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Andrew Lewis Bsc (Hons), PhD, James Cook University of North Queensland


PERSONAL DETAILS

Name: Andrew Robert Lewis
Occupation: Marine Biologist
Date of Birth: May 24th, 1969. Sydney, Australia.
Address: Tevene'i Marine P.O. Box 137 Magnetic Island. QLD. 4819. Phone: (61) 0419 712 579 Email: andy@reefecotours.com
Relationship Status:

Single

Children: Tai Andrew Lewis, born 11.11.1996

Felix Hali Lewis, born 18.3.1999

Bonnie Rain Dyer-Lewis, born 23.12.05

Immara Dawn Dyer-Lewis, born 18.1.09


QUALIFICATIONS


TERTIARY EDUCATION

1987-1989 Bachelor of Science, James Cook University.

Majors in Marine Biology and Organic Chemistry. Courses studied at 3rd year level include Coral reef Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Tropical Ichthyology, Biology of Tropical Crustaceans, Ecological Concepts and Methods, Advanced Biometrics, Advanced Statistical Computing, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry.

1991 Bachelor of Science with Honours (1A) in Marine Biology, James Cook University.

Thesis title: "Reproductive biology of Idiosepius pygmaeus (Cephalopoda: Idiosepiidae) from waters near Townsville, North Queensland, Australia". Honours Literature Review title: "A review of cephalopod life history biology, with emphasis on the growth of squids". Project Supervisor: Professor J. Howard Choat, JCU.

1992-1998 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Marine Biology, James Cook University.

Thesis title: " The temporal dynamics of populations of fishes on large patch reefs and their responses to experimental coral disturbance ". Thesis submitted October 1998. Project Supervisor: Professor J. Howard Choat, Department of Marine Biology, James Cook University of North Queensland.


SECONDARY EDUCATION

Higher School Certificate - Frankston High School, Victoria, 1986. Awarded Dux of School.

AWARDS & RESEARCH GRANTS
James Cook University Merit Research Grant, 1993. $8,000.
James Cook University Merit Research Grant, 1995. $6,000.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Augmentative Research Grant, 1993. $1,500.
Australian Post-Graduate Research Award, 1992-1995. $63,000.



EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Principal consultant and Proprietor, Tevene'i Marine and Reef EcoTours. 1997-present.

In early 1997 I formed Tevene’i Marine and Reef EcoTours, a coral reef ecology consulting and ecotourism business based on Magnetic Island. Through the business, I provide technical marine biology expertise in a range of areas, including ecotourism, sampling designs and analytical strategies for impact assessment and monitoring in tropical reef environments, information on the ecology of reef organisms for scientists and film-makers, field education programs for groups of tertiary students, and custom-designed reef ecotourism packages. I am responsible for the principal areas of the maintenance and development of the business, including field operations, accounting, internet & website development, permit approvals, insurance, planning, personnel training, and marketing.

Consultant Marine Biologist, North Star Cruises, 2006-present.

I began working with North Star Cruises in 2006, and now provide specialist marine ecology expertise on all True North cruises that visit tropical marine areas, including the West Coast of WA and Kimberley, the Rowley Shoals, Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay in West Papuan Indonesia, and the Bismarck Sea, Solomon Sea, and Louisiade Archipelago in Papua New Guinea. I am responsible for the development and delivery of the onboard science and ecology programs on the vessel, and manage snorkelling operations while at sea. I also take an active role in the promotion and marketing of the company's products within Australia and overseas.

Consultant marine biologist, School of Biological Sciences, James Cook University, 2000.

During Febuary - August 2000 I worked as a consultant to the School of Biological Sciences, JCU. I acted as the coordinator and principal lecturer for 3 short field courses run by JCU for college students from the US. "Reef and Rainforest Ecosystems" was a 2-week course for 22 students, visiting Lizard Island Research Station and the Rainforests of Cape Tribulation. "Tropical Marine Ecosystems" was a 4-week course for 17 students, visiting Orpheus Island Research Station and the Rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. "Coral Reef Ecology" was a 4-week course for 5 students, visiting the reefs in the Palm Island Group and the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Consultant marine biologist, Dept. of Marine Biology, James Cook University 1999 & 2000.

During August - November 1999 & 2000 I worked as a consultant to the Dept. of Marine Biology at JCU, teaching a 2nd year marine biology course (Tropical Marine Ecosystems) each week of second semester at the Cairns campus of JCU. The course focussed on Coral Reef, Mangrove, and Seagrass ecosystems of north Queensland.

Consultant coral reef ecologist, Michigan High Schools Science & Technology Group, Lizard Island Research Station, 1999.

During July 1999 I worked as a consultant to the Michigan High Schools Science & Technology Group, at Lizard Island, teaching a 7-day coral reef ecology course to a group of 17 gifted high school students.

Consultant coral reef ecologist, University of New Mexico, Lizard Island Research Station, 1999.

During June 1999 I worked as a consultant to the Biology Dept.of the University of New Mexico at Lizard Island, teaching a 10-day coral reef ecology course to a group of 14 final year university students.

