Name: Stephen James Neale
Address: PO Box 678
ph 0414 511 943
Home Address: 13 Barbarra street
Magnetic Island. 4819.
Ph 07 47581624
Business Name: STATUS (ABN 33299176044)
Date of Birth: 9 December 1966.
Education: Bachelor of Science (1988), University of Queensland.
Training and skills: 500 hours of underwater videography experience.
1300 hours logged SCUBA diving
Part 1 diver: Australian diver accreditation scheme
NAUI openwater diver
Small boat licence.
Shipboard safety certificate.
Advanced resuscitation and O2 certificate.
Radio operators licence.
Identification of corals to species level.
C class drivers licence.
Diploma of travel writing and photography.
Current Employment: Consultant for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Centre for Marine Studies (CMS - University of Queensland) and Burnett Shire Council.
Memberships: The Australian Coral Reef Society and Australian Marine Sciences Association
The Ocean Outfall Monitoring Project for the Burnett Shire Council comprises two parts. Firstly, use underwater video belt transects to monitor benthic communities at impact and control sites surrounding the outfall. Secondly, water quality sampling at sites adjacent to the outfall. I am responsible for the entire project from hire of boats and divers to the production of reports and analysis of video footage. The project sampling design and techniques are currently under review according to the recommendations put forward by myself in 2000.
August 1998 to March 2001
Participated on a two-week field trip to Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea to survey coral reefs within marine protected areas. Surveys use the line-intercept method of ascertaining the diversity of the benthic communities at these reefs.
Employed to co-ordinate the Ocean Outfall Monitoring Project for the Burnett Shire Council.
Completed underwater video analysis of transects for the Flinders Reef Monitoring Project, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (QDEH), Brisbane.
Employed on a variety of projects as a Marine Consultant including: Part two of the GBRMPA study into the coral bleaching event of 1998, analysis of underwater benthic video transects for Sinclair Knight Merz (environmental consultants), QDEH and AIMS. Engaged with AIMS for a detailed study into the effects of cyclone Rona on coral reefs in the Cairns Sector. Successfully tendered for the GBRMPA Sea Temperature Monitoring Program in August 1998. Employed as a Coral Specialist for two field trips (40 days total) with the AIMS Long Term Monitoring Project in October and November 1999.
January 1998 to July 1998
Consultant for the GBRMPA Monitoring Program. During this period 745 underwater video transects required analysis using detailed coral taxonomy skills. Of the 745 transects, 275 transects from inner and mid-shelf reefs were filmed by myself using underwater video. These transects represent the first part of a detailed study into the coral bleaching event that occurred in Jan/Feb of 1998.
November 1997 to December 1997
Participated in a 21-day field trip to the Capricorn Bunker and Swain regions of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) with Long Term Monitoring Project (LTMP) at AIMS. My duties were to replace underwater site markers on permanent long term monitoring sites assist in manta tow surveys of reef perimeters and take video footage of underwater belt transects.
September 1997 to November 1997
Contracted as an Environmental Scientist for Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd to assist in the Port Hinchinbrook Environmental Monitoring Program. A rigorous study involving daily turbidity measurements using a hand-held nephelometer and fixed dataloggers at a range of sites offshore from the Port Hinchinbrook Resort, Cardwell. The measurements were then detailed in a report and submitted daily to several independent assessors. This work required boat handling skills, the ability to work to tight deadlines, knowledge of SPSS and excel (within the windows 97 environment) maintenance of equipment (including calibration of data loggers) and good communication.
April 1996 to June 1996
Contracted by AIMS as an Experimental Scientist within the LTMP to coordinate surveys of benthos at reefs in the Townsville section of the GBR using underwater video. Assisted in water sampling and crown-of-thorn surveys.
January 1992 to June 1994
Contracted by the Long Term Monitoring Program at AIMS to assist in the setting up of long term monitoring sites on the GBR. Develop a method of surveying sites using underwater video. Training of personnel from QDEH and GBRMPA in underwater videography and techniques for videoing transects correctly and efficiently. Analyse underwater videos using detailed coral taxonomy skills. Rigorous checking, analysis and presentation of data. Organising and participation in 20 field trips to the GBR. Acting as team leader for several field trips and reporting of results to the participating government body (GBRMPA). Work closely with other members of the Program in water sampling, fish and crown-of-thorn surveys.
August 1989 to March 1991
Employed by the James Cook University to coordinate detailed sediment, algal and coral surveys at Magnetic Island, Townsville as part of an environmental impact assessment for the proposed Magnetic Quays Resort Complex. Coordinate a team of divers to collect sediment traps every 10 - 14 days (a total of 42 field trips), analyse samples within a narrow time frame and report results. Survey corals using underwater camera (over 1000 photos taken) and line intercept methods. Collect, measure and identify algae. Train new team members in underwater orienteering and collection methods.
Dr Hugh Sweatman
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Ph (07) 47534444
Dr Ray Berkelmans
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Ph (07) 47534268.
Dr Tony Ayling
Ph (07) 40907757
Christie,C.,Neale,S.,Oxley,W.,Osbourne,K.,Done,T.,Death,G & Oliver,J (1995).Corals and Sessile Benthos. Long Term Monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef. Status Report No. 1. Vol.1. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.
Christie,C.,Bass,D.,Neale,S.,Osbourne,K.,Oxley,W (1996). Surveys of Sessile Benthic Communities using the Video Technique. Long term monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef. Standard Operational Procedure No. 2. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.
Stephen Neale and Ray Berkelmans (1999). Long Term Sea Monitoring Program Progress Report to the Ports Corporation of Queensland.
Stephen Neale (2001). Environmental Monitoring Report August 2001 - Outfall Monitoring Program, Nielson Park, Bargara.
Stephen Neale (2001). Water Quality Report August 2001 - Outfall Monitoring Program, Nielson Park, Bargara.
Stephen Neale and Ray Berkelmans (2001). Long Term Sea Monitoring Program Progress Report to the Ports Corporation of Queensland.