Meet The Team


Meet the Team

All of our leadership team provide their services to the Lab on a voluntary basis. As part of the establishment phase of the Lab we are currently seeking internationally recognised specialists to be on our advisory board. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see who has joined to date.


Rod Knight - Director & Chair of the Board

Rod is the CEO of Landcare Tasmania, Chair of environmental consulting business Natural Resource Planning Pty Ltd and a Director of the Lab. He has more than 25 years experience in the provision of scientific and professional services in the natural resources area, including in recent years in projects addressing climate change and adaptation.


Ian Edwards - Director

Ian Edwards specialises in climate change adaptation and alternate risk transfer and adaptation for the private sector. He is a chartered accountant with twenty years experience in national and international financial services. He has worked across a broad spectrum of the financial industry including public practice, investment banking and reinsurance. His career has focused predominantly on affecting system change at a multinational scale, which has afforded him strong analytical, financial, information technology and project management skills.  Ian recently received a first class Masters Honours dissertation with the School of Environment at Griffith University. His research explores the viability of risk transfer mechanisms in the face of increasing climate risk within the context of Local Government.

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Jon Doole - Director

Jon is the Manager of Environmental Services at Kingborough Council a position he has held for over 20 years. Jon has been a climate change specialist for the past 10 years and initiated numerous climate change mitigation and adaption programs that have placed Kingborough at the forefront of local government climate action in Australia. 

Jon has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Climate Change Innovation Lab Tasmania Inc. which is located at Kingston Beach a climate change risk hot spot. His role is heavily focussed on establishing institutional relationships for multi-level and multi-sector collaboration.


Donovan Burton - Director

Donovan is the Manager of Climate Planning, a boutique climate change adaptation consultancy operating throughout Australia and overseas helping organisations to mainstream climate change adaptation decision-making into their corporate governance systems. He works closely with local governments in identifying and managing climate change risk. The organization has undertaken over 150 climate change adaptation projects with insurers, governments, UN agencies, NGOs, NRM groups and research institutions.


Jocelyn Scopes - Secretary, Public Officer & Lab Manager

Jocelyn is The Lab Project Manager and has extensive experience in project and budget management, administration, community consultation and climate change issues with local government. Over the past 10 years she has worked for the Huon Valley Council, Hobart City Council and Kingborough Council in Environmental Health, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change and Planning.


Technical Advisory Board

Dr Johanna Nalau

Dr Johanna Nalau is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) and Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) at Griffith University specialising in climate change adaptation policy- and decision-making processes. Johanna is a social scientist whose research focuses on understanding how policy- and decision-makers deal with some of the central assumptions related to climate change adaptation, and the array of factors and processes that drive and constrain climate change adaptation, including constraints emerging from adaptation science and theory. Other current research includes ecosystem-based adaptation, sustainable tourism, traditional knowledge, and disaster risk management, with a recent focus in the Pacific region. She previously coordinated and led the first climate adaptation project in Zanzibar, Tanzania before joining Griffith in 2009, and has conducted research in Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Kiribati.

Johanna is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management (AJEM) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. She is a contributing author for the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (WG II, chapters 16 and 25), and is particularly interested in the notion of adaptation limits and the role different institutional systems play in reinforcing some of these limits and constraints. She also manages the adaptation-list, which is a global network of social scientists engaged in adaptation research.