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Adjunct associate professor, The University of Queensland

I am an ecologist and environmental consultant with over 30 years’ experience in northern Australia. My research interests focus on improving environmental management. They span conservation ecology, biogeography, fire and biodiversity management, and NRM planning.

I have worked extensively on the food and habitat requirements of threatened birds, producing both academic publications and management guidelines. I recently co-authored the first paper to identify the potential for catastrophic floods to shape community composition and drive speciation in the Australian biota.

I also work in the interface between research and management, helping landholders, Natural Resource Management groups and Indigenous organisations meet their research, planning, management and conservation goals.


  • 2013–present
    Adjunct Principal Research Fellow in Research Planning for Natural Resource Management, James Cook University


  • 1986 
    James Cook University, PhD Botany


D. L. Serventy Medal for outstanding contributions to publication in the field of ornithology in the Australasian region (2008)