A key focus of the AIEA is the role of both the hard and soft dimensions of ecology and agriculture. The hard dimensions include agroecology, agriculture and landscape science. The soft dimensions include social ecology, ethics, change management, extension and psychology.
1. To foster ways of ecological thinking that enhance an understanding of landscapes and their biodiversity and their value, as they relate to agriculture, food systems and human communities.
2. To raise the profile of ecological and regenerative farming/horticulture/forestry and its relevance to the needs of an Australian society facing diminishing oil reserves, earth change and climate change.
3. To appreciate that humans are one thread amongst many threads in the web of life. To recognize and respect all forms of life.
4. To promote an ecological approach to sustainability in the interest of generations to follow.
5. To support policies and actions that encourage the growth of communities.
PhD (UNSW), MScAgr&BScAgr (USYD), DipEd (UNE)
PhD Zoology (Univ. Freiburg, Germany), MSc Forestry (Univ Freiburg, Germany), DipSc (Otago, NZ)
In 2013 he formed the world’s first cooperative on farmer- owned and controlled sequestration of forest carbon (The Australian Carbon Cooperative (ACC Ltd.), now deregistered due to a lack of Federal climate policy. He lives with his family on the NSW Tablelands where, over the past 30 years they have, through the application of enhanced and controlled ecological regeneration processes, restored 300 hectares of highly degraded/destroyed natural forest; sequestering some 60- 80,000 tons of carbon and restored wildlife habitat for ~170 species of thriving vertebrates. The creation of high value farm timber products (slow timber) has been enabled, thus developing a feasible model for high value farm forest; combining farm economy with farm regeneration and climate action.