Andrew was a research scientist with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for around 11 years. Most of this research with the DPI was in the fields of entomology, especially sampling theory and practice, and wastewater reuse for horticultural irrigation.
In 2005 Andrew and his colleagues were awarded the Daniel McAlpine Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of their work on applied aspects of sampling, and in particular, the development of sampling plans for diamondback moth, a significant pest of brassicaceous crops.
In 2005 Andrew joined Deakin University to work on an ARC-funded project on mathematical risk assessment modelling for irrigation of horticultural crops with reclaimed water. He was primarily interested in risks to human health, but also modelled environmental and agricultural sustainability risks.
Andrew completed a PhD on the ecology of waterbirds at the Werribee sewage farm. In short, he loves sewage!
In 2007 Andrew joined the University of Melbourne. He coordinates the university Breadth subject Water for Sustainable Futures and gives guest lectures on pest management, water resources and fundamental principles of experimental design and analysis.
Andrew continues research on sampling protocols for horticultural pests, wastewater irrigation and waterbird conservation. Andrew aspires to be a polymath but someone needs to tell him he's dreaming!