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CURRICULUM VITAE


Anthony Michael AYLING

Place of Birth:
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Date of Birth:
23rd February 1947

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Qualifications:

1968
B.Sc. (Hons) 1st class honours in Zoology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
1976
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Thesis title: The role of biological disturbance in determining the organisation of encrusting communities in temperate waters.

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Employment History:

1970-1973
Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholar, New Zealand.
1976-1979
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Auckland.
1980-present
Consultant in the field of marine biological research imapct assessment and management.

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Professional and Research Experience:

  1. Primary Skills
  2. Professional activities in the field of environmental impact surveys, biological monitoring and marine zoning and management plans.
  3. Teaching Experience
  4. Research Programs
  5. Overseas Experience
  6. Other Relevant Qualifications and Experience

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  1. Primary Skills.
    1. Design, planning, management and implementation of cost-effective, statistically valid, marine resource surveys.

    2. Design, planning, management and implementation of cost-effective, statistically valid, environmental impact assessment programs for marine environments.

    3. Quantitative field assessment of temperate and subtropical benthic, mobile invertebrate and fish communities.

    4. Quantitative field assessment of coral reef benthic, mobile invertebrate and fish communities.

    5. Taxonomy of tropical and temperate fishes, corals and other marine invertebrates.

    6. Quantitative field assessment of seagrass beds.

    7. Report writing, data entry and statistical analysis.

    8. Planning, management, and assessment issues for Marine Reserves.


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  3. Professional activities in the field of environmental impact surveys, biological monitoring and marine zoning and management plans.
    1976-1979
    Responsibility for planning and implementing survey work for N.Z. first marine reserve, including subtidal habitat maps, baseline biological surveys of fishes and other organisms and zoning plans.
    1980-2002
    Development and implementation of survey programs and methodology for marine management and zoning requirements.
    1. Surveys for zoning requirements of Far-North, Cairns, Central, Capricorn and Capricornia Sections of the GBR Marine Park.

    2. Biological survey of Coral Sea National Nature Reserves.

    3. Development of sampling and survey methodology for corals and other encrusting organisms, invertebrates (eg Acanthaster, Tridacna) and reef fishes.

    4. Development of broadscale sampling plans to analyse regional and temporal patterns of abundance in commercially exploited species of reef fish.

    5. Analysis of coral population patterns and abundance.

    6. Surveys of Ningaloo Reef National Park, West Australia.

    7. Surveys for marine resource management in Vanuatu.

    8. Monitoring of fish populations during a temporary replenishment closure of Bramble Reef.

    9. Coral and fish surveys on fringing reefs in the Cairns Section of the GBR Marine Park.

    10. Surveys of marine communities in the Cape Flattery Port Area, including reefs, benthic biota, shore biota and seagrasses.

    11. Surveys of fringing reef value and fish populations in the Shoalwater Bay area.

    12. Responsible for organising and carrying out visual fish counts for the 10 year CRC Effects of Fishing program.

    13. Comparison of coral survey methods around Magnetic Island.

    1981-2002
    Design and implementation of specific monitoring programs for environmental impact reports.
    1. Monitoring programs to determine the effects of tourist use pontoons on coral communities on Norman, Arlington, Moore and Hardy Reefs.

    2. Baseline surveys in Port Moresby Harbour, PNG.

    3. Major survey of Cape Tribulation fringing reefs, FNQ, to detect effects of sediment run-off on corals.

    4. Surveys at Thetford, Arlington, Hook, Hastings and Hardy Reefs.

    5. Surveys of marine habitats including seagrass beds for evaluation of oil spill sensitivity, Spencer Gulf, South Australia.

    6. Development of Environmental Monitoring Program requirements for Port Hinchenbrook Development, Oyster Point, Cardwell.

    7. Monitoring of impacts on fringing reefs from Townsville Port channel dredging, including sites at Rattlesnake Is.

    8. Long term monitoring on a variety of GBR fringing reefs to look at possible human impacts: 1984-2002+

    9. Monitoring of coral reefs in the vicinity of the Townsville Port Dredging and Nelly Harbour Dredging, Magnetic Island.


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  5. Teaching Experience.
    1972-1974
    Tutor to senior undergraduate classes, Department of Zoology, University of Auckland.
    1974-1975
    Lecture series to senior undergraduate classes in Marine Zoology on Taxonomy of Invertebrates.
    1991-1992
    Lecture courses to oil industry personnel on Tropical Marine Ecosystems and potential oil impacts.

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  7. Research Programs.
    1968-1976
    Experimental analysis of factors influencing the structure of temperate encrusting communities.
    1. Role of light and water movement.

    2. Role of biotic factors such as grazing and competition in determining encrusting organism abundance.

    1970-1996
    Taxonomy and demography of reef fishes.
    1. Descriptions of new species of reef fishes.

    2. Analyses of the distribution and structure of fish faunas.

    3. Behavioural and ecological studies of temperate water reef fishes.

    1979-2002
    Analyses of long term temporal and regional spatial patterns in coral reef organisms.
    1. Long term patterns of abundance of reef fishes on the GBR.

    2. Longitudinal and latitudinal trends in the abundance of serranid and chaetodontid fishes on the GBR.


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  9. Overseas Experience.
    1. PNG: Surveys for Ok Tedi Mining on reefs in Port Moresby Harbour area, including extensive consultations with nationals over use of area.

    2. Vanuatu: Marine resource assessment of reef areas throughout Vanuatu, including training and use of ni-Vanuatu personnel.

    3. Indonesia/Malaysia: Lecture courses to oil industry personnel on Tropical Marine Ecosystems and potential oil impacts.

    4. Seychelles: Assessment of fisheries resources for SFA, including training of Seychellois personnel.

    5. New Zealand: Considerable experience in assessment of benthic and fish communities.


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  11. Other Relevant Qualifications and Experience.
    1. Qualified Scuba Instructor (NZUA 2 star rating); Australian Commercial Diver Certification; 40 years scuba diving experience with over 10,000 hours spent underwater.

    2. Experienced underwater photographer.

    3. Considerable experience with boat building (GRP and wood), machinery maintenance (outboards and diesels) and general boat and building maintenance.

    4. Qld. Transport Unrestricted Coxswain Ticket; over 2.5 years sea time (USL Master Class V requirements).

    5. Considerable experience in writing popular articles for magazines; including planning and writing a series of 24 articles on NZ marine habitats for the NZ Nature Heritage Series in 1974.


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Major Contracting Agencies 1981-Present

1981
OK Tedi Mining.
1982-1993
Marine Science and Ecology, Melbourne.
1982-2000
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
1984
Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service.
1986
North Queensland Engineers and Agents.
1987
Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia.
1987-1996
Hamilton Island Enterprises.
1988
Tinsail Pty Ltd.
1988
Republic of Vanuatu: Ministry of Lands, Minerals and Fisheries.
1989-2000
Quantitative Ecology Division, Dept. of Marine Biology, James Cook University.
1992-1998
Great Adventures (Daikyo Australia Pty Ltd)
1992-1995
Sunlover Cruises (NYK)
1992-1998
Fantasea Cruises Pty Ltd
1990-2000
Australian Institute of Marine Science
1996-1998
Ports Corporation of Queensland.
2000-2002
Gutteridge, Haskins and Davey Pty Ltd.

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