Dr Shane Brooks
I am an aquatic ecologist with a passion for robust science, sustainable management and restoration. I have 25 years of experience working to improve the management of rivers and wetlands with pragmatic advice built upon strong evidence, critical analysis and logical thinking. I'm an advocate for closing the adaptive management loop using evidence generated through monitoring and evaluation to improve management practice. I work with people, crunch numbers, build tools, solve problems and get results.
My consulting projects range in scale from site-level investigations up to large-scale national strategic management planning with collaborative teams.
Clients and delivery partners include:
- Commonwealth environmental water office
- CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
- Murray-Darling Basin Authority
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)
- Department for Environment and Water (SA)
- Catchment Management Authorities
- Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems
- Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
- bespoke teams of respected independent professional scientists
Seagrass is an important component of a number of Victoria's shallow water embayments that are listed by the Australian Government as wetlands of international importance:
- The Port Phillip (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site
- The Corner Inlet Ramsar Site
- The Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site
Simple maximum likelihood classification of Sentinel-2 imagery has provided a cost effective way to monitor seasonal and inter-annual shifts in seagrass extent at these sites. It does require clear skys and water!
Complex problem solving requires effective teams with relevant skills and experience. I work with a network of respected scientists from independent consultancies, universities and government agencies to build task focused teams to deliver projects.
This provides our clients with access to collective experience across many facets of the water industry and complementary science disciplines spanning ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, water policy, social science, engineering and data science.