Members of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network have diverse interests in environmental history and are found all over the world. Some are independent scholars and writers; others work within universities, government, museums and private enterprise.

Here we are building a list of member profiles, to facilitate networking and collaboration among our diverse and growing membership, and enable non-members looking for environmental history expertise to locate it. We encourage everyone who subscribes to our newsletter to email us with a brief profile (to 70 words) and photo (preferably around 150×133 pixels) for inclusion here.


Member profiles


Johanna Conterio is a Lecturer in Modern European and International History at Flinders University, specialising in Modern Russia. Her research interests include urban environmental history; environment and health; nature conservation; maritime history, particularly the history of the Black Sea; agriculture, and food culture. She is moving into her second project into global history.
George Main works as a curator in the People and Environment program at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. He is the author of Heartland: the Regeneration of Rural Place (2005), Gunderbooka: a ‘Stone Country’ Story (2000) and The Paddock Report (2012-2016). George is currently working on the development of a new permanent gallery of environmental history, due to open in 2020.
Eric Pawson spent his teaching career at the University of Canterbury, after training in historical geography at Oxford. He chaired the Advisory Committee of the New Zealand Historical Atlas (1997), which piqued his interest in environmental history. A subsequent partnership with Tom Brooking produced books including Seeds of Empire (2011) and Making A New Land (2013). He is now working on futures for post earthquake Christchurch in the Anthropocene.
Kirstie Ross is a history curator at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa where she co-curated the major permanent environmental history exhibition Blood Earth Fire | Whāngai, Whenua, Ahi Kā. The transformation of Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research focusses on popular culture and nature in the 20th century, including outdoor recreation; children, nature and the school curriculum; the creation and use of urban, suburban and national parks; and the role of museums in popularising environmental knowledge. This research has been presented in exhibitions, at conferences, in print, and online for both popular and academic audiences. Contact:
Daniel Rothenburg is interested in the interrelations of environmental change with social transformations, ecological ideas and everyday practices. His research focus is farming communities in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia in the 20th and 21st century and their salinity problems. Especially, he takes a close look at the role of civil society in environmental issues and the connectedness of local, regional, national and global issues, ideas and trends.