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My research investigates the environmental and international histories of Antarctica, the cryosphere, the world’s oceans, and other marine environments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I'm also beginning to wade into histories of seagrass and other nearshore, intertidal and subtidal environments.

My current major project is titled “An international environmental history of the ‘World Ocean’, 1950s-2000s” - this project has been supported by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2019-22). This project aims to investigate the ways in which states, international organisations, and international communities have engaged with and conceptualised the ‘World Ocean’ as a natural environment from the 1950s to the 2000s. In the context of current environmental and geopolitical challenges for the ocean, this project aims to analyse how these actors built institutions, communities, and territories in and for the ocean environment as a foundation for generating knowledge and claiming power, rights, and resources.

More recently, I’ve begun to research histories of human relationships with and uses of seagrasses in the modern era, in Australia and globally. This seagrass research has also piqued my interest in what I've begun calling an 'urban blue humanities': exploring the relationships of coastal cities with their nearshore marine environments. This was the subject of my a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Humanities, University of Bristol, in 2023.

I am eager to supervise research students (PhD and masters) in a wide range of subjects across environmental history, the environmental humanities and posthumanities, history of science, and international history. Prospective students are welcome to contact me directly.

Research Biography

Academic Appointments history

I joined Flinders University in January 2020. Before that, I held a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2016-2019) and a US National Science Foundation-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon (2014-2016). I received my PhD from the Australian National University in 2014.

Between July and October 2023 I was a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Humanities, University of Bristol. 

Scholarly and disciplinary activities

I am currently Convenor of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network.

I am a member of the South Australian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

I am a working editor of the ICES International Journal of Marine Science. I'm also on the editorial boards of the International Review of Environmental History and The Great Circle.


My first book, The Greening of Antarctica: Assembling an International Environment, was published by Oxford University Press (2019). My scholarly articles have appeared in Isis, Environmental History, the Journal of Historical Geography, Environmental Humanities, the International Review of Environmental History, Progress in Human Geography, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, The Polar Journal, and several edited collections.

Conference and Seminar organisation

I am Convenor of the 2024 Annual Conference of the Australian Historical Association, being hosted by Flinders University.

In October 2023, I convened the workshop "Exploring an Urban Blue Humanities", an interdisciplinary blue and environmental humanities workshop at the University of Bristol's Centre for Environmental Humanities, dedicated to exploring the relationship of cities and urban communities with their nearshore marine environments.

In April 2022, I co-convened the conference "Australia and the One Earth: Engaging with global environmental governance since Stockholm, 1972", an interdisciplinary exploration, with history, politics, IR, and more.


Research Expertise

  • Global environmental history
  • Oceans history
  • Antarctic history
  • Australian history
  • History of environmental management
  • History of environmentalism

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Diploma, Museums and Collections, Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2009


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Research Areas

  • History
  • Sociology

Supervisory Interests

  • Environmental history
  • Antarctic history
  • oceans history
  • International history
  • History of science
  • Australian history
  • Maritime history
  • History of resource management
  • Environmental diplomacy
  • Polar history
  • Environmental humanities
  • Posthumanities
  • fisheries
  • socio-ecological systems
  • science and technology studies (STS)


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