I am an historian of environment, science, and culture. My research explores how people live in and understand their environments, with a particular focus on rivers, weather, and climate. I am especially interested in the changing environmental practices and knowledges of town and city dwellers, industry members (farmers, miners), managers and scientists (meteorologists, ecologists, industry technicians, engineers), as well as the institutions that connect them. My research examines both historical and contemporary changes in environmental understandings, their connections with specific places and the particular environmental experiences of actors. My research centres on two themes: Past, current and future river knowledge and management in Australia; and, the ways in which government and non-government scientists have conceptualised weather and climate from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present.