Peter has over 20 years’ experience in research and applied science. Since joining NRA in 1998, Peter has provided his services to a variety of government departments and non-government organisations, including resource and civil development clients. While Peter has experience in a range of science disciplines, his specific area of expertise is in the design, management and conduct of ecological studies, and he has extensive experience in both terrestrial and inter-tidal ecosystems of northern Australia.
Peter is a recognised threatened species ecologist and, in addition to his work with development clients, is regularly contracted by Local, State and Federal government agencies and authorities to provide expert advice, review and witness services. Peter’s experience with threatened species includes those which, due to their conservation status and distribution, attract a high degree of regulatory attention (eg Cassowaries, Black-throated Finches, Northern Quoll, stream-dwelling frogs, micro-bats, migratory birds, dugongs and marine turtles). Much of this threatened species work has required analysis of results within a legislative context and includes national reviews of two Endangered species (Cassowary and Black-throated Finch) to assist the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in the administration of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Prior to joining NRA, Peter worked as a researcher at James Cook University on dugong research projects in northern Queensland and in recent years has supervised graduate and post-graduate student research projects (Black-throated Finch). Peter has also worked collaboratively on threatened species projects with Queensland and Western Australian government departments in their respective states.