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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.


Michelle Savona
Consulting Coordinator/Senior Consultant (Botanist)


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.


Ali Nia
GIS Officer

2011    Bachelor of Science in Surveying
2016    Master of Science in GIS

Experience and skills
2017-2017 – GIS Analyst, Azmoon Keyfiat Co.
2017-2018 – GIS Analyst, FAAM Co.
2018-2019 – GIS Analyst, Yekom Co.
2020-2020 – GIS Analyst \ Asset Collector, Rapidmap Services Pty. Ltd.
2021-2021 – GIS Officer, Practical Ecology Pty. Ltd.
Highly dedicated GIS Analyst with 3 years of experience in different GIS and Surveying projects including asset management of utility networks (Sewer, Drainage, Electricity and Fibre), asset audit, data management and data visualisation. Skilful in spatial analysis, data manipulation, database management, data visualisation and cartography using different GIS and surveying software. Highly passionate with cando attitude and dedicated to responsibilities with attention to detail. In Practical Ecology, we have a great team of experts and I really enjoy collaborating with them, preparing maps and use my GIS skills to support my teammates. My hobbies are hanging out with friends on weekends and reading favourite books.


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.


Daniel Miller
Consultant (Botanical Ecology)


2018   Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours, La Trobe University

Experience and skills

Dan joined the team at Practical Ecology in 2020 as an Ecological Consultant focusing on Botany. Before this, Dan worked as an Ecological Consultant also focusing mainly on botanical projects including Habitat Hectares assessments, general flora surveys, and policy and legislative assessments. Dan has additional experience in fauna salvage on large infrastructure projects having safely translocated many possums and birds. Dan also has seven years of experience working in bush regeneration, and over a year running field, tutorial, and laboratory sessions for university students. Dan completed an Honours project detailing the roles of Little Penguins as ecosystem engineers on Phillip Island, by quantifying the mechanisms through which they create entirely new vegetation types in their colonies.


Emma Wilkin
Consultant (Ecologist)


2020    Bachelor of Biological Science (Botony/Ecology), La Trobe University, Bundoora (in progress)
2015     Cert IV of Land and Conservation Management, Gordon TAFE

Experience and skills

Emma joined the team at Practical Ecology in 2017 as a field assistant, and has since graduated in her role to Technical Assistant, and is now working as an Ecological Consultant and Project Manager. Along with extensive fieldwork experience and contributing to Practical Ecology projects, Emma has spent several years overseeing the management and monitoring of several offset properties around the state of Victoria. 


Noemie Seck
Consultant (Ecologist)


2017   Double master’s degree, Institut Superieur d’Agriculture (Institute of Life Sciences), France (Master of Environmental Science and Engineering – Specialisation in Urban Ecology and Master of Agricultural Science and Engineering – Specialisation in Agroecology) 

Experience and skills

Noemie joined the team at Practical Ecology in 2019 and has a degree in both environmental/agricultural science and engineering. Fascinated by Australian biodiversity, Noemie has spent the last three years working on Victorian Conservation projects, both as paid and volunteer scientist.

Noemie started her career in 2017 at RMIT’s Interdisciplinary Conservation Research Group as a research officer and finally entered in the consulting industry in 2018. She has been involved in numerous biodiversity conservation projects and has developed extensive skills in project management, survey design, stakeholder engagement, report writing and data analysis.


Freya McKinnon
Consultant (Ecologist)

2018    Bachelor of Science (Zoology), La Trobe University
2019    Honours in Environmental Science (1st class), Deakin University

Experience and skills
Freya joined the team at Practical Ecology in 2021 as an Ecological Consultant. Before this, Freya worked as an Environmental Consultant/Spotter Catcher focusing mainly on fauna salvage on large infrastructure projects within NSW and QLD. Freya also has four years of experience working in bush regeneration within various habitat types throughout Victoria. Freya completed an Honours project detailing the influence of fire and logging disturbance on the presence of the Yellow-bellied glider through the use of passive acoustic monitoring in Toolangi State Forest.


