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Adjunct professor in Creative Writing and Literature, James Cook University

Full-time writer and freelance journalist. Adjunct professor in creative writing and literature at James Cook University.

Author of two textbooks and 6 novels, including The Abrupt Physics of Dying (2015), shortlisted for the CWA Creasy Prize, and The Forcing (2023), about a near-future affected by climate change. New non-fiction book, War for the Reef, out in 2024 with Affirm Press.

CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science from 2017-2023. Visiting Professor, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK. Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia. PhD in Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, London. MSc Engineering Hydrology, Imperial College London. B.A.Sc Geological Engineering University of British Columbia, Canada.


  • –present
    Adjunct assistant professor, James Cook University
  • 2005–present
    Visiting professor, Imperial College London
  • 2017–2023
    CEO, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • 2013–2016
    Director, CSIRO
  • 2007–2013
    Global Director, Worley
  • 1996–2007
    Managing Director, Komex Environmental


  • 2005 
    Imperial College of Science and Technology, PhD Environmental Engineering
  • 1988 
    Imperial College of Science and Technology, MSc Engineering Hydrology
  • 1985 
    University of British Columbia, BASc (Applied science)

Professional Memberships

  • Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors