|Present||Chair, SCU Human Research Ethics Committee, Southern Cross University|
|Present||Professor, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Environment, Science and Engineering|
|Present||SCU Student Ombud, Southern Cross University|
Australian Studies, Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Geography
Environmental change, Human-landscape interactions, Environmental and cultural heritage management, Higher education, Environmental education, Higher education scholarship of teaching & learning, Social construction theory, Indigenous and community issues, Social processes, Environmental management and planning, Environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology, Quaternary science, and Palynology
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2016 - Present||Chair, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering Scholarships Committee, AINSE, Australia||2013 - Present||Visiting Professor, Australian Studies Centre, University of Barcelona, Spain||2012 - Present||Academic elected member, Southern Cross University Council, Australia||2008 - Present||Professor of Geography, School of Environment, Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia||2004 - Present||Student Ombud, Southern Cross University, Australia||1996 - Present||Life Member, Claire Hall, University of Cambridge, England||1994 - Present||Councillor (SCU Representative), Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering Council, Australia||2008 - 2015||Chair, Animal Care & Ethics Committee, Southern Cross University, Australia||1997 - 2010||Various executive Academic Board positions: Chair, Deputy Chair, Dean, Southern Cross University Academic Board, Faculty Board and School Boards, Australia||1994 - 2007||Associate Professor of Geography, School of Environment, Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia||1992 - 1993||Senior Lecturer in Geography, Faculty of Resource Science & Management, University of New England Northern Rivers, Australia||1988 - 1992||Lecturer in Geography, Faculty of Resource Science & Management, University of New England Northern Rivers, Australia||1986 - 1988||Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Adelaide, Australia||1982 - 1986||Research Assistant & Research Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Glasgow, Scotland|
|2009||Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning & Teaching), Southern Cross University, Australia|
|2004 - 2006||Master of Educational Leadership (Higher Education), Macquarie University, Australia|
|2005||DSc, St Andrews University, Scotland|
|2002||Graduate Certificate in Management Communication, New South Wales Technical & Further Education (TAFE) Commission, Australia|
|1979 - 1982||PhD Quaternary Geology, Glasgow University, Scotland|
|1974 - 1979||BSc(Hons) Geography, St Andrews University, Scotland|
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Journal articles (99)
Crowd sourcing for conservation: Web 2.0 a powerful tool for biologists Future Internet (2012)
The advent and adoption of Web 2.0 technologies offers a powerful approach to enhancing the capture of information in natural resource ecology, notably community knowledge of species distributions. Such information has previously been collected using, ...
Bridging the gap from skills assessment and problem-based learning: lessons from the coalface of scholarly engagement with curriculum development International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2011)
This reflective essay charts and reflects on the progress of a scholarly engagement in curriculum change. Grounded on planning for syllabus and assessment change in a first year university subject, it aimed at evolving that ...
Promoting Gondwana: presentation of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area in tourist brochures Journal of Heritage Tourism (2011)
An 800 km stretch of the Eastern coast of Australia contains some of the last remnant fragments of the sub-tropical rainforests that once covered much of the region. This natural resource – declared as World ...
Times of change, times of turbulence: seeking an ethical framework for curriculum development during critical transition in higher education International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education (2011)
Rapid changes in academic work environments raise ethical dilemmas in supporting students, implementing policies, and developing professional practice. New teaching technologies require academics to consider community aspects of learning and teaching and impacts on student ...
Activating the teaching-research nexus in smaller universities: case studies highlighting diversity of practice Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice (2010)
The teaching-research nexus (TRN) has become an important process in the modern University, providing both identity to university scholarship and a device for the integration of academics’ work. Over the last decade many reports have ...
Laterite nodules: a credible source of iron ore in iron age northeast Thailand? Geoarchaeology (2010)
The advent of iron metallurgy changed the course of prehistoric Thailand. There is, however, little information on the nature of iron production and the extent to which locally abundant and easily quarried lateritic iron may ...
Mind mapping as an interactive tool for engaging complex geographical issues New Zealand Geographer (2010)
Students and communities engaging with complex geographical issues require tools to assist them structure and contextualise data. This paper examines the use of mind mapping as a tool in geographical education. Case studies are presented ...
Human adaptive responses to catastrophic landscape disruptions during the Holocene, Numundo, PNG Geographical Research (2009)
Prehistoric land use and social activity in West New Britain, PNG, are well documented, although the landscapes – largely shaped by catastrophic volcanic eruptions – in which these took place, and the relationships people had ...
Volcanism and historical ecology on the Willaumez Peninsula, Papua New Guinea Pacific Science (2009)
The role of natural disasters has been largely overlooked in studies of South Pacific historical ecology. To highlight the importance of rapid-onset natural hazards, we focus on the contributions of volcanism in shaping landscape histories. ...
