Jack joined the Conservation Ecology Centre in 2012 to manage the ever-growing Conservation and Research Program. Jack grew up at Cape Otway before leaving
to study Environmental Science at Deakin University and going on to complete a PhD with the University of Western Sydney where he studied the predators
of the Blue Mountains.
Jack's key fields of interest are the ecology of apex predators and fire. Immediately prior to joining the CEC, he worked with one of our project partners, the Southern Otway Landcare Network, primarily focusing on mitigating the impacts of pest plants and animals throughout the Otways.
Jack is currently the Vice Chair of the Otway Community Conservation Network, President of the Hordern Vale Glenaire Landcare Group and Chair of the Southern Otway Landcare Network’s Projects Committee. He has previously advised the Minister for Environment and Climate on the management of Cape Otway’s koalas.
Jack is a Yuin man, and is passionate about restoring the productive systems in Gadubanud country where CEC operations are based. He also volunteers in firefighting, road rescue, steep angle recovery and search and rescue with the Apollo Bay Country Fire Authority.