Maya Potapowicz

Maya has extensive experience as a consultant for flora assessment and conservation in NSW and the ACT.

She has also previously been employed in similar roles by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, South East Local Land Services, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Certified BAM Accredited Assessor

Experience

Maya is an accredited assessor of the NSW Biodiversity Assessment Method. BAM is the assessment methodology that outlines how an accredited person assesses impacts on biodiversity at development sites and stewardship sites.

Maya specialises in the provision of:

  • flora surveys (BAM and Biometric) and reporting
  • offset management planning
  • impact assessments for development applications
  • Land for Wildlife assessments

Selected projects

Flora surveys and audits for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Assessment of applications to clear native vegetation under the Native Vegetation Act 2003

Management of actions for the Clean Water Project, involving implementing on-ground works to improve water quality along Murrumbidgee River on private lands with private landholders

Negotiation of enhancement planting of threatened flora, protection of translocation site and signage with Queanbeyan City Council and botanic gardens staff

Review of NSW Environmental Trust funding reports

Monitoring threatened flora populations

Assessment, negotiation and preparation of Wildlife Refuges and Conservation Agreements under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974

Review of wildlife refuges for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service—over 100 sites visited, reports given to landholders, and overall project report on biodiversity values of wildlife refuges network

Expertise

Biodiversity conservation
Conservation agreements
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Habitat value of trees
Wildlife habitat assessments

Georgeanna Story

Georgeanna is a zoologist with expertise in wildlife and pest animal tracking, trapping and surveys as well as in on-ground natural resource management. She has surveyed and monitored iconic native marsupials including Spotted-tailed quolls, wombats, dingoes and pests such as rabbits, wild dogs and foxes.

She is also an experienced Landcare coordinator with skills in community engagement, event and project organisation, property assessments and management planning.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B.Sc. Hons. (Ecology, Zoology)

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Advisory Committee

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee Far South Coast Region

Royal Zoological Society of NSW

Ecological Society of Australia

Australian Wildlife Management Society

Australian Institute of Biology

Native Animal Rescue Group

CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program

Experience

Georgeanna has 22 years of experience in wildlife and pest animal trapping, surveys and monitoring. She has worked as an ecologist and researcher with the University of Queensland, Macquarie University, the Australian National University, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, and as a professional consultant.

Over the last three years, she has been with Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare working to coordinate and support local Landcare groups in sustainably managing their natural resources.

Selected projects

Road impacts on the common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), from the individual to the population

Landholder’s perceptions of Wild deer survey

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Biodiversity conservation
Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental education
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Property planning
Scientific writing and editing
Volunteer management
Wildlife habitat assessments

Scott Laidlaw

Scott is an environmental planner with extensive experience and skills in Australian environmental assessment and regulation. He has managed natural heritage species research projects, environmental assessments and heritage listing nominations with the Australian Government. He has experience in planning and implementation of Commonwealth policies relating to biodiversity conservation, vegetation management, exotic species regulation, national park management and marine protected areas. Scott also has extensive experience in Indigenous liaison and stakeholder consultation. Through biodiversity field work across Australia, he has gained ecological knowledge of the Australian marine, estuarine and terrestrial environments. Scott also has applied environmental experience in industry including in mining and commercial fisheries.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B.Sc. (Biology, Geology)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Experience

Scott is highly experienced in relation to planning and implementation of Australian Government environmental policies and regulations. He has worked for the environmental department for 20 years working to implement the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the Australian Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, the Native Vegetation Framework, and the National Environmental Science Programme. He has managed teams assessing places nominated for heritage places’ listing on the EPBC Act World, National and Commonwealth Heritage Lists. He has also worked within the Central Land Council’s mining section, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, NSW Fisheries, and the Australian Museum.

Selected projects

Scott has achieved successful outcomes in a wide variety of roles, with twenty years’ experience working with the Commonwealths Environment Department and applying the EPBC Act. Successful project outcome examples include:

  • Personally preparing and finalising a series of 'emergency' EPBC Act National Heritage (NH) listing assessments, including one regarding the Victorian Alps.
  • Independently and successfully completed an EPBC Act compatible Environmental Impact Assessment checklist process for Kakadu National Park
  • Successfully managed procurement contracts for the Department of the Environment. Projects have ranged from National Environment Science Program (NESP) research, to National Vegetation Condition Monitoring Protocols, to Defence and Indigenous land biodiversity surveys conducted with expert biodiversity survey consultants
  • In a Secretariat policy role in the Departments’ Biodiversity Conservation Division, he co-facilitated the development of the Native Vegetation Framework (NVF) policy, which received ‘whole of government’ endorsement at COAG’s SCEW (Standing Council on Environment and Water) in 2012
  • In the Department’s Heritage Division, he successfully assessed multiple EPBC Act National Heritage List (NHL) nominations. Successful NH listing examples include the nationally outstanding Fitzgerald National Park biodiversity hotspot, the written assessment of which also broke new ground in assessing regional communities’ involvement in environmentally sustainable development land management.
  • Many sequential and productive ecological field surveys conducted in co-operation with the Defence Department on their properties at Ningaloo, Woomera and in the greater Perth region. These surveys help update Defence land Commonwealth Heritage listings, and also provided critical ecological management data to Defence’s land managers.

