Professional Experience
  • 1988-2001, Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment (and predecessor agencies including secondment to Agriculture Victoria) Information extension and planning officer: supporting best practice private land management, including soil conservation, vegetation, salinity, riparian management, pasture agronomy, community development, Landcare, whole farm planning and program evaluation
  • 1986-1988, South Australian Department of Agriculture. Mallee soil conservation officer: employed under the National Soil Conservation Program to help restore drifting sand dunes on private land, and promote conservation tillage
Senior roles


  • 2008 Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning
  • The Year 2000 Department of Natural Resources and Environment North East Regional Awards, recognising outstanding contributions to effective operation of the Region.


  • 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Team Award for Research Excellence
  • 2015 Faculty of Science Individual Teaching Award
  • 2009 Institute for Land, Water and Society Team Award for Research Excellence
  • 2006 Faculty of Science & Agriculture Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2006 School of Environmental and Information Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence

I am a trained and experienced group facilitator and have used these skills for a range of local and international events, some examples of which are:

  • Environmental Management Course development workshop, School of Environmental Sciences, Thurgoona, NSW, 2018.
  • Mid-Term review ACIAR Project LWR-036, Faisalabad, Pakistan, 2018
  • Salinity scoping project expert workshop, Lahore, Pakistan, 2017
  • Groundwater and livelihood project partner scoping, Faisalabad, Pakistan 2016
  • Albury Conservation Company Squirrel Glider Monitoring Plan, Thurgoona, NSW, 2016
  • Albury Conservation Company Sloane’s Froglet community event, Thurgoona, NSW, 2013
  • UNESCO International Workshop on Challenges and Solutions for Dam Re-operation, 26-28 October, 2010, Paris, France
  • Albury Conservation Trust squirrel glider workshop, 2010, Thurgoona, NSW
  • Murray Food Bowl Planning, 6 August, 2010, Wodonga, Victoria
  • CSU Faculty of Science Planning Day, 17 February 2010, Wagga Wagga
  • CSU Faculty of Science Planning Days, 7-8 February 2008, Wagga Wagga
  • Nature Conservation Trust of NSW, Slopes to Summit – 6 workshops between 7 August, 2007 and 29 September, 2008, Albury, NSW
  • School of Environmental Sciences, Planning Day, 30 January, 2007, Thurgoona
  • CRC Irrigation Futures, The 2nd Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) Reporting Workshop, 7 December 2005, CSIRO Land and Water, Griffith
  • Second adaptive management book workshop, August 26-27, UNSW Sydney. Adaptive management book workshop, April 18-19, 2007, Lake Hume resort
  • Community workshop associated with CRCIF Seasonality of Flows and System Harmonisation Project, Griffith, March 2006, organiser
  • Community workshop associated with CRCIF Seasonality of Flows and System Harmonisation Project, Leeton, April 2005, organiser
  • Adaptive management workshop, Brisbane, Qld, July 2003, organising committee
  • Adaptive management workshop, Albury NSW, July 2002, principal organiser
  • Stipa Native Grass Association Second National Conference, Dookie Victoria, September 2001. Organising committee member, workshop co-ordinator
  • North East Landcare Forum, 1997, 1998, 1999, organising committee