Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Position: Associate Director
Matthew has extensive experience in water, wetland and biodiversity assessment and management. He has considerable expertise in the following: development of practical wetland management tools that integrate ecological, hydrological and biogeochemical assessment techniques with socio-economic and health assessments of wetland resource use; design and management of wetland treatment systems for domestic and industrial effluent; wetland habitat creation and management for conservation and livelihood generation purposes; water budget determination in relation to ecological requirements within wetland ecosystems; hydrological modelling of wetland interaction with groundwater systems and river flood dynamics; water quality assessments; and hydrogeomorphic mapping to determine functional and ecological variation within wetland ecosystems. He is highly skilled in a range of soil, ecological, hydrological and geomorphological field survey, laboratory and assessment techniques. As a manager of the consultancy, Matthew is responsible for developing, managing and reporting on a range of projects and providing specialist eco-hydrological, wetland restoration, creation and wetland management advice. His role also involves responsibility for overall budgets, business development and marketing; securing new contracts; writing detailed proposals and managing staff.
Matthew has undertaken a range of research and management projects within UK, Continental Europe, Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, South America and North America. For his doctoral research he focused on developing a practical classification and functional evaluation tool for European wetland ecosystems. In the last eight years he has: managed projects developing decision-support systems for local management of tropical wetland ecosystems within Vietnam and Guyana; undertaken wetland restoration and management projects in UK, China, India, Japan, Portugal and Bulgaria; managed the design of wetland treatment systems for sewage treatment and livelihood benefits for the Lao capital city Vientiane and on a number of projects in UK; and developed biodiversity assessment protocol and database in Botswana.