RICHARD ZAVALAS

POSITION:
PRINCIPAL MARINE SCIENTIST

QUALIFICATIONS:
BACHELOR (Honours) – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – PHD CANDIDATE – DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, ADAS PART 2 DIVER.

LICENCES & CERTIFICATIONS:
LEVEL 2 FIRST AID, O2 PROVIDER, WHITE CARD, KIRBY MORGAN USER OPERATOR., C6 CRANE OPERATOR LICENCE, MEDIUM RIGID TRUCK LICENCE.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
8 YEARS.

Richard has over 8 years works as an Environmental Consultant on a range of major marine based projects in Victoria. Such projects include environmental surveys for the POMC Channel Deepening Project and monitoring programs for the Victorian Desalinisation Plant.

Richard has a background in environmental consulting and research, with a Bachelor (Honours) Degree in Marine Environmental Science. He is currently a PhD candidate investigating the spatial ecology of marine fish in Victorian coastal waters working with Parks Victoria and Deakin University. He has extensive scientific diving and underwater survey experience and a strong background in classifying seafloor habitats using GIS software including scientific and technical publications.

In addition, Richard has gained significant experience in commercial diving industry over the past 2 years. He has worked on significant commercial construction projects within Port Phillip Bay and along the Victorian Coastline. His work includes survey and rehabilitation works at Webb Dock in Melbourne Port and installation of the wave energy BioWave Unit at Port Fairy. Richard’s commercial certifications include ADAS Part 2 SSBA Commercial Diver in accordance with AS/NZS2299.1, C6 crane and medium-rigid truck licenses.

TEAM PROFILES

KATE PRITCHARD

Managing Director

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science and has held senior positions in the industry. She was appointed as a Marine Ecologist at a consultancy firm for over 5 years and is now managing and performing a range of key tasks at Southern Divers..

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JAMIE ZEIGLER

Director/Operations Manager

Jamie has a strong background in Engineering Technology with over 15 years of Commercial Diving Experience. He is a qualified NDT Specialist and is responsible for providing technical support & supervision of divers..

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BOB BROWN

Project Manager

Bob hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Plant Science (Biotechnology) with over 40 years of experience in the Commercial Diving Industry with tremendous expertise in supervising deep diving in difficult conditions..

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