Dean: School of the Environment
School of the Environment
In 1978 I joined one of Africa's oldest universities (Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone) as a lecturer in the Geography Department. While teaching there I did my doctoral degree at the University of Sussex. In 1982 I moved to the University of Reading (England), and in 1993 I took up the Chair in Geography as a full professor at the University of Leicester. I was Department Head from 1995-2000. I moved to Texas A&M in 2005, where I was Director of Environmental Programs from 2007-2010. I moved to Adelaide in 2010 to become Foundation Dean of the School of the Environment at Flinders University. I have been an expert consultant for the World Bank, United Nations and European Union, was founding chair of the Biogeography & Biodiversity Commission of the International Geographical Union (1996-2004), and edited The Geographical Journal from 1997 to 2002.
D. Phil. (Sussex), M.A. (Colorado), B.Sc. (Hull)
My research interests are in remote sensing, land-use dynamics, biogeography and human impacts on the environment. Most of my work lies in the area described as coupled human-natural systems in which I examine the influences of human systems on land use and its impacts on things like vegetation change, landscape fragmentation and biodiversity. To some this is landscape ecology, to others biogeography and more recently land change science. I answer to all these calls, and I don't easily fit a disciplinary pigeonhole. I am a remote sensing expert and I use this technique extensively, but not exclusively, in my research. Recent publications in this area are listed below. I have recently worked/am working on forest responses to hurricanes along the Gulf Coast in Texas (poster of this research), human appropriation of net primary productivity in as a measure of environmental sustainability, hyperspectral remote sensing of savannas, land-change dynamics in Bolivia and South Australia. What interests in particular at the present time is:
1. Land use dynamics and potential impacts around increased foreign ownership of farmland in Australia.
2. The coca/cocaine trade as a driver of land use dynamics in humid tropical forests.
3. Analysis of landscape fragmentation patterns in tropical and sub-tropical landscapes.
: Remote Sensing, Land Change Science