Colin Maxwell Finlayson
Adjunct Professor, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales
Max Finlayson is an adjunct Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales, and in the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University, and the Chair for the Wise Use of Wetlands, IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education, Delft, Netherlands.
- Professor for Ecology & Biodiversity & Director of Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia
- Principal Researcher, Wetland Management; International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005-07): program leader (budgets, human resources, administration);
- Director; Environmental Research Institute, Department of Environment & Heritage, Darwin, Australia (2002-05).
- Research Manager & Wetland Conservation Program Leader; Environmental Research Institute, Federal Department of Environment, Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia (1993-2002).
- Assistant Director, Wetlands; International Waterbird and Wetland Research Bureau, Slimbridge, United Kingdom (1989-2002).
- Researcher, Alligator Rivers Region Research Institute, Federal Department of Environment, Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia (1984-1989)
- Researcher, CSIRO Division of Irrigation Research, Griffith, Australia (1980-1984)
He is an international wetland ecologist with extensive experience in water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human well-being and wetlands.
He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Global Environment Outlook 4 & 5. Since the early 1990s he has been a technical adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and has written extensively on wetland ecology and management and contributed to the development of concepts and methods for wetland inventory, assessment and monitoring, and undertaken many site-based assessments in many countries.
He was Editor-in-Chief of major scholarly work, The Wetland Book, published by Springer in 2018, and is Editor-in-Chief of the CSIRO Publishing journal, Marine and Freshwater Research.
He has also been actively involved in environmental NGOs and from 2002-07 was President of the governing council of the global NGO Wetlands International, and from 2019-20 was President of the international Society of Wetland Scientists, and chairs the Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel for the Winton Wetlands Committee in Victoria (Australia).
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