Meet the team


Adaptive NRM is a collective of ecologists working on Natural Resource Management issues across Australia. We focus on delivering high quality field work, data, tools, analyses and reports that support better conservation and land management. The capacity of Adaptive NRM is enhanced by working in partnership with other organisations, some of which are shown below.

Steve Murphy (Director/Ecologist)

PhD (ANU); BSci Hons (ANU); ADAppSci (UQ)

For the past 15 years, Steve has worked as both land manager and researcher, mostly in northern and central Australia. This has allowed him to develop practical NRM problem solving skills that use quality data and robust analyses. Fire management, feral animal control and threatened species recovery are Steve's main interests.

Rachel Murphy (Ecologist/Admin)

BAppSci (La Trobe) Honours (Monash)

Rachel has worked on a diversity of NRM projects in some spectacular places. This includes invasive species management on Christmas Is, Koala management on Kangaroo Is, threatened species management on the APY Lands, and chasing Night Parrots through Queensland's Channel Country. Rachel also steers the admin side of the ANRM ship.

Nick Leseberg (Ecologist)

PhD Candidate (UQ); B.Tech. (UNSW); Grad. Dip (UNE)

After 13 years as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, Nick’s childhood interests in nature, particularly birds, has seen him return to where it all began. Nick is now an ecologist with extensive experience in Australia and overseas. Nick has worked wildlife survey, vegetation mapping, and rare species detection and ecological research.

Jen Silcock (Botanist/Rangeland ecologist)

PhD (UQ); B.Env.Mgt (UQ)

Jen has worked across inland Australia over the past decade for governments, not-for-profits and universities, working closely with graziers, Aboriginal communities, NRM groups and students. She specialises in arid zone botany, historical ecology, rare and threatened species conservation, vegetation change, grazing land management, and wetland mapping and condition assessment. Jen has published widely on these topics in Australian and international journals.

Our collaborators