Eclectic ecologist, with primary interests in freshwater systems and secondary interests in terrestrial vertebrates, especially birds.  Research undertaken mainly in tropical Australia, but with global connections.

  • Ecology of freshwater systems
  • Tropical ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • 2011 to present - Emeritus Professor, James Cook University (Marine and Tropical Biology)
  • 2006 to 2010 - Head/Deputy of School, James Cook University (Marine and Tropical Biology)
  • 1999 to 2006 - Head of School, James Cook University (Tropical Biology)
  • 1990 to 2002 - Director, James Cook University (Aus Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (now TropWATER))
  • 1995 to 1996 - Head of Department, James Cook University (Zoology)
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