Dr Patrick Lewis

Principal Scientist

 

B.Sc. (Marine, freshwater and Antarctic Ecology) University of Tasmania 2000;

B. Ant. St. (1st Class Hons)(Antarctic Ecology) Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies 2001;

Ph.D. (Marine Biology) University of Tasmania 2006;

Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society

 

Patrick’s experience cuts across science, consulting, environmental policy and international conservation. His research has specialised in the risk of invasive marine species introductions into the remote subantarctic islands and Antarctica and has focused on vector analysis, risk assessments and ecological experiments to determine priority invasive marine species for management.

 

As a consultant he has worked on a variety of projects encompassing marine pest surveys, biofouling surveillance and environmental impact assessments and he has developed a thorough knowledge of invertebrate taxonomy.

 

Patrick previously managed the Emergency Response, Control and Monitoring elements of Australia’s National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions (NIMPIS) at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Canberra.

 

Patrick was also a Technical Officer for the Consultative Committee on Introduced Marine Pest Emergencies (CCIMPE). Following his time with DAFF, Patrick moved to Norway to manage the Responsible Industry elements of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International Arctic Program where he was responsible for introducing sustainable practices for the rapidly expanding hydrocarbon, fisheries and shipping industry sectors in the Arctic.

 

In addition to his professional experience in biofouling science and conservation, Patrick has a grounded approach to the challenges of marine operations gained from extensive time sailing with commercial tourism operators in the Arctic and Antarctic, and also from skippering a two-year private sailing expedition from the Arctic to Africa and across the Atlantic.

Since joining BFS, Patrick has conducted biofouling risk assessments, inspections and coordinated in-water cleaning operations of rigs and vessels in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Canary Islands, United Arab Emirates, USA, Turkey, Norway, New Zealand and Australia.

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Areas of Specialist Expertise

  • Polar ecology and biosecurity

  • IMS risk assessment and management

  • Vessel inspections for IMS of concern

  • Taxonomy of temperate marine invertebrates

  • IMS policy development and analysis

  • Polar conservation

  • International governance

  • IMS Vector management and treatment

  • Experimental design and analysis

  • Stakeholder, Government and NGO liaison relating to IMS

  • Biofouling on recreational and fisheries vessels

  • IMS base-line survey design

  • Shipping industry issues

  • Coordination of eradication and control programs for new and established IMS

 

Professional Awards and Scholarships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, London (2011)

  • Tasmanian government academic travel award (2006)

  • Ron Kenny Award, Australian Marine Science Association (2005)

  • Australian Antarctic Division Top-up scholarship (2002-2004)

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2002-2004)

Technical Qualifications

  • Australian Navy Survival at Sea Training (2008)  Professional Awards and Scholarships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, London (2011)

  • Tasmanian government academic travel award (2006)

  • Ron Kenny Award, Australian Marine Science Association (2005)

  • Australian Antarctic Division Top-up scholarship (2002-2004)

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2002-2004)

  • Australian Navy Fire and Flood Training (2008)

  • DAN Workplace Level II First Aid Certificate

  • DAN Oxygen Provider Certificate

  • Tasmanian Coxswains Certificate

  • RYC Offshore Skipper Certificate

  • Invertebrate Taxonomy Training – Ascidians and Sponges (Queensland Museum)

  • Australian Public Service managers training course (2008)

  • NASDS Diver Lifesaver, Advanced Open Water Diver (>500 hrs dive experience)

  • SSI dry-suit diver

  • Participated in the Western Australia Department of Fisheries Biofouling Inspection Seminar, Marine Research Laboratories, Hillarys, 12-14 May, 2016.

Selected Publications

 

Books and book chapters

Lassuy, D., Lewis, P.N. (2013). Invasive Species. In: CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Fauna and Flora) 2013. Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity. CAFF, Akureyi, Iceland, pp. 451-457.

 

Scientific Publications

Lewis, P.N., Bergestrom, D.M., Whinam, J. (2006). Barging in: a temperate community travels to the subantarctic. Biological Invasions 8(4): 787-795.

 

Lewis, P.N., Riddle, M.J., Smith, S.D.A. (2005). Assisted passage or passive drift: a comparison of alternative transport mechanisms for non-indigenous species into the Southern Ocean. Antarctic Science 17(2): 183-191.

 

Lewis, P.N., Riddle, M.J., Hewitt, C.L. (2004). Management of exogenous threats to Antarctica and the subantarctic islands: balancing risks from TBT and non-indigenous marine organisams. Marine Pollution Bulletin 49: 999-1005.

