In February 2014, I took up the position of Chair of Applied Ecology & Conservation at the University of Adelaide. I helped establish and serve as Director of the university's Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (Facebook page), and Deputy Director of the Conservation Science and Technology Program. In addition to my university duties, I am also Founding Director of ConservationDrones.org (a US-based non-profit) and Regional Technical Advisor for Conservation International. I serve as Editor-in-Chief of Cogent Environmental Science, Editor of Biological Conservation and Editor of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group).

I manage an international research group of approximately 8-10 students, postdocs and research assistants at any one time. Research within my group addresses emerging environmental and socioeconomic challenges, including land-use conflicts, carbon emissions, and threats to natural ecosystems and wildlife. We employ a variety of approaches including fieldwork, experimentation and computer modeling. Our overarching goal is to produce useful new knowledge to inform land-use decision and policy making.

Our group has partnered with more than 110 colleagues from over 20 countries (e.g. Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Panama, Singapore, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States). We have been collaborating with researchers from Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Cambridge University, ETH Zurich, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. We also work with nongovernmental organisations, policymakers, industry, social scientists, environmental economists, computer scientists and software developers.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Adelaide