Dr Paul Erftemeijer, a Principal Marine Scientist with leading projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has been awarded an honorary position as Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, jointly within the UWA Oceans Institute and the School of Plant Biology.
The appointment is initially for a period of three years.
Paul has more than 20 years of international experience as a specialist consultant and applied scientist focusing on human impacts, management, recovery and restoration of critical marine and coastal ecosystems around the world.
He has extensive working experience in a consulting role with industry and other clients as technical advisor to address environmental concerns related to coastal and marine development projects, including dredging operations.
He frequently provides expert advice in relation to seagrasses, coral reefs, mangroves, water quality and environmental aspects of dredging.
In more recent times, Paul has been consulting to Inpex on its Ichthys project and for Chevron’s Wheatstone project on various environmental aspects of large-scale dredging works near sensitive marine habitats.
This includes the development of water quality threshold criteria for the reactive monitoring of the dredging works.
Paul has been serving on two expert working groups for the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) on developing best practice guidelines for dredging and port construction near coral reefs and coastal plant habitats.
He is also the lead author for two milestone scientific papers reviewing the environmental impacts of dredging on seagrasses and corals.
Paul’s appointment to this adjunct position strengthens the links between SKM and UWA, and the wider WA marine science community.