Dr Peter Brooks was awarded his PhD in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in 1989. He then taught in the Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Adelaide for two years. From 1991 to 2000, Dr Brooks lectured chemistry at La Trobe University, Bendigo. He has been with the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2001 and lectures in analytical and organic chemistries.
Dr Brooks has extensive research experience in analytical, environmental and organic chemistry. He has held research positions, supervised Honours and PhD candidates and attracted grants on projects involving chemotaxonomic studies, environmental monitoring and bioactives in honey. At the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr Brooks' research directions include environmental monitoring and the quantitation of bioactive compounds.