Troy Baisden specialises in understanding the flow of carbon, water and nutrients through terrestrial ecosystems, including productivity, losses via hydrologic processes and impacts in aquatic systems. He has particular interest in providing New Zealand with access to challenging isotope techniques combined with the ‘big-picture’ understanding required to apply them to the nation’s most important environmental issues. This involves sophisticated instrumental techniques, yet the most crucial understanding often evolves from large scale environmental monitoring and economic activity data, viewed in an economic, social and cultural context. Troy wants to see science enable innovative approaches to water management, such as cap and trade, that create flexibility and efficiency beyond what conventional environmental regulation offers. He has an interest in analytics and science policy as they relate to addressing these global change issues. He holds a PhD from the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Senior Scientist at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre, and an Associate Investigator in the Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence.