Our People

Earth Systems has offices in Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. Internationally, Earth Systems has a network of offices in Toronto, Canada; Shanghai, China; Vientiane, Lao PDR; Dakar, Senegal; Bristol, United Kingdom; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Our Team

Earth Systems’ professional staff and associates possess a broad range of environmental skills that enable us to build teams capable of tackling diverse and complex environmental assignments. Some of our key staff members are listed below. International staff members can be found on the appropriate country pages. We believe that the success of the company is largely due to the high calibre people that we employ, and are always looking for such people who are interested in joining us.

Our Associates

In addition to our wide range of internal expertise, Earth Systems has developed a network of Associates that we can draw upon, as required. Our Associates are independent specialist consultants that together cover a wide range of specialist disciplines (e.g. surface and groundwater management; hydrological modelling; air quality and noise management; archaeology and physical cultural resources).

Earth Systems Personnel

Listed below are some of our key personnel.

Mr Nigel Murphy

Senior Principal Environmental Scientist/ Executive Director

Nigel Murphy is a Director of Earth Systems. He has more than 20 years of experience as an environmental and earth scientist. In addition to specialist technical skills in environmental science, Mr Murphy has extensive experience in interdisciplinary environmental assessments and project management for private sector, government, aid and development projects.

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Dr Jeff Taylor

Senior Principal Environmental Geochemist/ Executive Director

Dr. Taylor is one of the founding Directors of Earth Systems.He has more than 25 years experience as an environmental and earth scientist and has managed and directed a broad variety of multi-disciplinary environmental projects, both in Australia and overseas. He has specialist knowledge in the field of water quality, environmental geochemistry, AMD Management and contaminated site remediation.

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Dr John Waters

Principal Environmental Chemist

Dr. Waters holds the position of Principal Environmental Chemist with Earth Systems. John has more than 25 years professional experience working predominantly in research in the exploration and mining sectors in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. John provides Earth Systems with specialist expertise in acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) management (mining and acid sulphate soils), ground and surface water chemistry, water treatment and environmental geochemistry.

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Ms Sophie Pape

Principal Environmental Engineer

Sophie Pape holds the position of Principal Environmental Engineer with Earth Systems.  In this position she has dealt with water and waste management, environmental management plans, impact assessments and site rehabilitation planning. Sophie has experience working with government, private industry and the development sector.

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Ms Kate Wallace

Principal Environmental Scientist

Kate Wallace is a Principal Environmental Scientist with Earth Systems. Kate has extensive management and technical experience in interdisciplinary environmental assessments (including EIA, SIA and HIA) for private sector and development bank clients. Her impact assessment experience ranges from complex large infrastructure developments to linear projects. Kate also has experience with resettlement and livelihood restoration planning, including gender development and indigenous peoples development planning. She has also developed and implemented capacity building programs for government and private sector environment departments.

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Dr John Sanderson

Principal Environmental Engineer

John Sanderson holds the position of Principal Environmental Engineer with Earth Systems. In this role, John conducts greenhouse gas and energy audits to comply with the relevant regulations and standards, and provides specialist technical and engineering consulting on biomass and bioenergy technologies and projects, including the emerging field of biochar.

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Dr Adrian Morphett

Principal Environmental Engineer

Adrian Morphett holds the position of Principal Environmental Engineer with Earth Systems.In this role, Adrian conducts greenhouse gas and energy audits to comply with the relevant regulations and standards, and provides specialist technical and engineering consulting on biomass and bioenergy technologies, and industrial and commercial building energy efficiency projects.

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Mr Julian Hatherall

Principal Hydrogeologist

Julian Hatherall is a Principal Hydrogeologist with Earth Systems. He is a Chartered Geologist and has over 14 years’ experience in groundwater and hydrogeological investigations. Over this time he has developed significant experience of evaluating impacts on the water environment resulting from abstraction, waste facilities and land contamination, the extractive industry and construction projects as well as providing specialist input to Environmental Impact Assessments. More recently his interest has broadened to include the field of ground source energy, groundwater and the area of groundwater flooding.

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