My research is situated at the intersection of environmental history, more-than-human geography and the interdisciplinary environmental humanities. It is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes.

Currently a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, I hold a PhD from ANU and undertook a postdoctoral candidacy at the University of Wollongong. I am the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin(2012) and co-editor of Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand(2014, with James Beattie and Matthew Henry) and Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History(2015, with Beattie and Edward Melillo). I coordinate the Environmental Humanities undergraduate teaching program and co-lead the Environmental Humanities research group at Macquarie University. I am co-editor of the Living Lexicon in the Environmental Humanities journal.

I am interested in the connections between human and non-human shadow places. How are shadow places produced with differential consequences within a more-than-human world? How are social, environmental, and multispecies justice and injustices intertwined and mutually constitutive? I am also interested in the way shadow places are historical produced and connected to process of colonisation, especially in Australia. I have most directly engaged with the concept of shadow places in the following co-authored article.

McLean, J., Lonsdale, A., Hammersley, L., O'Gorman, E., & Miller, F. (2018). Shadow waters: Making Australian water cultures visible. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.