Born in Darwin, Australia
Grew up in Darwin.
In 1989 completed a B.App.Sc. with majors in ecology and natural resource management from the University of Canberra.
In January 1990 started work as a technician with the Australian National Herbarium, CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra. During the next 5 years worked mainly on the loans and exchange functions, curation and botanical field work.
In 1995 accepted position as Australian Volunteer International with the Indonesian Network for Plant Conservation at Bogor Botanic Gardens in Java, Indonesia. During the next two and half years worked with numerous staff at the botanic gardens to run activities of the network, establish collaborative research projects and assist in the training of gardens staff.
In 1998 took a second Australian Volunteer International placement for one year at Bali Botanic Gardens, Indonesia, to help train staff and assist development of visitor interpretation programs.
In 1999 returned to Australia and worked for several months at the Northern Territory Herbarium in Darwin. Towards the end of 1999 returned to Canberra and work at the Australian National Herbarium including curation and editing of the Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) .
In 2002 accepted position as Plant Records manager at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. From 2003 until he left the gardens in 2006 he was also Registrar of the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA).
In 2006 accepted position as Curator of the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns, Queensland.
Source: Frank Zich pers. com. 2007