Geoff is the Carbon Specialist for the Nature Conservancy’s Australia program.
For the past 11 years Geoff has been immersed in the savanna burning carbon space, from an initial proof-of-concept project at Fish River Station, to methods development, supporting the scale-up with Traditional Owners across Northern Australia, to mobilizing the global uptake of the approach. Geoff has integrated conservation efforts with adventures across his more than thirty-year career.
He was on the maiden voyage of the Aurora Australis to Heard Island in the winter of 1990 and subsequently over wintered on Heard Island as the penguin biologist in 1992-93 and was awarded the Australian Antarctic medal for his efforts.
He was heavily involved in the forest debate and Regional Forest Agreement process in NSW in the mid to late 1990’s and worked on the Mala Recovery Plan in Central Australia.
Geoff moved to Canada with his Canadian wife in 2000 and worked with Ontario Parks as their Park Zone ecologist, followed by a stint in the Amazon working on Macaws with WWF.
Geoff returned to Australia in 2004 as the CEO of the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW. In 2006 he joined TNC as the Senior Conservation Planner for Pacific Island Countries, then Director Conservation Strategies for Melanesia, Northern Australia Program Director, Fire-Carbon Specialist, Ridges to Reefs Conservation Specialist, Climate Specialist and now Carbon Specialist.
Geoff’s journey has constantly reinforced his conviction that scaling up climate action in all its forms is a moral imperative. He has a BSC in Marine Biology/Zoology, BSc (Hons) in Animal Behavior and a PhD in Tropical Rainforest Ecology from James Cook University.
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