Team Bios

Biochar and Energy from Trees

Dave Warne (MEd) joined Greening Australia in 1996 and has held a wide number of roles since then focusing on broad-scale revegetation and habitat restoration. Dave managed the Victorian component of Greening Australia's national carbon yield research project in 2009, and over the last 12 months has been worked on a training needs analysis across western Victoria investigating opportunities for the agribusiness industry to integrate conservation principles into mainstream agriculture. This work builds on his Masters Thesis which investigated opportunities for landscape restoration through emerging ecosystem services markets, for which Dave received a University Research Prize (RMIT University) for excellence in a higher research degree in 2006. Dave grew up on a wheat-sheep farm in northern Victoria, and prior to joining Greening Australia spent 8 years involved in the running of the family farm in south west Victoria.

Doug Phillips joined Greening Australia in 2002 and brings a wide range of experience in project management and delivery professionally and in a voluntary capacity outside Greening Australia. Doug is a founding member of the South West Victoria Biochar Action Group and has extensive links to the bioenergy industry, he has been a director of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority for the past five years which is the key strategic natural resource management body in south west Victoria. Doug’s links to the wider conservation community are highlighted through his membership of the Portland Field Naturalists Club, and was a key driver in that organizations campaign for the recently proclaimed Cobboboonee National Park.

Genevieve Ackland BEnvSc (Hons), ME (SFM) completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Monash University in 2008, with First Class Honours in Forest Carbon Yields Research. 2011 saw her complete her Masters of Environment, focusing on Sustainable Forest Management, through Melbourne University. Having worked for Greening Australia in 2009, Genevieve has considerable research experience in aboveground biomass and carbon yield estimation. This experience has been gained using the largest dataset of tree diameter measurements in the world, utilized for her honors thesis titled “Environmental Controls on Aboveground Carbon stocks in continental Southeast Asia”, and further developed through the key role she played in Greening Australia’s 2009 Carbon Yields Project, developing the most comprehensive carbon assessment in our nation’s history.  Genevieve has been the recipient of the Victorian Premier’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Science, the National Forestry Masters Scholarship (twice awarded), and the Commonwealth Education Scholarship three years running, and has previously undertaken a voluntary internship with the Australian Conservation Foundation looking into environmental and community issues in and around the Murray-Darling Basin. Her role with Greening Australia is as the Carbon Development Officer, with her time split between the duties of carbon legislation responses/auditing & compliance/carbon contract development/stakeholder engagement for offsets & credits, and the more scientific research of carbon yields estimation/ data analysis and reporting/ biophysical variable correlation/ methodology development/ and academic collaboration & review.

Jess Gardner (BSc) holds a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management degree from the University of Melbourne. During her 6 years with Greening Australia Jess has been involved in the delivery of many scientific revegetation research work and biodiversity monitoring programs including the Grassy Groundcover Restoration Project, the Red-tail Black Cockatoo Habitat Tender and the Upper Wimmera Farm Forestry Saline Recharge Zone. During 2008 Jess took leave of absence to work as a volunteer for Ausaid in the Phillipines. During her stay she worked with the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry to develop environmental curriculum for the College. Since returning she has managed Greening Australia’s Nurcoung carbon offset property undertaking an annual carbon monitoring program. Her work also involves a large component of community engagement liaising with landholders and community groups.

Ron Dodds brings a lifetime of experience and knowledge as a land and business manager to his current role as regional manager with Greening Australia. A member of a family that has been involved in agriculture in Western Victoria since 1904, Ron first assumed management responsibilities for the family farming business in 1970. Keenly interested in and committed to the preservation of our unique Australian landscape, Ron has worked for Greening Australia since 1992.


Greening Australia
University of Adelaide
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
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