Faculty of Science and Technology

Further information about Lance Lloyd

Full biography

Lance Lloyd has over 30 years practical experience across SE Australia, and recently in the Pacific Islands, in freshwater, estuarine, coastal and inland environments in ecology and management requirements. His key expertise is in relating the ecology of aquatic systems to the needs of management.

Subsequent to his M.Sc. research work, he was appointed a Research Officer at the University of Adelaide and undertook research work on woody debris on the SA Murray River and Floodplain. During this time, he also co-ordinated the NCCSA Chowilla Floodplain Biological Survey (see O’Malley & Sheldon 1990). Lance was the author of 3 chapters of the report and one scientific paper (Boulton & Lloyd 1991). He also published research which demonstrated that egg-banks are an important recolonisation source for ephemeral ecosystems and that the species which emerged were dependant on the flooding frequency of that site (see Boulton & Lloyd 1992). This work has proved a valuable tool in floodplain and wetland management and rehabilitation.

Lance established and led the Floodplain Ecology Group within the Dept of Conservation and Environment in Shepparton and the Integrated Water Strategy (IWS) Project from 1990 to 1992. The IWS Project developed an approach to understanding the ecology, and water management, of floodplain wetland ecosystems. These included Hattah Lakes, Gunbower Forest, Barmah Forest, and multiple sites from Albury to the South Australian border. He co-authored twenty reports on the hydrodynamic assessments and interim water management plans for these sites.

In 1992, Lance was appointed as Principal Water Quality Scientist of the State Water Laboratory of Victoria (SWL) and led multiple programs including the iconic Victorian Water Quality Monitoring Program and early environmental flow programs in Victoria. During this time, he led the development and growth of the environmental team within the SWL, building on the biological and water quality expertise to include areas such as fish ecology, risk assessment, wetland & lake ecology & restoration, vegetation ecology, and stormwater management. In 1994, He was appointed as Divisional Manager of the Environmental Services Division of Water ECOscience Pty Ltd, and grew his consulting team to over 30 professional staff.

Lance established his consulting practice, Lloyd Environmental Pty Ltd in 1998 to provide quality services to the water and environment industries. Lloyd Environmental uses science and strategic planning to provide practical solutions to clients’ aquatic ecosystem management issues.

One major project area during this time was to provide strategic, scientific and technical expertise in the areas of floodplain and aquatic ecology and management to the Murray Darling Basin Commission (MDBC). He provided direct program & project management services to the MDBC for 7 years (1998-2005) as the Rivers R&D Program Co-ordinator, and another seven years (2005-2012) in various parts of the MDBA as Science Advisor to the Water Quality Advisory Panel and as a consultant on various projects, such as the Basin Plan and river operations.

Lance also played a key role in developing environmental water concepts, and their application, to over 30 environmental flow assessments on rivers, wetlands and estuaries. He was the co-author of FLOWS, the Victorian state-wide guidelines for environmental flow assessments of rivers and contributed to FLOWS Edition 2. Recently, he led the development, testing and finalisation of EEFAM, the estuary environmental flow assessment methodology for Victoria.

In addition to his consulting work, Lance currently chairs the Victorian DEPI’s Translocation Evaluation Panel, and the Great Australian Bight RAG (Australian Fisheries Management Authority; AFMA), and is a member of three other AFMA committees. This were all ministerial appointments based on Lance’s fisheries science expertise.

Further study

  • Microsoft Solutions Provider (Microsoft Corporation 2011)
  • Information Technology Training Package (5 TAFE Units, VisonFix 2006 & 7)
  • Media Training Course, Econnect Communications Pty Ltd (2004)
  • Project Management Matrix System Workshop (MDBC 2003)
  • Short Course on Stormwater Management (Monash Uni/CRCCH 1999)
  • Prince2 Project Management Course (Tanner James - 1998)
  • Peak Performance Leadership (LBA Consulting - 1998)
  • Financial Management Skills (APESMA - 1995)
  • Strategic Marketing Skills (APESMA - 1995)
  • Project Management (Training Interventions Australia - 1994)
  • AEAM Computer Model Training Course (DCNR, Melbourne – 1992/1994)
  • REALM Computer Model Training Course (DWR, Melbourne -1992) 

