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Libby is the Research Director for the Living Landscapes Program in CSIRO Environment.  She has extensive experience in science and people leadership across broad disciplines.  Her background as a systems scientist has enabled her to address issues related to resource supply and security in the forest industry, including climate change impacts and adaptation, and to apply this knowledge to promote environmentally sustainable land management including through natural capital assessment and accounting.

Current Roles

  • Research Director
    Living Landscapes

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997

    University of Tasmania

  • 1993

    University of Tasmania

  • 1984

    Australian National University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2018

    Editor-in-chief, forest ecology and management
    Forestry journal

  • 2018-now

    Section Editor Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration
    Current Forestry Reports

  • 2017-2021

    Editorial Board
    Australian Forestry

  • 2016-now

    Greening Australia Alumni
    Greening Australia

  • 2014 -Now

    member Forest and Forest Products Committee
    Dept Agriculture Water and Environment

  • 2012-2019

    Editorial Board
    Forestry: an Internatinal Journal

  • 2011-2011

    Gottstein Travelling Fellowship to examine alternatives to Free Air CO2 experiments for determining tree responses to rising atmospheric CO2 involving travel to New Zealand and the US
    Gottstein Trust


  • 2017-2020

    Increasing farm gate profits: the role of natural capital accounts. Funded by DAWR through Rural Research for Profits funding scheme

  • 2017-2018

    Valuing trust and social licence in the primary sectors. lead agency SCION

  • 2017-2020

    Is natural selection sufficient for adaptation of plant populations to climate change? Postdoctoral fellowship, Research Plus

  • 2011-2014

    Adaptation strategies to manage risk in Australia's plantations

  • 2014-2018

    SIEF Forests for the Future

  • 2013-2016

    Clear polymer film and revegetation outcomes

  • 2011-2011

    Climate change and South Australia's plantations: impacts, risks and options for adaptation

  • 2010-2012

    Predicting mortality in Australia’s forests: building capacity to adapt to future climates

  • 2009-2010

    Forest industries climate change adaptation: from policy to practice

  • 2009-2009

    Alternative approaches for determining photosynthetic responses of Australian forest species to elevated CO2

  • 2007-2009

    Predicting NPP of temperate forest systems: uncertainty associated with climate change and pest attack

  • 2006-2008

    Climate change and Australia’s plantation estate: pest impacts on carbon stores

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-now

    Alumni member, Greening Australia