Dr Nick Ward

Geoscientist


Technical publications in areas including:
acid sulfate soil assessment, landfill environmental monitoring, water quality monitoring, surface water hydrology, contaminated land assessment & carbon cycling.

Experience in project management having worked on numerous
environmental consultancy & research projects.

Co-author of the recent National Acid Sulfate Soil Assessment Guidance documents.
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Work experience
Southern Cross GeoScience
Southern Cross University
Technical Officer (Research) (2018-present)
Postdoctoral Project Officer/Research Associate (2008-2016)
Unit Assessor (2015)

Link to Southern Cross GeoScience

Environmental Analysis Laboratory
Southern Cross University
Consultant (2016, 2017, 2018-present)
Laboratory Assistant (2007-2008; 2017-2018)
Link to Environmental Analysis Laboratory
Office of Research/
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Southern Cross University
Research Project Officer (2018)
Research Associate (2017)
Project/Grants/Executive Officer (2016-2017)
Link to Offices of Research & DVCR
School of
Environmental Science & Management
Southern Cross University
Research Assistant (2007-2008)
Research Associate (2004-2005)
Research Officer (2001-2004)
Tutor/Demonstrator (1998-2002)

Power Engineering Group
Opus International Consultants Ltd.
Scientist/Hydrologist (1996-1998)
Technical Specialist Group
Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Ltd.
Hydrologist (1994-1996)
Research School of Earth Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
Research Assistant (1994-1996)
Education and training
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
PhD in Environmental Geochemistry
Research examined the process of sulfide oxidation in acid sulfate soil materials, and led to the revision of
some laboratory methods used to determine the potential environmental hazard of these materials.
Master of Science (MSc Merit)
Masters by thesis in Physical Geography
Research examined the impact of urbanisation on the water quality and hydrology of a stream in Wellington.
Postgraduate Diploma (DipAppSc)
Postgraduate diploma in Hydrology
Research project on stormwater quality in Wellington city.
Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons)
Honours degree in Geology with Chemistry
Professional experience and skills
— Project management (successfully delivered multiple projects)
— Technical report writing
— Data analysis, interpretation & graphic design
— Scientific reviewer (including research grant guidelines & applications)
— Event organisation
— Professional acid sulfate soil short course presentations
— Auditing (including safety, chemical & equipment audits)
— Collection & laboratory analysis of soil, sediment & water samples
— Development & maintenance of laboratory safe working procedures
— Excellent organisational & communication skills
— Excellent attention to detail
— High level of computer literacy (including Microsoft & Adobe software)
Publications
Technical publications in areas including:
acid sulfate soil assessment, landfill environmental monitoring,
water quality monitoring,
surface water hydrology, contaminated land assessment & carbon cycling.

All publications are listed at the following link: List of Publications

Selected projects are featured below, with links provided to all publicly available reports.

Biography
Nick was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but spent much of his youth in the Middle East, particularly in Dubai and Bahrain. He went to boarding school in England from the age of 11, and afterwards completed a degree in Geology with Chemistry at University of London (Goldsmiths' College).

After backpacking around Asia and South America, Nick returned to New Zealand and completed a postgraduate diploma in Hydrology and Masters Degree in Physical Geography at Victoria University of Wellington. Whilst in Wellington he worked as a hydrologist for the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand and Opus International Consultants.

In 2004, Nick was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Geochemistry from Southern Cross University (SCU) in Australia. Since then he has largely worked at SCU on externally-funded environmental projects, with particular focus on assessing the environmental hazard of acid sulfate soils and sediments. Nick currently works as a Technical Officer at Southern Cross GeoScience at SCU.

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(Last updated: 18 June 2019)
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