Umwelt enhancing its Defence capability

Umwelt welcomes Dr Stephen Cole to our Defence team; Dr Cole will be specifically focusing on capability and maintaining Defence’s reputation for quality environmental stewardship. During 33 years in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves (RANR) Dr Cole held several roles including a maritime warfare officer (Landing Craft Heavy), Diving officer and Port Manager for Darwin Naval Base, and more recently sixteen years as the Navy Environmental Manager. Dr Cole’s science career includes research in tropical tree science, called on to use his civilian skills, being a lecturer at the Charles Darwin University, and qualifications including a BSc. in marine biology and botany and a PhD researching climate adaptation of tropical trees.

Dr Cole brings additional experience and capacity to our Defence team comprising over 100 environmental, ecology, heritage and social assessment professionals. The proximity of our Canberra office to Defence clients ensures that we can be responsive in providing the right balance of Defence experience and expertise to assist in a range of projects from single service to multidisciplinary, multi-site projects.

If you wish to discuss further capabilities in regards to Defence, Dr Stephen Cole can be contacted on