Ryl Parker

Ryl is a field ecologist, with experience working with a variety of organisations, including government agencies, consultancies, and community organisations.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Arts (Landscape) (UC)

Bachelor of Environmental Science (UC)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) (UC)

Experience

Ryl's skill-set includes:

  • ecological assessments under ACT, NSW and Commonwealth legislation
  • running workshops, including marketing, catering, coordinating and presenting
  • native flora and fauna identification, specialising in grassland and box-gum woodland flora
  • Land for Wildlife assessments

She is skilled in flora identification and mammal trapping, and is experienced in the assessment of the extent and quality of Natural Temperate Grassland, Box-Gum Woodland, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, and Pink-tailed Worm Lizard populations.

Ryl can identify most indigenous and exotic flora in grasslands and woodlands in lowland ACT and surrounds.

Selected projects

Ryl has worked with Umwelt, where she conducted ecological assessments in small and large rural properties to comply with ACT, NSW and federal legislation, including use of Biodiversity Assessment Methodology in NSW.

Working with the ACT Environment Directorate, she analysed kangaroo population data for use in conservation advice, assisted in surveys for Yellow-Footed Antechinus, Eastern Quolls, Eastern Bettongs, Little Eagles, Grassland Earless Dragon, translocated Golden Sun Moth larvae, and conducted kangaroo population surveys.

Expertise

Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Threatened species management
Volunteer management
Wildlife habitat assessments

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

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

Sarah Sharp

Sarah is a plant ecologist with expertise in grassy ecosystem management and conservation. She has a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to guide practical outcomes on the ground. Sarah has 16 years of experience working with the ACT Government, followed by consultancy project work. She has a strong focus on facilitating and sharing knowledge and understanding of ecological processes with the community and other stakeholders. In addition, Sarah advocates through community groups to protect, maintain and enhance grassy ecosystems.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc Dipl. Teaching (Kuring-gai CAE)

B. App. Sci. (CCAE)

M. App. Sci. (UC)

University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni Award

ACT Bushfire Council 2014–16

Weeds Advisory Group 2016–18

Friends of Grasslands 2009–18 and President 2013–16

Conservation Council Biodiversity Working Group 2009–18

Experience

Sarah worked as a senior plant ecologist with the ACT Government from 1993 to 2009, specifically in the field of lowland woodland and grassland conservation. She later worked as a consultant, preparing management guidelines and plans for management of grassy ecosystems and as a volunteer with several community groups and NGOs, including Molonglo Catchment Group. She undertook a landscape functional survey and assessment of the condition of all Canberra’s Nature Reserves for the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment in 2010.

Sarah brings experience in survey and characterisation of lowland ecosystems, scientific, management and policy advice and government and community representation. Sarah has worked closely with, and gained the respect of, land managers, researchers, agencies, community groups and the general public within the ACT/NSW southern region. Her work has resulted in: improved knowledge about the components and dynamics of grassy ecosystems; the application of improved on-ground conservation management; establishment of reserves and other protection mechanisms; and availability of information on these ecosystems. Sarah also has extensive experience in advocating for the protection of these ecosystems and working with community and stakeholders to achieve better management and protection outcomes for grassy ecosystems in the region.

Sarah has published more than 30 papers and major reports. These include two field guides on the Grassland Flora and the Woodland Flora of the Southern Tablelands (NSW and ACT).

Selected projects

Vegwatch monitoring program (MCG) including facilitation and implementation of community monitoring and data collation, processing and analysis

Monitoring of vegetation and threatened species in grasslands and other sites

On-ground site management with Friends of Grasslands and Molonglo Catchment Group

Expertise

Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental communication
Flora surveys
Landscape planning and restoration
Monitoring and evaluation
NRM program design and management
Volunteer management

Ben Huttner-Koros

Ben is a project officer with Molonglo Catchment Group where he designs and manages NRM projects (weed control, revegetation, habitat enhancement). Ben is experienced in trapping and handling small native mammals, weed and pest control, assessing habitat value of trees, and roadside tree trimming and removal. He also provides educational programs on flora, fauna and ecology for schoolchildren.

Ben’s Honours research was on the conservation, habitat preference and management of the threatened striped legless lizard (Delma impar) at Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve, NSW.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc Hons (ANU)

Experience

Ben has experience in design and implementation of natural resource management projects for Molonglo Catchment Group on weed control, revegetation, and habitat enhancement. In this role, he engages broadly with partner organisations, government, stakeholders, Landcare groups, landholders, and farmers. He has skills in project implementation and activity reporting to public authorities, including projects funded through ACT Environment Grants and the NSW Environmental Trust.

Ben also has worked in industry as an environmental consultant and project manager. He completed a conservation and research internship at the Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway, Victoria. He is committed to community action through his role as finance officer for the ANU Environment Collective.

Selected projects

Natural Heritage Trust—Design and management of a 20 million trees project covering 600 hectares south of Queanbeyan

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service—Potoroo trapping using cage traps, handling small native mammals (antechinus, rats, potoroo)

Australian National Botanical Gardens—Engage and assist visitors, ensure safety and security, assist with public educational and commercial programs; Provide educational programs on flora, fauna and ecology for schoolchildren aged between 6 and 15

NSW local councils—Ecologist services for roadside tree trimming and removal projects to NSW local councils; Assess habitat value of trees and direct tree contractor on where to cut

Environmental and Agricultural Services—Weed control using herbicides and mechanical methods, rabbit control using poison baiting and warren fumigation, revegetation planting, agricultural soil testing; Conducting Flora and Fauna Survey and domestic on-site wastewater (sewage) management studies; Researching legislation, desktop mapping, field-work, writing a client report meeting council’s requirement.

Ben Huttner-Koros

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Environmental communication
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Habitat value of trees
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Riparian land and catchment management
Threatened species management
Tree management and cultivation (arboriculture)
Wildlife habitat assessments

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