Richard is an anthropologist who has worked in the Gulf Country (among other places) since 2007 as a native title researcher and cultural heritage specialist. He has conducted anthropological fieldwork, interviews and genealogical research as part of native title claims, including work on the resolution of complex boundary dispute issues in highly politicised environments. His work has also included cultural heritage surveys in remote and difficult terrain, including the identification and assessment of places of cultural and spiritual significance to traditional owners. He has also conducted anthropological research in connection with a variety of natural resource management programs. His post-PhD fieldwork has focused on the meaning and significance of water in the Gulf Country, as well as Aboriginal perceptions of native and introduced species.