The Science Panel was the Victorian Coastal Council's scientific advisory group for coast and marine environments. The Panel comprised more than 30 senior scientists representing a broad range of disciplines to provide a "whole-of-coast" perspective.

The Victorian Coastal Council is a statutory body advising the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on coastal issues in Victoria. The Panel assisted the Council with this task by providing scientific input about Victoria’s coast. This recognised the critical role that independent and credible scientific advice has in informing evidence-based policy.

Membership of the Science Panel consisted of the Victorian Coastal Council Science and Environment Committee and external scientists. Panel members were involved as individual scientists, rather than institutional representatives, and several criteria were used in composing the Panel:

  • The scientific credibility and reputation of the individual;
  • The need to provide coverage of a broad range of disciplines related to coastal and marine science, such as marine and estuarine ecology, climate change processes, environmental chemistry, coastal and marine engineering, oceanography and geomorphology;
  • Recognition of system-wide linkages and the need for broad perspective, including catchment to coast;
  • Awareness of long-term and large scale environmental change.
  • A practical limitation that most scientists be based in Victoria.

Members of the Panel came from academic institutions, government agencies and the private sector.




Prof. Sam Adeloju


School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Monash University

Mr Chris Arnott

Catchments and fluvial geomorphology

Aither Pty Ltd

Assoc. Prof John Arnould

Marine mammals

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

Prof. Jon Barnett

Climate change and adaptation

University of Melbourne

Prof. John Beardall

Climate, marine botany

Faculty of Science, Monash University

Prof.Ian Bishop

Remote sensing

Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Modelling, University of Melbourne

Prof. Paul Boon

Saltmarsh ecosystems

Victoria University

Prof. Rebekah Brown

Urban water management and environmental sociology

Monash Sustainability Institute

Mr Gerry Byrne

Coastal engineering

Vantree Pty Ltd

Dr Perran Cook


Monash University

Dr Peter Dann


Phillip Island Nature Parks

Assoc. Prof Rob Day

Fisheries, particularly abalone

Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

Dr Tim Dempster

Aquaculture-environment interactions

Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

Prof. Peter Gell

Palaeoecology of coastal areas

School of Science, IT and Engineering, University of Ballarat

Prof. Graeme Hayes

Biological oceanography

Deakin University

Dr Jeremy Hindell

Estuarine biology

Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou

Marine habitat mapping

Deakin University

Dr Darren James

Coastal engineering

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Prof. Greg Jenkins

Marine ecology, fish

Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

Dr David Kennedy

Coastal geomorphology

Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne

Prof. Michael Keough

Marine ecology

University of Melbourne

Prof. Spas Kolev


School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Dr Randall Lee


Centre for Environmental Sciences, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Dr Brett Light

Chemistry, microscopic algae, nutrient management

Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Mr Andrew Longmore

Chemist, nutrient management

MAFRI, Department of Primary Industries

Dr Peter Macreadie

Blue carbon and marine ecology

Deakin University

Prof Dustin Marshall

Marine ecology and evolution

Monash University

Dr Andrew McCowan


Water Technology Pty Ltd

Dr Kathleen McInnes

Climate Impacts

Marine & Atmospheric Research, CSIRO

Dr Mark Norman


Sciences, Museum Victoria

Prof. Dayanthi Nugedoda

Effects of pollutants

School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University

Assoc. Prof. Vin Pettigrove

Catchment management and aquatic ecotoxicology

University of Melbourne

Dr David Provis

Coastal Oceanography

Cardno Pty Ltd

Prof. Ian Rae

Environmental chemistry

Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne

Mr Neville Rosengren

Coastal geomorphology

Dept of Civil Engineering & Physical Sciences, Latrobe University

Assoc. Prof. Ian Rutherford

Catchment management and policy

University of Melbourne

Dr John Sherwood

Chemistry, marine

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

Assoc. Prof Stephen Swearer

Marine ecology and oceanography

Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

EW Prof. Diana Walker

Marine botany; seagrass

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia

Dr Mike Weston

Birds, shore birds

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

Significant Science Panel Publications

Page last updated: 12/06/19