I began my career in wetlands research after completing my biology degree at Murdoch University in 1987.
Supervised by Prof. Jenny Davis, my Honour’s thesis addressed the effects of lead shot (from duck shooting) on wetland ecosystems. After my undergraduate training, I won the Neville Stanley Studentship (a Western Australia Government industry/research initiative) examining the suitability of midge (Chironomidae) larvae as tropical fish food. I commenced my PhD in 1988 at Murdoch with Jenny Davis, researching the ecology and rehabilitation of Lake Monger (a large eutrophic urban wetland in Perth). After completing my PhD in 1992, I took up a position as an associate lecturer at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in environmental management. I gained tenure at ECU in 1996, and have since been promoted to Associate Professor. I was head of the School of Natural Sciences at ECU for 7 years. My research has focused on rehabilitation of water quality in inland aquatic systems ranging from urban wetlands to the Ord River irrigation scheme, mine pit lakes, and the impacts of mine drainage on rivers.