, and sustainability. We have approximately 330 staff at nine locations across New Zealand, including a subsidiary, Enviro-Mark Solutions at Lincoln and Auckland. We collaborate extensively with other research organisations in New Zealand and around the world. The impacts of disruption to ecosystems; biosecurity risks from foreign weeds, pests and micro-organisms; and contamination to land, water and air caused by the production of natural, manufactured or waste compounds are investigated. Research is also under taken to develop tools to help mitigate inefficient resource use and excess waste, and systems designed to improve resource use productivity, lifestyle and business viability. The different departments are Biodiversity & Conservation, Ecosystems and global Change, Governance and Policy, Informatics, Soli and Landscapes, Systematics and Wildlife Ecology and Management.