I am a fluvial geomorphologist with a wide range of interests. I gained my PhD at Keele University in the United Kingdom, investigating the role of meltwater during the deglaciation of the last ice-sheet in Scotland. After making my first visit to Iceland in August 1996, and then returning in November to witness the glacier outburst flood (jökulhlaup) at Skeiðarársandur, I made annual (sometimes twice annual) research trips to Iceland through to 2004. My research in Iceland aimed to understand the formation of proglacial fluvial landscapes by linking river flows of different discharges with glacier advance and retreat patterns.
In 2001 I left the UK and moved to South Africa, where I spent three years at the University of the Witwatersrand. My time in Africa widened my research interests to include low gradient meandering rivers and their floodplains. Following my time at the University of the Witwatersrand I returned to the UK, and broadened my experience further by gaining a Masters in Hydrology for Environmental Management at Imperial College London and then spending a year working for White Young Green as an environmental consultant. I moved back into academia by taking up a research position at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where I spent a year investigating the impact of the mountain pine beetle on rivers in the central interior of British Columbia. In late 2008 I moved from Canada to Melbourne, where I took up my current position at the University of Melbourne.
Since arriving to Australia, my research has focused on floodplain formation and processes. This includes the role of river regulation in changing geomorphological processes on floodplains, and the role of fluvial geomorphology in controlling floodplain habitats. In particular, I have been focusing on the evolution of the lower Ovens River floodplain, and the way in which geomorpological changes drive the distribution of water across the fl