Technical and policy advice

I serve on the steering committee of Earth Observation Australia; and have deep connections in the spatial tech industry and government via research connections, ongoing participation in Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) working groups, and working closely with the Open Geospatial foundation (OSgeo). As an extreme mulitdisciplinarian with broad professional and life experience I can help you navigate complex technical environments. Importantly, I can provide guidance in language you understand.


I’m an experienced scientist and professional working in agile environments, I’ve faced thousands of customers in professional roles, and I’ve navigated complex regulatory systems in order to achieve results. I can help you and your team worry less, create better, and have more fun. This in turn will help you retain staff and clients; and create better ways to do business.


I’ve presented to international science and technical conferences, delivered public lectures, delivered technical training sessions, and told the long biogeographical story of places as a professional guide. My favourite thing to talk about is how a diverse and open community can create a techno-ecological society which benefits us all, from the ground up. Open data; open science; open communities – from a systems view, incorporating deep tech and deep earth systems science. I’m trained as a software carpentry instructor; and understand the importance of delivering content as a peer, engaging and bringing the audience up rather than talking down.

Open spatial data architecture

I developed open spatial data tools for two years working at Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure; and continue to do so as the lead geospatial researcher at Synthesis Technologies. I am deeply familiar with OGC data standards; open data protocols and principles; and the application of open data structures in solving real world problems. I count data points in billions natively; and can help you deliver solutions for pixels, points, database tables or even the good old CSV file.

Logistics and field operations

Have you ever gone into the field and had to send people back to grab something you forgot? On an icebreaker bound for Antarctica, you can’t. My field logistics experience comes from preparing four field expeditions to the Antarctic sea ice zone – dealing with multiple deadlines and lining up multiple herds of cats in order to sail away knowing that we can execute on a complex and ambitious science plan. In other words, high grade cat herding.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
~ Albert Einstein