About Me

I am an applied mathematician currently living in Toulouse, France. I enjoy mathematics and optimisation, and applying these tools to problems in ecology and environmental management. My early research focused on dynamic decision processes under uncertainty and the value of information. More recently I have been looking at resource allocation problems; in particular, the allocation of ecological survey effort over space and time.

Projects include:

  • Optimising ecological survey effort over space and time
  • A two-step Adaptive Management framework for choosing between two management options
  • Weed management – how to allocate effort across invasion states for multiple species


I completed my undergraduate degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics at The University of Adelaide in South Australia. During my honours year I became interested in the application of mathematical optimisation techniques to problems in ecology, an interest which I pursued in my Phd.

I completed my PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2008 under the supervision of Peter Taylor, Michael McCarthy and Peter Baxter. The theme of my PhD is well summarised by its title: Managing Populations in the Face of Uncertainty: Adaptive Management, Partial Observability and the Dynamic Value of Information.

Since completing my PhD I have continued to work primarily with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne. In 2010 I completed a 6 month post-doc at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France, under the supervision of Régis Sabbadin and Nathalie Peyrard. While there, I worked on reviewing and extending current algorithms to find optimal spatial control policies for multiple competitive invasive species.