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Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in aquatic ecology, having worked in the UK, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Indonesia and Australia, specialising in the ecology and management of fish, invertebrate and waterbird communities of tropical and temperate freshwater systems. Andrew established WRM in 1995, and since then he has directed numerous biological surveys, impacts assessments and monitoring programs, particularly of mining operations (gold, copper, nickel, coal, diamonds, uranium, rare earths), published monitoring protocols for Australia’s Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar), been involved in setting QA/QC objectives for national monitoring programs (AusRivAS), and assisted in Health and Ecological Risk Assessments on large overseas mining operations. Over the last 6 years, Andrew has been heavily involved in establishing Ecological Water Requirements (EWRs) for various river systems in the south west of Western Australia which has involved detailed documentation of ecological values prior to setting flow-ecology linkages. He has also coordinated monitoring of the response of groundwater-dependent ecosystems to changing water levels (aquatic fauna of Yanchep & Leeuwin cave systems and mound springs of the east Gnangara Mound) as a precursor to developing EWRs.

More recently he has been involved in developing a Report Card for Ecosystem Health in Port Curtis, Gladstone, Qld. This follows on from his role as project manager in the Design and Implementation of Baseline Monitoring (DIBM) under Stage 3 of the South-east Queensland Regional Water Quality Management Strategy, which also developed a report card system for inland waters of SE Qld. Other recent research includes monitoring of environmental water provisions in the Lower Ord River, assessing impacts and detailing baseline conditions for the Ord Stage II expansion, and overall project management of aquatic fauna surveys for the Wungong Catchment Forest Thinning Project.

He is a member of various committees, including WA Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee, Recovery Teams for Yanchep and Leeuwin caves, and various Technical Advisory Groups (i.e. Swan River Trust, Ord River Scientific Panel, CSIRO Pilbara Water Resource Assessment, Dept. of Water Southwest Sustainable Yields, WA Bittern Advisory Group, Vasse-Wonnerup Ramsar wetland). Andrew is also a key peer reviewer for several large overseas mining operations (i.e. Ok Tedi gold and copper Mine, Porgera gold mine, Hidden Valley gold mine). He has authored over 75 project reports, and published over 50 scientific papers.

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Mobile: 0456 232 164
Email: andrew.storey@wetlandresearch.com.au

Sue has more than 25 years’ experience in coordinating and undertaking research projects, and in the monitoring and assessment of aquatic invertebrate and fish populations, in particular, the analysis of structure and change in invertebrate populations as indicators of ‘ecosystem health’. Sue has worked as a biologist for both academic and government organisations locally, interstate (NSW) and overseas (Caltech, California, USA). She has worked as an aquatic biologist with WRM for over a decade. Sue has considerable knowledge of threatening processes to aquatic ecosystems including alteration to natural hydrology, salinisation and sedimentation.

Sue has extensive experience in aquatic ecology, EWR assessments, and has prepared Ecological Character Descriptions (ECDs) as required under Commonwealth commitments to the Ramsar treaty on wetlands of international importance. Sue has expertise in project management and conducting field research in remote areas of the state (Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields & Southern districts), and in the analysis and interpretation of biological data. Sue has also been closely involved with the development, implementation and refinement of system-specific operational water quality guidelines for a number of Pilbara and Kimberley mine sites, in accordance with ANZECC/ARMCANZ (2000) protocols (link to ERISS ADM paper). As part of this process, Sue worked closely with government and private research organisations, strengthening WRM’s commitment to collaborate with scientific bodies across Australia. Sue has authored more than 90 project reports and nine peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.

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Mobile: 0437 804 100
Email: susan.davies@wetlandresearch.com.au

Bonita holds a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Conservation Biology and Environmental Management from The University of Western Australia, and has been involved in the research and management of inland aquatic ecosystems for over a decade. Under the guidance of Andrew Storey and WRM principal ecologists since 2010, Bonita has gained extensive experience in water/sediment quality monitoring, baseline aquatic biota surveys and environmental impact assessments across a broad range of wetland types, from arid-zone salt lakes to high-altitude tropical forest streams. She is proficient in a range of statistical analyses (uni- & multi-variate) and interpretation of biological data, and has led numerous projects in remote and difficult locations for industry and government clients throughout Western Australia.

