Started academic life in Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand where I majored in Zoology with Chemistry and Mathematics. Moved to the University of Adelaide for my PhD, where I worked on the population genetics of subdivided populations and used feral populations of the house mouse as my experimental model. Changed to working on the genetics of fungal pathogens of plants with a post-doctoral position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Started work at Flinders in 1975, initially with a research focus on smut fungi of grasses and cereal crops. Study Leaves took me to the University of Sussex, CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra, CSIRO Horticulture in Adelaide and Adelaide University. My research shifted to plant breeding and I have spent two decades domesticating Sturt Peas for commercial production.
I was proud to work on the Nature Preservation Cttee of the National Trust of SA until ill-health and work pressures forced me to withdraw.
More recently, I have served on a review of horse trails for Onkaparinga City Council, the committee of the Native Grasses Resource Group and a conference planning committee of the Australian Plant Society.
For several years I have supported and served on the committee for Science Week in SA and contributed various presentations to Science Week audiences.
I retired at the end of May 2011 and have remained research active to complete the breeding of commercial varieties of Sturt Peas and tidy up some other research projects on smut fungi. The "Flinders Flame" cultivar was successfully trialled for sale in 2013 and larger scale production in 2014. A PBR application for this cultivar was accepted in late 2014, but with the modified name "Flindersflame". For further information about "Flinders Flame", see the added document.
I am available for consultancies involving native plants, ecotourism, restoration ecology, Plant Breeders Rights, and plant breeding.
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