Rod is Director of Marine Science at Griffith University in Queensland, and Professor in the School of Environment and the Coast and Estuaries group in the Australian Rivers Institute. He has trained thousands of university graduate and postgraduate students as marine scientists and managers. Through his work on resilience and ecosystem protection, Rod is helping to find sustainable solutions to the issues of urbanisation, food security, ecosystem services and climate variability. His research team has helped develop automated marine animal tracking using deep learning, and provided research support for the revision of marine protected areas in Queensland and the listing of threatened marine habitats and vulnerable fish species. Rod uses advanced chemical tracers to monitor coastal blue carbon, and with colleagues from Denmark is working to actively restore estuarine habitats. Rod is a member of several scientific panels overseeing local and national water quality programs.