Bonita has authored/co-authored over 40 technical reports, having a proven record in high-quality preparation and timely submission. She also has a knack for invertebrate taxonomy, with particular interest in the taxa collected from WRM’s Papua New Guinea surveys, which are relatively unknown to science. Bonita recently authored a report on month-to-month variation in macroinvertebrate assemblages and species’ cohort progression in tropical mid-altitude PNG streams, finding strong evidence for community and species-level responses to seasonal changes in stream-flow conditions.

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Mobile: 0400 209 102
Email: bonita.clark@wetlandresearch.com.au
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Mel holds a BSc, with honours in Environmental Biology from the University of Adelaide, and has been involved in the research and management of inland aquatic ecosystems for over 15 years. Mel has extensive experience in fish biomonitoring (including boat-based electrofishing), water quality monitoring, invertebrate sampling and identification, threatened species management, vegetation surveys and project management.

Mel has authored and co-authored several technical reports, with a proven record in high-quality preperation and timely submission. Mel has also developed high-level skills in invertebrate taxonomy, with a particular interest in Chirnomidae and Dytiscidae.

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Email: mel.tucker@wetlandresearch.com.au
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Fintan completed a degree in Environmental Biology (Curtin University) in 2013, and has worked with WRM since June 2015. During this time, Fintan has gained a great deal of freshwater ecology field experience, having worked in a range of environments throughout the southwest, Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, and the floodplains of Papua New Guinea. Fintan currently manages projects for a number of WRM’s key clients, and has led or participated in aquatic ecosystem surveys to remote locations across Western Australia. Fin has strong technical skills in the species-level taxonomy of a range of aquatic fauna, including macroinvertebrates, fish and crayfish, and the analysis of ecological data using univariate and multivariate analysis techniques.

Fintan is always keen to “go the extra mile” for science and conservation, regularly volunteering his time for exciting projects such as surveys of inter-tidal mudflats of 80 Mile Beach in the Kimberley (AnnRoeBIM 2016 survey), searching for introduced crayfish across the Pilbara (DBCA redclaw survey), and interning with the Oceans Research Institute in South Africa to assist with their Great White Shark population research, identification and conservation program.

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Email: fintan.angel@wetlandresearch.com.au
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Nicole is a specialist in freshwater macroinvertebrate ecology, currently in the final stages of her Doctoral research at Murdoch University, which addresses the impacts of a drying climate on macroinvertebrate communities of Jarrah forest streams in Western Australia. Nicole is passionate about the science of freshwater ecology, having worked with a range of Western Australian aquatic ecosystem types, in the Southwest, Pilbara and Kimberley, including first authorship publications from these collaborative works.

Nicole is an expert macroinvertebrate taxonomist, proficient in all groups of macroinvertebrate taxa including Chironomidae (midges). Whilst the invertebrates may be her first passion, Nicole’s interests span the whole ecosystem and interlinkages. Under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Storey and WRM Principal and Senior Ecologists, Nicole will continue to refine her skills in remote area fieldwork, fish surveys, and writing high quality technical reports.

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nicole.carey@wetlandresearch.com.au

 



Nakisa has been involved in the research and management of inland aquatic ecosystems for over five years. Her masters project encompassed the ecological characterisation of a seasonal claypan wetland (Little Darkin Swamp) in the Wandoo National Park on the Darling Escarpment.  Under the guidance of Dr Andrew Storey and WRM principal ecologists since 2019, Nakisa has gained experience in water/sediment quality monitoring and aquatic biota surveys across a broad range of wetland types, from arid-zone salt lakes to high-altitude tropical forest streams. In addition to participating in numerous projects in remote locations throughout Western Australia, Nakisa has technical skills in the species-level taxonomy of a range of aquatic fauna, including several groups of macroinvertebrates. She is proficient in a range of statistical analyses and interpretation of biological data, and has authored several technical reports.

The identification of native flora of the Southwest has become a personal interests for Nakisa, and she calls herself a wildflower enthusiast. Nakisa is passionate about the Western Australian environment and particularly the conservation of our freshwater wetlands.

