His research explores how social, economic, and institutional drivers shape the ways in which people use, perceive, and govern natural resources. He works closely with ecologists on interdisciplinary research topics such as: defining the conditions that lead to successful governance of marine fisheries; understanding resilience and thresholds in social ecological systems; and examining vulnerability to environmental change. He has worked on human dimensions of resource management in Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania, and USA.
He has published 115 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book, 7 book chapters, numerous policy documents (policy briefs, policy-oriented reports), & other material (e.g., book reviews, popular press articles, scientific proceedings), and serves in the Editorial Board of Conservation Biology, Ecology & Society, Coastal Management and Global Environmental Change. He has been awarded with a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and with the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence in 2011.