The Aquanet Team

Dr Olivier Ausseil

Dr Olivier Ausseil has been a Principal Scientist with Aquanet Consulting Limited since its creation in 2007. He has over 15 years’ experience as a practising scientist, successively working as a researcher, a regional council scientist and a private consultant.

Olivier specialises in the management and coordination of complex multidisciplinary impact assessments, consent/permit applications and policy development. He is currently the project manager for the re-consenting of 14 wastewater treatment plants, three community water supplies, and two potable water treatment plants, on behalf of four District Councils. He was the Science Lead for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme from 2011 to 2014.

Olivier has been involved in well over 150 resource consent applications and compliance assessment cases, as a technical expert on behalf of consenting authorities, applicants, submitters, and as an Independent Hearing Commissioner.

Consultation is key to the successful development and outcome of many projects. Olivier has been part of the Wai Group, an award-winning consultation process in the Ruapehu area, and is currently involved in multiple consultation processes with a range of stakeholders.

Olivier also has extensive experience in the development of water quality limits and standards


Dr Michael Greer

Dr Michael Greer has been a Senior Scientist with Aquanet since March 2018. He has over 6 years’ experience as a freshwater scientist, and has worked in local and central government, Crown Research Institutes and private consultancy.

Michael specialises in quantifying the impacts of land use and discharges on water quality and freshwater ecosystems. He is especially skilled at working in limit setting processes at the science-policy interface, and has been heavily involved in the development of second generation regional plans in Canterbury and Wellington. As part of these processes Michael has led expert panels, managed large technical investigations and presented evidence to hearing panels. Michael has also been involved as a technical expert in over 30 consent applications on behalf of consenting authorities and applicants.

Michael has significant experience in collaborating successfully with a range of parties to produce scientific solutions to water quality issues, which are both understandable and relevant to the entire community. Effectively establishing and fostering relationships with the farming industry, iwi and other key stakeholders has been vital to Michaels success in developing and leading important strategic initiatives, such as the improvement of the protection provided to Canterbury’s whitebait resource, and the widespread uptake of sustainable management of agricultural drainage networks.


Fiona Death

Fiona Death has been a Science Technician with Aquanet Consulting Ltd since 2010. Prior to this she was employed as a Research Technician in the Ecology Group at Massey University. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from Massey University.

Fiona has over fifteen years’ research experience specialising in freshwater ecology. In this role she has carried out fish, macroinvertebrate and periphyton monitoring and water quality investigations, data analysis, assessment of environmental effects, as well as reviews of resource consent applications and compliance assessments. She also teaches in university labs, and has written many technical reports for Regional and District Councils, Government agencies and private companies.

Fiona has been involved in a number of research projects including addressing relationships between environmental stressors, such as sediment and nutrients, and freshwater ecological communities; with some of this research being published in internationally peer reviewed journals.

Fiona has also been involved in educating Primary and Secondary School students about the water quality of their local rivers and streams. This has included helping with the development of an NCEA Level 1 Biology unit on Water Quality for Manukura, Palmerston North, field trips giving students hands on experience. The most recent example being Fiona’s lead role in a Curious Minds project involving students from National Park Primary School, Ruapehu.

Previous study and employment has also meant that Fiona has gained an extensive accounting and administrative background which complements her research knowledge.

In her current role, Fiona is involved in the preparation of water quality and ecological reports for the re-consenting or compliance monitoring of potable water treatment plants and 25 domestic wastewater treatment plants in the lower North Island, involving discharges to land, to water or dual land/water discharge systems.

Lovisa Ekelund

Lovisa Ekelund has been a Research Assistant with Aquanet Consulting Ltd since 2017. Prior to this she was employed as a Research Assistant and Postgraduate tutor at Massey University. She has also worked as a high school Biology teacher and Laboratory coordinator. Lovisa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Environmental Management.

Lovisa’s research at Massey University focused on aquatic invertebrates and their usefulness as biomonitoring tools in wetland ecosystems. For this project she sampled invertebrates and macrophytes from 28 wetlands in the North and South Islands in New Zealand gaining experience in freshwater monitoring, macroinvertebrate identification and data analysis.

As a research assistant in the Ecology Department at Massey University, Lovisa examined over a hundred alpine soil samples, separating and categorizing invertebrates. As a postgraduate tutor, Lovisa’s role consisted of supervising students in the writing of the ecology sections of an environmental impact assessment. Lovisa has also worked as a biology teacher at high school level in Puebla, Mexico, and coordinated the use and lectures given for all science laboratories at the same school.

In her current role, Lovisa is involved in the monitoring, invertebrate processing and preparation of water quality and ecological reports for the re-consenting or compliance monitoring of potable water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants in the lower North Island.