State, national and international
National Environmental Science Programme, Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub, Research Executive Committee, 2017.
Awards Committee for the Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award (convened by the Australian Academy of Science), 2016-2017.
2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, Expert Capability Team on Environment and Natural Resource Management, 2016.
Steering Committee for the Biodiversity Research Partnership Program, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, 2013.
Reference group for mid-term review of the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 2013.
WWF-Australia Eminent Scientists Group, 2012-2017
Fenner Conferences on the Environment Standing Committee (convened by the Australian Academy of Science), 2012-2014 (Chair for 2014)
Selection panel for the Australian Ecology Research Award (convened by the Ecological Society of Australia), 2010-
South West Australia Ecoregion Demonstration Area Implementation Advisory Group (convened by WWF Australia), 2010-2011
Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils & Terrain NRM Working Group on Regional Landscape Repair and Resilience, 2009-2010
Great Barrier Reef Foundation Solutions and Adaptations Working Group, 2009-2010
Great Barrier Reef Foundation Attributes of a Sustainable Reef Working Group, 2008-2010
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Terrestrial Biodiversity Hub Steering Committee, 2008-2010
Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, Scientific Advisory Group for the Protected Area Expansion Program, 2008-2012
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis: member of advisory board for program on Development and Application of Scientific Knowledge to Ecosystem-Based Management of Coastal Marine Systems, 2008-2009
WWF-Australia Scientific Advisory Committee, 2007-2010
Southwest Australia Ecoregion Initiative Working Group (WWF Australia and Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation), 2006-2011
New South Wales Natural Resources Commission Interagency Expert Panel on Draft Standards and Targets: member of expert panel on biodiversity, 2003.
Society for Conservation Biology Edward T. LaRoe III Award Committee (Society for Conservation Biology): review of nominations for the award and voting on annual recipient, 2002-2006.
Marine Parks Research Committee (New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service & State Fisheries): review of consultancy studies and development of technical approaches to planning marine parks, 1999-2001.
New South Wales State of the Environment Report, 2000: member of contact group for chapter on biodiversity (convened by New South Wales Environment Protection Authority), 1999-2000.
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas – Task Force on Effectiveness of Protected Areas: leader of international subgroup developing criteria for measuring the effectiveness of protected areas in terms of location and design, 1997-2000.
Representative Protected Area Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the Great Barrier Reef (convened by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), 1997.
Interagency Working Group on Integration of Conservation, Social and Economic considerations for the Comprehensive Regional Assessments in New South Wales, 1997.
Marine Parks Integrated Management Project Steering Committee (National Parks and Wildlife Service & State Fisheries): development of technical approaches for identifying marine parks in New South Wales, 1996-1997.
Sustainable Use of Rangelands in the 21st Century, steering group on joint CSIRO/NSW project on biodiversity and production-conservation tradeoffs (convened by CSIRO), 1996-1997.
National State of the Environment Reporting Project, Reference Group on Biodiversity (convened by the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories), 1994-1996.
Consultative Committee for CSIRO consultancy to the Global Environment Facility and World Bank on rapid appraisal of biodiversity priorities (convened by the World Bank), 1994-1995.
Joint ANZECC-AFC (Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council-Australian Forestry Council) National Forest Policy Statement Implementation Sub-committee – Technical Working Group on Reserve Criteria, 1993-1994.
Western Division Management Group to co-ordinate requirements for remote sensing in the region (convened by New South Wales Department of Agriculture), 1988-1989.
CONCOM (Council of Nature Conservation Ministers) Working Group on Survey Methods for Nature Conservation (convened by Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service), 1988-1991.
Steering Committee for major consultancy associated with development of the New South Wales State Wetlands Policy (convened by New South Wales Department of Water Resources), 1988-1989.
Steering Committee for Consultancy Study of River Murray Riparian Vegetation (convened by Murray-Darling Basin Commission), 1987-1989.
Working Party on Management of River Murray Wetlands (convened by New South Wales Department of Water Resources), 1987-1990.
Co-ordinator of Consultative Committee to oversee Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region specialist background studies and plan of management (convened by Western Lands Commission and National Parks and Wildlife Service), 1987-1991.
Within the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (to 2002)
Western Regional Assessment Technical Team: advice to Western Region on conservation assessments of biogeographical regions in western New South Wales, particularly on integrating data, dealing with agencies and lobby groups, and designing processes of negotiation between major stakeholders over allocation of land, 2001-2002.
Steering Committee for the Riverina bioregional assessment project: advice on compilation and analysis of data and adaptation of computerised interactive GIS for conservation planning for use in the Riverina biogeographic region, 1996-1999.
Forest Policy Task Force (Comprehensive Regional Assessments): advice to the Director-General and the Resource and Conservation Assessment Council on implementation of the New South Wales Government’s Comprehensive Regional Assessment process for forests, 1996-1997.
Steering Committee for the Cobar Peneplain bioregional assessment project: advice on compilation and analysis of data and adaptation of computerised interactive GIS for conservation planning for use in the Cobar Peneplain biogeographic region, 1995-1999.
Forest Policy Task Force (Interim Assessments): advice to the Director-General and the Resource and Conservation Assessment Council on implementation of the New South Wales Government’s Interim Assessment Process for forests, 1995-1996.
Co-ordinator of research group to quantify the costs and benefits of applying the National Forest Policy Statement principles for a forest reserve system in north-eastern New South Wales, 1995-1996.
Natural Resources Audit Council review of north-eastern New South Wales: review of survey methods and results, review of information on wetlands, and drafting of report chapter on nature conservation, 1994-1996.
Crown Lease Assessment Project: advice on development of data bases and analyses to indicate priorities for protection of Crown leases throughout the Eastern and Central Divisions of New South Wales, 1994-1995.
Bathurst District Biodiversity Steering Committee: oversight of data compilation on the biophysical characteristics of central-western New South Wales and development of approaches for conservation planning, 1991-1994.