2018: Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher in ecology and environment.
2017: Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher in ecology and environment.
2014: Visiting Professorship to Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnológico)
2012-2017: WWF Australia, Eminent Scientists Group. Evaluation of major programs and advice on future activities.
2010: Election to the Australian Academy of Science.
2009: James Cook University Distinguished Professor for excellence in scholarly activities.
2008: Inaugural Australian Ecology Research Award from the Ecological Society of Australia. This award recognises excellence in recent research in Australian ecology and supports an annual Ecological Society of Australia invited research lecture.
2007: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Visiting Professorship in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia (Department of Urban and Environmental Planning). This professorship was founded in 1965 to invite one distinguished practitioner each year to lecture and teach.
2006: Governor, WWF Australia.
2006: Institute for Scientific Information highly cited researcher in ecology and environment.
2004: New South Wales Premier’s Public Sector Awards – Environment Award for the C-Plan conservation planning project.
2002: Royal Botanic Gardens Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research. This national award was presented “For innovative research which, using novel analyses of biodiversity data and development of decision-support software, has revolutionised the identification of priority areas for nature conservation”.
2001: Edward T. LaRoe III Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. This international award is given annually to an individual or individuals for outstanding application of science to the conservation of biological resources.