Rob Dabal

Rob is our lead ecologist with over 20 years of working experience in riparian and terrestrial vegetation management across Melbourne. He has held senior vegetation management roles at Melbourne Water, Trust for Nature, local government and worked in a subcontracting capacity with Melbourne’s leading ecological consultancies.

Rob has extensive experience in technical and site assessment of terrestrial, riparian and wetland vegetation. He was responsible for developing Melbourne Water’s vegetation management templates across the Port Phillip and Westernport region, developing site assessment methods and numerous management plans for waterways and sites of high biodiversity significance. He has experience working with Traditional Owners in south-central Queensland combining cultural flows and ecological knowledge to improve the management of wetlands and waterways in the Upper Darling catchment.

Rob is a keen naturalist who spends his spare time documenting terrestrial and marine biodiversity of South Gippsland. He completed his Masters of Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne in 2018 where he investigated the relationship between invasive species encroachment and hydrology in threatened vegetation communities. This research is being used to refine and improve the management of invasive species to protect habitat of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s Possum.