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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