Mr. Nigel Murphy

BSc (Hons), MEnvSc, MEIA, CEnvP

Director, Senior Principal Environmental Scientist

Summary

Nigel is a Director of Earth Systems. He has more than 25 years’ 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. Nigel is a leading practitioner in environmental and social impact assessment having led and participated in numerous projects in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Education, Affiliations and Appointments

  • Master of Environmental Science, Monash University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science, Honours (Earth Sciences), Monash University, Australia
  • Chair of the Environment Certification Board of Australia and New Zealand (CEnvP)

Countries of Work Experience

Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam

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 and social management and impact assessment of natural resource development; mine rehabilitation; environmental monitoring and data management; water quality; water resource and catchment management; environmental and social inputs to project design and feasibility studies; environmental and social risk assessment.

Representative Experience

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

  • Project director and lead specialist for environmental assessments, baseline studies and environmental monitoring and management assignments for numerous resource and infrastructure projects in Australia, Africa, Asia-Pacific region and South America.
  • Expert environmental and social reviewer for the Simandou Iron Ore Project, Guinea.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Grande Côte Mineral Sands Project ‘Land, Asset and Livelihood Baseline Study’, ‘Land, Asset and Livelihood Impact Assessment and Management Strategy’ and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), Senegal.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Tri-K Gold Project environmental and social impact assessment and management plans, Guinea.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Nyagak III Hydropower Project (Uganda) environmental and social impact assessment update.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Phonsavan Copper-Gold Project environmental and social impact assessment and management plans, Lao PDR.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for Mako Gold Project environmental and social impact assessment, environmental and social pre-feasibility study, socio-economic and biodiversity baseline studies, Senegal.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Nowa Nowa Iron Ore Project initial environmental evaluation report, Australia.
  • Project Director and lead specialist consultant for the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project (Lao PDR) baseline study and Environmental Management Unit (EMU).
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Puthep Copper Project interim environmental and social impact assessment, Thailand.
  • Project Director and lead specialist consultant for the preparation of environmental and social impact assessment and environmental and social capacity building program for the Sepon Gold Mine in Lao PDR.
  • Project Director and lead specialist for the Phu Kham Copper-Gold Project environmental and social impact assessment, Lao PDR.
  • Project Director and lead specialist consultant for the preparation of The Australian Water Map, The Environment Map of Australia and The Water Map of Melbourne.
  • Project Director and lead specialist consultant for a United Nations GEF facility funded project preparing environmental datasets for eastern China, eastern Mongolia and Siberia as part of the Tumen-NET Strategic Action Program.

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.

Contact

Earth Systems Melbourne Office
14 Church Street, Hawthorn,
Victoria 3122, Australia
Tel: (61-3) 9810 7500
Fax: (61-3) 9853 5030
enviro@earthsystems.com.au