Previous positions held

  • Science Advisor, Water Quality Advisory Panel, MDBA (2005–2012)
  • President, Mount Waverley North Primary School Council (2004-2009)
  • Member, FRDC Fisheries Research Advisory Board, Victoria (2003-2005)
  • Member, Fisheries Co-Management Council, Victoria (2002-2005)
  • President, River Basin Management Society (1999–2002)
  • Rivers Program Co-ordinator, SI & E Program, Consultant to the Murray Darling Basin Commission (1998-2005)
  • President, Mount Waverley North Primary School Council (1995–2001)
  • Divisional Manager, Environmental Services Division, WATER ECOscience Pty Ltd (1994-1998)
  • Mount Waverley North Primary School Council Member (1993-2010)
  • Member, Water Quality & River Health Working Group, MDBC (1992–1995)
  • Member, WQ Monitoring & Reporting Working Group, DPIE, (1992–1995)
  • Principal Scientist, Environmental Assessment Section, State Water Laboratory (1992-1994)
  • Senior Wetland Ecologist & Team Leader, Floodplain Ecology, Dept of Cons & Envt. (1990-92)
  • Member, Community Advisory Committee, MDB Ministerial Council (1989-1990)
  • Member, Water Resources Council of South Australia, South Australian Government (1988–1989)
  • Research Officer, River Murray Laboratory, Uni of Adelaide (1986-1989)

Project experience

Lance has led, or been involved in many strategically important projects including:

  • Winton Wetlands Fish & Aquatic Habitat Management Plan and Survey (2014)
  • Lake Mokoan Restoration Program (1991-2001)
  • Gippsland Lakes Environmental Strategy (2012)
  • Lake Condah Water Restoration Project: Hydrological Feasibility Study (for Glenelg-Hopkins CMA, 2006)
  • Mallee SDL Offset Works Risk Assessments Project (2014)
  • Mallee Floodplain Wetlands Works and Measures Program (2012-2013)
  • EEFAM, the estuary environmental flow assessment methodology for Victoria (2008-2011)
  • Co-author of FLOWS methodology for EWR determination in rivers in Victoria (2002)
  • Lake Condah Weir Fishway Design (DSE)
  • Lake Innes Restoration Plan (2012)
  • Lindsay Island Floodplain Fish Requirements Study (2012)
  • Flow/ecology relationships and scenarios for the Lower Barwon Wetlands environmental entitlement Project (2011-2012)
  • Rocklands Carp Screen Design & Risk Assessment Project (GHCMA)
  • Coliban River Risk Assessment, Water Quality Impacts and Flows Study (2006)
  • Kings Billabong Water Regime Manipulation Feasibility Study (2006 and 2012)
  • Integrated Watering Strategy for Mid-Murray Wetlands, including flood characteristics and water management options for Hattah Lakes and, Barmah and Gunbower Forests (1990-92)
  • Gippsland Lakes Environmental Strategy (2012)
  • Risk assessment workshops for coastal & inland aquaculture projects (Solomon Islands)
  • Tilapia Fish Risk Assessment for the Solomon Island Government and SPC
  • Management Recommendations for Blue Green Algae in the Glen Waverley Golf Course Lake (2009 - 2010)
  • Environmental Flow Options for the Hattah Lakes (2005)
  • Hattah Lakes Ecological Operations Plan (2012)
  • Gunbower Forest Flooding Enhancement Projects (multiple)
  • Victorian Environmental Watering Partnership Risk Framework (2013)
  • Environmental Guidelines Report for River Murray Operations (2010)
  • SEWPaC Reviewer for Ramsar Wetland Documentation (2009-2011), including reviewer of the Hattah Lakes Ecological Character Description
  • SA River Murray Weir Operating Strategy (2009 - 2010)
  • Wimmera Terminal Lakes environmental Flow Determination Project (2004)
  • Audit of Northern Mallee Pipeline (Environmental Releases) (1999-2000)
  • Environmental Flow Assessment of Lake Condah, Darlot Ck & Fitzroy Estuary (2007)
  • River Condition, Fish Habitat and Environmental Flow Requirements of the Loddon River (1992)
  • Environmental Water Requirements of Water Dependent Ecosystems of the SA River Murray (2009-2010)
  • Environmental flow options for River Murray - Nyah to Mildura (2006)
  • Environmental Flow Options for Lindsay-Wallpolla Island (Mildura – Border; 2005)