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I’m a botanist and plant biologist working in Western Australia.

My main interests are evolution, plant taxonomy and phylogenetics, and ethnobotany; spatial ecology, web development, and GIS; and photography. I work as a consultant botanist and build Biodata, a data management system for field ecologists and environmental scientists. In my professional life, I specialise in the use of open source and web-based technologies for GIS and botanical data management and analysis. Mostly, I like walking around in the bush, and looking at the plants, rocks, and animals that I find; I am continually fascinated by the ways that nature solves problems, and always re-enlivened by time in wild places.

When I’m indoors, I’m usually writing something in Python using the Django web framework, playing with novel data analysis or visualisation methods, or editing photos from my last adventure. Otherwise, I’ll be somewhere out bush. My principle area of botanical expertise is Western Australia, where I have experience in the Pilbara, Midwest (Murchison), Goldfields, and Nullarbor/Great Victoria Desert regions. I’ve also done some work in Lombok, Indonesia.

I am available for botanical fieldwork, data analysis, mapping, and development of custom software for ecological science.