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Email: nakisa.shahrestani@wetlandresearch.com.au
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Alex completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine and Environmental Science at Curtin University in 2014. Since joining WRM, Alex has been an integral part of the field sampling team, and now leads a number of trips across the Perth Metro area, SW Australia and in the greater Pilbara area, having now conducted sampling of various marine and aquatic fauna in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Tasmania and Antarctica, among other locations.

Alex continues to develops his report writing, statistical analysis (uni and multivariate analysis), while managing macroinvertebrate and water quality sampling projects in Perry Lakes and Waroona, as well as invasive fish species removal in various lakes around Perth. 

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Email: alex.hickling@wetlandresearch.com.au
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Dallas joined WRM in 2019, after obtaining a Bachelor of Environmental Science with 1st Class Honours from Murdoch University. Her research centred on nutrient cycling in Pilbara stream ecosystems. During her studies and since joining WRM, Dallas has developed skills in freshwater ecology sample collection, flora and fauna identifications, creating novel sampling equipment and laboratory processing of plant and invertebrate samples. In addition, she has strong skills in data analysis using various statistical software (for both univariate and multivariate techniques) and scientific report writing.

Dallas has a keen interest in science communication, especially with youth and children. In her time at University, Dallas convened the Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG), contributing to conservation of campus bushland and community engagement. She is especially passionate about conserving WA’s natural wetlands and streams.

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dallas.campbell@wetlandresearch.com.au

Alexis has a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology (Edith Cowan University) and is a highly skilled taxonomist. She joined WRM in 2019 and is currently plying her trade in our biological laboratory, processing and identifying both freshwater macroinvertebrate and benthic marine invertebrate specimens. Since joining WRM Alexis has since been involved with a number of field trips to both the NW and SW of Australia.

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alexis.mann@wetlandresearch.com.au

Joey holds a bachelor of science in marine biology and zoology from the University of Western Australia. Joey has a keen interest in all things aquatic, and has now been at WRM for 2 years. After starting in the laboratory processing sediment samples from Port Morseby (PNG), Joey has since moved onto a range of aquatic macroinvertebrate sorting and identification, as well as organising, mending and improving a lot of the field gear used at WRM.

In his time at WRM Joey has found a passion for field work, and has since travelled and sampled a wide range of habitats in the north and south of Western Australia. This work has not only included ongoing monitoring projects throughout the Pilbara, but also trips to catch invasive carp and redfin species around metro Perth and in the greater south-west region. Joey has begun taking the first steps in report contribution and looks to continue to evolve these skills in the near future.

ph: (08) 9361 4325
Email: joey.laugharne@wetlandresearch.com.au

Emily is a new WRM team member, joining after she completed her Bachelor of Science at Murdoch University in 2021. Emily has a passion for freshwater macroinvertebrates, and is continuing her studies at Murdoch, undertaking Honours part-time. Her project will be focusing on Odonata of the south-west of WA, and how they may be impacted by a widespread invasive fish.

Since joining WRM, Emily has spent most of her time in the biological laboratory, expanding her taxonomic skills and is looking forward to be involved with upcoming field trips.

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Email: emily.gambold@wetlandresearch.com.au

Jack is the latest member to join the WRM team. After completing a bachelor of science majoring in marine biology and marine science he completed a graduate certificate in protected area administration. This ultimately led him to pursue a master of environmental science with research training in coral reef restoration utilising microfragmentation and Biorock mineral accretion technologies in the Ningaloo area. Despite having education stemming from the marine environment, Jack finds an interest in all aquatic organisms. Jack has begun training in the lab for aquatic invertebrate identification whilst completing certifications to enable him to attend fieldtrips.

Ma-an is WRM’s dedicated HSE Officer. She is a highly experienced HSE officer, with over 14 years’ experience working in the environmental consultancy sector. She has a diverse skillset, with expertise in the development and implementation of health and safety policies and procedures, safety and environment management systems, critical hazard analysis, dangerous goods safety and assessment, data management and analysis and QAQC. She has experience working with clients across the mining, oil and gas, engineering/infrastructure and agricultural sectors. Ma-an also has a BSc (Honours) in Forensic Science.

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ph: (61 8) 9361 4325
Email: ma-an.canasa@wetlandresearch.com.au