I have primarily worked in the development and delivery of national climate services, climate communications, risk assessments, resilience and adaptive capacity assessment, nature-based solutions and ecosystem based adaptation. This work has been in a diverse range of sectors including energy, agriculture, water management and all tiers of Government.
My favourite projects build partnerships across community, government, private sector and across scientific disciplines to tackle a high priority problem that hasn’t been confronted head-on before. Of course, the very best projects are those where we can demonstrate the value of supporting nature to provide the solutions to the problems we are trying to address. Some examples from my work history include:
· The Electricity Sector Climate Initiative. Working across the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, CSIRO and BoM. The project was established by the Department to evaluate the critical climate related vulnerabilities to the Australian electricity grid and how they may change through the remainder of this century. The project evolved into a best practice risk assessment framework to be applied to all sectors to prioritise risk treatments and includes great guidance on the use of scenarios for climate risk assessments.
· Kemerton Strategic Assessment. Working with Development WA to assess the quality of information assets around climate risks to a large strategic industrial area planned near Bunbury, south of Perth. The work highlighted key gaps in knowledge relating to risks around future water availability for industrial processes due to rainfall and groundwater declines and also to the future ecosystem health of several matters of national environmental significance. The recommendations of the work were accepted and included using nature based solutions principles to address future climate risks around water, heat and bushfire management.
I work in sustainability because I grew up on a wheat and sheep farm on the edge of the desert in the eastern wheatbelt of WA. The farm, the school, and in fact the entire town, I loved as a kid is now abandoned. Environmental and economic forces operated together to show me in only a few short decades what sustainability really means to global communities of all sizes.
In my spare time, I love hiking, kayaking, exploring and enjoying the outdoors with friends. Particularly love crossing national parks off the seemingly ever-growing bucket list