Management Committee

The VMSC Management Committee consists of a representative from each member institute.

The Management Committee nominate a Director to provide academic leadership and ensure high organisational standards and scientific practices are met and maintained. Professor Michael J Keough from The University of Melbourne is the current Director. 

Members of the VMSC Management Committee are: 


Stephen AdamthwaiteMonitoring and Assessment Unit, EPA Victoria

Stephen commenced working with EPA in 2002. Throughout this time he has been a freshwater ecologist, and more recently, leading the review of EPA's monitoring and assessment programs. In August 2012 Stephen began his current role as marine team leader, and is thus responsible for management of EPA's marine science monitoring and assessment programs, and associated staff. The majority of Stephen's experience is in freshwater, including general ecology and water quality, emissions impacts, risk assessments, and monitoring program design and review.

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Professor John Beardall, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

John took up an appointment in 1988 as Senior Lecturer at Monash University, where he is currently a Professor. John has over 30 year’s experience in algal physiology, with a broad range of interests, and has published extensively on aspects of photosynthesis, respiratory metabolism, nutrient transport and energetics, as well as co-authoring a textbook on plant biochemistry. In recent years his research has been focused on aspects of the impacts of global change on marine and freshwater phytoplankton, including the effects of elevated CO2, ocean acidification and UVB on algal physiological performance. In addition, he also has interests in the role of algae in CO2 sequestration and in bioremediation, especially of heavy metal contamination.


Allison Webb, Director, Fisheries Management and Science, Fisheries Victoria

Allison arrived in Victoria in January 2015 to take up the position of Director, Fisheries Management and Science for Fisheries Victoria. Hailing from Canada, she has over 15 years working in fisheries and aquaculture for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Vancouver. Her experiences include the management of the aquaculture industry in British Columbia, management of salmon and halibut fisheries and international fisheries negotiations. She is thrilled to be working out of Queenscliff and looks forward to building partnerships within the VMSC. 


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Professor Michael J Keough, Department of Zoology, The University of Melbourne

Mick is a leading marine scientist with an international reputation in marine ecology. He leads a research team at the University of Melbourne that has been successful in demonstrating the impacts of pest species in Victorian waters. He is a frequent contributor to state and national workshops on coastal management, and has advised state governments on marine monitoring. Mick contributed to State of the Marine Environment reports at both state and national level. Michael serves on the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel, is a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and a Board Member of the Victorian Coastal Council.

 dayanthi n Professor Dayanthi NugegodaSchool of Applied Sciences, RMIT University

Dayanthi leads the Ecotoxicology research team at RMIT University, is a research leader at the Victorian Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) and is the current President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia. Her research focuses on aquatic health, including the monitoring of environmental pollution, the effect of salinity on freshwater ecosystems and the quality of reclaimed and recycled water. She was recently appointed to the Independent Expert Scientific Committee for Coal Seam Gas and large Coal mining by the Federal Government to advise on environmental impacts.



Professor John Donald, Head of School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University






Faculty of Health, Engineering & Science, Victoria University - currently no representative.


 david smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sustainable Ocean Ecosystems & Living Resources, Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, CSIRO

At CSIRO, David leads research that supports the balanced use of marine resources, including sustainable marine industries and biodiversity conservation. The interplay of science and policy is a particular interest for David, who is well placed to improve the provision of science advice to resource management. With a focus on fisheries and marine resource management, David’s research combines the physical, biological, mathematical and computer sciences to understand marine systems. He has worked on matters ranging from the assessment of State and Commonwealth Government fisheries, developing formal harvest strategies and tools for ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) and evaluating indicators for spatial management.

 Staff Members

Administrative Officer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technical Officer        - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., BAppSc (Deakin)