Full CV


The work stuff. It’s all here! Arranged by ‘date started’ – so concurrent roles might seem out of order, but there is method in the madness. Some more focused CVs are listed here:

Polar fieldwork, guiding, related roles

Community building and volunteering

2021-2022

Director, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo): https://osgeo.org

Key attributes: leadership, mentoring, community maintenance

I invest my volunteering energy into helping make decisions about how to support a global community of passionate open source geospatial software developers and users. It needs a lot of listening, a little talking, and a lot of care. I was elected in December 2021, my terms runs for two years, this role consumes a few hours per week and is compensated entirely by the joy of giving, to a community who’s whole focus is… giving!

2020-2022

Postdoctoral researcher, Norwegian Polar Institute.

Key attributes: mentoring, research, polar fieldwork, safety, risk management, collaboration

I am a sea ice physical properties specialist in the Norwegian Nansen Legacy Project (https://arvenetternansen.com). I plan, organise and execute field sampling programs based on RV Kronprins Haakon, steaming into the Northern Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean as far as 87.5 degrees north. My work mixes traditional sea ice sampling using drills, ice corers, and detailed snow pits – and new strategies using small drones, semiautomated snow probes and electromagnetic sounders. I also coordinated ship based sea ice observations contributing to the ASSIST program.

It has strong risk management, field logistics, safety and mentoring components, playing a significant role in continuous assessment of operational sea ice safety and training new field researchers – including work as a polar bear guard. I’ve worked off RV Kronprins Haakon in winter (March 2021, February / March 2022), spring (May 2021) and at the start of the Arctic refreeze (September 2021) – a huge variety of sea ice and weather conditions.

This work will contribute a best possible picture of sea ice structure to a broad, multi-disciplinary project. Overall, the aim is to help unpack how sea ice physical structures interact with the living environment of the norther Barents sea.

Related portfolio work

2018-2020

Consultant / freelancer / CEO / everything, Spatialised (https://spatialised.net)

Key attributes: networking, project management, leadership, collaboration, business development, technical expertise, customer service

From late 2018 to late 2020 I worked as an independent consultant – aimed at solving geospatial problems using open source tools. Clients included Synthesis Technologies, the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services, FrontierSI, and the Australian National University. I also invested substantial time in technology demonstrations, concept proofs and cartographic exercises as part of developing business capabilities. Spatialised was forced to slow down by an intense wildfire season in 2019/2020 (see: https://toolsfortherevolution.com/fire/) , then COVID. The business is now on hold while we are based in Norway.

Related portfolio work

2018-2019

Sponsorship lead, founding director, elected director, OSGeo Oceania (https://osgeo-oceania.org)

Key attributes: community building, community maintenance, fundraising, mentoring, collaboration, leadership

In 2018 a community got together and ran the first open source geospatial software conference in the Oceania region since FOSS4G 2009. I led the effort to raise money for the event, and created the Good Mojo program which allocated funding specifically for DEI initiatives – for example travel grant programs, funding the inclusion of children at conferences, and networking events.

Based on the incredible success of that event, the organising committee formed a not-for-profit company, OSGeo Oceania, to support future events and the community in general. I was a founding director, then elected director.

2017-2018

Geospatial research lead, Synthesis TechnologiesKey attributes: technical awareness, business development, rapid prototyping

Key attributes: technical awareness, cutting edge skills, agile projects, business development, product development, rapid prototyping, teamwork

I was the first employee of Synthesis Technologies, a small startup with a huge vision – we did metaverse before it was cool, taking an open source stack and pioneering exploitation of massive point clouds in XR / mixed reality, initially working on a product for situational awareness training with a defense focus.

We funded a lot of work on the open source point cloud viewer Potreetechnical awareness, business development, rapid prototyping (https://potree.org), sponsored the first FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference, and built tools nobody thought would be possible – dynamic viewsheds using point cloud data, and near-seamless exploration of multiple datasets from centimeter to multiple-suburb scales.

Synthesis Technologies and I ended our relationship amicably after hitting some deep impasses in our philosophical outlooks, and my leap intnical awareness, business development, rapid prototypingo independent consultancy was powered by a seed project from Synthesis Technologies.

