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Sample of recent Projects

Projects below are a selection of recent projects. This is not an exhaustive list, please contact us if a full list is required.
(Page last updated: May 2020)

  • Koala and Quoll assessment
    Purpose: Determine presence/absence of Koala and Quoll on a site the subject of an application for a proposed solar farm.
    Location: Fraser Coast region, Queensland.
    Client: RPS Group, 2020.
  • Port Stephens Koala genetics study
    Purpose: Assess further sites and collect further Koala genetic material (scats) to finalise Koala population structure analysis in the region.
    Location: Port Stephens Council LGA, New South Wales.
    Client: WWF-Australia, 2020.
  • Koala assessment
    Purpose: Rapid sampling of a 4,000ha property to determine Koala presence / absence. Included non-invasive collection of Koala genetic material (scats) for analysis.
    Location: Hunter region, New South Wales.
    Client: NSW Government National Parks & Wildlife Service, 2020.
  • Underground Orchid field trials
    Purpose: Field trials to confirm the success of the addition of a new Underground Orchid species (Rhizanthella spp.) as a target to our dogs. See Sample of media coverage for more info.
    Location: Hunter region, New South Wales.
    Client: NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, 2020.
  • Post fire Koala assessments
    Purpose:
    Assess multiple areas affected by bushfires between spring 2019 and autumn 2019. Where Koalas were found to have survived, where possible non-invasively collect Koala genetic material (scats) for analysis. When operating in areas where fire not extinguished yet, coordinate with wildlife rescuers on site for the safe capture and assessment of fire-affected Koalas. See Sample of media coverage for some examples.
    Location: Multiple locations in Eastern Australia.
    Client: So
    me support provided by some organisations, 2019/2020.
  • Koala and Quoll assessment
    Purpose: Assess a 250ha property for Koala and Quoll presence/absence. Including non-invasive collection and analysis of Koala genetic material (scats).
    Location: Central West and Orana region, New South Wales.
    Client: EMM Consulting, 2019.
  • Lower Hunter NSW site-specific Koala study
    Purpose: Rapid sampling of a 550ha property (total 43km assessed) proposed for development in a landscape where Koalas were previously thought to occur at low densities at best. Included genetic sampling and testing of Koala scats or pap found by our detection dogs, which were found to originate from a number of distinct individuals. Gender and disease of each individual identified, relatedness between individuals sampled, evidence of breeding, indication of genetic diversity.
    Location: Private property in the Lower Hunter region, New South Wales.
    Client: RP
    S Group, 2018.

