Born at Mullumbimby, NSW, 9 November 1955.
tertiary education was at the Australian National University, Canberra.
The science diploma was forestry. In 1991 he was doing
part-time work for a PhD through the Department of Geography,
University of Tasmania. In March 1991 he took up a research forestry
position with the Forestry Commission of Tasmania. Previously he had
been involved in the Resource Assessment Commission consultancy
assessing conservation adequacy of rare and endangered species, and