Associate Professor Nanjappa Ashwath is a plant scientist researching on mine site rehabilitation and native species over the last 30 years. His speciality is in finding the right plant species to a degraded site to ensure that the established species will survive and provide long term ecosystem services. He has researched on restoring uranium mines, coal mines, metalliferous mines, mangrove habitats, roadside verges and railway embankments. He teaches into Australian Botany and Landscape Ecology & Management. Assoc Prof Ashwath supervises post graduate students on a range of topics, including phytoremediation, phytocapping and mine site restoration. His contribution to research at CQU has won him the Vice Chancellor’s Award for research. He has authored/co-authored over 200 publications and serves in the editorial committees of ~10 journals.