BiographyI have a PhD in Zoology from Cambridge University and 30 years of experience leading interdisciplinary research across 5 continents. My research expertise lies at the human/environment interface particularly in the context of biodiversity management, ecosystem services provided by agricultural landscapes and engaging human communities in the management of natural resources. In total I have published over 200 papers in international scientific peer review journals and published 6 books (with a seventh to be published shortly by Routledge Press), spanning a range of research areas including livestock nutrition and health, ecology of natural ecosystems, grazing management to achieve environmental objectives, and community based conservation. My peer reviewed science publications have been cited over 10000 times giving me an h-index of 58 (Google Scholar).
For the past 15 years I have been employed in senior management positions in both Australia and the UK. I joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia in 2003 leading its Building Resilient Biodiversity Assets Theme and the rangeland management programme of the Water for a Healthy Country Great Barrier Reef Theme. During this time I was OiC of the Davies Lab in Townsville and lead the co-location CSIRO with James Cook University in the Australian Tropical Science Innovation Precinct. I returned to Scotland in 2010 as Chief Executive and Director of the James Hutton Institute, the largest agri-environment research institute of its kind in the UK. During this time I gained board level experience of commercialising research (agriculture, environmental & analytical services) into industry. I was also a Director of the Centre of Expertise for Climate Change, a new knowledge brokering mechanism for providing evidence to support policy. In September 2015 I moved back to Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor - Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University.
BSc, University of Aberdeen, 1981
PhD, University of Cambridge, 1986
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