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Currently Professor at The University of Queensland (40%). Chief Scientist Accounting for Nature (10%). Co-chair The Biodiversity Council (10%). BSc Maths from The University of Adelaide. PhD from Oxford University supported by a Rhodes Scholarship (1984). Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and inaugural Fenner (AAS) medallist. Foreign Associate of The US National Academy of Sciences (FNAS). Has published over 720 peer-reviewed scientific papers, supervised over 90 PhD students and 60 postdoctoral researchers. Co-winner of two Eureka prizes. Author of the "Brigalow declaration". Compulsive birdwatcher. Formerly (2016-2019) Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy with >4000 staff operating in >70 countries. Formerly Chief Scientist of Queensland.


  • 2020–present
    Chief Scientist, Queensland State Government
  • 2000–present
    Professor, The University of Queensland
  • 2016–2020
    Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • 2011–2016
    Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
  • 1995–2000
    Professor, Adelaide University


  • 1987 
    Oxford University, DPhil
  • 1984 
    Adelaide University, BSc (Hons) mathematics

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Ecological Society of Australia


Inaugural Fenner medal; FAA; FNAS, Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences (USA); Honorary doctorates from University of British Columbia and The University of Adelaide.