Mr Nigel Murphy

M. Env. Sc., MEIA, CEnvP

Executive Director

Senior Principal Environmental Scientist 


Mr 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.


Education, Affiliations and Appointments

Bachelor of Science Honours (Earth Sciences) -MonashUniversity, 1984.

Master of Environmental Science -MonashUniversity, 1992.

National Councillor, Environment Institute ofAustraliaandNew Zealand

Chair of the Environment Certification Board ofAustraliaandNew Zealand(CEnvP)


Countries of Work Experience

Australia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Fiji, China, New Zealand, Philippines, Vanuatu, Argentina.


Professional History

  • 1993 to date: Principal Environmental Scientist and Director, Earth Systems Pty Ltd.
  • 1985 to 1993: Geologist and Environmental Scientist, CRA (RioTinto) Exploration Pty Ltd.


Fields of Special Competence

Environmental project management; environmental management and impact assessment of natural resource development; Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) / Renewable Energy project design and planning; mine rehabilitation, environmental monitoring; environmental data management; water quality; water resource and catchment management.


Representative Experience

Some examples of Mr. Murphy’s recent roles and projects include:

  • Environmental assessments, baseline studies and environmental monitoring and management assignments for numerous resource and infrastructure projects in Australia and Asia-Pacific region, including PNG, Laos, Indonesia, Argentina.
  • Project Director for a Carbon Credit Opportunity Assessment and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Scoping Study in the Oil and Gas sector in PNG.
  • Project Director for the Xeset 2 Hydropower CDM project in Lao PDR.
  • Project Director and specialist consultant for the Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project (Lao PDR) baseline study and Environmental Management Unit (EMU).
  • Benchmarking study and environmental data review of all managed sites for an international resources and energy provider.
  • Specialist consultant and Project Director for the preparation of the Sepon Gold Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Xeset 2 ESIA and Phu Kham Copper-Gold ESIA in Lao PDR.
  • Project Director and specialist consultant for a United Nations GEF facility funded project preparing environmental datasets for eastern China, eastern Mongolia and Siberia as part of the TumenNET Strategic Action Program.
  • Project Director and specialist consultant for the preparation of The Australian Water Map, The Environment Map of Australia and The Water Map of Melbourne.
  • Project Director and specialist consultant for Environmental and Social Capacity Building for the Sepon Gold Mine. The World Bank funded this project.
  • Key external consultant in the development, review and revision of environmental guidelines and codes of practice for a number of resource sector clients.


Selected Publications

Murphy, N. C., Taylor, J. R. and Leake, M. J., 1999,  Coming to terms with acid drainage.  Proceedings of the “State of the Art in Mining Environmental Management”,Manilla,Philippines, August, 1999.