My essays and features have appeared in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Inside Story, Overland, The Guardian, Australian Book Review, The Canberra Times, and Best Australian Science Writing, among others. Right now I’m working on a book about the death penalty, punishment, and violence for NewSouth; co-editing a book called Living with the Anthropocene (also NewSouth); and another long term project on shadow places.
I’m a freelance writer, editor and researcher. I’ve worked on public history projects such as the One River art + writing project, which was part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations, and the Everyday Futures project, which was a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia and the University of Sydney.
In 2013/14 I was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany, where I finished writing my book, The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An Environmental History (2014). It was shortlisted in the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards.
I helped edit and complete Tony McMichael’s posthumous book, Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers and the Fates of Populations (OUP 2017).
I’ve been awarded the Griffith Review Emerging Writers’ Prize, an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, a Contributor’s Circle Varuna Fellowship, shortlisted for the 2019 Bragg Prize for Science Writing and was a finalist in the Eureka Prizes for Science Journalism.
I have a PhD in environmental history from the Australian National University. I live in Canberra with my wife and three sons
I was raised on the western plains of New South Wales. (Do you know what a sand monkey is? Or a cowal?) When I moved to Sydney I spent a year washing cars, volunteered for a youth anti-racism organisation, and studied in the writing program at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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