I am an award winning ecologist and consultant. My mission is to safeguard the future of our rivers, freshwater supply and natural heritage. 

I have a PhD in Ecology from the University of Melbourne. I also have postgraduate qualifications in Urban, Rural Planning and Resource Management, with a focus on green infrastructure for water supply and drainage. I have won multiple grants, scholarships and awards. Further details may be found at: galaxia.com.au/awards-and-accreditations

As an ecologist, I am endlessly interested in learning why the numbers and diversity of organisms fluctuate across time and space. For the first time in the world, my PhD showed how dams for irrigation agriculture cause catastrophic reproductive failure for aquatic insects. These world-first findings help explain biodiversity losses in rivers, and provide new avenues for river restoration and the assessing of environmental impacts.

In 2010, I began consulting with the aim of combining my practice with evidence-based, ecological research. I’ve since delivered a diverse portfolio across six countries. My clients have included property developers seeking building permits in challenging compliance environments, to water managers interested in safeguarding biodiversity. These projects include successfully constructed habitat offsets for fauna protected by legislation (e.g., Growling Grass Frogs and Eastern Dwarf Galaxias). My portfolio also spans the rural and urban divide, ranging from large scale wetland treatment trains in major metropolitan catchments, to assessing the environmental impacts of highland dams within the Murray Darling Basin.

I lift weights and tend to my farm in Corryong during quiet moments. The mountains of Victoria are my home. I am either walking the highlands with my wife and dog, or doing everything I can to return there with them.

Clients and Associates

Australian National University
ANU is a research-intensive university of global standing specialising in discovery and public policy. It consistently ranks amongst the great universities of the world. Its research priorities address the challenges facing Australia and the world.
Geographical Information Systems 50%
Fieldwork and analysis of data 50%
The University of Melbourne
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world. Geography has been taught at the University for more than 50 years. Areas of world-leading research strength include international development, urbanisation, biogeography and earth surface processes, with an overarching interest in environment and environmental change.
Freshwater Ecology 80%
Technical Review 20%
Monash University
Named after engineer, military leader and public administrator Sir John Monash, Monash University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1958. A global university with a presence on four continents, we have seen the good achieved by Monash people in areas like green chemistry, sustainability, and accident and trauma.
Freshwater Ecology 80%
Technical Review 20%
Dalton Consulting Engineers
Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE) is a civil engineering consultancy based in Victoria and Queensland, Australia. With three core areas of expertise; urban development, infrastructure and sport, DCE has fast become one of the most recognisable firms in the provision of innovative design and project management.
Sustainable Infrastructure 60%
Project Management 20%
Publications and Presentations 20%
Hainal-Konyi Group
Founded in 1937 by Dr K Hainal-Konyi, an eminent European Engineer and Researcher, Hainal-Konyi & Partners began as pioneers in the use of new materials and techniques and in its 70+ years in existence, the partnership has completed several hundred projects in Europe.
The Asian branch was established in 1981 with the opening of an office in Singapore, regional expansion quickly followed with new offices in the region including Vietnam, Malaysia and China.
Civil Engineering 50%
Structural Engineering 30%
Architecture 20%
Signature Property Group
Signature Property Consulting is the managing body for an outstanding group of professionals specializing in Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Management and Project Management
When you need a property consultancy company with unrivalled experience, a company with over 700 successful projects across Australasia and a company driven by results, Signature Property Consulting is the answer.
Property Development 50%
Asset Management 30%
International Outreach 20%
Kingfisher Consultants
Kingfisher Consultants comprises of the partnership between Dr. Jill Lancaster and Dr. Barbara Downes. With over 50+ years of experience providing practical advice on environmental impacts and environmental monitoring, 120+ publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and academic positions held at the University of Melbourne, University of Edinburgh and Monash University, Kingfisher Consultants provides world-class ecological expertise of all freshwater ecosystems.
Ecological Assesment 50%
Environmental Management 50%

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