Kevin Russel Tate
(1943 – 2018)
New Zealand and the international scientific community were saddened by the tragic loss on 22 January 2018 of Kevin Tate, who made a tremendous contribution to science and who was such a good friend and tutor.
Kevin began his scientific career teaching chemistry at Victoria University in Wellington before becoming a soil scientist at the New Zealand Soil Bureau, DSIR, in 1968. Following a number of years leading major research programmes on greenhouse gas exchange with the terrestrial biosphere, Kevin retired in 2005 but continued working at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research as a Research Associate. In retirement he applied his research to the development of mitigation technologies for greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (excerpt).