Principal and Associate Scientists 

Principal Scientist - Robert Archibald

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Robert Archibald - Principal Scientist

Robert is a highly experienced scientist who has worked across government, univeristy and consulting sectors. With comprehensive theoretical knowledge and extensive experience in the fields of ecology and ecohydrology, he plays a lead role in designing and implementing projects focusing on monitoring and investigating vegetation condition. He has worked on projects across a range of ecosystems including mangroves, salt marsh, riparian systems, and mulga woodland and island communities. Prior to joining Astron, Robert was a Post-Doctoral Researcher within a Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry and has held technical roles at the Department of Conservation and Land Management (Department of Parks and Wildlife).  

Principal Scientist - Katina De Sousa

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Katina De Sousa - Principal Scientist

Katina has more than eleven years experience working in in the mining sector where she has been responsible for overseeing rehabilitation and closure planning for some of Western Australis's biggest mining operations. Katina has worked in environmental management on mine sites while with Placer Dome, Barrick Gold Corporation and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM). She then developed her technical skills and experience in closure planning and implementation as a Senior Closure Planner with Newmont Mining Corporation. This included developing the Mine Closure Plans for the large, long mine life operations (KCGM and Newmont Boddington Gold) and short mine life operations (Newmont Jundee Operations). Katina has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Western Australia. 

Damien O'Grady

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Damien O'Grady - Principal Scientist

Damien is experienced in the design, production and implementation of data systems, having managed the adoption of planning and process control measures across a range of industries. He has developed methods to interpret response characteristics from radar and visual-infrared data from multiple sensor platforms to predict a range of biophysical characteristics, include biomass, moisture presence, vegetation health and composition, and in the conversion of derived data into statistically significant measures that may be used to inform management decisions. His current interests lie in the growth of Astron's geospatial capabilities and in the integration of developing technologies into Astron's data flow model. Damien has a PhD in Remote Sensing, a Masters Degree in GIS and Spatial Analysis and an Honours Degree in Applied Physics.

Associate Botanist - Vicki Long

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Vicki Long - Associate Botanist

Vicki has over 28 years of experience in the identification and rehabilitation of arid area and coastal vegetation, including two years as assistant curator at the Pilbara Regional Herbarium. During this time she has conducted numerous flora and vegetation surveys in the northern half of the State, from Kununurra in the Kimberley to Shark Bay in the Carnarvon Region. Vicki has also performed flora and vegetation surveys, prepared detailed vegetation maps, designed rehabilitation plans and conducted monitoring for a large number of clients in the Pilbara region, including Chevron Australia, Apache Energy, Woodside Energy, BHP Billiton, Origin Energy, Hamersley Iron, Polaris Metals, WMC as well as Main Roads and Water Corporation. Vicki has extensive experience in north-west coastal and island vegetation including the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago islands and has also assisted in mapping the terrestrial vegetation and mangals of West Intercourse Island and the Burrup Peninsula. 

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