Dr Chris Cuff is one of Australia’s leading experts on the properties of swelling clays and soil dispersivity, and relationships between clay and water. Over the last 40 years, he has gained international recognition for his knowledge on the interactions between soils and waters under tropical conditions. Chris has considerable expertise in a broad range of environmentally significant areas and has led a comprehensive range of projects nationally and internationally for industry, government agencies, private clients and academic students. Some of Chris’s previous roles include Senior Lecturer in geochemistry/mineralogy in the Department of Geology, Foundation Director of the Advanced Analytical Laboratory, Director of the Economic Geology Research Unit, and Dean of Science at James Cook University.
E-mail: Chris Cuff
Dr Cecily Rasmussen is an environmental geomorphologist who has dedicated the majority of her professional career to water quality and the processes of water, sediment and associated contaminant transportation on both spatial and temporal scales. Cecily has worked extensively in sensitive environments, including world heritage areas such as the coastline of the wet tropics, the islands of the Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef. In recent years she has devoted considerable time to understanding the complexities of water distribution through palaeo-channels, and the impact of climate change, aquifer recharge, and the overuse of groundwater on the ecology of groundwater-dependent ecosystems.
E-mail: Cecily Rasmussen
Mr Geoffrey Kavanagh has been intimately involved with the water reform process in Queensland for over 10 years. The Fitzroy Basin was one of the first areas in Queensland to go through the water resource planning process, and was therefore also one of the first to investigate the complex issues involved in formulating such a plan. Geoffrey was an initial member of the working group, providing practical, implementation advice and working closely with all other stakeholders. He has maintained his level of involvement in water reform issues since that time, and is consequently one of the few individuals in Queensland who has that depth of knowledge. Geoffrey was a member of the board of the CRC for Irrigation Futures, and has held positions on a number of water advisory groups and committees. Geoffrey has also been involved in all state wide water pricing processes in Queensland since the beginning of the water reform agenda. Further to this Geoffrey manages water for a number of small businesses in the Emerald area as well as local mining bodies.
E-mail: Geoffrey Kavanagh
Mr Ben Cuff has been involved in environmental sampling (water, soil, sediment, and vegetation) for over 15 years. He has extensive field experience in a variety of situations ranging from south-east Asia, to the wet tropics and dry environments. Ben couples his field experience with high levels of computer literacy, statistical and GIS experience. He is integral to the operations of C&R Consulting by having the ability to pre-empt the requirements of others, and by intelligently compiling, analysing and presenting data and carrying out initial assessments and interpretations. Ben is C&R’s chief drone pilot.
E-mail: Ben Cuff
Mr Matt Knott is an aquatic ecologist with over 15 years research experience specialising in environmental impact assessments and monitoring, with particular focus on tropical freshwater and marine systems. He has an extensive knowledge of fieldwork techniques and environmental analytical procedures (water, sediment, air and biota) required for peer-reviewed research projects (e.g. determining the impact of feral pigs on tropical wetlands). Matt holds all relevant certificates needed to conduct the appropriate field work associated with aquatic ecosystem surveys (including AusRivAS certification). In addition, Matt holds a senior certification for electrofishing, a relatively unique sampling technique used to provide accurate surveys of freshwater fish populations. Since starting with C&R Consulting, Matt has applied his detailed knowledge of ecological processes and extensive project management skills to a wide range of projects including aquatic ecology impact assessments for large mining projects and port facilities, receiving environment monitoring programmes (REMPs), stygofauna pilot studies, fish relocation projects, contaminated land studies, bushfire hazard assessments, terrestrial ecology surveys, surface water and groundwater monitoring and assessments, and general mine compliance issues (e.g. EA amendments). Matt’s unique ability to quickly adapt to new tasks and manage multi-disciplinary projects makes him an integral part of C&R’s problem solving team.
E-mail: Matt Knott
Ms Siân Kennare is a senior scientist who specialises in mining environmental management and groundwater hydrology. Siân has worked on a variety of challenging and diverse environmental projects. She brings to C&R a strong understanding of environmental management issues and a proven track record demonstrating a dynamic approach to project management. Recently, she has played a vital role in the on-site environmental management of several Bowen Basin coal mines, including on-site bore monitoring, rehabilitation inspections, earthmoving contractor management, government liaison, risk assessments and job safety analysis, and collating data for water balances and groundwater models.
