I grew up on a farm in Western Victoria, Australia and trained at the University of Melbourne where I obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in zoology.
Since receiving my PhD in 1979 I have held a number of research positions at universities and government laboratories in Australia and overseas. I am a marine and freshwater ecologist with a central focus on wetlands and riparian ecosystems. I have been lucky to do extensive field work in some fantastic places.
I joined UWA in 2002 as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. I was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UWA in 2008. I retired as Pro Vice-Chancellor in mid 2013 and have joined the School of Plant Biology as an Emeritus Professor.
I serve on Boards, Advisory Boards and Research Committees of a number of national joint venture research institutes and centres.
I also provide consultancy services in the area of research leadership, research governance and knowledge exchange.
• Environmental change and the ecology of wetland and terrestrial habitats
• Other topics as my mind runs free
• 2008-2013 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) UWA
• 2002-2007 Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences UWA
• 1994-2002 Foundation Chair and Professor of Environmental Science and Director, Johnstone Centre for Research in Natural Resources and Society, Charles Sturt University
• 1993-1994 Senior Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
• 1984-1993 Research Scientist-Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
• 1981-1984 Research Fellow, CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research
• 1979-1980 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University, Canada
The assessment of research impact
Case studies of large collaborations in research
Publication of results from past research on mangrove and riverine ecosystems
I have always developed my research projects and programs to have relevance to the management and conservation of wetland habitats and catchments.To maximise opportunities for adoption of my findings I have worked with landholders and served on regional and national committees to influence decision making. For example, in past research supported by the Australian Research Council my group and I developed an approach for rapid appraisal of the ecological condition of riparian habitats - the Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition (RARC) that is now used by landholders and catchment managers across the Murray-Darling Basin, the wool growing areas of southern Australia and the northern tropics of Australia.
Plant-animal interactions and their effects on ecosystem processes in marine habitats. I have worked on vegetation dynamics and production, fish recruitment, trophodynamics and material cycles in seagrass, mangrove and continental shelf habitats in tropical Australia, Canada, New Guinea and South-East Asia.
Responses of river and floodplain ecosystems to multiple changes, including flow, invasive biota, clearing for agriculture and grazing by livestock.