Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Michael graduated with an Honours Degree in Science from the University of Sydney in 1986, majoring in plant ecology, with an undergraduate background in botany, zoology and physical geography. Michael’s expertise is in plant ecology, plant identification, vegetation surveys, the conservation assessment of plant species and communities, environmental impact assessment and the analysis and manipulation of ecological data.
Since University, Michael has worked on a wide range of projects focussing particularly on vegetation management in conservation reserves, production forests and in mining areas. This mix of research and consulting projects has ranged from the east coast of Australia to the Pilbara in Western Australia and also includes work undertaken overseas on Cheju Island in the Republic of Korea. Such work has often required an understanding of the detail and application of both Federal and State environmental legislation and he has worked on projects applying conservation assessment criteria at local, regional and international levels, including World Heritage criteria. He has previously worked for the National Herbarium of New South Wales and the National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales and has been with CSIRO since 1991.Michael is particularly interested in the dynamics and management of temperate ecosystems and in his current role with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Michael is researching the composition, structure and function of remnant and planted vegetation in urban environments and the management of fire at the urban-bush interface. Michael is a member of the Ecological Society of Australia and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.
Source: Pers Com 2007