  • Brisbane City Council LGA Koala population study (part 2)
    Purpose: Finalise the baseline assessment of Koalas in Brisbane City Council LGA. Further fieldwork to increase the genetic sample base (DNA sourced from scats), identify and map genetically distinct populations and how the populations interact, identify genetic diversity of each population, identify disease status (C. pecorum and KoRV). Total 823km searched with the detection dogs in Brisbane City Council LGA. Genetic analyses performed by WildDNA/Federation University. Publicly released version of the report available here.
    Location: Selected Council lands (4,729ha) across Brisbane, South East Queensland.
    Client: Brisbane City Council, 2018.
  • Site-specific Quoll presence/absence assessment
    Purpose: Determine Quoll presence/absence on a large military base.
    Location: Australian Government Department of Defence military base, undisclosed location.
    Client: Spotless Facility Services, 2018.
  • Logan City Council LGA Koala population study
    Purpose: Gain a more in-depth understanding of Logan City Council's Koala population structure and health status in selected areas across the LGA. Includes collecting fresh Koala scats for analysis by Federation University (genetic profiling, gender and detection of Chlamydia and KoRV).
    Location: Selected locations across Logan City Council LGA, South East Queensland.
    Client: Logan City Council, 2017.
  • Brisbane City Council LGA Koala population study (part 1)
    Purpose: Determine Koala distribution, activity and movement patterns at fine scale in order to inform key management responses to reduce Koala road kill. Includes collecting all Koala scat samples for laboratory analysis by WildDNA/Federation University (genetic profiling, gender and detection of Chlamydia and KoRV). Publicly released version of the report available here.
    Location: Brisbane, South East Queensland.
    Client: Brisbane City Council, 2017.
  • Mount Coot-Tha Koala assessment and monitoring
    Purpose: Determine current Koala distribution, activity and movement patterns at fine scale in order to assist in location of proposed zip line. Included collection and analysis of Koala scats for genetic profiling and health screening.
    Location: Mount Coot-Tha, South East Queensland.
    Client: Brisbane City Council. November - 2017.
  • Koala distribution and movement assessment
    Purpose: Determine current Koala distribution, activity and movement patterns at fine scale in order to assist in Koala habitat management within an established air base.
    Location: Australian Government Department of Defence military base, undisclosed location.
    Client: Spotless Facility Services, 2016.
  • Greenbank Quoll presence/absence assessment
    Purpose: Determine Quoll presence/absence on a 480ha land.
    Location: Greenbank, South East Queensland.
    Client: Saunders Havill Group, 2016.
  • Central NSW Koala survey
    Purpose: Confirm current Koala presence in the Pilliga, NSW.
    Location: Pilliga, New South Wales
    Client: Not-for-profit group, 2016.
  • Expert Witness services to the P&E Court
    Purpose: Provision of Expert Witness services to the Queensland Planning & Environment Court for matters relating to Koalas and Koala ecology.
    Court Case: Queensland P&E case No 2625 of 2015, Drywound Pty Ltd v Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Gordon Claridge & Ors.
    Representing: Gordon Claridge & Ors, 2016 - 2017.
  • Ipswich Koala surveys
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence on 2 private properties under assessment for potential acquisition for offset purposes.
    Location: 2 properties in Ipswich City Council LGA, South East Queensland.
    Client: Cherish The Environment Foundation, 2016.
  • Aroona Koala study
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence across a 2,000ha property donated to QTFN. Inform key areas to manage for habitat restoration and/or revegetation. Total 64 sampling sites assessed.
    Location: Ipswich City Council & Lockyer Valley Regional Council LGAs, South East Queensland.
    Client: Queensland Trust For Nature, 2016.
  • Bli Bli Koala survey
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence on lands adjacent to a proposed development.
    Location: Bli Bli, South East Queensland.
    Client: Native Foresters, 2016
  • Ipswich City Council LGA Koala activity study
    Purpose: Determine relative Koala activity in 20 urban parks and inform management actions to ensure the resilience of the Koala in those areas. Total 62 sampling sites assessed.
    Location: Ipswich City Council LGA, South East Queensland.
    Client: Ipswich City Council, 2015.
  • Collection of Koala scats for DNA and Chlamydia analysis by WildDNA/Federation University
    Purpose: Collection of scats from wild Koalas across SEQ, for DNA analysis by WildDNA/Federation University Australia (Victoria). Tests included genotyping (genetic diversity, population structure, relatedness and gene flow) , gender identification and presence/absence of KoRV-A and Chlamydia pecorum .
    Pro bono: for Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Community Action Inc. (community group), and Brisbane City Council. 2015.
  • NSW State Forests Koala surveys
    Purpose: Determine and qualify Koala presence across four State Forests in New South Wales. Total 41 sampling sites assessed.
    Location: Multiple locations along the New South Wales coast.
    Client: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2015.
  • Logan City Council LGA Koala surveys
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence across a number of private properties and a selection of Council owned lands in the western portions of the LGA. Including reporting, ArcGIS mapping and management recommendations. Total 58 sampling sites assessed + 13 private properties searched in their entirety.
    Location: Logan City Council LGA, South East Queensland.
    Client: Logan City Council, 2015.
  • Ipswich City Council LGA Koala distribution study
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence across Council owned properties across the LGA. Including reporting, ArcGIS mapping and management recommendations. Total 155 sampling sites assessed.
    Location: Ipswich City Council LGA, South East Queensland.
    Client: Ipswich City Council, 2015.
  • Peak Crossing Koala surveys
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence across a number of plots on a property owned by Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), assisted by the University of Queensland and volunteers.
    Location: Peak Crossing, South East Queensland.
    Client: QTFN, 2015.
  • Adare Koala surveys
    Purpose: Determine Koala presence/absence across 4 large rural properties.
    Location: Lockyer Valley, South East Queensland.
    Client: Lockyer Valley Community Action Group, 2015.

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