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Associate Professor of Mathematics, The University of Queensland

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane. I am interested in spatial aspects of conservation, particularly when multiple decision-makers are active in the landscape.

I graduated from James Cook University in 2001, from the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. It was an applied mathematics department, and I became interested in biophysical oceanography during my honours year, particularly coral reef fish connectivity patterns on the Great Barrier Reef. After graduating, I spent a year teaching secondary school in Malawi, and following another year working as a Research Assistant for Sean Connolly, I began a PhD at the University of Queensland’s Mathematics Department in 2004, supervised by Hugh Possingham and Kevin Burrage.

After submitting my thesis I was employed until 2009 by Brendan Wintle and Mick McCarthy in the Applied Environmental Decision Analysis centre. In 2010 I was awarded an ARC postdoctoral fellowship, and in 2013 I started an ARC DECRA fellowship. In 2017 I began an ARC Future Fellowship.


  • 2017–2018
    Principal Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2018–2018
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2009–2016
    Senior Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions