Peter Brennan, PhD

Peter designed the Sustainability and Environmental Action program and has been its academic director since its 2000 inception. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in ecology and geography from the University of Queensland and a PhD from the University of Hawai‘i, where he was an East-West Center fellow. His dissertation examined the effects of forest fragmentation on rainforest communities in Central Queensland.

Peter was born in Brisbane, just north of the program base in Byron Bay. For five years, he was an archaeologist in Hawai‘i and taught at New Zealand’s University of Auckland, the University of Hawai‘i, and Queensland University of Technology. He was academic director of the SIT Study Abroad program in Cairns, Australia, from 1993 to 1997.

Peter designs the academic components of this program, supervises staff and faculty, teaches courses, and ensures students’ academic needs are met. He draws on his familiarity with New South Wales and his passionate belief in field-based, environmental education. In his spare time, Peter likes to surf and is involved with a number of local environmental groups.


  • PhD, University of Hawai‘i
Peter Brennan, PhD

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

AUSTRALIA: Sustainability and Environmental Action

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