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Staff Profiles

 

Lincoln Kern
Managing Director (Ecologist)

Qualifications
2014     Training for implementing controlled burns with Timber Training Creswick Ltd.
2013     Development and Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Short Course, University of Technology, Sydney
2012     Forest Stewardship Council Certification Auditing for Forest Management and Chain of Custody
2005     Wildfire Management Overlay Implementation Course organised by the CFA
1998      Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management, Deakin University
1990      Bush Regeneration Techniques Course organised by the National Trust
1986      Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Science and Botany), Antioch University, Ohio, U.S.A.

Experience and skills
Lincoln is the founder of Practical Ecology and has been providing expertise in flora and fauna survey, environmental planning, bushland restoration, bushfire risk analysis and planning law, environmental and noxious weed control, revegetation and general land management services with the business since 1993. Lincoln gained a BachelorOhio USA (completed in 1986 with field studies in Pacific Northwest USA, Southwest USA, India and Central America) and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Deakin University in 1998. Since starting work in the Victorian ecological restoration and environmental industry in 1990 Lincoln has developed Practical Ecology as one of the leading environmental consultancies in Victoria.

 

Katherine Smedley
Senior Consultant (Botanist)

Qualifications
2011     Development and Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Short Course, University of Technology, Sydney
1997     Bachelor of Social Science (Socio-Environmental Assessment and Policy). RMIT University, Melbourne

Experience and skills
Katherine joined Practical Ecology in 2000, and has worked in both the consulting and contracting sides of the business. Prior to this Katherine had extensive experience in on-ground bushland regeneration and management works, as a Green Corps Supervisor and in ecological restoration working for the National Trust of AustraliaKatherine specialises in botany and has worked on/managed numerous large and small scale projects for Practical Ecology, ranging from land/bushland management plans, flora surveys, vegetation assessments, fauna habitat assessments, ecological monitoring and bushfire risk analysis, which has provided Katherine with extensive knowledge and skills of Victoria ecological monitoring and bushfire risk analysis, which has provided Katherine with extensive knowledge and skills of Victoria

 

Michelle Savona
Senior Consultant (Botanist)

Qualifications
2013 Development and Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Short Course, University of Technology, Sydney
2003 Diploma in Natural Resource Management, NMIT, Epping
2000 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), La Trobe University, Bundoora

Experience and skills
Michelle has been an ecological consultant with Practical Ecology since 2005, prior to which she gained valuable experience in on-ground bushland regeneration. She specialises in flora and bushfire ecology and has 12 years’ experience in ecological restoration and consulting. During her time at Practical Ecology, Michelle has undertaken a variety of projects incorporating flora survey, vegetation assessments, fauna habitat assessments and bushfire risk analysis, for both government bodies and private landowners.

 

Andrew Stephens
Senior Consultant (Botanist/Bushfire)

Qualifications
2014- Master of Environment, University of Melbourne (in progress)
2013 Postgraduate Certificate in Bushfire Management and Planning, University of Melbourne
2006 Graduate Diploma Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora
2002 Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology and Ecology), La Trobe University, Bundoora

Experience and skills
Andrew graduated from his degree in ecology in 2002 and began working for Practical Ecology in 2003. He has since completed additional studies and gained extensive experience in ecological restoration and consulting. Andrew focusses on flora survey, bushfire ecology and bushfire risk analysis.

 

Austin O’Malley
Senior Consultant (Zoologist)

Qualifications
2012 Doctor of Philosophy (Natural Resource Management), University of New England, Armidale
2002 Bachelor of Science, Zoology Honours Degree (1st Class), University of Queensland,
2001 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Experience and skills
Austin graduated from his undergraduate degree in 2002 and began working for Practical Ecology in 2003. Post-graduate studies have included the completion (first class result) of an honours project through the Ecology Centre at the University of Queensland and a PhD with the University of New England looking at the relationship between small mammals and fungi. Austin has skills in both botany and zoology and Austin has developed extensive knowledge in fauna identification and survey techniques, GIS modelling and habitat mapping.

 

Yasmin Kelsall
Consultant (Botanist)

Qualifications
2001 Master of Environmental Science, Monash University
1999 Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Science) (Honours), Deakin University.
1998 Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management of Hazardous Materials), Deakin University.

Experience and skills
Yasmin has twelve years experience in ecological restoration, bushland management, environmental planning and policy, project management and community engagement including time with DSE, West Gippsland CMA, VNPA, and Greening Australia. She joined Practical Ecology as an Ecological Consultant in 2011.

 

Alice Ewing
Consultant (Zoologist)

Qualifications
2002 Bachelor of Science, Zoology Honours Degree (1st Class), University of Melbourne

Experience and skills
Prior to commencing work at Practical Ecology in 2010 as a Zoologist, she undertook five years of field and data research, investigating survival rates in a range of migratory shorebirds near Broome, as well as volunteering in a wide range of fauna surveys. Alice has skills in both botany and zoology and has developed extensive knowledge in fauna identification and survey techniques and habitat mapping. Alice’s work at Practical Ecology has included flora and fauna surveys and salvage as well as more general ecological surveys and management plans covering flora, fauna and bushfire risk analysis. She also has a strong interest in the use of dogs for conservation work, and as a dog handler with her dog, is a fully-qualified conservation detection dog team with the Otways Conservation Dogs programme.

 

Colin Broughton
GIS Consultant

Qualifications
2009 Bachelor of Applied Science (Geomatics) (Honours), RMIT University, Melbourne

Experience and skills
Colin is an experienced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional. He specialises in spatial database design, data analysis and building mobile GIS applications. Colin has also worked for Nillumbik Shire Council, Department of Sustainability & Environment and Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority where he applied his cartographic and GIS training to a wide range natural resource management issues. Colin joined Practical Ecology in 2009 and now leads a focused and productive GIS team.

 

Karen McGregor
GIS Consultant

Qualifications
2012 Bachelor of Environments (Geomatics), University of Melbourne
2013 Master of Science (Botany), University of Melbourne

Experience and skills
Karen joined Practical Ecology in January 2014 and has a degree in Geomatics and a Master of Science (Botany), making mapping plants one of her favourite endeavours. Karen has spent time volunteering at Bush Heritage Australia, both performing vegetation surveys and GIS mapping for their properties database. Further volunteering and working at indigenous nurseries around Melbourne and as a Botany demonstrator at the University of Melbourne has expanded her knowledge and interest in Australia’s flora. Karen enjoys spatial analysis (particularly when it is combined with plants), with her Masters thesis exploring the uncertainties with different Global Climate Models in predicting the distribution of a grasstree in south-eastern Australia. Karen also enjoys sewing and patchwork quilting (often with a botanical element) and baking (native Australian sugar flowers included).

 

Matt Gale
Contracting Co-ordinator

Qualifications
2003-2005 – Site Staff, Site Manager, Australian Ecosystems Pty. Ltd.
2005-2013 – Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Australian Ecosystems Pty. Ltd.
2013–current – Contracting Coordinator, Practical Ecology Pty. Ltd.

Experience and skills
Through an interest in wetlands and riparian system flora and fauna, Matt was able to utilise his knowledge gaining employment in bushland restoration with Australian Ecosystems where he worked for over 10 years as Senior Project Manager and Head of Department (Site). In this time he developed further skills and knowledge including 5 years Prescribed Burns experience, vegetation management and wetland function consultation skills. Currently with Practical Ecology, he utilises his knowledge as part of the Prescribed Burns team and coordinating the ecological restoration contracts team.

 

Steve Johnson
Burn Manager

Qualifications
1996 – Advanced Certificate Environmental Management, Holmesglen TAFE
1998 – Diploma Natural Resource Management, Holmesglen TAFE
2011 – Wildfire-Low Structure Fire Fighter – CFA
2008 – Develop Prescribed Burn Plans
2008 – Conduct Prescribed Burning

Experience and skills
Following completion of an advanced certificate and a diploma in Environmental and Natural resource management Steve worked in bushland restoration for 3 years with Australian Ecosystems. In 2006 he began undertaking fuel reduction and ecological burns with DSE (as a project fire fighter) and in 2007 as a Burn Manager and Vegetation Maintenance Manager for Australian Ecosystems. Currently he is working at Practical Ecology as a Burn Manager where he has begun preparing burn plans for this year’s burn season.