Consultant marine biologist, School of Biological Sciences, James Cook University, 1999.

During May - July 1999 I worked as a consultant to the School of Biological Sciences, JCU. I acted as the overall coordinator for the 4-week short field course "Tropical Ecosystems", run by JCU for students from Beaver College (U.S.). I also taught the coral reef field component of the course at Orpheus Island Research Station.

Consultant marine biologist, Dept. of Marine Biology, James Cook University, 1999.

During April - August 1999 I worked as a consultant to the Dept. of Marine Biology, JCU. I prepared a revised & updated report to the Fisheries Research and Development Council entitled " Further Studies of the External Mantle Secretory Glands of Pearl Oysters and the role of their Secretions in Pearl Shell Production (project No. 93/154)".

Consultant coral reef ecologist, coral bleaching monitoring, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, 1998.

During September - November 1998 I worked as a field consultant to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on the Coral Bleaching Monitoring Project. I used underwater video equipment and SCUBA to make quantitative video transects of the coral communities on 24 reefs off the North Queensland coast, including Magnetic Island, the Whitsunday Islands, the Palm Islands, and the mid-shelf barrier reefs adjacent to Townsville. Data were used to assess the recovery of corals after the bleaching event in early 1998.

Consultant coral reef ecologist, BBC Natural History Unit, Lizard Island, November 1998.

During November 1998 I worked on Lizard Island as a field consultant to the BBC Natural History Unit, where they were filming a new documentary on the worlds oceans, entitled "Blue Planet". My role was to provide information on the ecology of the organisms they wished to film, locate them on the reefs at Lizard Island, capture them, and transfer them to aquaria for filming.

Research Scientist, Department of Marine Biology, James Cook University. 1992 -1997.

Development and execution of a research program for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Thesis Title: " The temporal dynamics of populations of fishes on large patch reefs and their responses to experimental disturbance". I designed and implemented a study which examined the composition of reef fish communities, their changes over time, and their responses to disturbance. During this period, I carried out an 8 month pilot study, and then designed a 2 year sampling program to collect community and species level data for reef fishes, hard and soft corals, major groups of invertebrates (i.e. echinoderms, molluscs), and larval settlement. I developed and used non-destructive visual sampling techniques, including underwater video equipment. A major innovation was the incorporation of physical attributes of the reef structure (isolated lagoonal bommies) into the sampling design, in order to increase sampling precision. During this time, I also studied the performance of traditional visual censuses of fishes in belt transects at Orpheus Island, where I examined temporal variability in fish counts at hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly time scales. This research program involved regular field sampling on the Great Barrier Reef, data collection, extensive data analysis, and the preparation of papers for publication in international journals of marine biology.

Consultant Marine Biologist, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, 1997.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, in conjunction with INTROMARC and AMSAT, conducted a series of integrated coastal zone planning and management training courses for marine resource managers from the Government of Indonesia during 1997. I developed and presented a 2-day lecture program, entitled "The use of field disturbance experiments as tools for Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring", as part of these training courses. The lectures involved liaison with an Indonesian interpreter.

Marine Ecologist, School for International Training, 1996 - 2008.

The School for International Training accepts college students from institutions all over the USA for 6 month courses of study abroad. I taught the coral reef ecology component of the Australian course twice per year. The 10 day short courses involve lectures and field studies at research stations on the Great Barrier Reef (Orpheus Island Research Station and Lizard Island Research Station). I presented lectures on coral reef ecology, conducted snorkelling excursions, and supervised the field study projects of up to 12 students.

Consultant Chemist, Animal Physiology Group, Dept. of Zoology, JCU. 1996.

10 week short contract to design an extraction and purification protocol for secondary metabolites from the tree Eucalyptus jenseni.

Consultant Chemist, Natural Products Group, Dept. of Chemistry, JCU. 1996.

Six month part time contract to examine the biologically active secondary metabolites of the sponge Dysidea herbacea. Work involved isolating and identifying chemical compounds, synthesising derivatives, and field collecting.

Statistical Consultant to the Giant Clam Project, Dept. of Zoology, JCU, 1992.

Data analysis and report recommendations for the paper "Braley, R.D. et al, 1992. Passive Greenhouse heating, recirculation, and nutrient addition for nursery phase Tridacna gigas: growth boost during winter months. Aquaculture. 108: 29-50".

Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, JCU, January - December 1990.

Collection, extraction, isolation, and structure determination of organic molecules from tropical marine invertebrates. Work was done in collaboration with Professor John C. Coll and other members of the Natural Products Group. Compilation of a computer database for the organic molecules isolated by the Group. Operation of High Pressure Liquid Chromatography apparatus and a Bruker 400Mhz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer.

Marine Biologist - Senior Deckhand. Pure Pleasure Cruises, Townsville. February - October 1989.

Duties included public liaison during snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours on the Great Barrier Reef together with general vessel maintenance.


OTHER SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

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SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

1. Publications and Submissions

2. Theses

3. Conference Papers

4. Consultant Reports


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