Our Environmental Consultants
At Envirosphere Consulting we believe that having a diverse team of environmental consultants with real experience and expert qualifications is one of our greatest assets.
Our key team members include senior and principal consultants, each with diverse backgrounds and 7-25 + years of industry experience.
Envirosphere Consulting draws on team members and associates specialising in their various technical fields to resource our projects and programs.
Our key team members include:
Steve Towner – Envirosphere Consulting Principal & Lead Consultant
Bachelor of Science (BSC), Diploma of Conservation and Land Management (Dip. CALM), Certificate IV in Project Management, Certificate IV in Government Statutory Investigation and Enforcement.
Steve began his career in the environmental industry in 1998. He has worked with the public sector, NGOs and for private enterprise throughout South East Queensland, to provide communities with a variety of important services tailored to their respective needs. Steve has worked closely with a diverse range of stakeholder groups on a variety of natural resource management issues during his years in the industry, and his success in achieving positive outcomes has been considerable. Specifically, Steve has been responsible for the technical, managerial and consulting aspects of a variety of projects. He has worked with multi-disciplinary teams on many large, complex environmental projects. Steve has an extensive background in environmental impact assessment, flora ecology, vegetation management, flora fauna and pest surveys, ecological restoration projects, and protected areas management.
Elisha Taylor – Ecologist
Bachelor of Science Ecology and Conservation Biology (Wildlife Management)
Elisha has been actively engaged within the environmental sector since completing her degree in 2013. Her experience has captured an array of skill sets, from land regeneration, report writing and flora assessment to research, community engagement and education. Her practical experience within South East Queensland supported by her strong academic performance has allowed for a clear career path. As an Ecologist at Envirosphere Consulting, Elisha’s tasks include ecological assessments, monitoring, management and evaluation whilst supporting the team at Envirosphere during multi-disciplinary projects.
Patrick Malone – Environmental Consultant (Planning and Land Management)
Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning
Patrick completed his Bachelor Degree in late 2013 providing a foundation of knowledge in urban and environmental legislation, natural resource management, ecological principals, conservation biology and project management principles. On completing his studies, he began his career as a team leader in land regeneration. The practical experience obtained provided Patrick with real world skills and knowledge in assisted regeneration, revegetation, and maintenance of valuable natural areas within the South-East Queensland region. In his role at Envirosphere Consulting, Patrick’s technical skills include undertaking site assessments, feasibility studies, environmental legislation assessment and land management planning. Patrick’s key area of knowledge is within South-East Queensland land management and his knowledge in catchment management has been enriched through his experience with Gold Coast Catchments Association as a committee member.
Evan Thomas – Associate & Principal Environmental Scientist, Soil Scientist and GIS Analyst
Bachelor of Applied Science (BSc -Biol, Maths) Master of Engineering, (MEng)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Evan has over 30 years of experience as a professional environmental and land resource scientist. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in both Queensland and New South Wales working on Nationally funded projects associated with woodland systems and the movement of pesticides from land into waterways as well as researching the movement of sediments and the application of systems models to understanding sustainable land management. Evan has extensive experience in environmental assessment and monitoring and has successfully led teams to complete land resource surveys, over more than 100,000 ha for various major clients and has been invited to provide expert advice on land resource management and on the development of land resource legislation. Evan has utilised GIS systems, spatial databases, applications and mapping products for a number of years. He has expertise in geographic information analysis using a variety of GIS systems including MapInfo, ArcGIS, Esri and QGIS products. With his GIS knowledge Evan can carry out desktop surveys or design high quality maps for management plans.
Duncan Gibbs – Associate & Principal Landscape Architect and Project Manager
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLARCH Hons.), Master of Design (Urban Design).
Duncan has over twenty years of design experience, completing a wide range of projects and involved in a variety of practices from a sole practitioner consultancy to contract work for large private and government organisations. He has also tutored & lectured in landscape architecture and urban design at QUT, RMIT & UNSW. Practice locations have varied from Ames, Iowa (USA), Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Qatar and the Gold Coast / Northern NSW region. Duncan’s knowledge and key skills are applied through careful sequencing of space and volume the use of the landscape as both object and container, use of materials ‘indigenous’ to their environments to produce a disciplined palette, exploration of both time and space within design, fostering the working interrelationship and interdependency of various disciplines and streams of knowledge, focusing on build-ability, usability, client’ intent and requirement and careful project planning and delivery.
David Conder – Environmental Scientist/Ecologist
Bachelor of Science (BSC), Certificate II Conservation and Land Restoration, Certificate III in Horticulture.
David graduated from Southern Cross University in 1994 after which began a professional career in ecological restoration among some of the pioneers in the industry on the Far North Coast of NSW. This experience led to the development of his botany skills. Since then David went on to run his own contracting and consulting business providing services to private land owners, local government and land development clients. From 2007, David has held several positions with multi-disciplinary consultancies on the Gold Coast such as senior environmental scientist and ecologist primarily focusing on terrestrial ecology assessment and management within SE Queensland. He has also worked within local government as a Supervisor for Natural Areas at Gold Coast City Council.
Col Hastie- Environmental Management Consultant
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Bachelor of Business Communications.
Col has been part of the environmental industry since 1995, after working in variety of rural production positions for several years previous. He has worked throughout Australia, mostly between Sydney and Noosa, for a range of environmental companies, NGO’s, Landcare groups, regional natural resource management organisations and primary producers and has run his own contracting and retail eco businesses. Col specialises in native vegetation restoration and sustainable rural property management and also has many years’ experience in eco project management, education and community engagement.
Simon Muirhead – Senior Environmental Scientist, Spatial Data Specialist and UAV Operator
Bachelor of Environmental Science, Honours in Science.
For more than ten years Simon has been primarily based in south-east Queensland as an environmental consultant, providing client focused outcomes to the private and public sectors. He has consistently demonstrated the ability to rapidly assimilate legislative requirements and provide accurate and timely advice to clients independent of a project’s geographic location. Simon has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to independently manage complex and large-scale projects, often under challenging conditions and in remote locations.
In addition, Simon is a highly-experienced UAV (or Drone) pilot, able to prove high-resolution imagery. Simon’s focus is on providing Envirosphere clients with services in the areas of ecology, impact assessment, environmental management plan preparation, project management, GIS technologies and drone mapping.