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BSc from The University of Adelaide. PhD from Oxford University supported by a Rhodes Scholarship in 1987. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA). Foreign Associate of The US National Academy of Sciences (FNAS). Has published over 650 peer-reviewed scientific papers, supervised over 75 PhD students and 42 postdoctoral researchers. Co-winner of two Eureka prizes. Compulsive birdwatcher. Currently The Chief Scientist of Queensland 60%, The University of Queensland 20%. Formerly Chief Scientis of The Nature Conservancy globally.


  • –present
    Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, University of Queensland
  • 2016–present
    The Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy


    University of Oxford, DPhil


Inaugural Fenner medal; FAA; Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences (USA)