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John Merson (PhD) is the Executive Director of the Institute and was one of its founding in 2004. He was Executive Director until 2008 and the Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW until 2012, where he remains an Honorary Professor.
John has been a consultant to UNESCO, APEC, IUCN, DEST & Dept of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Australian Indonesia Steering Committee on Science and Technology, and the Australia Korea Forum. He is the author of six books and a wide range of academic papers and research covering issues of Environment & Development, Adaptive Environmental Policy & Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. For his journalistic work he is the recipient of a United Nations Media Peace Prize.
Annabel comes to the BMWHI with a background in Biology, Conservation, Community Development and the Organic Food Industry. She had a career working in the small business and social services sectors before returning to university to study Environmental Science.
Her UNSW Honors thesis that studied the urban bushland of Girraween Park in Sydney’s Wolli Creek, showed statistically for the first time increasing native and decreasing exotic plant species with increasing years of bush regeneration.
Communications and Media
Jane is marketing and digital communications professional, with 15 years of experience across corporate, public and non-profit sectors. Jane completed a Masters of Environmental Management at UNSW in 2014.
Her capstone research project (co-sponsored by the Institute) reviewed the effectiveness of citizen science projects to improve conservation outcomes in Greater Blue Mountains.