Over the decades since graduation (Monash University), my research interests have changed from medical mirobiology through the ecology of coral reefs especially that of marine turtles and birds to environmental social sciences and teaching and learning. 

Currently I am pursuing research in the areas of teaching  and learning and sustainability. I am particularly interested in how student anxiety  and confidence affect student performance and how students' attitude to environemntally responsible behaviour maybe enhanced by the university experience. 

  • sustainability, environmentally responsible behaviour, student anxiety and confidence, university experience
  • blended learning, work integrated learning, facilitating teamwork and peer-to-peer learning
  • 2017 to 2020 - Adjuntc Associate Professor, James cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2004 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1997 to 2003 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Associate Lecturer, James Cook Unversity (Townsville)
  • 1993 to 1994 - Teacher, State High School (Colonia, Yap State, Micronesia)
  • 1985 to 1989 - Research Associate, Queensland Parks & Wildlife service (Townsville)
  • 2010 - Faculty citation for outstanding contribution to student learning
  • 2014 - Australian Awards for University Teaching 2014 Citation winner for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2014 - James Cook University Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning and overall winner 2014
  • 2013 - JCU TropEco Sustainability Award – Curriculum: teaching, Learning and sustainability
  • 2009 to 2010 - Teaching and Learning Development Grant($140,000) for "the First year Experience in a Refreshed Curriculum"
  • 2012 - Teaching and Learning Academy, JCU
  • 2011 - International Association for Impact Assessment
  • 2008 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • 1996 to 2012 - Australian Coral Reef Society

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