Bouckaert, Frederick Willem

Frederick has extensive experience in water quality and ecological field monitoring and analysis. His experience includes sampling and analysis of phytoplankton, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, fish, development of condition monitoring for riverine vegetation and fluvial geomorphology and water quality parameters. His biological monitoring experience includes macroinvertebrate monitoring in the Swan River (WA), algal monitoring in the ACT, assessment of impacts from uranium mining in Kakadu National Park and coordinating the Sustainable Rivers Audit, the largest biomonitoring program in the Murray-Darling Basin. He joined the Murray-Darling Basin Commission/Authority in 2002 as part of the SRA team, and lead the team as a Director from 2010-2013. In that time he gained considerable experience working with a team of expert ecologists to develop and assist a comprehensive analysis of river health based on five themes: hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, vegetation, fish and macroinvertebrates. He is now working in the Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation team at MDBA ( where he is managing the analysis framework for measuring the effects of the Basin Plan on ecological health. As a visiting researcher, he is volunteering for SEIAsia, to assist with research on water quality issues for a Pilot project in the Chindwin Basin in Myanmar (until end of September). He recently set up a consulting company to undertake complementary short-term consulting projects.

Organisational Capability

  • • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Sampling and data collection
    • Water quality analysis
    • Biological surveys
    • Integrated water management
    • Community/stakeholder consultation
    • Sustainable development
    • Desktop policy reviews
    • Ecological impact assessment


  • Water quality in the Chindwin Basin, Myanmar
    Pilot project to collect water quality data and research water quality issues in the Chindwin basin in order to develop a water quality strategy
  • Develop the analysis framework for monitoring and evaluation of ecological impacts of the Basin Plan
    Basin Plan monitoring and evaluation will need to be able to evaluate how implementation of the Basin Plan has contributed to maintaining and restoring the ecosystems of the Murray-Darling Basin. We are using four themes to develop indicators: hydrology, vegetation, fish and waterbirds.
  • Biological and water quality monitoring in Kakadu National Park
    Monitoring and assessment of potential impacts from uranium mining on creeks and rivers in Kakadu National Park
  • Phytoplankton and macroinvertebrate monitoring in Canberra and surrounding region
    Monitoring of phytoplankton (including blue green algae), biovolumes, chlorophyll-a and phaeophytins; macroinvertebrates and zooplankton. Development of NATA accredited methods, including for biovolumetric calculations. Management of biology section of the freshwater laboratory.