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I am a spatial scientist interested in a wide range of environmental and ecological questions. As an interdisciplinary researcher, my ultimate goal is to identify and investigate issues and their causes to inform solutions that will positively impact our society today and in the future. This means conducting research that applies to solving emerging challenges as well as helpful in understanding them. I have explored questions in various fields, including macroecology, biodiversity conservation, remote sensing, spatial planning, water resources, sustainable fisheries and agriculture, and food security. Given the many large and diverse data sets that I work with, I am also involved in data science projects focused on developing tools for integrating, analysing and extracting information from multiple (often large) data sets more effectively, making it easier to include cross-disciplinary information in addressing complex environmental, social, and ecological questions.

At Macquarie University’s School of Natural Sciences, my research is on these sub-themes:

  1. Integrating landscape/seascape ecology and remote sensing, and big data to support spatially predictive modeling and mapping of key resource species.
  2. Applying remote sensing and big data to illuminate Global Environmental Change effects on coastal social-ecological resilience and tipping points.
  3. Linking geospatial data science to coastal areas, high seas, and open ocean policy and governance solutions.
  4. Applying remote sensing/big data to sustainability in the urban environment 
  5. Spatial planning for sustainable management of natural resources in land-sea environments 

I welcome inquiries from individuals wishing to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral research in the following themes: spatial ecology, seascape ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and linking geospatial science to policy.



  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing 
  • Blue Planet 
  • Consultancy Work Practice for postgraduates


External positions

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, ARC Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (ARC CEED) , The University of Queensland

2 Sept 201325 Feb 2016

Marine Geo-spatial Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society

1 Jan 200730 Dec 2009


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