Expertise

Biodiversity conservation
Commonwealth environment and heritage assessments
Community and stakeholder engagement
NRM program design and management

Lesley Peden

Lesley is an ecologist with over 15 years of experience in ecological surveys, assessment and monitoring in the ACT and NSW. She conducts botanical surveys and monitoring of vegetation communities (e.g. woodlands, grasslands, forests, subalpine areas, riparian zones). She is similarly experienced in a diverse range of fauna survey and monitoring techniques such as trapping, installation and use of wildlife cameras, and data collection, storage and analysis including morphological data collection and DNA sampling. She has worked on mammals (wallabies, kangaroos, pigs, platypus and small mammals), reptiles (Eastern Water Dragons, Pink-tailed Worm-lizards, Grassland Earless Dragons, Striped Legless Lizards, crocodiles, turtles), insects (Golden Sunmoth), amphibians and fish.

Lesley’s experience encompasses assessments of threatened ecological communities (e.g. Box-Gum Woodlands, Natural Temperate Grasslands), threatened species, riparian ecosystems, post-fire monitoring and Eucalyptus dieback. Lesley is proficient in Environmental Impact Assessments under Commonwealth and State legislation and the preparation of mapping and environmental advice for land managers including government agencies, corporate clients, land managers and community groups.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Certified BAM Accredited Assessor

B.Sc. (Conservation Biology, Applied Ecology)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Experience

Lesley is highly experienced in on-ground and community-based conservation and natural resource management. She has worked with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the ACT Government’s conservation planning and research team, Umwelt (Australia), and in tertiary education and training of applied environmental management (Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra). Most recently, she has been a Conservation Officer with Conservation Volunteers Australia where she coordinated and developed projects to engage community and inspire and connect people to nature. She also undertakes annual surveys for ACT Government of woodlands and grasslands in environmental offset reserves.

Lesley has strong community engagement experience, having been facilitator for the NGO Kosciuszko to Coast Partnership for five years and a Regional Provider for the Land for Wildlife program in the local region. In these roles, she conducted over 350 ecological assessments in NSW and ACT and supported landholders to manage their land sustainably, balance productivity with conservation outcomes, and access funding and scientific expertise. In addition, Lesley trained and lead teams of community individuals, students and volunteers on conservation projects in the natural environment. She coordinated educational workshops and events to promote the objectives of the K2C Partnership: restoring woodlands, grasslands, forests and riparian ecosystems and has managed community workshops. Examples include threatened species workshops for the South East Local Land Services ‘Saving our Species Scarlet Robin’ project, numerous K2C projects aimed at restoring and reconnecting the landscape and engaging community in citizen science and NRM activities, and a 2016 community forum on Eucalyptus dieback in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Over the past three years, Lesley taught the Environmental Management Diploma at Canberra Institute of Technology and led teams of students on conservation and NRM activities in the region. Previously, she has worked as a tutor and research officer with the University of Canberra, and as a wildlife ecologist for ACT Government.

Lesley has co-authored several journal articles and technical reports for ACT Government focusing on vegetation and habitat condition of the Murrumbidgee River and tributaries, and Eucalyptus dieback.

Selected projects

Annual woodland and grassland surveys for ACT Government

‘Saving our Species Scarlet Robin’ project workshops (South East Local Land Services)

Eucalyptus dieback field surveys (ACT Government) and dieback community forum (Kosciusko 2 Coast)

Lesley Peden

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Biodiversity conservation
Community and stakeholder engagement
Conservation agreements
Environmental education
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Threatened species management
Volunteer management

Jasmyn Lynch

Jasmyn is a conservation ecologist with expertise on rare and threatened species, biodiversity patterns and processes, wetland assessments, threatening processes, and environmental management frameworks. Her work has extended from the genetic scale, through species ecology, regional ecology, global patterns of biodiversity, to the application of science to conservation policy and environmental management. She also works on a systems scale, evaluating the interactions and linkages between people and landscapes and the implications for long-term environmental sustainability.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc (ANU), Honours (Utas)

MSc (Utas)

PhD (UQ)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Shortlisted for the 2017-18 Eric Anderson prize for best article in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

Experience

Jasmyn has 28 years of experience on environmental issues. She has worked with the Australian government and four state governments, a range of universities, and Indigenous representatives of Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea. She has engaged in national policy development and implementation, regional conservation programs, field surveys, data collation, analysis and reporting.

Jasmyn is a proficient writer and editor, with editorial experience on the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Nordic Journal of Botany, Quaternary Australasia, and in editing technical reports and university dissertations. She has produced over 40 publications on environmental issues and 36 environmental management and botanical survey technical reports.

Selected projects

Assessing trends and causes of dieback of Blakely’s red gum (Eucalyptus blakelyi) stands in the ACT 2017-18. Analysis of spatial patterns and drivers of E. blakelyi dieback in the ACT using temporal satellite imagery, landscape attributes and biological factors. Collaboration with ACT Government, Environment and Planning Directorate.

Enhancing conservation and cultural knowledge through orchids of Papua New Guinea 2014-18. Evaluation of scientific, historical and cultural knowledge of the values and uses of orchids in the Torricelli Mountains, PNG. Collaboration with Tenkile Conservation Alliance to raise conservation awareness while enhancing local knowledge, skills, capacity and development.

The Piku Project: community-led conservation 2013-15. Research on the nesting biology and harvest of the pig-nosed turtle in the Kikori River catchment of Papua New Guinea to inform effective community action for conservation and sustainable use of this traditional resource.

Jasmyn Lynch

Expertise

Aboriginal cultural land management
Applications for grant funding
Bio-cultural knowledge
Biodiversity conservation
Environmental education
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Scientific writing and editing
Threatened species management
Wetland management
Wildlife habitat assessments