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Mr Samuel Nelson

Mr Samuel Nelson Mr Samuel Nelson
Position Sessional Academic
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Department Sustainable Engineering Group
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 204.525
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Brief Summary

Sam Nelson has been an environmental accountant and scientific programmer with over 30 years experience in his profession.  During much of that time he has been a consultant working for scientific organisations and environmental management agencies on various data management, water quality measurement and numerical modelling projects. 

In 1998, Sam developed the first version of the Greenbase environmental accounting software.  He is currently a Principal Environmental Accountant at Greenbase helping to provide environmental reporting services for the majority of mining and minerals processing facilities in Australia. Sam also has experience as a non-Executive Board member of a biodiesel production company based in India and the UK, GaiaTech Fuels.

In 2010, Sam initiated the Australian Institute of Environmental Accounting (AIEA), a professional organisation focused on developing the profession of environmental accounting in Australia.  He has participated in the development of the AIEA since inception.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Sam has co-founded an NGO, Maia Maia,  a parent founded organisation focused on empowering our children to become leaders in facing the challenges of climate change.  Maia Maia, together with Coolbinia Primary School, won the United Nations in Australia Environmental School national award for 2015.

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Specialty Areas

Environmental Accounting, Emission Reduction Currency Systems

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Other Information



Donohue, R., Davidson, A., Peters, N., Nelson, S. and Jackowyna, B. 2000.Trends in nutrient concentrations discharged to the Swan and Canning Estuaries, Western Australia. Hydrological Processes.


Donohue, R and Nelson, S. 1999. Estimating Errors in Nutrient Loads using kernel density estimators. Diffuse Source Pollution: Solutions and Innovations Conference 1999, Perth, WA.

Jackowyna, B., Donohue, R., Nelson, S. and Robb, M. 1999. Analysis of historical nutrient sampling in inflows to Albany Harbours. Water and Rivers Commission.

Nelson, S., Wallace-Bell, P., Yu, X. 1999. Site LEGACI: A systematic approach to groundwater contamination investigations. Proceeding International Groundwater Contamination Conference: Fremantle, WA.


Donohue, R., Nelson, S., Wittenoom, P. and Bowyer, L. 1997. Phosphorus and nitrogen in tributary inflows to the Peel/Harvey Estuary: A statistical analysis of trends in ambient concentration. Water and Rivers Commission.

Yu, X., Nelson, S. and Marsden, A. 1997. The development of a groundwater contamination database. Proceedings of the IAH International Groundwater Conference 1998 Groundwater: Sustainable Solutions.


Pella, J., Masuda, M. and Nelson, S. 1996. Comparison of several algorithms for computing the conditional maximum likelihood estimates of stock composition.  NOAA/NMFS/Tech. Memorandum Series. 20p.


Pella, J., Hoffman, M., Hoffman, S., Masuda, M., Nelson, S. and Talley, L. 1992. Analysis of the adult tagging experiments on pink sockeye salmon in the Northern boundary area of northern British Columbia and southern Southeast Alaska during 1982-1985. NOAA/NMFS/Tech. Memorandum Series. 168p.


Masuda, M.S., Nelson, S. Pella, J. 1991. The computer programs for computing conditional maximum likelihood estimates of stock composition from discrete characters. USA-DOC-NOAA-NMFS, 70p.

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