I am a freshwater scientist, urban planner and waterway consultant.

My mission is to safeguard the future of our rivers, freshwater supply and natural heritage.

In 2010, I created this consultancy with the aim of combining stream research and consulting. By grounding my consulting model in evidence-based research, I believed we would have the tools to improve the physical environment and ecosystem function of the waterways that form our water supply chain.

I have since delivered a diverse portfolio of consulting projects across six countries. These include water sensitive urban design for racecourses and resorts, as well as freshwater supply and drainage infrastructure. My work spans across rural and urban environments, ranging from large scale storm water harvesting programs across major metropolitan catchments, to parameters for irrigation and environmental flows from highland dams, including those of the upper Murray Darling Basin.

At the local level, my clients include property developers seeking building permits in challenging compliance environments, to water managers interested in safeguarding the biodiversity of rivers. These projects include successfully constructed wetland treatment trains, and habitat offsets for frogs and fish that are protected by legislation. Building this infrastructure requires stringent impact assessments, management systems and long-term monitoring data. My associates and I are proud of our extremely high success rate when obtaining development permits in Australia at the local, state and federal levels.

My scientific training began in the Yarra Ranges, Victoria, studying how fluvial geomorphology could limit stream fauna reproduction. This led to my lifelong love of remote fieldwork, and scientific interest in learning how the physical environment limits the numbers and diversity of organisms across space and time.

As a researcher, I focus on the intersections between fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and freshwater ecology. I am currently based at the University of Melbourne and completing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Downes and Dr. William Bovill. Upon completion in 2022, this study will show how altered hydrological regimes limit stream fauna habitat and reproduction downstream of dams. This is essential information for improved river restoration outcomes, as well as evidence-based management of human-impacted populations and environments. My research is funded by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), in close collaboration with Dr. Andrew Brooks from the state’s ecohydrology team.

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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