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Don is an ecologist and biogeographer working to improve landscape management through evidence-based policy, regulation, and market-based incentives. Don worked for many years inside the Queensland Government on biodiversity information and its application to land management issues such as tree clearing policy and regulation. He has been closely involved in the development of carbon farming in Australia since 2011, including as Chief Scientist in Queensland’s Land Restoration Fund where he developed standards for verification of co-benefits from carbon projects. Don's current work includes supporting biodiversity stewardship initiatives for Australian agriculture.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, Australian National University