Andrea Gaynor is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Australia. An environmental historian, her research seeks to use the contextualising and narrative power of history to help solve real-world problems. Her doctoral research on the environmental history of food production in Australian cities was published by UWAP in 2006 as Harvest of the Suburbs. Her interests and expertise have subsequently expanded to encompass Western Australian environmental history, agricultural history, animals in history and the history of fish and fishing. She has undertaken research with diverse organisations including the Western Australian Department of Parks & Wildlife, Western Power and WWF-Australia. Among her forthcoming publications are a co-authored environmental history of Australia’s southern mallee lands. She is currently researching histories of Landcare in Western Australia, water in Australian urbanisation and nature in Australian urban modernity, and teaching world environmental history and Australian history. At UWA she is Chair of the History Discipline Group and Director of the Centre for Western Australian History; she also manages the website and newsletter of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network and endeavours to influence policy as a member of The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility.