O2 Marine

O2 Marine was originally formed by directors Chris Lane, Paul Fox and Ben Starr to fill a gap in the niche areas of marine environmental monitoring and assessment. Having worked extensively on marine science projects throughout Australia and internationally, Chris Lane identified the need for clients to engage a marine science team that not only included industry-leading scientists, but also staff with the hands-on practical experience that is essential to safe and efficient project delivery.

Whether it’s a baseline survey for an environmental approval or compliance monitoring for an existing operation, we are skilled in undertaking detailed marine environmental investigations, even in the most challenging marine environments, under tight budgets and timeframes and with no margin for error.

We specialise in projects where a specific risk to the marine environment has been identified and MUST be effectively managed to mitigate impacts. We understand that these risks pose a threat, not only to realisation of your project objectives, but also to irreparable damage to the marine environment. Our focus allows us to hone methods, develop IP, understand legislation and build relationships with regulatory authorities that multi-discipline providers cannot.

We are leaders in the fields of water & sediment quality monitoring, coral reef and seagrass ecology, marine habitat mapping and introduced marine pests. We have experience throughout Australia, ranging from the crocodile-inhabited waters of Cape York (Queensland) in the east, to the cyclone-ravaged Pilbara coastline in the west, and the unique estuarine environments in the far south of Western Australia. Internationally, our team has experience from the oil fields of the Arabian Gulf and in the remote Ports of the Christmas & Cocos Islands.


At O2 Marine we utilise our extensive industry network of coastal modellers, marine construction companies, civil and structural design engineers and geotechnical specialists

Our Methods

In-situ and remote telemetry systems, diver and diverless monitoring techniques, integrated data management and online reporting systems… At O2 Marine, we tailor an individual program to achieve your objectives in the most cost effective and scientifically robust manner.

Novel Business Model

Nimble, innovative and personalised like a small consultancy (i.e. the Managing Director handles your challenges personally) with the support of a corporate.

Our Experience

Monitoring program design and implementation is a core strength of the O2 Marine team, our staff have extensive experience in both inshore and offshore marine environments, with a particular strength in shallow inshore coral reef and seagrass communities.

Years Combined Experience
Projects Complete
Experienced Professionals

The team at O2 Marine has vast experience in water & sediment quality monitoring, coral and seagrass health assessments, diver and diverless survey techniques, marine habitat mapping and marine pest surveys & risk assessment.


Chris Lane
Chris LaneManaging Director / Principal Marine Ecologist - BEnvSc (Mar/EnvSc) (Hons)
Chris has significant environmental consulting experience, gained through the successful delivery of marine science projects in remote and often unforgiving environments throughout Australia and internationally.

As a project manager, lead field scientist, coxswain and commercial diver, Chris has gained vast experience in water & sediment quality assessments & monitoring, benthic community assessment (including coral & seagrass communities), marine pest surveys, ecological risk assessment and marine habitat mapping. Chris’s projects have provided him with the broad knowledge base and practical ‘hands-on’ experience that is required to achieve his client’s objectives of in a safe, cost-effective and scientifically robust manner.

Travis Hurley
Travis HurleyTechnical Director / Principal Marine Scientist - BSc (Mar Sci) (Hons)
Travis is an experienced marine scientist specialising in marine biology, ecology and oceanography. He has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry both in the design and implementation of marine monitoring programs.Travis has more than ten years’ experience working as a marine scientist within government institutions, private consultancies, oil and gas companies and in marine ecotourism. Travis’s technical expertise in marine ecology, water quality & sediment sampling, dredging programs, oil spill preparedness, marine outfall discharges, fisheries management and introduced marine pest species has allowed him to perform a variety of different roles throughout Western Australia.

The focus of his experience diversifies from field research, management of field teams and logistics, statistical analysis and interpretation of biological and ecological data, preparation and review of scientific reports and presentations, environmental impact assessment, designing and implementing monitoring programs, preparation and implementation of management plans and management of health and safety.

Claudio Del Deo
Claudio Del DeoMetocean Director / Principal Marine Scientist - BNatSc (MarSc) (Hons)
Claudio is a Principal Marine Scientist and Project Manager with more than 20’ years of work experience in the marine environment. Claudio specialises in design and implementation of remote water quality monitoring programs and seabed habitat mapping using innovative survey techniques. He is renowned throughout the industry for developing creative, practical solutions for monitoring water quality and metocean conditions in remote, harsh marine environments. Claudio has worked throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He is also an accomplished commercial diver, dive supervisor and vessel coxswain.
Josh Abbott
Josh AbbottSenior Marine Scientist - BSc (Mar Sci) (PgDip)
Josh has over 10 years’ experience working in the environmental compliance and management sector. The key focus of his work has been the development and implementation of environmental management programs for coastal development projects in Western Australia. Project experience includes the Oil and Gas industry (Wheatstone LNG), government infrastructure (Elizabeth Quay Development) and various residential developments including Pretty Pool (Port Hedland) and the Port Coogee Marina. Josh is a reliable environmental professional who has extensive experience in the management and practical application of health, safety and environmental requirements of the marine construction and dredging industry.
Russell Stevens
Russell StevensPrincipal Marine Scientist - BEnvSc (Mar/EnvSc)
Russell is a Principal Marine Scientist with more than 10 years’ experience working in the marine environment, specialising in the Ports industry.

Russell is skilled in project management, environmental marine monitoring programs, water & sediment quality assessment, compliance and the development and improvement of management systems, standards and guidelines.

Emma Jackson
Emma JacksonSpatial Analyst - BSc/B.Com (Geo) (PGDip GIS)
Emma is a Geographical Scientist and specialist using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) with 15 years experience. Emma has worked in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors developing and maintaining GIS systems and training staff. Emma has extensive experience in spatial data analysis, processing, modelling, and mapping.
Emma has created and delivered numerous GIS training courses, including the delivery of a GIS course for the Environmental Science program at the Geraldton University Centre.
Max Wellington
Max WellingtonMarine Scientist - BSc (Mar Sci) (1A Hons)
Max has over 5 years experience in the environmental management and marine science sectors. He has worked in a diversity of roles including his current position as Marine Scientist at O2 Marine, Technical Officer for the Department of Fisheries Research and Environmental Technician at Cardno, among others.
His recent contribution at O2 marine has been integral in carrying out baseline marine water quality monitoring, metocean, benthic habitat and sediment studies. Max also has experience carrying out dredge monitoring programs and the development of Marine Environmental Quality Plans
Melanie Donda
Melanie Donda Graduate Marine Scientist - BEnvSc (Mar/EnvSc)
Melanie Donda is a multi skilled Environmental and Marine Science Graduate with a proven ability and track record of successfully and consistently delivering the key capabilities of a scientist in a regional/urban/remote setting. This has been demonstrated over two years in roles that have seen her perform and gain professional experience in the mining, government and private sectors on a wide variety of marine and terrestrial projects. In addition, Melanie has taken relevant work experience within the resources and eco-tourism industries, participated in volunteer work within the area of conservation, land management and assisted in various research projects.

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