Researcher biography

Frederick has extensive experience in ecological field monitoring, analysis and evaluation. He holds a first-class BSc(Hon) in Environmental Science (Aquatic Ecology) from Murdoch University (1996). His experience includes sampling and analysis of phytoplankton, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and freshwater fish, and the development of condition monitoring for riverine vegetation, water birds, fluvial geomorphology and water quality parameters.

His biological monitoring experience includes macroinvertebrate monitoring in the Swan River in WA, algal monitoring in the ACT, assessment of impacts from uranium mining in Kakadu National Park in the NT and coordinating the Sustainable Rivers Audit (SRA), the largest biomonitoring program in the Murray-Darling Basin, undertaken from 2004 to 2013.

He joined the Murray-Darling Basin Commission/Authority in 2002 as part of the SRA team, and lead the program as a Director from 2010-2013. During that time, he also completed a Master of Integrated Water Management with the International Water Centre, a joint program of the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and University of Western Australia. The topic of his third-year dissertation project was ‘A comparative analysis of the Yellow River, China, and the Murray-Darling Basin: an ecosystem services valuation approach to address ecological restoration of rivers’.

Since 2013, he continued to work in the Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation team at MDBA, assessing impacts on river health from the implementation of the Basin Plan. In 2015, he was volunteering for Stockholm Environment Institute-Asia for three months, to assist with research on water quality issues for a Pilot project in the Chindwin Basin in Myanmar (July - September). This work contributed to a publication for the 3rd International Conference on the Status and Future of the World’s Largest Rivers, April 2017, New Delhi, India.
Increasingly, Frederick’s research interest is focusing on policy and governance settings as the primary challenge for managing natural resource systems in a sustainable way. This includes determining the contextual parameters for sustainable development, in both developing and developed countries, and involves key principles of integrated water resource management.
In February 2017, he has returned to full-time study, undertaking a PhD at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) at the University of Queensland. The PhD wants to investigate the role of River Basin Organizations in sustainable management of river basins. Looking at socio-ecological systems dynamics, the study aims to develop an integrated governance and management framework to deliver water and ecosystem services security, using a semi-quantitative indicator approach. The framework will be applied in three river basins around the world: Yellow River (China), Ebro River (Spain) and São Francisco River Basin (Brazil). Learnings should provide lessons for RBOs in other parts of the world, including the Asia-Pacific.