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Hydroterra Associates are experts in their chosen field, specialising in utilising technology and application knowledge to identify and deliver solutions, which optimise our clients productivity, reduce their operational regulatory compliance costs, whilst protecting and enhancing their reputation.

Our core competency in facilitation of knowledge and technology transfer is only achieved through the quality of our people.

HydroTerra has employed the expertise of experienced Natural Resource Management and Environmental Monitoring Experts in order to provide clients with the best knowledge and best solutions to all environmental monitoring requirements.

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Ric Bland

NRM Associate

Dip Forestry, BSC (Forestry), Grad dip Mgmt, MB, CEnvP #15, MEIANZ, GAIDC

Ric Bland has extensive experience of government processes at Commonwealth, State and local levels, including policy development, implementation and review.  He has particular expertise in strategic planning on both public and private land, natural resources management issues (surface water and groundwater, land use and zoning, land protection, fisheries and forests) and environmental assessments (biodiversity (particularly the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and its predecessor the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act, and key State and Territory Acts), endangered species and communities, flora, fauna and cultural heritage). 

He has prepared Environment Management Plans for road construction, contaminated sites remediation, land development landfills, and marine activities.  He has undertaken environmental (and social audits) of Environmental Management Plans and Monitoring Plans for landfills, land development, mines, ports and transshipment facilities. 

As a Manager, Ric has led environmental (permitting, contaminated land and water) teams, developing and growing a business.

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Tom Noble

Tom is an Associate with HydroTerra. Tom brings a wealth of knowledge in hydrographics and the practicalities of environmental measurement.

Tom’s experience covers 21 years in the water industry, (surface and sub-surface monitoring) initially working for the Rural Water Commission/ State Rivers and Thiess Environmental Services. His ground-up experience has provided him an invaluable knowledge of the natural and operational performance of rivers, streams and channels in the states South East.

He has worked with the SRW, DSE, CMA’s and the BOM to design rainfall/stream flow monitoring networks and applied telemetry systems to a large number of sites to create flood warning networks. He has managed the installation and operation of real time and near real time web based stream level, flow and water quality data reporting on behalf of SRW, Melbourne Water, East Gippsland Water and South Gippsland Water.


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John Runcie 


John is a consulting research scientist specialising in water quality monitoring, marine and estuarine environment assessment and plant health measurements. Projects range from the assessment of marine pollution, wheat cultivar performance assessment and coral reef system studies (developing a eutrophication assessment tool), to plant physiological stress determinations and seagrass stress studies.

John has worked extensively with the Australian Government Antarctic Division, the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research program (a NOAA subprogram), and a variety of government and non-government organisations both in Australia and internationally to help them achieve their scientific and monitoring objectives. He is an Honorary Research Associate with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, the University of Sydney, Australia.

John is Chief Executive Officer of Aquation Pty Ltd, an Australian company designing and manufacturing innovative solutions for the water quality monitoring and plant health sciences. This has included development of a series of modulated chlrophyll fluorometers for lab and field use. The flagship Shutter Fluorometer automatically dark-acclimates plants both in the field, and underwater to 50 m depth, and performs measurements indicating photosynthetic capability. In addition, John has developed a range of other equipment for marine and estuarine sciences.

John is experienced in water quality monitoring including the measurement of the standard array of water quality measurements (turbidity, pH, temperature, Electrical Conductivity).  New sensing technologies now available may usefully be incorporated into the WQ monitoring system, for example solid state pH sensors and optical DO sensors, which both have good stability over long time periods.  He has recently published the results of a pH monitoring device he designed and tested in Sydney Harbour for pH monitoring.



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Alastair Reed

 Training & Agriculture Associate  

Alastair has developed a broad range of experience in natural resource management, data analytics, agriculture, practical-based training and integrated technology. After completing Science (Genetics) and Forest Science degrees at the University of Melbourne, he worked in strategic planning and fire-line operations for the Victorian Government Fire Management Department before undertaking a PhD in Forest Genetics. The systems-thinking approach developed during this research has been used to inform later research output in natural environments, broad-acre cropping and horticulture, particularly using IPM to enhance ecosystem services. Research in big data analytics led to being presented with the Christophe Baron Award for Best Presentation at the 2015 American Association of Wine Economists Conference. Alastair has consulted in energy management and sensor-implementation for operational optimisation of agricultural enterprises. 

Between 2008 and 2016 Alastair coordinated the Viticulture and Winemaking higher education program at Melbourne Polytechnic, developing a pioneering online delivery program, allowing off-site students to undertake highly practical courses with a firm and uncompromising grounding within industry-recognised graduate outcomes. Alastair brings this approach to HydroTerra's innovative program of training packages, providing flexibly delivered courses for environmental monitoring professionals.

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Professor Bill Moran 


Ph.D. Mathematics, B.Sc.(Hons)

Bill is a Professor at RMIT University in the School of Electrical and Computing Engineering. Bill has worked as a university scholar at several universities across Australia and in Liverpool, UK. With a PhD in Mathematics, Bill has lecturer and been director of the Defence Science Institute at Melbourne University. Professor Moran has published multiple research papers on Fusion theorems and mathematical sciences.