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

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