Cat achieves successful outcomes that are holistic and benefit both people and the environment.
With a passion for all things water, Cat joined the 4Sight team in January 2021 as a Senior Ecology Consultant based in our Auckland office.
Cat has worked in a range of industries, including aquaculture, education, stormwater engineering and environmental consulting. With an MSc in Marine Science from The University of Auckland, her technical background covers ecological assessments, environmental management plans, GIS, and regional water quality monitoring programmes. She has experience in watercourse assessments in rural and urban environments, Stream Ecological Evaluations (SEVs), stormwater management, and water sensitive urban design.
As a Senior Ecology Consultant at 4Sight, Cat is involved in various ecology projects in the freshwater, marine and terrestrial space; however, her specialist field is marine ecology. Cat supports our Ecology team in fieldwork, project management, data analysis, and report writing. She is working towards her Certified Environmental Practitioner (General Practice) with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and adheres to the institute’s code of ethics. Cat has also undertaken seabird (kororā / little penguin) and coastal bird surveys for private and public sector clients.
Cat has developed her water quality monitoring skills, namely faecal contamination and microbial source tracking, in the stormwater and receiving environments through her work with various Safeswim and Safe Networks projects. She has also implemented logistical and practical recommendations to support water quality improvements in the Auckland region.
Cat undertakes volunteer marine advocacy, including being a member of Revive Our Gulf, an NGO focused on the restoration of green-lipped mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf and is a strong advocate for marine reserves.
In November 2020, Cat led a public “rocky shore walk with scientists” on Waiheke Island with a local kororā enthusiast. The walk included locating kororā penguin burrows as well as discussion of other environmental issues and various restoration initiatives, including plastic pollution, the importance of kelp forests, threats to kororā / little penguin.
Areas of Expertise
Marine and Freshwater Ecology
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
Freshwater, Stormwater, and Coastal Water Quality
Environmental Management Plans
Integrated Catchment Management
Coastal Processes and Hazard Assessments