Professor Burrows is the founding Director of TropWATER. He specialises in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management and has 22 years research experience in the tropics. Most of his professional life has been spent studying freshwater and estuarine ecosystems with particular emphasis on applied aspects of their management in relation to development pressures. This has involved extensive work with industry, community and government from grassroots to policy level. He is currently the Hub leader for the National Environment Science Programme Tropical Water Quality hub – a 6-year $32M research program focussing on improving water quality of the Great Barrier Reef and its catchments – and a member of the federal government Independent Expert Panel for the Great Barrier Reef.