Daniel Casullo
Bushfire Consultant

2017    Bachelor of Environmental Science, Deakin University
2020    Graduate Certificate of Bushfire Planning and Management, University of Melbourne

Experience and skills
Daniel joined Practical Ecology in 2021 as a Bushfire consultant. Daniel completed his Graduate certificate of bushfire planning and management in 2020 and has a keen interest in the role and benefits of fire within the landscape. Prior to joining the team, Daniel worked as a Land Management and waterways officer within Mooney valley council. Daniel also has three years of experience within landscape construction and wetland rehabilitation throughout the urban interface of Melbourne.


Nathaniel Knight
Consultant (Ecology)


2017    Diploma Conservation and Land Management, RMIT
2019    Bachelor Environmental Science, RMIT

Experience and skills

Nathaniel joined Practical Ecology in late 2021 as   an ecological consultant. Prior to this he completed a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management where he found a passion for the environment and environmental processes, after which he pursued a Bachelor of Environmental Science.  Once completed he went on to work in bushland regeneration, and as a team member on conservation crews throughout many different ecosystems across the greater Melbourne area.


Kallista Sears
Consultant (Ecology)

2021     Master of Environment (Conservation and Restoration), Melbourne University
2006    PhD in Materials Science, The Australian National University
2000    Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering, The Australian National University Experience and skills

Experience and skills
Kallista joined the team at Practical Ecology in 2021 as an Ecological Consultant. Prior to this Kallista has 10 years’ experience as a materials scientist at CSIRO and Monash University.  Kallista is passionate about the Environment, has worked as a bush crew member, and continues to enjoy volunteering with her local Friends of group.


Adele Plummer
Consultant (Ecologist)

2007    Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (1st Class – Plant Sciences), Monash University, Clayton
2005    Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Conservation Biology, Plant Sciences), Monash University, Clayton

Experience and skills
Prior to joining Practical Ecology in late 2021, Adele had over 14 years of practical experience in Bushland Conservation. She has worked for a Council Bushland Team managing rare and threatened flora species, as a Project Firefighter for the DSE and as a bushland team member for private contractors. Adele has had experience in vegetation surveys and mapping, weed control and revegetation of Indigenous species. Her hobbies are being as productive in the home garden as possible, with the production of fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs.


Anand McKinley
Consultant (Ecology)

2012 Graduate Diploma, Corporate Environmental Sustainability Management, Monash University 2011 Master of Science, Master of Environment and Sustainability, Monash University 2004 Bachelor of Science, Biology and Biological Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Experience and skills
Prior to joining Practical Ecology in 2022 as an Ecological Consultant, Anand provided quotes and oversaw the completion of environmental restoration work, and flora and fauna surveys on behalf of Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Dept of Transport and various councils. Originally from New Mexico, she came to Victoria to study environmental science. She has since fallen in love with Australian bushland and now considers it home. While in New Mexico she completed erosion control and restoration projects, and worked at the Centre for Biological Diversity advocating for large carnivores.


Cheryl O’Dwyer
Manager – Admin/HR & OH&S


2012    Certificate IV Occupational Health and Safety BSB41407

Experience and skills

1987-2000    Payroll Professional, HR, Nufarm Chemicals
2000-2011    Operations Manager, Florigene Pty Ltd – La Trobe University
2011-current    Manager – Admin/HR & OH&S, Practical Ecology Pty Ltd
Prior to joining Practical Ecology in 2011 as Manager in charge of Administration, Human Resources and Occupational Health and Safety, Cheryl worked for Nufarm Chemicals and held numerous roles including Payroll, OHS Committee, Fire Warden, and Human Resources.  She later joined Florigene (a subsidiary company of Nufarm) as Operations Manager, where she continued the role of OHS (including first aid officer), purchasing and payroll.