Our Team

TASMAN WILLIS

Partner/Principal Ecologist
EDUCATION AND TRAINING

B. Environmental Science (University of Newcastle)
Certificate IV Bushland Regeneration (TAFE NSW)
Certificate II Training and Assessment
NSW Drivers Licence (Class C)

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Tasman has over 16 years’ experience in ecological restoration throughout the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Port Stephens areas. Tasman has experience in the development of ecological assessments, monitoring programs, threatened species management plans and targeted threatened species surveys. Through his experience working at an open cut coal mine, Tasman has a sound understanding of the practical implementation of consent condition requirements for a site and government department expectations.

As an ecology team leader, Tasman has undertaken and trained people in a variety of field survey techniques for ecological impact assessments, ecological monitoring projects and has been involved in many scientific research projects throughout NSW. Tasman developed skills in a range of flora and fauna survey techniques, including flora plot sampling, vegetation mapping, targeted threatened species surveys, habitat assessments, pit fall trapping, harp trapping, mist netting, radio tracking, micro-bat echolocation survey and analysis, cage trapping, sand plots, call playback, spotlighting, and passive nocturnal and diurnal searches for all fauna groups.

Tasman has well-developed skills in report writing, field surveys and GIS mapping. He has excellent interpersonal skills and thoroughly enjoys being part of the ecological restoration industry.

ALAINA CASEY

Partner/Senior Ecologist
EDUCATION AND TRAINING

B. Environmental Science (University of Newcastle)
Certificate IV Training and Assessment(Inspired Education)
Certificate II Bushland Regeneration (TAFE NSW)

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Alaina has 15 years of professional Ecological experience, over which time she has worked on a wide range of projects throughout various habitats of NSW. While having experience in both flora and fauna aspects of terrestrial ecology, Alaina has a strong interest and expertise in botany.

Alaina has designed and implemented field surveys and prepared associated documents for a wide range of projects including ecological monitoring, species inventory, impact assessment, targeted threatened species searches, management plans and rehabilitation/restoration assessment.

Alaina has extensive field work experience and is adept in a wide range of methodologies including plot and transect sampling, targeted threatened species searches, vegetation classification and mapping, population direct counts and population sampling, photo monitoring and other ecological monitoring techniques. Alaina’s passionate and systematic approach ensures that outcomes and deliverables of projects she works on are always to a high standard.

In addition to ecological consulting work with Emergent Ecology, Alaina teaches at Hunter Tafe, delivering units at Certificate and Diploma levels in Conservation and Land Management. The units she delivers principally relate to botany, conducting biological surveys and principles of ecological restoration.