Our People

Megan McKinney

Principal Ecologist

Curriculum Vitae

Megan is a fauna ecologist who brings a varied professional background, with knowledge and experience gained from roles spanning across state government, universities and consultancy. Working closely with both small and multi-national clients in a variety of roles from research to project management, she has gained a comprehensive view of necessary inputs from all bodies involved in environmental approvals.

Megan specialises in EVNT fauna species and associated threatening processes. Her background lies in threatened species assessment, monitoring and management, with experience developing specialised management programs for species of conservation significance. She has led long-term projects involving vertebrate and invertebrate fauna monitoring, as well designing on-ground assessments for biodiversity monitoring and management. She is experienced in all fauna assessment methodology typically used in standardised and targeted terrestrial fauna surveys in Australia.

With experience spanning a wide range of bioregions, she has over 15 years’ experience working on threatened fauna species and environmental management across eastern, central and northern Australia and overseas. Her experience extends to rehabilitation programs, prescription fire and invasive species management, across a variety of land uses, from mine sites, through to National Parks and conservation reserves. Recently, Megan has been involved in threatened species assessments and approvals for development projects and managing the environmental component of infrastructure programs on behalf of government bodies.

Throughout her career, Megan has integrated field and project management components, ensuring her skill base is maintained as a functional ecologist and providing training opportunities for team members. Drawing from this experience, Megan brings a comprehensive understanding of Australian wildlife, ecosystems and critical management techniques required for environmental approvals.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Threatened Species Ecology), Charles Darwin University (2009)
  • Bachelor of Science (Zoology) (Animal Physiology), The University of New England (2005)

Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia, The Ecological Society of Australia Limited (2011)