CURRICULUM VITAE - Summary
I have had a distinguished career as research scientist and teacher. I have helped transform ecological/ environmental science, through development of Foraging Theory to understand the ways in which organisms obtain food and other resources, and then using this approach to enhance our knowledge of Plant-Pollination systems. I have also developed and mentored strategies for achieving research excellence, thus helping to create cultures of excellence. In addition, I have established the longest-running population study for any native Australian frog, which provides the basis for evaluating the role of frogs as environmental bio-indicators, especially in relation to climate change.
I plan to continue these programs of research, teaching and mentoring, while promoting sustainability for humanity and acting as a consultant. Along with Prof Paul Ehrlich (Stanford Univ), I am promoting sustainability through the Sustainability Central website, public lectures, and other programs.
I am exceptionally well-placed to provide environmental consulting as I have a strong research background that has included a wide array of organisms, across many areas of interest, and has resulted in preparation of a large number of associated documents. I can similarly provide assistance with development and implementation of research programs. I have high-level skills in mathematics/ statistics, mathematical modelling, developing and testing theory, and literature reviews, and have taught and mentored many students and colleagues.
- B.Sc. (1st Class Honours) University of Sydney, May, 1970, Mathematical Statistics
- Ph.D., University of Chicago, December, 1974, Mathematical Biology.
Positions (after obtaining Ph.D.):
- Assistant Professor, University of Utah, 1974‑1977
- Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, University of Sydney, 1977‑1980
- Research Fellow to Principal Research Scientist, Australian Museum, 1981‑2007
- Senior Fellow & Research Associate, Australian Museum, 2007- present
- Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University, 2007-present
- Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney, 2012-2016
I have published over 120 scientific papers across a broad range of issues including:
- Developing & testing optimal foraging theory, with focus on nectar-feeding animals
- Population biology and behaviour of nectar-feeding animals, especially birds & bees
- Pollination biology of the plants visited by these animals
- Effects of fire on plants & animals
- Effects of the introduced honeybee on native plants & animals
- Environmental legislation
- Biology and management of frogs, especially the endangered Green & Golden Bell Frog
- Frogs as bio-indicators of environmental quality & change
- Impacts of the introduced fish Gambusia on other species
- Use of biological collections to inform ecological/ environmental issues
- Climate change and its effects on plants and animals.
These publications cover a broad range of organisms including plants, birds, bees, mammals, fish and frogs, and have been recognised as follows:
- One recognised in 1984 as ‘Citation Classic’ by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)
- I was designated by the ISI in 2004 as a ‘highly cited author’ in the Environment/Ecology category along with 6 other Australians
- My articles have over 9,300 total citations with H-index of 40 (based on Google Scholar)
- An article of mine, published in 2015, is already ‘highly cited’
- Environmental legislation
- Environmental impact statements, especially impacts on flora & fauna
- Fauna surveys, especially regarding frogs & birds
- Habitat protection and enhancement
- Literature reviews
- Enhancing research quality & citation success
- Research design
- Statistical analysis
- Ecology of plants, especially re pollination
- Behaviour & ecology of animals
- Biology of feral species, especially honeybees, the fish Gambusia, and introduced birds