Independent Science Panel
Dr John Rolfe
ChairJohn is a resource economist who has specialised in the use of choice modelling and other non-market valuation techniques. He is Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education and a member of the Centre for Environmental Management at the Central Queensland University. John has a number of research interests, including regional development, environmental, resource and agricultural economic issues, resource trade-offs, and economic impact assessment in regional areas.
Associate Professor Eva Abal
Eva’s passion is in the synthesis and effective communication of scientific information, making science relevant and useful to managers, hence facilitating links between scientists and managers/stakeholders.
For ten years, Eva directed the Science/Innovation Program and Ecosystem Health Monitoring activities of the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership (SEQHWP) in Australia, including strategic research plan development and dissemination of information to stakeholders, including Ecosystem Health report cards.
Dr Richard Brinkman
Richard is a physical oceanographer/numerical modeller with research interests that fall within the broad topics of coastal oceanography and physical-biological interactions on continental shelves.
He has significant expertise in conducting observational and modelling based research on shelf dynamics, coupling of shelf and ocean circulation, and physical-biological interactions at regional and local scales on Australia’s tropical coasts and marginal seas.
Dr Rob Coles
Rob has over 20 years’ experience as a fisheries research scientist. His extensive national and international experience includes seagrass research, mapping, taxonomy, biodiversity, recovery after loss and resource evaluation, fisheries statistics and analysis.
Rob is a coastal management specialist and lecturer in coastal management, planning, EIS evaluation and problem scoping. He is internationally recognised for research in Indo-Pacific marine coastal ecosystems.
Dr Cathy Dichmont
Decision support tools/modelling
Cathy has a national and international reputation in stock assessment, modelling natural systems, natural resource management, shared fisheries stocks, and management strategy evaluation (MSE).
She has over 20 years of experience in temperate and tropical marine ecosystems at international and regional levels. Cathy and her team have received the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement for the bio-economic model that aided the development of the prawn fishing industry in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Dr Britta Schaffelke
Britta’s interest and expertise is the research and management of environmental impacts, especially those related to deteriorating marine water quality, as well as the ecology of benthic marine plants and of introduced marine species.
She has previously worked with the CSIRO, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the CRC for Reef Research, spanning marine ecological research, environmental management and knowledge exchange.
Dr Jennifer Stauber
Jenny is an aquatic ecotoxicologist with over 30 year’s research experience in ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment.
Her research has focused on the effects of organic and inorganic environmental contaminants on aquatic organisms, in particular microalgae and invertebrates. She is a joint winner of Land & Water Australia’s Eureka Prize for Water Research for research into the assessment and regulation of contaminated sediments. She currently serves on a number of national and international advisory boards, and was previously a Director on the Board of the NSW EPA.
Dr Nadine Marshall
Nadine is a senior social scientist with CSIRO, Land and Water, based in Townsville, Australia. She has over 60 publications that relate to the relationship between people and the natural environment, and has been cited by over 2,000 people during the previous 10 years. She currently manages a portfolio of research projects across a range of primary industries including cattle, farming, tourism and commercial fishing as well as coastal communities along the Great Barrier Reef. Within this portfolio she manages the Social and Long Term Monitoring Program for the Great Barrier Reef. Key interests include social resilience, adaptive capacity, resource dependency, vulnerability and social and economic monitoring.
Dr Melissa Dobbie
With more than 20 years of experience as a Statistician, Dr Melissa Dobbie has focussed on developing and applying statistical methods to solve challenging problems across a variety of domains from environmental science to ecology, from health informatics to agriculture. For several years, Melissa helped design efficient and statistically-valid large-scale environmental monitoring programs to assess the condition of Queensland’s rivers. She has also been involved in development of environmental indices for summarising aquatic condition in both freshwater and marine contexts. Melissa is passionate about raising the profile of statistics in the community and stressing its important role in ensuring scientific research is defensible and rigorous so became involved in the Mathematicians-in-Schools program almost 6 years ago.
The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) is informed by open, transparent and independent peer-reviewed science, through an Independent Science Panel (ISP).
The Chair of the Independent Science Panel is responsible for championing the integrated and collaborative approach to research and monitoring. The Chair is an ex-offico member of the GHHP Management Committee and will work with the GHHP to convene the Independent Science Panel. The Independent Science Panel is supported by a Science Convenor and two Science Project Coordinators.
The role of the ISP is to provide independent scientific advice on the piloting and system testing of the GHHP endorsed Gladstone Harbour Report Card. This includes:
- the monitoring program to support the Gladstone Harbour Report Card;
- overseeing the synthesis work required to ascertain report card grades to ensure the independence of the grades;
- over sighting the continued development of the Gladstone Harbour Model that will be used by the GHHP to underpin advice to policy, management and regulatory agencies, industry and other stakeholders;
- monitoring and implementing any improvements that may be needed to increase the efficiency and/or effectiveness of GHHP practices
The Independent Science Panel comprises members with expertise on one or more of the following:
- Water quality
- Ecosystem health
- Marine biogeochemistry
- Marine toxicology
- Decision support tools/modelling
- Social science
- Discharge chemistry and hydrology
- Dredging (technical) and engineering
- Marine biodiversity (including fish, large marine fauna and migratory birds)
The terms of reference for the GHHP Independent Science Panel is current until June 2017.