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Since August 2022, I have been a part of Qatar University, holding the position of A/Prof in the field of environmental science, environmental modeling, and climate change impacts. My role encompasses a significant teaching load, catering to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I teach a range of courses, including Basic Ecology (BIOL 221), Earth System (BIOL 501), GIS and Databases (BIOL 502), Earth System Modeling (BIOL 617), and Geospatial Methods (BIOL 613). Additionally, I am presently serving as a Research Fellow specializing in environmental modeling and climate change within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, and I hold an adjunct Research Fellow position at Flinders University.

I currently serve as an academic editor for several prestigious journals, including the Journal of Biogeography,  Scientific Reports - Nature, Ecology and Evolution, & PeerJ.

Prior to my move to Qatar, I held positions at four Australian universities: the University of New England, Macquarie University, Flinders University and RMIT University. I also worked for the Biosecurity Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Queensland Government, and for the Department of Regional NSW – Primary Industries.

In February 2018, I joined Global Ecology Lab as an Associate Investigator in palaeo-ecological vegetation modeling for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH, a $46M project).

In the Which Plant Where project ($12M), I ran bioclimatic envelope models for ~ 2500 plant species and then developed online tools allowing people to find out where popular plants are likely/unlikely to thrive in Australia under current and future climates. Which Plant Where, When And Why Database For Growing Urban Greenspace is funded by the Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from Macquarie University, Western Sydney University and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and contributions from the Australian Government.

I am particularly interested in the area of

  • Palaeo-Vegetation Modelling to identify the impacts of climate and human-driven landscape change on megafauna extinctions in Australia,
  • climate change impacts on biodiversity and plant species
  • undertaking risk assessments.

From February 2016 to February 2018, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New England (UNE) within the School of Environmental and Rural Science. During my tenure at UNE, I taught courses in GIS, Remote Sensing, and Image Analysis to both undergraduate and postgraduate students (EM334/534 & EM432/EM532). Additionally, I co-supervised several Doctor of Philosophy students, two of whom I began supervising on December 2nd, 2015. At UNE, I also served as one of the GIS specialists for the Commonwealth Department of Environment Pacific Climate Change Project, a national project conducted at UNE on behalf of the Australian government during 2013 and 2014.

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Research Interests

  • Palaeo-Vegetation Modelling
  • Modeling of changes to habitat suitability for exotic plant species currently naturalised or invasive in Australia, undertaking  risk assessments
  • Climate change
  • Biodiversity
  • GIS
  • Soil erosion

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Associate Supervisions:
  • Climate change (2)


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