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Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

I completed a B.Sc.(for) with 1st class Honours at the ANU as a Forestry Commission Trainee in 1981 and then went to work for the NSW government. After 3 years as a field forester, I moved to Sydney where I eventually became the Senior Inventory Officer responsible for quantifying the growth and value of plantations and native forests of NSW. In 1994, I returned to the ANU to teach and research into forest measurement and management.

In 2009, I took leave to become the inaugural Chair and Professor of Forestry at the Waiariki Institute (Rotorua, New Zealand) and subsequently became the Director of Research with a mandate to increase the research profile and potential of that Institute (in fields from primary industry, Maori development, nursing and health studies, computing and business). After a successful 3 years, I returned to the ANU to take up my teaching and research roles in the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

I am a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)

I am a Director of the National Arboretum Canberra Foundation


  • –present
    Assoc Professor Forest measurement & management, Australian National University
  • 2008–2011
    Chair and Professor of Forestry, Waiariki Institute
  • 2009–2011
    Director of Research, Waiariki Institute


  • 1991 
    University British Columbia, PhD
  • 1981 
    Australian National University, B.Sc.(For)(Hons)


Eureka Environmental Science Award, 2008; Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2007); Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy