Head, School of Botany (later Integrative Botany) 1999-2002; Education Director, CRC for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology (2003-06); ANU, School of Botany (1984-90) Dean, UQ Graduate School (2008-10); Deputy Dean (2002-08) Member, Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools 2002-10 (Universities Australia, Group of 8, Universitas 21) 2007 Co-initiator of Three Minute Thesis Competition (now operating in over 900 universities worldwide)
2004 Australian Award for University Teaching
Submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Innovation Inquiry into research training and research workforce issues in Australian universities (July 2008)
2005-10 Research Project Research and innovation leaders for industry funded by ARC Linkage + : Rio Tinto, CSR Sugar and Qld. Department of State Development; Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Meat Processing Corporation, Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology 2007-2010. Participant in various Cochrane Reviews and conferences.
Leading researcher on many aspects of photosynthesis including inhibition, facilitation and a pioneer in the emerging field of artificial photosynthesis
Published research 3 Books Artificial photosynthesis: from basic biology to industrial application. Anthony F. Collings and Christa Critchley (2005) Australia's future research leaders: are they coming from CRCs? Final report on the pilot project. Catherine Manathunga, Rachael Pitt, Christa Critchley (2005) Photosynthetic adaptation: chloroplast to landscape. William K. Smith, Thomas C. Vogelmann, Christa Critchley, eds. (2004) and over 140 peer-reviewed articles