Steve Marston

Steve Marston is a Partner and Senior Ecologist with Ecological Survey & Management. Steve is an ecologist with extensive experience in ecological assessment and environmental management gained over more than 20 years in the consulting field in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. His environmental engineering qualifications in combination with his wide range of experience in the environmental field and ecological speciality enable Steve to work with a variety of professionals to develop practical solutions to complex ecological issues.

Steve has prepared numerous ecological assessments of proposals against relevant national, state and local legislation and policy. He has worked on a large range of projects from infrastructure such as high voltage transmission lines, wind farms, major highway upgrades and mining related projects, to single lot property developments. This has included preparing the documentation for numerous projects under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Steve has also undertaken several natural resource management projects such as the development of a habitat network strategy to guide revegetation in south western Victoria; an assessment of the values and threats to wetlands along the Murray River and the assessment of several options to restore a Ramsar listed wetland used as a salt disposal basin for over 30 years.

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Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen is a Partner and Senior Botanist with Ecological Survey & Management. Chris has worked within the consultancy sector for the past 15 years. During this time he has gained a wealth of experience in the assessment of vegetation types from Grafton, NSW to Townsville, Queensland and as far west as Gove in the Northern Territory. Following more than five years as the senior botanist and associate for a specialist environmental consultancy, Chris established his own specialist botanical consultancy practice in 2008.

Chris has conducted detailed botanical assessments on sites which range from small suburban properties to more than 100,000 hectares in area. These assessments have been conducted as part of the environmental assessment process relating to the reconfiguration of residential lots through to Environmental Impact Statements for large infrastructure and mining projects.

Chris has regularly been engaged to provide the technical lead role for the on-ground qualitative vegetation assessment of projects such as water pipelines, dams, power transmission corridors, major highway upgrades, coal and metaliferous mining and liquefied natural gas infrastructure. Chris has also conducted numerous bio-condition monitoring and vegetation offset assessments relating to these and other projects. Chris has developed a specialty for the assessment of vegetation to which the Vegetation Management Act 1999 and Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 applies.

His background in bush rehabilitation works also gives Chris a detailed knowledge of biodiversity enhancement techniques applicable to the preparation of biodiversity strategies.

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Meredith Watherston

Meredith is a Principal Ecologist with more than 10 years’ experience in the consulting industry. She has experience in assessing ecological impacts of a range of mining, gas and infrastructure projects throughout Queensland. Meredith’s primary skills and experience are in botanical surveys, vegetation survey and mapping, ecological permits and approvals and offset identification. She has developed a strong knowledge of relevant State and Commonwealth legislation and understands the challenges navigating an approval pathway can present.

Meredith has been responsible for the project management and environmental assessment of small and large mining and infrastructure projects and has performed the task of technical lead for numerous environmental impact assessments. She is a Certified Environmental Practitioner and member of the Ecological Society of Australia and Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

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Monica Campbell

Monica is a Senior Ecologist with 10 years consulting experience in northern New South Wales and Queensland. She is highly experienced in the design and implementation of ecological field surveys, including targeted surveys for threatened plant species, and the translation of botanical information into assessments of fauna habitat values and functions.

Monica has extensive experience in providing ecological assessments and advice to inform linear infrastructure developments. Monica has navigated numerous development and infrastructure projects through the complexities of Commonwealth, State and Local Government legislation having a natural resource management focus. Monica regularly provides a high level of service and advice in the areas of ecological survey and impact assessments, vegetation and weed management, threatened flora identification and management, Regional Ecosystem mapping and classification, BioCondition assessments and development of offset strategies to public sector and private industry clients. 

Monica is also experienced with ecologically sustainable rating systems and has been involved in the development of the ecological components of Green Star Rating Tools for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Australian Green Infrastructure Council. She has also prepared Eco-Short reports for projects seeking Green Star accreditation and has provided technical advice on Credit Interpretation Requests for the GBCA.

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Michael O'Connor

Michael is an experienced environmental scientist with a diverse background in environmental management in the civil construction and LNG sectors in Queensland. Michael's experience has been developed over the past 7 years working with environmental and civil consultancies.

Michael has been involved in fauna management and surveys on projects including the Moreton Bay Rail, Bruce Highway upgrades, GGC Upstream Gatherings and several mining projects. Michael has been responsible for developing and implementing threatened species monitoring programs and providing mitigation and management strategies for construction procedures. Michael has demonstrated an ability to work productively with construction managers and planners to achieve positive ecological outcomes during the construction process. 

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