Dr Andy Steven: Coastal Development and Management Research Director

  • 23 October 2009 | Updated 14 July 2014

Current activities

Dr Andy Steven leads the Our Resilient Coastal Australia (ORCA) theme within CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship.

This theme provides systems to:

  • measure and predict the health of our coasts nationally
  • enable efficient resolution of conflicting objectives that arise in coastal development.

Dr Steven conducts research in the areas of:

  • biogeochemistry and ecology of estuaries
  • aquatic metabolism
  • remotely sensed monitoring of chlorophyll and suspended sediment in coastal waters
  • optimal methods for catchment load estimation
  • environmental monitoring and reporting.

He also leads projects in the:

  • eWater Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)
  • Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility.


Dr Steven has more than 20 years' experience in aquatic environment research and management throughout temperate and tropical Australia, the Asia Pacific area and the Middle East.

During this time he has worked and published on issues as diverse as:

  • water quality in catchments
  • estuaries and coral reefs
  • fisheries and marine pest management.

Dr Steven works closely with CRCs and other partners to deliver management-focused research outcomes. He has:

  • led several large multidisciplinary research initiatives
  • designed and coordinated water quality monitoring programs in Queensland and Victoria
  • provided scientific advice on several state and national expert groups.
Dr Andy Steven has published on issues as diverse as water quality in catchments, estuaries and coral reefs, fisheries and marine pest management.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 2005, Dr Steven held positions as:

  • Water Sciences Manager, Queensland Environment Protection Agency
  • Marine Sciences Manager, Victorian Environment Protection Authority
  • Water Quality Program Manager, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Academic qualifications

Dr Steven has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Auckland University, New Zealand
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Coral Reef Ecology from James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.

In 2006 he became an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. In 2008 he became an Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Awards and achievements

In 2001, Dr Steven was awarded the Fellowship for Foreign Researchers by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

His publication record includes 25 scientific research papers, 12 books or technical reports and 14 industry reports.

He is a member of several national and state expert panels, including the:

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Water Quality & Coastal Development Reef Advisory Committee
  • Moreton Bay Partnership's Scientific Expert Panel
  • National Health & Medical Research Council's Working Group on Recreational Water Quality Guidelines
  • Australian Introduced Pest Advisory Council
  • National Land & Water Resource Audit's Steering Committee.

Read more about the work of the Wealth from Oceans Flagship.