Damien is a Senior Research Scientist specialising in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management. He has a BSc and PhD from James Cook University.
He has 14 years research experience in the tropics. This includes having conducted research into the plants and insect faunas of aquatic systems, forested freshwater wetlands and coastal ecosystems, particularly mangroves. Damien majored in Zoology and Marine Biology for his degree. His PhD was in mangrove ecology and has spent most of his professional life working on freshwater ecosystems. This includes extensive experience in the ecology of wetlands, water quality, biological control of weeds, the ecology of fish and invertebrates, grazing management in riparian ecosystems, wetland management in cropping catchments, planning for water resource developments, fisheries management, catchment planning and management.
Vern Veitch Vern is a wetlands research officer specialising in wetlands management for fishery values. He has a BSc from JCU majoring in Botany and Geography.
Vern recently graduated as a mature age student after lobbying for over 15 years on behalf of recreational fishers for better wetlands management. He has investigated and reported on the cause of fish kills and the importance of freshwater wetlands to marine fishery resource. Since leaving the Army in 1993, Vern has worked on improving land management to benefit the health of waterways. His commitment to this issue resulted in his enrolment as a mature age student and his subsequent employment with ACTFR.
Alan recently joined ACTFR, bringing a wealth of experience in tropical fish biology. Previously Alan was a Associate Lecturer in the School of Tropical Biology at James Cook University and has undertaken over 10 years of research on exotic fish species in the tropics.
Alan completed his MSc study in 1994 on ecological aspects of Tilapia and other introduced cichlids and as recently gone to complete his PhD in 2004 on the ecology of invasions on non-indigenous fishes in north Queensland. At ACTFR he is part of the Tilapia project funded by FNQ NRM.
Colton is a fish biologist and wetland ecologist specialising in freshwater fish surveys, electrofishing and habitat assessment and rehabilitation. He has a BSc (Hons) and MSc from JCU.
Colton has 12 years research experience in the tropics. This includes experience in wetland fish ecology, habitat assessment and rehabilitation, weed control and identification of key fish habitat requirements. He majored in Tropical Zoology and Freshwater Ecology for his degree. Colton has spent most of his professional life working on freshwater fish ecology, wetland assessment and rehabilitation, ground water dynamics and impacts on surfaces water in relation to fish habitat quality. This includes stream fish dymanics in seasonal streams of the Townsville region; floodplain wetland ecology and fish habitat assessment & rehabilitation; and ground water dynamics of the Tully-Murray floodplain
Mirjam is a GIS analyst, specialising in natural resource management applications. She has a BAppSc with Honours from JCU majoring in Environmental Management.
Mirjam has 5 years of experience in GIS and web page creation in tropical resource management. At ACTFR she supports a number of wetland projects with spatial analysis and map creation. She assists the other team members of this project with map creation and analysis, and as the webmanager she created pages together with the knowledge and ideas of the other members of the team.