Northern Land Council
Principal Scientist for the Northern Land Council Closure and Legacy Mine Unit
Chris is an environmental scientist with over two decades of diverse experience working with land managers in northern Australia. After completing his PhD, focused on rehabilitation of the Gove mine sites in northeast Arnhem Land, Chris developed a research interest in the influence of Aboriginal land management on Australian ecosystems. Working closely with Aboriginal people, in the region around Wadeye, to utilise traditional knowledge and natural resources to provide business opportunity in the modern economy, he has had a leading role in the growth of the bush food business in the region. He is co-author of the NTG Management Program for Kakadu Plum. Chris has also co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles across a range of disciplines. He has continued to work in the field of mine rehabilitation, where he has been involved in monitoring, advice, or assessment of the rehabilitation at eight mine sites across the Northern Territory. Chris is currently facilitating an industry best practice program assisting traditional owners to reconnect with the Ranger Project Area after decades of mining.