Experts

Charles Sturt University has a range of experts who can provide media commentary within their areas of expertise. Journalists are welcome to contact staff directly. If you need help finding an expert, contact the University's Media Team.

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Professor Lee Baumgartner profile

Professor Lee Baumgartner

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Freshwater fisheries, Fish passage and migration, Aquatic ecosystems, Riverine ecology

Lee is a freshwater fish ecologist who designs, supervises and undertakes research and advises on various aspects of the biology and ecology of freshwater fish and river management issues.

He has more than 20 years of research and consulting expertise on fish passage, fish migration, fish kills, flow ecology, invasive species, re-stocking and reducing the impact of human disturbance on aquatic ecosystems.

More recently, Lee has been actively involved in research activities pertaining to sustainable irrigation and hydropower, and has expanded his activities to the lower Mekong Basin, Europe and South Africa.

Professor Michael Friend profile

Professor Michael Friend

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Animal nutrition, Sheep production, Farming systems

Michael completed a BSc (Hons - Wool and Pastoral Science) at University of NSW (UNSW), before undertaking a PhD in ruminant nutrition at UNSW.

Michael was appointed as Centre Director at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation in 2015.

Although Michael's training is in ruminant nutrition, he has been actively involved in research projects ranging from nutrition, both ruminant and monogastric, to farming systems research.

Dr Robert Lewis profile

Dr Robert Lewis

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Voice and Movement Performance Training, Directing for theatre, Acting

Dr Robert Lewis is a Lecturer in Acting, and Course Director of Creative Industries.

Robert completed a BPA (UTAS), B Ed (RMIT) and Grad Dip Dramatic Art (Voice Studies) at NIDA, before completing his PhD on intercultural and physio-vocal performance training aesthetics at UTAS.

He is widely published on the subject of integrative practices and physiovocality, and his main areas of teaching at Charles Sturt University are voice, movement and acting for theatre.

Dr Geoff Currie, AM profile

Dr Geoff Currie, AM

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic imaging, Molecular imaging, Radiopharmacy, Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, Artifical intelligence with neural networks, Machine Learning

Geoff has broad research and teaching interests across the medical radiation sciences and in health generally, and has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal papers, edited five books and received 11 research excellence awards.

He holds a BPharm, MMedRadSc(NucMed), MAppMngt(Hlth), MBA, and PhD.

Geoff is the International Consulting Editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology and is the co-founder of the Rural Alliance in Nuclear Scintigraphy. In January 2020, he was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to nuclear medicine and medical radiation science.

Dr Dale Nimmo profile

Dr Dale Nimmo

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Wildlife ecology, Fire ecology, Conservation biology

Dale is an animal ecologist with broad interests in how 'big' disturbances – things like fire, drought, and land clearing – influence biodiversity.

He joined Charles Sturt University in 2015 as lecturer in Ecology, and soon after took up an ARC DECRA fellowship. Dale has published more than 90 peer reviewed publications.

More recently, Dale has been working as a member of an expert government panel charged with canvassing strategies for wildlife and habitat recovery after the 2019-2020 bushfires.

Professor Megan Smith profile

Professor Megan Smith

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Physiotherapy, Healthcare delivery, Allied Health, Evidence based practice

Professor Megan Smith was appointed Executive Dean in January 2019 and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science in May 2018 following 4 years as Head of School of the School of Community Health and inaugural Director, Three Rivers UDRH in July 2017.

Originally graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and practicing as a clinical physiotherapist, Megan joined the staff at Charles Sturt University in 1999.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan profile

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Political Science, Self-Determination, New Zealand, Citizenship

Dominic came to Charles Sturt in 2008. He has over 50 refereed research publications including more than 30 refereed journal articles and book chapters and six books. He also has extensive political commentary experience for ABC Radio and has written for The Conversation, OpenForum, the New Zealand Herald, the Policy Space, Nursing Review and a number of other newspapers.

Dominic's work has had significant public policy influence.

Dr Belinda Cash profile

Dr Belinda Cash

SPECIALTY TOPICS: Mental health, Ageing, Social policy, Rural health and wellbeing, Informal caregiving

Belinda is a social worker passionate about understanding and addressing issues of social justice and inequality.

She completed her PhD in 2018 at La Trobe University, completing a multi method project that critically explored the impacts of policy, practice and wider sociological changes on the experiences of spousal caregivers in rural areas.

Belinda’s teaching and research areas span mental health, ageing, social policy, rural service provision and informal caregiving.