Technical Director – Seabird and Shorebird Studies
Christine is a seabird and shorebird ecologist turned regulatory specialist with extensive experience using science to support environmental impact assessment, regulatory decision making and government policy. She is a Technical Director for RPS in Australia where she is the national lead for seabird and shorebird studies.
Christine’s current focus is on designing marine baseline surveys and conducting environmental impact assessments to support offshore wind projects around the country. She is also developing a collaborative marine baseline program that aims to bring developers together to address key knowledge gaps and challenges for the offshore wind industry.
Previously Christine was the Chief Environmental Scientist at the national offshore energy regulator in Australia where she advanced collaborative approaches to marine baseline studies and monitoring, developed a national framework for integrated multi-user spatial planning, contributed to State of the Environment Reporting and led the development of the agency’s first research strategy. Christine also led multi-disciplinary teams of marine ecologists conducting regulatory approval assessments and inspections during her 10 years with the organisation.
Christine’s PhD investigated life-history strategies in silver gulls and since that time she has continued to find as many opportunities as possible to conduct seabird and shorebird field work and spend as much time in and around the ocean as possible.