Megan completed her Bachelor of Science degree at James Cook University in 2016, majoring in Ecology and Conservation, and Geography, and was awarded an Academic Medal (Bachelor Coursework) for her achievement. During her time at NRA, Megan has undertaken environmental assessments for a range of projects including: Environmental Assessment Report identifying potential impacts on environmental values (including a risk assessment), and the preparation of an Environmental Management Plan; Review of Environmental Factors assessment and report to determine project opportunities/constraints and mitigation recommendations; the preparation of Rehabilitation Management Plans to support development approval compliance; Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems field verification and impact/mitigation evaluation; mine rehabilitation monitoring to assess Environmental Authority completion criteria; and rehabilitation planning and implementation consultation.
Through her academic and professional experience, Megan has gained skills in Regional Ecosystem assessment, BioCondition assessment, quantitative scientific methods, flora taxonomy surveys (including Protected Plant surveys and pre-clearance vegetation surveys), fauna pre-clearance survey and spotter/catcher services, vegetation and weed management, natural area restoration planning and implementation, and GIS spatial analysis. She has been involved in flora survey projects with the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, and Melbourne University. Megan has assisted restoration and rehabilitation projects at Cattana Wetlands, East Trinity Reserve, Peterson Creek Yungaburra, Holloways Beach, Freshwater Creek, Barron Gorge National Park, Cedar Bay National Park, and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park.
Megan is recognised as a suitably qualified person to undertake Protected Plant surveys in accordance with the Flora Survey Guidelines - Protected Plants (under Section 253(2) of the Queensland Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006).