Establishing the paleohydrological context of the iron Age floodplain sites of the Mun River valley, N.E Thailand Geoarchaeology (2008)
Many Iron Age sites on the flood plain of the Mun River in northeast Thailand are encircled by channels commonly known as “moats.” Also, the sites are closely associated with complex paleochannels of the river. ...
None of us sets out to hurt people: the ethical geographer and geography curricula in higher education Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2008)
This paper examines ethics in learning and teaching geography in higher education. It proposes a pathway towards curriculum and pedagogy that better incorporates ethics in university geography education. By focusing on the central but problematic ...
Social change in late Holocene mainland SE Asia: A response to gradual climate change or a critical climatic event? Quaternary International (2008)
The prehistoric archaeology of the Mun River floodplain, northeast Thailand, provides evidence for a long, rich settlement in a now marginal and resource-poor landscape. The valley was settled for over two millennia during the Neolithic, ...
The paleohydrological context of the Iron Age floodplain sites of the Mun River Valley, Northeast Thailand Geoarchaeology (2008)
Many Iron Age sites on the flood plain of the Mun River in northeast Thailand are encircled by channels commonly known as moats. Also, the sites are closely associated with complex paleochannels of the river. ...
Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in environmental management Australasian Journal of Environmental Management (2006)
Environmental management straddles the natural and social sciences. The problems it addresses, likewise, are capable of being tackled through both scientific and social research methodologies. Many environmental managers, however, have been educated largely in one ...
How wet tropical rainforest copes with repeated volcanic destruction Quaternary Research (2005)
The Holocene Period for the province of West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, is characterised by periodic catastrophic volcanism. The region is mantled in dense wet tropical rainforest, and has been occupied by people since ...
Letting Indigenous people talk about their country: a case study of cross-cultural (mis)communication in an environmental management planning process Geographical Research (2005)
This paper presents a case study, based on the experiences of two senior Aboriginal traditional owners who were engaged in negotiations surrounding the establishment of a Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) in southeast Queensland. This case ...
Stooking the peanuts: historical agriculture and the management of a dying seasonal landscape, North-East New South Wales, Australia Landscape Research (2005)
Popular interest in seasonal landscapes reflects the importance of ephemera in people's appreciation of landscapes. Landscape management tends to focus on long-term and reasonably permanent qualities, typically at annual and, especially, decadal time scales. However, ...
Interactions between human activity, volcanic eruptions and vegetation during the Holocene at Garua and Numundo, West New Britain, PNG Quaternary Research (2005)
This paper reviews recent fossil phytolith analysis from wet tropical West New Britain (Papua New Guinea). The Holocene vegetation has been influenced by spatially and temporally diverse patterns of both prehistoric human settlement and catastrophic ...
Holocene elevated sea levels on the north coast of Vietnam Australian Geographical Studies (2004)
We present evidence of elevated Holocene sea levels on the north coast of Vietnam, comprising radiocarbon dating of raised coastal geomorphological and palaeobiological features at localities on the margins of the Bac Bo (Red River) ...
A GIS atlas of the fossil pollen and mode records of Ficus and related species for Island Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Western Pacific Australian Geographical Studies (2003)
Ficus has been described as a keystone genus in the tropics. This paper reviews the Quaternary palynology literature, and vegetation research literature in Island Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Western Pacific with the aim of ...
Holocene coastal stratigraphy and the sedimentary development of the Hai Phong area of the Bac Bo Plain (Red River Delta), Vietnam. Australian Geographer (2003)
We report a study of the Holocene coastal sediments of the Hai Phong area of the Bac Bo Plain (also known as the Red River Delta) in northern Vietnam. This is the first attempt to ...
Particle settling times for gravity sedimentation and centrifugation: a practical guide for palynologists. Journal of Archaeological Science (2003)
Palynological analyses are becoming increasingly integrated into archaeological studies. Central to the preparation of samples is the use of centrifugation or still settling to remove sediment components and/or separate the palynomorphs. However, although there are ...
The probable industrial origin of archaeological daub at an Iron Age site in Northeast Thailand Geoarchaeology (2002)
Determining probable firing temperatures of daub recovered from archaeological sites provides opportunities to interpret the design and/or function of prehistoric structures. This paper critiques some of the methods for determining firing temperatures of daub, and ...
A microwave digestion method for the extraction of phytoliths from herbarium specimens Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology (2001)
The extraction of phytoliths from herbarium and/or fresh plant material to obtain a suite of comparative reference samples is an essential component of palaeobotanical studies for the accurate interpretation of fossil phytolith assemblages. A number ...