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. He has gained international recognition for his expertise on the interactions between soils and waters under tropical conditions. With more than 35 years experience in these areas, 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 Heritage Area, the islands of the Torres Strait, and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. 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 groundwaters on the ecology of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs).
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 10 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.
E-mail: Ben Cuff
Mr Matthew Knott is an Aquatic Ecologist with over 10 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 and biota) required for peer reviewed research projects (e.g. determining the impact of feral pigs on tropical wetlands). Matthew holds all relevant certificates needed to conduct the appropriate field work associated with aquatic ecosystem surveys (including AusRivAS certification). In addition, Matthew 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, Matthew 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 Programs (REMPs), stygofauna pilot studies, fish relocation projects, contaminated land studies, bushfire hazard assessments, terrestrial ecology surveys, catchment wide hydrology studies, surface water and groundwater monitoring and assessments, and general mine compliance issues (i.e. EA amendments, etc.). Matthew’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: Matthew Knott
Miss Sian Kennare is an environmental scientist who specialises in mining environmental management. Sian received her Masters of Environmental Management from Flinders University, where she majored in Groundwater Hydrology. She 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 JSAs, and collating data for water balances and groundwater models.
Prior to her employment with C&R Consulting, Sian 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 (EPPs). Sian has also audited mine-site ISO14001 EMSs, which involves the identification of gaps, and the analysis and evaluation of environmental management principles and operational processes. Sian 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: Sian Kennare
Dr Jasmine Jaffrés is a natural systems analyst with over ten years’ research experience in the fields of environmental sciences 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 (field work and geochemical analysis), 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.
Email: Jasmine Jaffrés
Mrs 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
Sarah Ballard is the newest addition to the C&R team, recently graduating from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Marine Science with Honours in Coral Reef Geomorphology. Her research was based on Coral Shingle Ridge formations within the central Great Barrier Reef and their use as storm proxies. She has diverse field experience from work on a number of islands within the Great Barrier Reef, including Holbourne Island and Middle Island. With experience in both administration and as a field technician/research assistant, Sarah comes to C&R with a broad range of skills and a witty sense of humour.
E-mail: Sarah Ballard