Bachelor in Home Science, University Otago, 1964. Bachelor of Science, University Waikato, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, University Waikato, 1986.
Diploma in teaching, Hamilton Teachers College, 1980.
Teacher, Te Wai Pounamu College, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1963; teacher, Sacred Heart Girls College, Hamilton, 1964; research fellow, Max Planck Institute, Munich, 1983; research fellow, Thermophile Research Unit U. Waikato, Hamilton, 1984-1985; microbiologist, Meat Industry Research Institute New Zealand, Hamilton, since 1986. Lecturer microbiology U. Waikato, since 1996.
Trustee Waikato Medical Research Foundation, Hamilton, since 1994. Member New Zealand Federation University Women (local secretary 1983, Merit award 1994, national secretary since 1994, ).
Married Roderick George Martin, October 4, 1958 (deceased 1976). Children: Sally Joanne, Gregory James William, Angela Mary. Married David Keith Donnison, August 31, 1985.