2016 – 2017

Senior earth systems data specialist, Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure.

Key attributes: research customer interaction, training, service development, teamwork, concept leadership, research

I was hired into a role mixed between researcher advice and training, and implementation / development of new data services. In this role I delivered workshops on using NCI services, provided advice to researchers on data storage and management, solved problems with existing data services and tried to address gaps by exploring new ways to deliver NCI’s geospatial data holdings.

I played a key role in delivering the NCI component of Earthserver2, a European Union Horizon2020 project working with collaborators in Italy, brought an OGC standards based point cloud delivery service to prototype, and delivered training on both NCI services and OGC data service standards.

2014 – 2016

Workshop / sales, Uni Cycles, Canberra, Australia.

Key attributes: customer service, precision, technical skill, deep product knowledge, mentoring

Mechanic and salesperson at a small bicycle store in Canberra, Australia. We sold and fixed bicycles – all kinds of bicycles – at a small but very busy workshop based at the Australian National University campus. My role also included daily triage of bicycle servicing tasks, service and sales bookings, keeping tabs on stock levels, and mentoring new staff. key attributes:

2007-2013

Sea ice technician (also known as research engineer in other countries) and PhD candidate from 2009, Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart, Tasmania

Key attributes: project leadership, concept development, polar logistics, fieldwork, field team management, mentoring, helicopter operations, safety assessment, risk assessment, data analysis and synthesis, project prioritization

I coordinated logistics and field support for the sea ice physical processes team in the Australian Antarctic division on four expeditions to the east Antarctic pack ice zone. Two were international multi-disciplinary research expeditions ( SIPEX 2007; SIPEX II, 2012) and two were resupply trips to Davis Station (V1 2008; V1 2009). In 2009 I was also a voyage management intern – meaning I worked with the expedition leadership team in addition to my research role, to understand the process of running a resupply expedition.

On these expeditions my focus was an airborne surveying platform and supporting ground observations. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 I flew a lot as an airborne camera operator, in 2012 this role was largely ‘set and forget’. In 2007 and 2012 I managed a ground surveying operation using GPS and other surveying equipment, drills, sleds, shovels, sweat and a small cohort of volunteers recruited on the ship in addition to our formal research team. On all voyages I worked as a sea ice observer, contrbuting to the ASPeCt program.

My “off ship” work aimed to tie data collected in all these programs together – integrating airborne lidar, photogrammetry, ship based observations and in situ sampling. It pioneered the use of texture based image analysis and the application of structure-from-motion photogrammetry on drifting sea ice. My doctoral thesis (see publications) provides engineering and data analysis details. Its main finding is that our body of knowledge about Antarctic sea ice thickness is extremely limited because of observational and resolution-induced biases. It also highlights some critical issues in estimation of snow depth on Antarctic sea ice.

2005-2008

Hiking guide, Cradle Mountain Huts (now Tasmanian Walking Company)

Key attributes: leadership, mentoring, customer service, sensitive landscape operations, landscape interpretation

Between 2005 and 2008, I walked 27 groups along Tasmania’s Overland Track. I was promoted to senior guide early in 2005. Responsible for guest briefings, care, group management, first aid. Also interpretive guiding , cooking, cleaning and minor hut maintenance in a world heritage wilderness area. This role also included mentoring and training new guides, and coordinating with other guided parties as needed for emergencies or general camaraderie in the park.

As a commercial operator in a world heritage wilderness area, we were also responsible for taking care to minimise the impact of our work on the area, working within management plans and legislation applicable to the wilderness world heritage area, and working to ensure we were doing better than providing a ‘tick-a-box’ experience.

Pre-2005

Student – Bachelor of Antarctic Studies (honours), Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, 2004.

Web publishing officer, Australian Library and Information Association. 1999-2001 and 2002-2004

Outdoor equipment retail sales, Nevisport, Edinburgh, Scotland, late 2002

Night watch, Caribisdale Castle, northern Scotland, early 2002

Front desk, Banff International Hostel and relief manager, Castle Mountain YHA, Banff and region, Alberta, Canada. May to October 2001

Ski lift operator, Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada – winter 2000/2001

Teaching assistant (6 month contract), Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra, Australia, 1999.