Dr Shane Brooks

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I am an aquatic ecologist and information technology specialist. I run an independent consultancy business leveraging my 25 years of water industry and research experience to improve the sustainable management of rivers and wetlands. I provide pragmatic advice informed by strong scientific evidence, critical analysis and logical thinking.

My competencies and experience in river and wetland ecology and data-driven information technology allow me to efficiently communicate and work with managers, research scientists and IT technologists (nerds).  I pride myself in providing clarity and a bridge of understanding for clients and stakeholders in the business of data gathering, evaluation, information sharing and knowledge building.

My enthusiasm for the environment is balanced by pragmatism knowing the social and political environment in which decisions are typically made and complexities of managing uncertainty and risk.

I work with teams of like-minded scientists to deliver projects that vary in scale from site level investigations up to large scale national strategic management planning projects.

Professional History

2009 – Present
Independent aquatic ecology & technology consultant
2001 – Present
Director of LitePC Technologies Pty Ltd
2001 – 2005
Research Fellow, Monash University
1998 – 2001
Research Fellow, University of Maryland, USA
1994 - 1998
Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University
1990 - 1998
Ph.D. Thesis: “The impacts of natural disturbance in lotic ecosystems”, Monash University
B. Sc. (Hons, First Class), University of Adelaide

Areas of Expertise

Aquatic Ecology

Aquatic Ecology

  • Rivers, wetlands, estuaries and riparian systems
  • Prioritising and mapping values and threats
  • Biodiversity, condition, structure and function, ecological processes
  • Patch dynamics and disturbance ecology
  • Land use impacts
Ecosystem science and restoration

Ecosystem science and restoration

  • Ecosystem services
  • Australian Government Aquatic Ecosystems Toolkit
  • Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem (ANAE) classification
  • Environmental Management Plans, Conservation Management Plans
  • Climate change vulnerability, impacts
Environmental water

Environmental water

  • Murray Darling Basin Plan objectives and performance evaluation
  • Water industry policy and practice
  • Monitoring and evaluation of expected and measured outcomes
Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI)

  • Development of MERI frameworks and strategies
  • Objective setting, prioritisation, change detection
  • Implementation and project management
  • Stakeholder consultation and communication
GIS, remote sensing, land surface mapping

GIS, remote sensing, land surface mapping

  • GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS, MapInfo, GRASS, GDAL), automated work-flow
  • Digital terrain models, flow accumulation, network tracing (Geofabric, ArcHydro),
  • Satellite, LiDAR and drone image analysis and land cover mapping
  • Site location, land-use, and inundation mapping
Data management, integration and analysis

Data management, integration and analysis

  • Data management (governance policy, quality control, quality assurance, security and accessibility)
  • Data collation, interoperability, inspection, cleaning etc.
  • Databases and spreadsheets (SQL, MS Access, Envirosys, Excel)
  • Automation via programming and scripting (Unix Shell, Python, Perl, VBA)
Information technology for decision support

Information technology for decision support

  • Decision support, prioritisation and risk analyses
  • Web site design, data forms and report summaries
  • Project management tracking workflow, progress, issues
  • Collaboration tools
Ramsar and High Ecological Value Aquatic Ecosystems (HEVAE)

Ramsar and High Ecological Value Aquatic Ecosystems (HEVAE)

  • Ecological Character Description
  • Critical Components, Processes and Services (CPS)
  • Setting and evaluating Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC)
  • Ramsar Management Plans
  • Ramsar boundary description to Australian Government and Ramsar Secretariat standards
  • HEVAE determination and boundary delineation

Academic Profiles

ORCID ID ORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5636-1783

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Experience Demonstrating Expertise

Review some of the projects I have contributed to or dive into the pool of peer-reviewed papers and consulting reports I have (co)authored.

Featured Projects Publications & Reports

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