Ian is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry. His research for thirty years has been into water quality, after sampling Armidale’s drinking water, which at the time contained toxic blue-green algae.
Ian is a member of the scientific advisory committee for Water Quality Research Australia, the water industry research body. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging advisory group on chemical safety and the Basin Community Committee, which advises the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the Ministerial Council on water resource issues in the Basin.
Ian is the Convenor of Friends of the Aranda Bushland, and edited the Second Edition of ‘Our Patch’, the flora of the ACT photographed in Aranda Bushland. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for science in 2006.
Ian came to Canberra with his wife Mary in 1997, after retiring as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Adelaide. Prior to Adelaide, Ian was Executive Dean of Sciences at the University of New England, Armidale, a faculty comprising science, rural science and natural resources, and part-time Pro-Vice Chancellor.
In October 2015 Ian was appointed as independent chair of the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group.