I am Head of School, School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology.
I am an environmental epidemiologist and bioanthropologist. My research focuses on the health impacts of climate variability and change, especially on more vulnerable populations, and climate adaptation planning to improve health, and my work is predominantly based in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
My doctoral thesis (ANU, 2003) examined Indigenous child growth and risk of subsequent diabetes.
I have over 120 articles, book chapters, reports, conference items and opinion editorials, and have contributed as a lead investigator to the award of $10 million in national competitive grants and industry funding.
I am regularly invited to consult for government (Federal, State and international) and non-government organisations on climate change impacts and adaptation. I led the health impacts assessment for the Australian Government’s Garnaut Climate Change Review (2008), the Health Synthesis Report for Towards a Resilient Sydney (2012), and the Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health for the Government of Samoa (2013).
In 2011 I received a NSW Young Tall Poppy Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research and communication.
In 2016 I was appointed to the Climate Council.