Growing up on a South Australian wheat-sheep farm, Professor Bryan realised early on in life the interdependence between people and nature. He has since focused his career on creating cost-effective policy and management solutions for the sustainability of coupled human and natural systems. He has expertise in the application and development of computational tools and analytical methods in integrated modelling and assessment of land use and ecosystem services under global change.
As a geographer, Professor Bryan has research interests at the human/environment interface combining aspects of land-use and management; agriculture and food security; water resources management; global change impact assessment, mitigation, and adaptation; biodiversity conservation; energy and life-cycle assessment; and economic and policy analysis. He has conducted research in China, India, Indonesia, the United States, and many parts of Australia.
Professor Bryan currently holds the position of Professor of Global Change, Environment, and Society in the Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, at Deakin University Australia, located at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. Professor Bryan worked as a Principal Research Scientist and Project Leader in CSIRO for 13 years, and before that, holding the position of Senior Lecturer and Education Coordinator in Geography/Spatial Science at the University of Adelaide.
With total career research funding of over $15 million, Professor Bryan has successfully delivered over 50 individual projects including large, integrated assessments aimed at understanding and managing complex social-ecological systems such as the Lower Murray Landscape Futures. He has a global network, having worked with hundreds of collaborators from dozens of countries and scores of organisations including research, government, community, and industry.
Professor Bryan has published 91 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters, 84 conference papers, and 38 scientific reports. He has given 10 national and international keynote presentations including the Global Land Project Asia Conference in 2014.
Most recently, Professor Bryan led the land-use modelling component of the Australian National Outlook with the dual role of modelling lead and science lead. In contributing to the National Outlook, he led development and application of the Land Use trade-Offs (LUTO) model, assessing future scenarios for land use economic and environmental sustainability. He has published this work in top international journals including Nature, Nature Climate Change, Global Change Biology, and Global Environmental Change. Outputs have contributed to the ClimateWorks Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation report, the SA Government Carbon Neutral Adelaide plan, and the Business Council of Australia representation to the Australian Government re COP21.