Our Team

JWA ECOLOGICAL CONSULTANTS

Adam McArthur

Director / Principal Ecologist

Adam holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management) and is JWA’s Managing Director and Principal Ecologist. Adam has over 19 years' experience as an ecological consultant/environmental scientist throughout NSW and QLD and is an accredited assessor to apply the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM) in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 (Certification No.: BAAS18069).

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In addition to aptitude in a broad environmental management role, he possesses expertise in wildlife biology and is also proficient in flora and fauna assessments and vegetation mapping. He has prepared baseline ecological surveys, impact assessments, rehabilitation plans, offset assessments/offset area management plans, bushfire assessments, due diligence investigations and threatened species management plans. He has completed environmental monitoring programs and compliance audits for numerous urban development, resource extraction and linear infrastructure projects.

Adam has managed teams of scientists, coordinated numerous ecological field surveys and authored/reviewed/approved countless technical reports.

Adam is proficient in the assessment of local government planning schemes, State and Commonwealth legislation, including the preparation of referrals under the EPBC Act, responses to Information Requests, and also the preparation of court evidence.

Adam’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Flora Survey, Vegetation Mapping and Conservation Assessment
  • Ecological Assessment Reporting/Impact Assessment
  • Licensing and Approvals (State and Federal)
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Threatened Species Survey and Management
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Offset Management Strategies

Belinda Whyburn

Ecological Analyst / Project Coordinator

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management) and is JWA’s Ecological Analyst and Project Coordinator. Since joining JWA in 2004, Belinda has combined her background in environmental management with her expertise in technical and graphics programs to become responsible for the company’s drafting duties. She has vast experience in land and vegetation mapping, rehabilitation plans and aerial photograph analysis. Belinda also fulfills the role of Project Coordinator and is responsible for appropriate scoping of work, quality project management, report reviews/quality assurance and client relationship management.

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Belinda’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Technical Drafting Programs (AutoCAD, GIS)
  • Graphic Software Programs (Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator)
  • Land and Vegetation Mapping
  • Aerial Photography Interpretation

Phoebe Chapman

Senior Ecologist / GIS Analyst

Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Marine Biology), Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Pest fish ecology), Doctor of Philosophy (Parasitic disease in marine turtles) and Graduate Certificate (Geographic Information Systems). Phoebe has been employed as an Ecologist with JWA for nine (9) years. In this time, Phoebe has undertaken baseline ecological surveys, flora surveys and vegetation mapping, fauna surveys, and impact assessments and has prepared numerous ecological reports and management plans. She is proficient in the assessment of Local government planning schemes, State and Commonwealth legislation, and her experience covers a variety of habitats and ecosystems in Central, Western and South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

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Before joining JWA, Phoebe was involved in numerous surveys of aquatic environments through the University of Queensland as part of a consulting role to Brisbane City Council. These surveys focussed largely on aquatic fauna, however also assessed instream and riparian vegetation as well as habitat and water quality. She has also been involved in delivering aquatic field training workshops to council and government employees, bushcare groups and the general public.

Phoebe also has a keen interest in wildlife disease and its relationship with ecosystem health, having completed her PhD in marine turtle parasitology in 2017.

Phoebe’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Ecological Assessment Reporting/Impact Assessment
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Aquatic Ecology and Habitat Restoration
  • Flora Surveys, Vegetation Mapping and Condition Assessment
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • GIS

Phoebe is the co-author of several scientific journal publications.

Nicole Davies

Ecologist / GIS Analyst

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Marine Biology), Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Squirrel glider ecology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Physiological ecology). Nicole has been employed as an Ecologist with JWA for almost three (3) years. In this time, Nicole has undertaken baseline ecological surveys, flora surveys and vegetation mapping, fauna surveys, and impact assessments and has prepared numerous ecological reports and management plans. She is proficient in the assessment of local government Planning Schemes, State and Commonwealth legislation, and her experience covers a variety of habitats and ecosystems in Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

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Before joining JWA, Nicole was involved in numerous research projects focusing on Koala ecology, both through the University of Queensland and as part of a Koala monitoring program for Endeavour Veterinary Ecology. These surveys focussed largely on Koala habitat use, movement patterns and diet.

Nicole also has a keen interest in physiological ecology, having completed her PhD in the physiological stress, movement patterns and diet of Koalas at the semi-arid edge of their distribution in 2014.

Nicole’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Arboreal Marsupial Ecology
  • Ecological Assessment Reporting/Impact Assessment
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Flora Surveys, Vegetation Mapping and Condition Assessment
  • GIS

Nicole is the co-author of several scientific journal publications.

Leigh McArthur

Company Administration Officer

Leigh has extensive experience and knowledge in operation of accounting systems and office and business management for a wide variety of business types. In her role as Company Administration Officer Leigh prides herself on her excellent customer service skills and the firm’s outstanding reputation for delivering high quality outcomes and service to clients.

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