My research is situated at the nexus of environmental history and the broader environmental humanities, and is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes. My research has focused on the Murray-Darling Basin, a region rich in environmental contestations. Drawing on archival research as well as interviews, I have concentrated on two key subjects: environmental histories of rivers and wetlands; and scientific approaches to weather and climate from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. I have aimed to develop the role of environmental history in adding temporal depth to understandings of the waterscapes of this region and to bring environmental history into closer dialogue with the environmental humanities in this endeavour.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University, Sydney. From July 2014 to March 2015 I was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.
Co-editor (with Kate Wright). Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities in Environmental Humanities (since 2014)
Associate Editor. Environmental Humanities (2012-2015)
Editorial Board. Environmental History (2019-2023)
Advisory Board Member. Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (since 2014)
Member. Centre for Environmental History. Australian National University (since 2009)
Member. Australian Historical Association (since 2005)
I hold a PhD from the School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, and a BA (Hons.) from The University of Queensland. From March 2010 to March 2013 I undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong. I joined Macquarie University in April 2013.
Some Honours, Awards, and Academic Distinctions Since 2005
ARC Discovery Project, ‘Remaking Wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin, 1800 to the Present’.
Macquarie University Research Development Grant, with Jessica McLean and Fiona Miller, ‘Harming/Restoring Waters: Researching Water Cultures Along the Cudgegong and Goulburn Rivers’.
Carson Fellowship, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (July 2014 – April 2015).
Macquarie University New Staff Grant for ‘Remaking Wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin: Cultural Histories of Environmental Change, c.1800-2000’.
Invited participant, “One Concept of Environmental Migration?” Bridging Disciplinary Approaches within the Humanities. Rachel Carson Center, Munich, funded by Cooperation in Science and Technology.
Selected participant, Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods and Droughts in World History. Renmin University of China with the Rachel Carson Center, Beijing.
Visiting Scholar (Sept-Dec), History of Consciousness Program, University of California Santa Cruz, USA.
Grant from the Cultural Research Network (with Professor Chris Gibson, UoW) for Cultural Histories and Geographies of Rivers Symposium, held at the UoW.
Program Visitor, School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU.
Vice Chancellor’s Travel Grant, ANU.
Visiting Graduate Scholar, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA.
Conference Travel Grant, American Society for Environmental History.
Australian Postgraduate Award.