Geoff’s expertise is focussed around urban horticulture water management. Following his work with the University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus, in research, teaching and outreach, he has been providing consulting services in water management for sustainable green space since 2007.
Development of water management plans, evaluation of irrigation system performance and water use efficiency and irrigation design solutions for turf, urban trees, high value landscapes, green roofs, multi-story building plantings and botanic gardens are part of the services provided.
He is author of key open space text; Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape, published by CSIRO, March 2013. He was the Principal Consultant for the development of Best Practice Guidelines for Functional Open Space, published by Smart Water Fund and City West Water, in 2015.
Geoff has presented and published widely, both internationally and in Australia, on numerous urban water management topics.
In 2021 he presented a webinar for Stormwater Qld on the topic: Is passive irrigation enough to meet urban forest targets?
He has been a member of the Stormwater (Vic) Committee (2014-2018) and has presented at several state and national stormwater conferences.
He has been a judge for the National Stormwater Awards hosted by Stormwater Australia.
He is an Honorary, School of Ecosystems and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.
In May 2008 he was awarded the National McLean Iedema Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to irrigation in Australia. He is a Life Member of IAL.