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Staff Profiles


Lincoln Kern
Managing Director (Ecologist)

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)

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


Andrew Hamer
Consultant (Zoologist)

2003     PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle
1999     Master of Environmental Studies, University of Newcastle
1994     Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle

Experience and skills
Prior to commencing work at Practical Ecology in 2017 as a Zoologist, Andrew was an Ecologist at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, conducting research into the effects of urbanisation and roads on a wide range of fauna in order to increase understanding of the ecology, restoration and management of urban and suburban areas throughout Australia and the world. Andrew has over 20 years experience as an environmental consultant and has completed numerous flora and fauna assessments and monitoring projects in New South Wales and Victoria for a wide range of clients. He has managed monitoring projects for threatened amphibians such as the Green and Golden Bell Frog (NSW) and Growling Grass Frog (Vic) for large road construction projects and strategic planning.


Andrea Canzano
Consultant (Zoologist)

2001     Bachelor of Science (Hons) Tropical Biology and Ecology, James Cook University, Cairns
2000     Bachelor of Science (Zoology) La Trobe University, Bundoora

Experience and skills
rior to commencing work at Practical Ecology in 2017 as a Zoologist, Andrea worked as a consultant zoologist for three years at Monarc Environmental. In this role, Andrea has provided consulting services to a diverse range of clients and industries across Victoria. She has extensive experience in preparing ecological and environmental impact assessments across the urban residential, transport infrastructure, water infrastructure and energy infrastructure sectors. In her role, she has undertaken a broad range of projects involving Australia’s native fauna. Andrea has a special interest in invertebrates, particularly the Eltham Copper Butterfly, and has coordinated the conservation monitoring program for over ten years. Andrea also has experience as a presenter in community engagement programs, and has provided technical advice, training and education regarding zoology, ecology and nature conservation for various community groups and government organisations in Victoria.


Yasmin Kelsall
Consultant (Botanist)

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)

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.


Liza James
Consultant (Botanist/GIS Officer)

2010     Bsc (Hons) Botany, Latrobe University 2009 Bachelor of Science – Conservation Biology and Ecology, Latrobe University
2004     Diploma of Environmental and Applied Science RMIT

Experience and skills
Prior to commencing work at Practical Ecology in 2015 as an Ecological Consultant, Botanist and GIS officer Liza has worked with leading ecological consulting teams throughout Melbourne. She has extensive experience in managing a broad range of projects including flora, fauna and threatened species assessments, vegetation condition assessments, habitat hectare and no net loss assessments, offset management plans, salvage and translocation plans, construction environmental management plans, ecological monitoring programs, vegetation and weed Management plans, ecological impact assessment, EPBC Act and EES referrals. Liza has provided consulting services to a diverse range of organisations and industries across Victoria including property developers, wind and solar energy industries, road, power and gas pipeline project managers and natural resource and protected area management agencies and local councils. Liza also has experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and bushfire hazard assessments.


Karen McGregor
GIS Consultant

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

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.


Julian Drummond
Bushfire/Ecological Consultant

2011     Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne 2012 Masters of Science (Zoology), University of Melbourne
2017     Graduate Certificate of Bushfire Planning and Management, University of Melbourne

Experience and skills
Julian joined Practical Ecology in 2016 and has a Master’s of Science from the University of Melbourne; specialising in zoology and ecology. He has volunteered with Bush Heritage Australia, Parks Victoria and the University of Melbourne prior to and since graduating. Since joining the team he has gained skills and experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), planned burning, bushfire hazard assessment and has completed courses in bushfire management and botany. He has also performed extensive fieldwork for ecological assessments, bushfire assessments, planned burns and weed management/removal.


Greg James
Consultant (Ecology/Bushfire)

2001     Graduate Diploma Environmental Science (Monash)

Experience and skills
Greg started in the industry by undertaking bushland and creek restoration works for various organisations back in the 90s. He began working for Practical Ecology in 2001and soon accepted the role of works coordinator. Greg transitioned into consulting in 2005 mostly developing bushland management plans and strategies for local councils or undertaking impact assessments for infrastructure projects. From 2009, Greg broadened his scope by working as an Environmental Planning Officer for Yarra Ranges Council and since worked for other consultancy projects throughout Victoria. He then returned to Practical Ecology in 2015 having brought a range of skills (environmental and bushfire planning assessments and GIS applications) acquired over the previous 6 years.


Michelle Patrick
Ecological Consultant

1999     Diploma of Applied Science (Conservation Ecology), Canberra Institute of Technology
2008   Bachelor of Technology (Natural Resource Management) University of New England
2016     Masters of Environment (Conservation, Restoration and Land Management),
University of Melbourne

Experience and skills
Prior to joining Practical Ecology in 2017, Michelle’s worked for eight years in local and state government in environmental planning, habitat hectare assessments, bushfire recovery, weed management and bushland reserve management. Michelle has also facilitated workshops on vehicle hygiene and natural resource management. Michelle completed a thesis on the nationally threatened Eucalyptus aggregata (Black Gums), a small population found around Woodend in Victoria in 2016.


Marty White
enior Ecological Consultant- Co-ordinator


2007  Cert 1V Training and Assessment
1998  Bachelor of Applied Science, Natural Resource Management, Dookie College- University of Melbourne

Experience and skills

Prior to commencing work at Practical Ecology in 2018 as Senior Ecological Consultant and Co-ordinator, Marty has had 20 years experience in natural resource management roles.  These roles have included ecological assessment and restoration  as a primary focus including 12 years in local government and six years in State Government departments in Victoria and Tasmania.  Marty has extensive leadership experience in developing high performing teams and developing sound strategy and policy.   Community engagement and facilitation has been a strong focus throughout Marty’s career.