MSc, Shellfish Biology, Fisheries and Culture @
University of Wales, Bangor
Garnet is a marine benthic ecologist with over 18 years' experience for the oil and gas, dredging, renewable energy, ports, power, water and aquaculture industries in the UK, Australia and Malaysia. His main area of expertise is the assessment of anthropogenic impacts on marine benthic habitats and habitat mapping of both particulate and hard substrates. This includes
Garnet is a marine benthic ecologist with over 18 years' experience for the oil and gas, dredging, renewable energy, ports, power, water and aquaculture industries in the UK, Australia and Malaysia. His main area of expertise is the assessment of anthropogenic impacts on marine benthic habitats and habitat mapping of both particulate and hard substrates. This includes expertise in infauna, community analysis, sediment particle size and contaminants assessments, and application of multivariate statistical techniques (e.g. PRIMER).
Recently Garnet has been technical lead and author for Operational and Scientific Monitoring Programs (OSMPs) and implementation preparedness for multiple oil and gas clients.
Garnet developed a new approach to Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) for NOPSEMA Environment Plans (EPs), including the first semi-automated NEBA tool. He was on the review panel for the recently published IPIECA NEBA Good Practice Guidelines for incident management and emergency response personnel (2015), being named in the acknowledgements.
Development of Environmental Management Triggers is also an area of Garnet's capability, and he recently development management triggers for infauna based on Commonwealth conditions relating to an EPBC Act referral for a power and water client outfall in Darwin. In addition, he has also undertaken an outfall dye tracer study in Darwin, and assessment for multiple outfalls in a Tasmanian estuary.
Garnet has considerable experience in dredging projects, for example as part of an SKM/Rio Tinto Iron Ore Ltd team who were finalists in the 2013 WA Govt. Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. This achievement was based on the innovative application of multivariate statistical techniques and MODIS imagery to the assessment of dredging-related turbidity at Cape Lambert Port B. He has also contributed to regional-scale environmental characterisation (REC) and envrionmental (impact) assessment studies (REAs).
Director / Principal Marine Ecologist @ From September 2015 to Present (3 months) Executive Consultant, Marine Benthic Ecology @ Responsibilites included technical leadership in marine science, field surveys, reporting, preparations of approvals couments (e.g for NOPSEMA), business development, building client relationships, project management and team development. From August 2011 to September 2015 (4 years 2 months) Principal Marine Ecologist @ Responsibilities included technical leadersip in marine ecology, team leadership, reporting, survey design and planning, coastal and offshore day op and 24hr operations field sea bed and fishery surveys, data analysis and interpretation, EIAs and Regional EIAs (REAs), habitat mapping, project management, commercial research, building client relationships and team development. From September 2007 to July 2011 (3 years 11 months) Southampton, United KingdomOperations Manager, Environmental Services @ From February 2002 to February 2007 (5 years 1 month) Environmental Services Day-to-Day Operations Manager @ From 2002 to 2007 (5 years)
PhD, Marine Ecology @ University Marine Biological Station Millport, U. of London From 1997 to 2002 MSc, Shellfish Biology, Fisheries and Culture @ University of Wales, Bangor From 1996 to 1997 BSc (Hons.), Biological Sciences (specialising in Marine Biology) @ University of Plymouth From 1992 to 1995 Garnet Hooper is skilled in: Environmental Impact Assessment, Ecology, Environmental Consulting, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Environmental Awareness, Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Policy, Water Quality, Aquatic Ecology, Coastal, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Statistics, Field Work
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