This site explains a little of the research I’m involved in, which is broadly defined as environmental social research. In other words, I study the people part of environmental issues. I am currently a Rose Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, USA.

Beginning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in the mid-1990s, I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of environments in Australia, New Zealand and (as of June 2017) in North America. Some of the topics I’ve worked on include citizen science, environmental science communication, climate change, energy efficiency & waste reduction, protected area management, tourism impacts on coral reefs and geothermal vegetation, and community impacts of wastewater treatment plants and aquaculture development.

Research interests include:

  • Social research in science communication and environmental education
  • Social-psychological factors influencing effectiveness of environmental communication
  • Social research on environmental impact and management issues
  • Behaviour change and pro-environmental behaviour
  • Quantitative and qualitative social research


Over the last two or so decades, I have conducted research for:

  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, USA (as of June 2017)
  • Wilson Center, Washington D.C., USA
  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Australia
  • Southern Cross University, Australia
  • Queensland Fisheries, Australia
  • Landcare Research/Manaaki Whenua, New Zealand
  • National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand
  • Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Taylor Baines & Associates, New Zealand
  • Canterbury University, New Zealand
  • CRC Reef Research Centre, Australia


My undergraduate studies were at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and my PhD is from Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.