My career to date has focused on applied research, conservation and project management. I have extensive field experience, having been based in Africa for fifteen years (1991-2006). My main occupational interests lie in directly linking conservation with livelihoods-oriented development, based on sound science, both biological and socio-economic. In 2006 I moved to the Centre for International Forestry Research, based in Indonesia and currently the lead the Centre’s research on Landscape management for environmental services, biodiversity conservation and livelihoods. I firmly believe that accessibility of research findings is fundamental to equitable information exchange and ensure that the dissemination of my work is undertaken, not only through academic journals, but through more easily accessible means such as blogs and media dissemination. I also believe strongly in mentoring young professionals and genuine partnerships and collaboration, particularly with developing country individuals and institutions.