Ecologist, interdisciplinary scientist, professional development expert, author.
Areas of Expertise
Ecology, ecosystem services and interdisciplinary science research
Research professional development and career mentoring
Research writing expert, with extensive record of securing large competitive grants
Writing and publishing fictional works
Partner & Senior Consultant, With Distinction
(2018 – present)
Partner and consultant in all With Distinction services.
Author (fictional works)
(2017 – present)
Published books 1 (2020) and 2 (2021) of The Relevation Trilogy under the pseudonym G.W. Lücke, in the adult fantasy fiction genre (book 3 is planned for publication in 2022-2023). Published Melody Finch (as Gary Luck), co-authored with Ian Boyd, in children’s eco-fiction.
Adjunct Professor of Ecology and Interdisciplinary Science, Charles Sturt University
(2017 – 2022)
Continuing contributions to HDR student supervision/completion.
Professor of Ecology and Interdisciplinary Science, Charles Sturt University
(2013 – 2017)
Led international research teams, held multiple ARC Discovery and Linkage grants, published in world-leading journals and supervised/mentored students and early career researchers.
Head of Research Professional Development, Charles Sturt University
(2014 – 2017)
Planned, co-ordinated and implemented insitution-wide research professional development programs, including developing the year-long, 5-module My Research Career program.
ARC Future Fellow, Charles Sturt University
(2010 – 2014)
Conducted world class research on ecosystem services and held Visiting Associate Professor/Professor positions at Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (University of British Columbia), Centre for Conservation Biology (Stanford University), and The Ecology Centre (University of Queensland).
Associate Professor (Ecology), Charles Sturt University
(2008 – 2010)
Led and published research in ecosystem services and interdisciplinary sciences, supervised Honours and HDR students, mentored early career researchers, and taught wildlife ecology and avian biology subjects.
Research Fellow, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University
(2008 – 2009)
Research-only position in ecosystem services and interdisciplinary sciences, supervised Honours and HDR students, and mentored early career researchers.
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (University of British Columbia), and Environmental Change Institute (Oxford University Centre for the Environment)
Undertook intensive research sabbaticals to collaborate with other world-leading scholars in ecology and ecosystem services.
Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Management, Charles Sturt University
Continued to build research profile and led teaching in ecology, environmental management and avian biology undergraduate subjects.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Researched key aspects of central American tropical bird ecology, established new collaborations for continuing research on human-ecosystem interactions and dynamics.