Dr Leigh Bull will be the keynote speaker at NZCS Conference

Dr Leigh Bull, a senior principal ecologist in Boffa Miskell’s Wellington office, will be one of the keynote speakers at the New Zealand Coastal Society conference, along with Manea Sweeney, Discipline Manager – Horizon Planning of Tonkin & Taylor. The conference takes place in Tauranga, 15 – 17 November.

Leigh and Manea are working as Project Ecologist and Environmental Manager, respectively, on the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) project. They will present on the environmental challenges and opportunities faced as part of the coastal reinstatement programme, which has followed the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake of a year ago.

Many major roads, including the coastal section of SH1, and the Main North Line railway were closed because of resulting slips and damage to bridges. Natural processes resulting from the earthquake, which have contributed to a changing coastline, include extensive coastal uplift (2-3 m) and large ongoing debris flows.

In her role as NCTIR Project Ecologist, Leigh draws on her previous experiences working on a number of major infrastructure projects, including roads of national significance (RoNS), large wind farms, dredging and reclamations. Leigh is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (Ecology Specialist) with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, an Independent Hearings Commissioner and Editor of the scientific journal Notornis.

6 November 2017