Dr Brent Jacobs is a Research Director in the Natural Resources and Ecosystems cluster of The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney. Brent’s background is in agricultural science with broad experience in agricultural systems and eco-physiology of crops and pastures gained through teaching and research conducted at universities in Australia and the South Pacific. Brent has worked in the areas of natural resource management, structural adjustment and development of assistance packages to accompany natural resource reforms. He has also led the state-wide monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the adaptive capacity of natural resource managers in New South Wales. His current research interests include the development of integrated techniques to assess resilience, vulnerability and adaptive capacity of communities in the development of catchment management plans and climate adaptation strategies.