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MEET THE TEAM

If you need expert ecological advice, then Biodiverse Environmental is for you!

Liam Pratt

Owner/ Director

Liam is an ecologist and environmental scientist who has over 20 years experience in environmental conservation and management within gas and oil, mining, construction, development and domestic sectors. Liam has extensive experience in flora and fauna management, land rehabilitation and fire management. He is recognised for his innovative and practical solutions and genuine nature, which are an integral part of Biodiverse Environmental’s business, ensuring that customers receive the best possible service. Liam graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Environmental Science – minor in Environmental Management and Environmental Restoration.

Jacob Champney

Manager/ Ecologist

Jacob is a passionate ecologist who specialists in fauna management. He has worked within major infrastructure projects throughout Queensland helping clients achieve practical environment management solutions. Jacob has experience working with terrestrial and aquatic EVNT species including the white-throated snapping turtle, lungfish and koalas. Jacob is also a proficient arborist helping installing wildlife nest boxes which play a vital role in protecting wildlife.
Jacob also has a key role in Biodiverse environmental’ s business development and workplace health and safety. Jacob graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Animal Ecology specialising in Environmental Management.

Angela Morrison

Administration

Angela has a broad and integral role in the operation of Biodiverse Environmental. Her key responsibilities include office administrative support, project administration coordination, safety administration, project tracking, human resources, budgeting, payroll, payroll tax, superannuation, preparation and submission of Business Activity Statements, invoicing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Katherine Hill

Ecologist/ Fauna Spotter Catcher/ Horticulturist

Katherine is an Ecologist and has diverse range of skills in ecological and landscape management with over 25 years experience in the horticultural and biological control industries. She also has 7 years experience as a Fauna Spotter Catcher across SE Qld. Katherine graduated form the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Science: Microbiology and Biotechnology – minor in Ecology.

Kate Gregory

Ecologist/ Land Rehabilitation Officer

Kate is an Ecologist with 20 years experience working in environmental conservation, land rehabilitation/bush regeneration and ecological fields across SE Qld. She has diverse knowledge of the flora and fauna across SE Qld and specialises in environmental rehabilitation and management.

Kate graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Environmental Science – minor in Environmental Management, Environmental Restoration and Natural Environment. She received the Zonta Bursary “Women in Science” in 2003.

Lachlan Simpson

Fauna Spotter Catcher/ Arborist

Lachlan’s extensive knowledge of South East Queensland flora and fauna makes him one of our valued cross-disciplinary Bush Regeneration Field Team Officers and Fauna Spotter Catchers. Lachlan has experience in animal husbandry and ecology gained from his background in zoos and further developed from working with native fauna in a consultancy setting. He has a specific interest in fresh water ecology and bush tucker plants. Lachlan is also an experienced tree climber, skills which are used to install nest boxes constructed by Biodiverse Environmental. He has experience working on large construction, oil and gas and mining projects, as well as small scale developments and Not for Profit and Non-government Organisation projects. Lachlan possesses the relevant inductions, qualifications and medicals to work within most industries in Queensland.

Ilee Sannholn

Environmental Scientist

Ilee graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Environmental Health. Ilee furthered her flora, biological and laboratory knowledge and experience by obtaining a certificate III in Production Nursery during a paid apprenticeship at a tissue culture company. Here she was involved in the mass-scale production of high-quality plants using the micropropagation technique. Ilee was involved in a research project on Moreton Island to implement biocontrol methods to halt the rapid death of Pandanus trees. This project involved re-introduction of a parasitic wasp to control the Pandanus leaf hoppers that were decimating the Pandanus population. Ilee assisted in educating rangers on how to deploy the biocontrol method and monitored the extent of damage to the Pandanus population. Ilee also lead a research project on Fraser Island comparing the pollinator diversity and abundance in fragmented and non-fragmented habitats. Ilee’s passion for pollinators has also lead her to be involved in hive monitoring projects on native Australian bees. Her involvement in conservation has also seen her be the face of the 100 Trees Project.
Ilee’s hands on skills also extend to wood work. All of the quality nest boxes that Biodiverse Environmental supply are hand made by Ilee in our workshop.

Brendan McEnery

Fauna Spotter Catcher

Ollie Scully

Undergraduate

Ollie is an undergraduate student at the University of the Sunshine Coast in his final years of studying Environmental Science. Ollie is employed by Biodiverse Environmental on a part-time basis to gain valuable industry experience. Ollie assists in conducting flora and fauna surveys and Fauna Spotter Catching on local projects. As well as his work with Biodiverse Environmental, Ollie heads the Spiny crayfish project in Conondale, mapping their distribution within South East Queensland. Ollie also works with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services in the conservation of the critically endangered Kroombit tinker frog, helping deploy sound monitoring equipment and installing pig proof fencing to sensitive site areas. Ollie has an infectious passion for flora and fauna and his favourite fauna species to work with include reptiles, owls, frogs and aquatic montane species.