 

Lewis, P.N., Hewitt, M.J., Riddle, M., McMinn, A. (2003). Marine introductions in the Southern Ocean: an unrecognized hazard to biodiversity. Marine Pollution Bulletin 46: 213-233.

 

Theses

Lewis, P.N. (2007). Keeping the coastlines of the subanarctic pest-free: Hazards, risks and management of non-indigenous species in high-latitude marine environments. Doctor of Philosophy Thesis, Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2003). In the wake of the Aurora: an investigation into the hazard of marine introductions in the Southern Ocean. Honours Thesis, Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.

 

Consultancy reports (examples)

Lewis, P.N. (2008). Marine Pest Monitoring Program for Channel Rock, Point Kennedy: Baseline Survey Report and Monitoring Program Design. Aquenal report for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. 43pp.

 

Aquenal, 2008. Marine and Estuarine Ecology Literature Review and Field Survey Program. Lauderdale Quay Proposal. Report for Cardno Pty Ltd and Walker Corporation Pty Ltd.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2007). Identifying biofouling on commercial fishing vessels. Aquenal report prepared for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 137pp.

 

Aquenal (2007). Pre-Developing Technology for Marine Pest Emergency Eradication Response: Review of Current Technology. Report for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 128pp.

 

Summerson, R., Lewis, P.N. (2006). Assessing the risk of invasion by marine pests at Macquarie Island. Report to the Department of Environment and Heritage. 49pp.

 

Aquenal (2006). Murphy’s Flat Aquatic Communities. Report to Derwent Estuary Program and Tasmanian Conservation Trust. 39pp.

 

Aquenal, (2005). Gunns Limited Pulp Mill. Marine Biological and Pollutant Survey at the Proposed Outfall Site. Report for GHD and Gunns Limited.

 

IMS Control Plans

Aquenal (2007). Draft National control plan for the Northern Pacific seastar (Asterias amurensis). Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Water Resources. 44pp.

 

Aquenal (2007). Draft National control plan for the European green crab (Carcinus maenas). Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Water Resources. 41pp.

 

Aquenal (2007). Draft National control plan for the Asian date mussel (Musculista senhousia). Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Water Resources. 38pp.

 

Aquenal (2007). Draft National control plan for the Mediterranean fan worm (Sabella spallanzanii). Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Water Resources. 37pp.

 

Aquenal (2007). Draft National control plan for the Japanese Kelp (Undaria pinnatifida). Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Water Resources. 40pp.

 

Aquenal (2007). Draft National control plan for the European clam (Varicorbula gibba). Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Water Resources. 37pp.

 

Conference/Workshop Presentations (examples)

Lewis, P.N. (2010). Workshop Chair - Responsible industry in the Arctic: a way forward for the WWF International Arctic Program. Arctic Frontiers side meeting, Tromso, Norway, 24-26 January 2010

 

Lewis, P.N. (2009). Climate change and shipping in the high arctic. Presentation to Norwegian Coast Guard, Oslo, Norway.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2006). Marine Biosecurity in the Southern Ocean. SCAR 2006, Hobart, Australia, July 2006.

 

Hewitt C.L., Lewis. P.N. (2006). Marine introductions in Antarctica. International Workshop on Non-native Species in Antarctica. Christchurch, NZ. April 2006.

Lewis, P.N. (2005). Marine Biosecurity in the Subantarctic Islands. 4th Marine Bioinvasions Conference, Wellington, NZ. 23-26 August 2005.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2005). Aliens on Ice: Marine biosecurity in the Southern Ocean. AMSA2005, Darwin, NT, Australia. 11-13 July 2005.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2005). In the wake of the Aurora: invasive marine pests in the Southern Ocean. BIOTA: Biological Teachers Association of Tasmania Conference. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. 06 May 2005.

 

Other publications

Lewis, P.N. (2013). Two in the blue: on thin ice. Outer Edge Magazine. Autumn edition 2013: 46-51.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2013). Andean reflections. Overlander magazine. Summer edition 2013: 18-23.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2010). Pushing the boundaries: Arctic oil and gas. The Circle 3/2010: 36pp.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2010). Sailing into unknown seas. The Circle 1/2010: 30pp.

 

Lewis, P.N., Cooper, S., Smith, F., Hewitt, C.L. (2003). Marine biosecurity risks in the subantarctic island. Biosecurity Magazine, 54:7.

 

Lewis, P.N. (2003). Is the South safe? Protecting the subantarctic islands from marine pests. Feral Herald – Invasive Species Council newsletter, 5.

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