About PRIMER-e

A boutique research and software development company

Contact us

Tel: +64 (9) 869-2230

E-mail: [email protected]

Thousands of scientists worldwide trust PRIMER with their hard-won data.

With PRIMER you know that your tools are backed by the academic excellence of some of the most highly-cited applied statisticians of our times.

PRIMER-E Limited was founded by Professor K. Robert Clarke and Ray N. Gorley, as “Plymouth Routines in Multivariate Ecological Research,” a spin-out enterprise of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in the UK. PRIMER software and methods are now well-established in research laboratories, public and private institutions in over 132 countries worldwide.

In August 2016, PRIMER-e transferred its business activities to Quest Research Limited in Auckland, New Zealand, where it continues apace in the true spirit of its founders (who remain as trusted advisors), under the directorship of Professor Marti J. Anderson (New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study (NZIAS), Massey University).

Our mission is to empower researchers to make the most of their data by providing statistical software and training workshops backed by academic excellence, novelty, agility and ease-of-use.

Meet the Team

Paul J. Somerfield
Workshop Presenter

Paul (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) is a highly-cited and sought-after numerical ecologist who has been instrumental in developing and using the methods in PRIMER across many fields, having led and lectured PRIMER workshops across the globe for over two decades. With knowledge and broad experience in analysing multivariate datasets of all kinds, Paul has mentored and published with hundreds of scientists and professionals from a wide range of disciplines: marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, oceanography, soil science, forestry, environmental science, microbial ecology, genetics, remote sensing and modelling.

Marti J. Anderson

Marti is an ecological statistician whose work spans several disciplines, from ecology to mathematical statistics. A Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a recent recipient of a prestigious James Cook Fellowship, she holds the Professorial Chair in Statistics in the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study (NZIAS) at Massey University. Her core research is in community ecology, biodiversity, multivariate analysis, models of ecological count data, experimental design and resampling methods, with a special focus on creating novel applied statistics for ecology. Marti developed all of the methods in PERMANOVA+ and combines her love of research with creative entrepreneurial exuberance as the new driving force behind PRIMER-e.

Andrew Punnett
Lead Software Engineer

Andrew has an academic background in mathematics, scientific computing and theoretical physics, which he successfully dove-tails with wide-ranging experience as a senior systems administrator and software engineer for start-up tech businesses. PRIMER-e is constantly evolving its software to entirely new levels, and Andrew, with inventive energetic style, is leading the company into new modern areas of high-performance computing for ecological analysis and synthesis.

Lyn Shave
Company Administrator

Lyn provides the heart and soul of PRIMER-e on a day-to-day basis in its new-found home in New Zealand. With a background in English Language and Cultural Studies and harbouring a genuine love of (and interest in) people, Lyn not only provides all practical and logistic imperatives required for the smooth operation of the PRIMER-e business, she also enthusiastically embraces a vast number of daily international communications with PRIMER-e’s thousands of customers.  Motto: “Everything is awesome!”

Sarah Brien
Customer Service & Sales Administrator

With a background in the adult education sector in both teaching and administration, Sarah provides friendly and helpful sales, accounting and database support. Her bright eye for detail ensures that PRIMER-e’s databases are kept in tip-top shape, and that all your queries are met with a timely, organised and cheerful reply. Sarah is of Cook Island Maori and NZ European descent and is respectful of all languages, cultures and heritages. As a caring mother of three, she understands the need for flexibility and team-work to achieve goals, as well as the importance of pure kindness and courtesy in meeting peoples’ needs.

Adam N. H. Smith
Workshop Presenter

Adam obtained his PhD from Massey University (MU) in Auckland, New Zealand and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at MU. Adam specialises in the application of modern statistical methods to ecology and management, including fisheries and marine reserve assessment. Adam has a wealth of multi-disciplinary experience and lectures across a wide range of areas, including data mining, quantitative ecology and biostatistics. He has been a key consultant to industry and government, having worked as an in-house statistician for the Department of Conservation (DoC) and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Sciences (NIWA) in New Zealand. Adam is an enthusiastic and engaging lecturer with a passion for natural environments and for teaching and learning.

Juan J Cruz-Motta
Workshop Presenter

JJ is a quantitative ecologist with applied interests in environmental impact and management, often acting as an expert consultant to regional and federal government agencies. JJ’s research focuses especially on the ecology of benthic rocky reef assemblages and fishes associated with coral reefs. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia, and has lectured in experimental design, ecology and biostatistics at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela). He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and Executive Director of the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute (CCRI). Since 2010, together with Dr Edlin Guerra-Castro, he has organised and presented a suite of PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ workshops in Spanish for hundreds of participants from Central and South America.

Edlin Guerra Castro
Workshop Presenter

Edlin is a marine biologist with research interests in quantitative community ecology, exploring patterns and processes affecting the biodiversity of marine coastal ecosystems. He has lectured in ecology and biostatistics at the Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela) and currently holds the position of Young Researcher for the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since 2010, together with Dr J.J. Cruz-Motta, he has organized and presented a suite of PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ workshops in Spanish for hundreds of participants from Central and South America.

Helen Smith
Workshop Presenter

Helen is a veterinarian and a statistician – imagine! After working as a risk analyst for Ministry for Primary Industries and then a methodologist for Statistics New Zealand, she embarked on her PhD and in doing so developed a love of all things ecological. She has lectured at Massey University in multivariate statistics and in-between raising three small children has filled her time consulting for various research projects. She is full of enthusiasm and brings a range of skills and life experience to PRIMER/PERMANOVA+ workshops.

Mat Pawley
Workshop Presenter

Mat obtained his PhD (in Zoology) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at Massey University (Albany Campus). Mat’s interests are multi-disciplinary, including ecology, data mining, computer vision and statistics, and a common thread of his research is the development and application of techniques to analyse multivariate ecological data. Mat has worked extensively as an ecological and statistical consultant for industry and government, including the Ministry for Primary Industries, Environment Waikato, Northland and Auckland Regional Councils, and the Drug Safety Monitoring Board in New Zealand. Mat is a lecturer with a true passion for teaching analytical techniques in an engaging manner to any audience.

Victor Quintino
Workshop Presenter

Victor completed his PhD in Biological Oceanography in 1988 at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, France. He is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Department of Biology, in Portugal. He specialises in the ecology of coastal and estuarine macro-benthic communities and their responses to natural and anthropogenic factors, integrating environmental, biological and eco-toxicological descriptors in bioassessments. Victor lectures topics in experimental design and the analysis of multivariate biological data to post-graduate students and has been using PRIMER software as a teaching tool for over 20 years. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and is currently Editor-in-Chief for Marine Pollution Bulletin and Associate Editor for Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.