Prior to her employment with C&R Consulting, Siân spent 18 months working in the Bowen Basin with Vale Australia as an environmental advisor, managing various projects. This role has familiarised her with the approvals process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, as well as the environmental legislative requirements under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, and associated environmental protection policies. Siân has also audited mine-site ISO14001 environmental management systems, which involves the identification of gaps, and the analysis and evaluation of environmental management principles and operational processes. Siân is highly proficient with GIS and has an extensive understanding of hydrological processes associated with coastal and river systems, both underpinning her modelling skills.
E-mail: Siân Kennare
Dr Jasmine Jaffrés is a natural systems analyst with over ten years of research experience in the fields of environmental sciences, data quality and numerical programming. Her professional and academic work to date has concentrated on data analysis and modelling of extreme weather events, climatology and physical/geochemical ocean processes, also incorporating the use of remote sensing data. Her additional experience includes groundwater quality, artificial neural networks, isotope studies, as well as tertiary teaching in hydrology and mathematics. Jasmine is adept in the use of a range of software, including MATLAB/Octave, ArcGIS/QGIS, xprafts, SMS TUFLOW, SPSS, R, GrADS and Excel/VBA, and speaks German, French, Italian and Mandarin with varying proficiencies.
E-mail: Jasmine Jaffrés
Mr Dean Buchanan has over 9 years of experience working in the field of science. He began his professional career in science gaining essential background science skills working in both analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratories for a global skincare manufacturer. During an undergraduate degree studying biochemistry and biotechnology in Canada, Dean gained a strong understanding of the chemical processes at an atomic scale to the observable ecological systems at a macroscopic scale. In 2015, Dean completed research on the environmental impacts of freshwater dredging as part of his thesis for the Master of Environmental Management programme at Central Queensland University. Since relocating to Queensland, he has gained experience with the investigation, management and reporting of soils, groundwater, surface water, bore development, crops, waste water, treated effluent and acid sulphate soils. He also specialises in the installation of remote sensing, sampling and data logging equipment, as well as the analysis and interpretation of the acquired datasets. Dean has been involved in the assessment and rehabilitation of several contaminated land sites in Queensland, with special attention to the associated impacts on groundwater networks.
E-mail: Dean Buchanan
Julia Routh is a scientific technician with a broad range of skills and over two years of experience at C&R. Julia graduated from James Cook University with an Advanced Bachelor of Science, majoring in environmental management. As part of the advanced degree, Julia has completed research on the suppressive abilities of soils in relation to Panama Disease infections of banana crops in Far North Queensland. While working for C&R, Julia has gained experience in field sampling of surface water, ground water and sediment in a wide range of environments, most notably within the mining industry of central and western Queensland. Julia also has experience in environmental management of construction sites, including erosion and sediment control, water management and soil management.
E-mail: Julia Routh
Mr Alexander Barnes is an environmental scientist who specialises in geology and geotechnical engineering. Alex has worked on a variety of mine sites and projects in Australia and has over 20 years of experience working in the resources sector. He has a strong understanding of legislative, safety, technical and environmental factors, having worked across a broad spectrum of mining activities, ranging from greenfield exploration right through to production.
Prior to his employment with C&R Consulting, Alex spent 15 years working for Glencore (formerly Xstrata) across a range a disciplines, including geotechnical engineering, resource geology, exploration, mining and project management. He has worked as an exploration manager and project manager on various pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, becoming familiar with the mining approvals process and associated environmental protection policies.
E-mail: Alexander Barnes
Rheanne Denny is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in wildlife conservation and the management of invasive species. Prior to moving to Australia in 2017, she gained valuable experience in sampling, surveying and tracking both native and invasive species in several areas of the United States. Her previous field-based positions include State Park Ranger and Naturalist in the state of Maryland, Invasive Reptile Technician in the Florida Everglades National Park, and Wild Turkey Technician in western and southern Illinois. Once in Australia, Rheanne completed a Masters of Tropical Biology and Conservation from James Cook University, with a behavioural research focus on invasive and native house geckos. Since starting with C&R Consulting, Rheanne has continued to broaden her skill set with experience performing surface water and groundwater monitoring, and applying environmental management techniques associated with linear infrastructure.
E-mail: Rheanne Denny
Michelle Littlejohn is a front office extraordinaire, who handles the administration and finances for C&R Consulting as well as bringing class and sophistication to the group. Michelle has brought order and sense back to the office with her impeccable organisational and multi-tasking skills.
E-mail: Michelle Littlejohn