Stream leaders

Stream 1 (Reporting and Visualisation)

Eric Lawrey

Dr. Eric Lawrey is the technical lead for Stream 1 which focuses on the development of innovative reporting, operation and visualisation tools based on the eReefs System. He joined the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in 2008 to develop the technology behind the e-Atlas and took over as project leader in 2011, now responsible for platform architecture, project development, data preparation and stakeholder engagement. His focus is develop on-line systems that allow people to discover, learn, visualise and download environmental research and reference data. In addition to eReefs, his current research is the development of the Torres Strait e-Atlas, part of which involves developing high resolution maps of islands and reefs of the region from satellite and aerial imagery.

Prior to AIMS, Eric was the Chief Technical Officer of Code Valley Pty Ltd (2001 - 2008) where he led a team researching a new platform for software development. His key technical skills include R, Java, Javascript, GeoServer, GeoNetwork, ISO19115, ESRI ArcMap, GDAL, Linux and Inkscape. He has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, JCU, Townsville.

Stream 2 (Essential Data Services)

Jonathan Hodge

Jonathan Hodge, Team Leader, Coastal Informatics, CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere. With a background in marine science, Jonathan now specialises in environmental information systems, data management and data visualisation. He worked for over 12 years in the State Government sector leading the development of major information systems and environmental monitoring projects. He has spent the last few years in CSIRO working on a range of high profile information systems projects focusing on the implementation of semantic web and Linked Data methodologies as well as web-based data visualisation.

Much of Jonathan’s work aims to change the way that environmental information is delivered to the internet, improving the discovery, visualisation and use of data. He has a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Queensland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Edith Cowan University.

Stream 3 (Catchment Monitoring and Modelling)

Narendra Kumar Tuteja
Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Narendra Kumar Tuteja is manager of the Extended Hydrological Prediction Section, Water Information Services Branch at the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia. He is responsible for development and delivery of the water availability forecasts for Australia and the modelling systems required for Bureau’s water forecasting services. He currently leads a team of 21 specialists with expertise in hydrology, quantitative modelling and software engineering, working on water forecasting and service delivery systems. He oversees water forecasting research activities in Australia conducted by CSIRO and the university sector and leads operationalisation of the research technologies for delivery of the hydrologic services to support water agencies.

Narendra is a member of the Australia-India Joint Working Group for cooperation in the water sector and a board member of the project ‘Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of drought and water Scarcity project (MaRIUS)’, currently in progress in the UK. He is an invited member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) panel of experts developing guidelines on seasonal streamflow predictions. He is also a member of the Open Panel of CHy Experts on Water, Climate and Risk Management established under the auspices of WMO.

Narendra obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland in 1996 and has over 25 years of experience in industry, applied research and academia in hydrology and water resources across Australia, Ireland and India. His work has supported development of policies and decision making in the water sector.

Paul Lawrence
DSITI representative

Dr. Paul Lawrence is the Director for Landscape Sciences in the Queensland Government, with 35 years of working in natural resource and catchment management, undertaking monitoring, modelling and providing science to inform policy and planning. He coordinates the delivery of DSITI’s science projects under the State Government Reef Water Quality Program and the Paddock to Reef Program to support the Reef Report Card.

Paul is the Queensland representative on the National Soils RD&E Strategy Implementation Group, and was Chair of the National Committee on Land Use and Management Information. He has a Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Griffith University, and a PhD from the University of Arizona in multiple criteria decision support systems. He completed an OECD Post-Doctoral Fellowship and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Monash University.

Stream 4 (Coastal and Estuarine Monitoring and Modelling)

Mark Baird

Dr. Mark Baird is an aquatic scientist who uses observations and numerical models to study estuarine and marine ecosystems. He leads the CSIRO Coastal Environmental Modelling Team, and is a principal developer of the CSIRO Environmental Modelling Suite. He has published 50 papers in the peer-review literature on topics including estuarine ecology, plankton population dynamics, salp blooms, ocean acidification, physical oceanography, bio-optics and ecosystem modelling.

Mark has developed parameterisations for ecological processes that have been coupled to community hydrodynamic models such as SHOC, ROMS, POM and MOM. He has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Master in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick. He has held both an ARC Australian Postdoctoral and Australian Research Fellowship and has supervised 9 PhD students and 4 Honours students and lectured in oceanography and ecological modelling. Mark is an active member of the Australian marine science community contributing to the Australia Integrated Marine Observing System and the Australian Marine Science Association.

Stream 5 (Marine Environment Monitoring and Modelling)

Richard Brinkman

Dr. Richard Brinkman leads the Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia Research Program at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia. 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.

Richard has published over 40 scientific, technical and client reports, including studies on the hydrodynamics and sediment transport dynamics within the Great Barrier Reef. He has a PhD in Oceanography from James Cook University School of Mathematics and Physics.

Gary Brassington
Bureau of Meteorology

Dr. Gary Brassington is a Principal Research Scientist with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Environment and Research Division and is the lead scientist for the development of operational ocean forecast systems. He leads the BLUElink project science team that implemented Australia's first operational ocean forecasting system, called Ocean Model, Analysis and Prediction System (OceanMAPS). OceanMAPS has been in continuous operation since 2007 with major upgrades through follow-on projects, BLUElink-II and III for which he was a lead investigator.

Gary is the current chair (since 2008) of the Expert Team for Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems (ET-OOFS) for the Joint WMO-IOC technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and the Australian representative for the GODAE Oceanview science team. He holds a B.Sc.(hons) (1995) and PhD in Applied Mathematics (2000) from the University of New South Wales and has published in excess of 50 peer reviewed books and journal articles on numerical methods, analysis and oceanography including ocean dynamics, drifting buoys, ocean modelling, quality control, data assimilation, forecasting and verification.

Mike Herzfeld

Dr. Mike Herzfeld has been involved in investigation of regional seas for the past 25 years, including modelling ocean physics for the last 16 years, development of satellite processing systems and biogeochemical models. He is currently employed by CMAR as a hydrodynamic modeller, working within the environmental modelling team to maintain, develop and apply hydrodynamic models. During his career he has had extensive experience developing numerous hydrodynamic models, including Princeton Ocean Model (POM), Modular Ocean Model (MOM) and Sparse Hydrodynamic Ocean Code (SHOC).

Mike was the original architect for the biogeochemical model developed and used by the University of Western Australia (CAEDYM). Mike is responsible for the development of the current hydrodynamic modeling platform in use by CMAR, and its application to numerous case studies on the Australian shelf and coastal margins. Recently Mike is involved with the eReefs project, which aims to develop an information system for the Great Barrier Reef, including regional hydrodynamic models at the 4 km and 1 km scale, automated relocatable modelling capability and offline transport models to drive sediment transport and biogeochemical modules.