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Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate, James Cook University

I study the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, hunting, and wildfires, on tropical ecosystems, and on global-change phenomena and conservation policy.

I’ve worked extensively in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia, as well as in tropical Australasia.

In an effort to promote environmental conservation, I frequently engage with policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists.


  • –present
    Distinguished Research Professor & Australian Laureate, Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University


  • 1989 
    University of California, Berkeley, PhD/Integrative Biology


A partial list includes: Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2015; Zoological Society of London Outstanding Conservationist of the Year, 2014; Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, 2012; Distinguished Service Award, Society for Conservation Biology, 2011; Australian Laureate Award, 2010; BBVA Frontiers in Ecology and Conservation Biology Award, 2008.