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Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Western Sydney University

Ian is a senior lecturer in the School of Science and Health. He teaches students in water science and management, environmental planning and environmental regulation fields across several degree programs.

Prior to WSU Ian worked as a scientist in the urban water industry. His research interests include freshwater ecology, water chemistry and water pollution (science and management).

Ian has a long standing interest in the impact of urban development and coal mining on streams and rivers. He has provided independent expert testimonies for environmental science matters for the NSW Land & Environment Court.

He is also an enthusiastic participant in community engagement activities in water science and management projects and is often called on to provide expert commentary in the media.

He also frequently visits primary and secondary schools, on behalf of the University, to deliver classes to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.


  • 2010–present
    Lecturer, Western Sydney University


  • 2006 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD in freshwater ecology


  • 2017
    Coal mine water pollution and ecological impairment of one of Australia's most 'protected' high conservation-value rivers, Water, Air and Soil Pollution
  • 2016
    Water quality impact from the discharge of coal mine wastes to receiving streams: comparison of impacts from an active mine with a closed mine, Water, Air and Soil Pollution
  • 2016
    Impact of mining and industrial pollution on stream macroinvertebrates: importance of taxonomic resolution, water geochemistry and EPT indices for impact detection, Hydrobiologia
  • 2015
    Subsidence from an underground coal mine and mine wastewater discharge causing water pollution and degradation of aquatic ecosystems, Water, Air and Soil Pollution
  • 2014
    A review of policy, legal, land use and social change in the management of urban water resources in Sydney, Australia : a brief reflection of challenges and lessons from the last 200 years, Land Use Policy
  • 2011
    A new type of water pollution: concrete drainage infrastructure and contamination of urban waters., Marine and Freshwater Research
  • 2011
    Environmental protection and management: a water pollution case study in the Blue Mountains, Land Use Policy
  • 2010
    Impact of urban development on aquatic macroinvertebrates in south eastern Australia, Aquatic Ecology
  • 2010
    Wombats and domestic livestock as potential vectors of Cryptosporidium and Giardia , Australian Journal of Zoology
  • 2010
    Impact of concrete and PVC pipes on urban water chemistry, Urban Water Journal
  • 2009
    Comparison of sewage and coal-mine wastes on macroinvertebrates within a clean catchment, Water, Air and Soil Pollution

Research Areas

  • Freshwater Ecology (060204)
  • Environmental Sciences (05)
  • Environmental Management (050205)