17 July 2013
By a series of accidental turns and a healthy dose of serendipity I have ended up exploring the world.
I am an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales where my team and I are focussing our efforts on using the past to better understand the changes we are seeing today. To do something positive about climate change, I helped set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.
Inspired by the events surrounding 1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica, I led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014, repeating century old measurements to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.
On this website you can learn more about my books. You will also find a short online lecture where I talk about some of the bizarre events and eccentric characters that have helped us understand time today. Or if you fancy a virtual tour of human evolution in southeast Asia, you can click on the fieldtrip link to explore the Indonesian sites that led to the discovery of Homo floresiensis – popularly known as 'the hobbits'.