Simon is an environmental scientist based in Brisbane, Australia. Simon has recently returned after spending 7 years at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Cambridge, MD, USA, where he maintains a contracting position. Simon’s career in the academic, government and private sectors over the last 20 years has been focused on developing and improving methods for the assessment, monitoring and management of ecosystems subject to development, pollution, and climate change challenges. Simon has worked extensively in recent years with the United States Geological Survey synthesizing climate change impacts in the USA, the US National Park Service assessing the health of mid-Atlantic National Parks, and the World Wildlife Fund developing basin health report cards assessing ecological, social and economic health of river basins in developing countries (e.g. Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Philippines, and Zambia).
Prior to joining UMCES, Simon worked for a large engineering and environmental consulting firm where he gained valuable skills in project, budget and time management. Simon also worked for the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency where he acted as the Agencies ecotoxicologist and managed the estuarine and marine Ecosystem Health Monitoring Project. This follows his research and teaching roles at the University of Queensland and Sunshine Coast University investigating risk of emerging pollutants in the environment.
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