Meet our Team

Emily Cotteril

Director (BSc, BA, CEnvP, MEIANZ, AWA)

Emily is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) Accredited Assessor (BAAS 20011)  with extensive experience in environmental project management, including undertaking site impact assessments, provision of environmental management services, and preparation of comprehensive environmental approval documents and management plans for both the public and private sectors across southern Australia.

Her experience includes working with a variety of threatened flora and fauna species and survey techniques; establishing baseline data and setting up ongoing monitoring programs for Endangered Ecological Communities; undertaking pre-development environmental impact assessments and preparation of comprehensive environmental management plans for both public and private industry; undertaking extensive community, agency and stakeholder consultation processes; and providing environmental compliance guidance on multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects.

Emily also has a strong track record in applying for funding to drive environmental improvement projects, including for habitat enhancement, landscape connectivity and functionality, and threatened species management initiatives.

Her experience with the various Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies, and the relevant Acts of legislation they enforce, is extensive having worked closely with and for these agencies since 2009.

Anna Uhrig

Field Ecologist (BWSc, MEIANZ)

Anna is a field ecologist with skills in ecological impact assessment, a range of field sampling techniques for fauna and flora, research and report writing. Anna has extensive animal handling experience, having been involved in numerous ecology projects across Australia and overseas.

Anna’s experience includes working with wildlife detection dogs: training and handling quoll detection dogs to help locate the endangered Northern Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) on a large wind farm construction site in Northern Qld; working in wildlife tourism and ecology in Southern Africa, including on reserves as a wildlife guide, in National Parks performing management tasks and anti-poaching duties and in a laboratory conducting post mortems and disease management. Anna has not only gained the required competencies and experience required for working in Major Infrastructure Construction projects (FIFO role) but also shown her ability to blend in and be safe and productive in high risk work environments.

Her experience includes practical implementation of numerous field survey techniques for Australian fauna as well as radio tracking and large game immobilization and collaring. Her personal interests have led her to undertake research into population dynamics of feral horses and work with Aboriginal communities in remote locations in Central Australia, particularly in relation to feral animal management, community views and appropriate management strategies. Anna is the newest member of the TEF team, having graduated from a degree in Wildlife Science at the University of Queensland in 2017.

Her role as a Field Ecologist involves completing targeted flora and fauna surveys, site visits and assessments and the preparation of ecological reports for clients.

Janet Sanderson

GIS and Data Coordinator (Dip. Exec. Sec.; Dip. SIS – in progress)

Janet is a GIS and Mapping Coordinator with over ten years of experience in administration, draughting and GIS/mapping positions. Her experience includes compiling of geotechnical and hydrological draughting and soil profiling for geotechnical assessments and reports for civil engineering, mining and agriculture industries, as well as collating threatened species data, soil data, Plant Community Types/vegetation data and waterway mapping and calculation to support Environmental Impact Assessment and environmental protection initiatives across a variety of developments and major infrastructure projects throughout NSW.

During her career she has developed, created and managed GIS and mapping systems within a Regional Fire Protection Agency for the Lowveld and Escarpment region of South Africa mostly for forestry, agriculture, councils, National Parks and conservancies; and, more recently, Jan has compiled data and completed maps for a range of State and Local Government agencies and private enterprises to support Environmental Impact Assessments and environmental protection projects.

Maya Potapowicz

Botanist (BESc, BAMAA)

Maya is a botanist and BAM Accredited Assessor with extensive experience in environmental impact assessment, conservation assessment and management planning. This experience includes undertaking site assessments specializing in flora survey, targeted threatened flora survey, vegetation mapping and preparation of comprehensive environmental approval documents and management plans for both the public and private sectors across South Eastern Australia.

Maya has worked across NSW and the ACT, in a variety of conservation, consulting, catchment and natural resources management roles. Maya has also previously worked in the NSW Central West region, and has extensive experience undertaking flora survey in the surrounding regions. Her experience with the various Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies, and the relevant Acts of legislation they enforce, is extensive having worked with and for these agencies since 2001.

Pandora Holliday

(BSc (Hons 1)

Pandora is a field ecologist specialising in the flora, soils and environmental restoration of grassland and woodland ecosystems. Her background includes multiple years’ experience as a consultant working on varied projects including flora and fauna assessment reports, conservation agreements, pre-development  environmental constraint reports and targeted threatened species surveys.

Pandora graduated from the Australian National University in 2014 with first-class Honours in environmental science completed through a traineeship at CSIRO. Her skills include extensive experience collecting ecological field data using a range of methods such as targeted species searches, vegetation and habitat mapping, soil landscape mapping, soil classification and landscape function analysis. She is proficient at delivering high quality reports in line with current biodiversity legislation.

Pandora’s rural background sparked her longstanding interest in regenerative farming practices, ecosystem restoration and sustainable food production. She has contributed to several major research projects including two Australian Government projects investigating regenerative livestock management in NSW.

Skye Rivett

Senior Environmental Consultant (BAppSc, MSc ConsBio, PGCE Education)

Skye is an environmental consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in terrestrial ecology, natural resource management, landscape restoration and biodiversity field research throughout Australia, China, South Africa, Guyana, and Cambodia.

Skye’s professional experience to date has focused on threatened flora surveys, vegetation community mapping, impact assessment, biodiversity survey and landscape restoration throughout New South Wales and parts of Queensland and Victoria Australia.

She has also worked on a variety of projects related to biodiversity management, environmental education, and community development within China involving extensive stakeholder engagement with both government departments and local community members.

Skye’s research experience comprises both flora and fauna projects within Guyana, South Africa and Cambodia, with her research into the effects of reduced impact logging on target timber species recruitment in Neotropical forests published in the Forest Ecology and management Journal. She is also a trained secondary science and
humanities teacher with several years spent teaching abroad.

Skye is interested in the conservation of biodiversity globally with a particular interest in forest ecology and ecosystem restoration.