Darren is a highly-respected scientist from a 26 year career in conservation planning, impact assessment and ecological investigations. Darren has developed a high level of project management skills and has led multi-disciplined teams on major projects across Queensland and northern NSW. From his career in state government roles, he pioneered many of the conservation planning tools now well entrenched in Queensland’s regulatory and planning processes. Darren was instrumental in the development of two significant conservation mapping and planning decision support tools: Biodiversity Planning Assessments (BPAs / BAMM) and Aquatic Conservation Assessments (AquaBAMM).
He was a co-author of the AquaBAMM which his team applied to the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin catchments, the Lake Eyre Basin, Brisbane City Council and NSW Murray-Darling Basin catchments. Darren is a nationally recognised freshwater turtle specialist and continues to maintain his research focus through publishing peer reviewed scientific journal articles. He is regularly invited to contribute to national and state programs. He has provided expert input to the Queensland Wetland Program since its inception and participated in a number of National programs including the Sustainable Rivers Audit, Ground Water Dependent Ecosystem mapping and many more. His is also an excellent facilitator of scientific workshops.
Australian Society of Herpetology