Over the past 25 years, I have established a national and international reputation as a pioneer in the study of climate change impacts on biodiversity. In addition to my research program, I have been passionate about promoting climate change science, and the risks that climate change poses to society and ecosystems. This work has been recognised by invitations to represent Australia and the university on many influential bodies and to deliver multiple keynote addresses. I am a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the publicly funded Climate Council of Australia, and widely regarded as one of the most active and influential climate change communicators nationally. I am also a Director of WWF-Australia, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and the Director of the Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub.
As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University, I have been the driving force to develop the Early Career Researcher Support Network, and the Primary Carer Conference Support Scheme at Macquarie University. I have also been an active participant in the university's successful application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot, and co-chair the Gender Equity Self-Assessment team, charged with implementing the university's Gender Equity Strategy.