Core Team

Dr Jim Stoddart
Chief Scientist

Following a PhD in coral biology, Jim worked as a research scientist at AIMS Townsville, before getting into research management at BRS Canberra. In 1993, he joined Rio Tinto as an environment manager and had 10 years in the iron ore business.

In 2003, he established MScience and has since developed a reputation with industry and government as someone who understands how to balance the needs of environment protection and industry.

Dr David Masters
Principal Project Scientist

After 25 years in CSIRO as a specialist agricultural scientist working in Australia and overseas, David turned his acquired skills to the planning, implementation and interpretation of water quality monitoring with MScience.

Over the last 7 years in that role, he has completed projects for major dredging works, outfalls around LNG plants and industrial areas and in compiling large datasets for baselines.

Dr Chris Stoddart
Senior Marine Scientist, Director

Chris completed a PhD in neurochemistry before undertaking postdoctoral studies at the WA Oceans Institute on coral reproduction.

Chris’ chemical and statistical background provide a sound basis for his work on evaluating the ecotoxicity of discharges in the marine environment. Recent projects include impact assessment and monitoring and management plans for a variety of oil and gas industry discharges.

Dr David Blakeway
Senior Marine Scientist

David is a coral geomorphologist who has a wealth of experience with the coral and other benthic invertebrates of Australia’s north west – particularly those of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

He is a highly experienced field leader who has managed a great number of successful field trips in remote areas working both from land and on long sea cruises.

Mr Iain Posnett
Senior Marine Scientist

Iain is our primary field lead and HSE Officer. Having managed large vessel-based surveys for a variety of marine science disciplines, he has a solid understanding of what’s required to deliver complicated sampling programs under difficult conditions. Iain also leads our technical instrumentation capacity for water quality monitoring and looks after our collection of in-house instruments for water quality and benthic habitat surveys.

Iain supports our HSE management system and ensures it is compliant with the requirement of our clients in the Oil and Gas, and Mining industries. This includes the processes of planning (HAZID) and active management of safety during project execution.

Mr Matt Frapple
Senior Marine Scientist

Matt is a specialist marine scientist with well developed skills in commercial diving, fabrication and vessel operations including OVID compliance, water quality instrument and metocean buoy installations. He has managed many successful campaigns in monitoring water quality in tropical and subtropical environments, from the northwest of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and inshore Queensland, to the colder waters of New Zealand's South Island.