Fred received his formal education in Australia, where he earned a PhD in Environmental Engineering (1998) and a B.A. in Geography and Computer Science (1993), both from the University of Melbourne. He teaches six classes at CSUMB, including: Research Methods, Modeling, Remote Sensing, Watershed Systems, Watershed Science and Policy, and California Transect.
Fred combines grant-funded research and teaching across a diverse range of fields including landscape ecology, water quality, aquatic ecology, ecosystem visualization, remote sensing, statistics, simulation modeling, and the hydrology of streams, lagoons, and snowpacks.
His water quality work on the California Central Coast has examined sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and pathogens. It is currently focused on the design and operation of an experimental treatment wetland funded by California SeaGrant, yielding a number of thesis studies, and data sets used in Research Methods and Modeling classes.
His remote sensing and landscape modeling work recently culminated in a 30-chapter book on the ecology of large mammals in Yellowstone National Park, funded by NASA and NSF and produced under the leadership of wildlife ecologists from Montana State University and the National Park Service. This collaboration has provided over 400 days of field experience in Yellowstone for CSUMB students and recent graduates, as well as extensive case study data for classes in Modeling, Remote Sensing, and Ecosystem Services.
Fred has also worked on steelhead trout ecology on the central coast, completing a number of federally utilized research and teaching projects describing the habitat of this threatened fish in the streams and lagoons of the region, funded by water agencies at the regional, county, and peninsula level.
His ecosystem visualization (EcoViz) work has resulted in interpretive computer-rendered visualizations of ecosystem processes being seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors to protected areas in the US, with current funding from the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation to visualize new Marine Protect Areas for public education.
Before coming to CSUMB he worked as an environmental model developer and forest hydrologist at CSIRO Land and Water and the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Fred is currently working with the Zambian Carnivore Programme on a variety of landscape ecology and wildlife-related projects involving remote sensing and ecological modeling. This has yielded two peer-reviewed papers so far.
He enjoys competitive adventure sport, playing music, and learning about the environment.
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