Ecology

we're only as good as our people

Delivering the best outcomes demands depth and breadth of skills - and a passion for getting the balance right. That's why we don't just look for talented people, we seek out experts who share our vision that the best approach is one that meets the needs of land, water and people.

STRAIGHT UP, WITH AN EYE FOR DETAIL AND A DRIVE TO SUCCEED, MICHAEL ISN'T CONTENT TO JUST GO WITH THE STATUS QUO

 

Michael is a Director of 4Sight and is responsible for the Ecological, Environmental Management and Best Practice service areas of the business. Well known for his ability to envision a solution, Michael leads many of our environmental projects and delivery teams, and has a knack for bringing together just the right talent and experience to deliver an exceptional, client-focussed result.

 

Michael advises public and private sector clients on a broad range of environmental, resource management and planning issues. He has over 14 years experience in land and water quality management; environmental strategy and programme development; catchment and stream management; major discharge and “global” consenting; environmental management systems; environmental compliance; environmental education and resource development; state of the environment reporting and environmental monitoring strategies. Michael is also a highly accomplished Project Manager.

 

Among his major career successes is a project Michael led at Metrowater Ltd, where he headed up the acquisition of city-wide network discharge consents for Auckland's stormwater and waste water drainage network. He has also held positions on several not-for-profit boards, including his role as Chairman during the establishment of a charitable society's social enterprise arm. 
 

Michael holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Science majoring in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of Auckland.

Michael Lindgreen

Director

Arie Spyksma

ARIE’S HEART BELONGS TO THE SEA AND ALL THAT LIVES WITHIN IT. THAT’S PRETTY USEFUL IN A COUNTRY LIKE NEW ZEALAND

 

Arie recently added a PhD in Marine Biology to his already long list of qualifications. His long-term practical experience in surveying techniques includes monitoring and surveying New Zealand flora and fauna. He has also studied in the fields of ecology, biology, oceanography, environmental science, conservation and statistics. This is the skillset he brings to projects, especially in marine and coastal environments.


Arie has worked on a range of scientific studies over the years, encompassing environmental monitoring, sampling and analysis, ecological restoration, and experimental design. This has included intertidal and subtidal sampling of flora, fauna and environmental metrics, species identification, sample processing, boat operation and statistical analysis.


In a recent study for Kennedy Point Marina on Waiheke Island, Arie played an integral role in collecting field data for an ecological and water quality report of the area. This included the deep-marine benthic zone, intertidal sampling, and water quality sampling.


Arie’s field of expertise is extremely wide. He works largely in ecological impact assessment, which involves environmental monitoring, marine monitoring, fauna survey, report writing, scientific research, field research, conservation and ecological restoration.

 

Dr. Arie Spyksma

Ecology Consultant

FELIX HAS THE KNACK TO TURN COMPLEX GIS DATA INTO MORE USER-FRIENDLY FORMATS ULTIMATELY SHAPING THE CITIES IN WHICH WE LIVE

 

Felix is an Engineering Hydrologist with more than 40 years experience, working in New Zealand, the USSR and on international research projects. He uses his high level of GIS expertise and programming skills to undertake modelling and analysis in a broad range of water resource areas, including stormwater and wastewater catchment analysis, flood hazard mapping, hydrology, route optioning and multi-criteria analysis.  

 

He provides GIS related support to 4Sight’s professional services team and administration function through the utilisation of the ArcGIS and ArcMaps GIS platform and related products including ArcGIS COLLECTOR. 

 

Felix brings with him a Doctoral degree in Geography (Hydrology and Water Resources) and is a trained Engineer-Hydrologist (Hon). 

Felix Pertziger

Senior GIS Consultant

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HANNAH IS DRIVEN TO PROTECT AND RESTORE NEW ZEALAND’S BIODIVERSITY ON LAND, WATER AND SEA. SHE APPROACHES EVERY PROJECT WITH A VIEW TO FINDING THOSE WIN-WIN SCENARIOS THAT WORK WITHIN NATURE, NOT AGAINST IT

Passionate about nature and ecosystems from an early age, Hannah started with 4Sight in March 2019 as a Senior Ecology Consultant in the Ecology team.

With expertise in bat ecology, freshwater systems and lake restoration, integrated catchment management, ecosystem services, as well as avifauna and lizard ecology, she has 8 years’ experience working for various ecology and environmental consultancies and has a PhD in freshwater ecology. Her research focused on lake restoration, catchment impacts on water quality, land use change and ecosystem services, and has been published in major international peer-reviewed journals.

In her current role, Hannah designs and implements ecological surveys, undertakes ecological effects assessments, ecological management and restoration plans, presents expert witness evidence at hearings, liaises with stakeholders, and project manages. But what really gets her out of bed in the morning, is the fact that at 4Sight, she’s able to contribute to the conservation and restoration of New Zealand’s beautiful and unique ecosystems from a local to a policy level every day.

In her spare time, she likes to get involved in her community on environmental matters, whether it’s community plans, sharing her scientific knowledge with others, or helping out with beach clean ups. For a number of years, she has hosted nocturnal tours of Hamilton’s park for both children and adults, hunting for bats and other critters as part of the Waikato Museum bat tours. And when she’s not wearing her Ecology hat, she can be found running on trails, kite surfing, paragliding, doing yoga and going on adventures with her partner and dogs.

Hannah Mueller

Senior Ecology Consultant

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PASSIONATE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, JADE IS A PROBLEM SOLVER WHO WORKS WELL UNDER PRESSURE

With a Masters in Science (Hons), a post graduate Diploma in Science and a Bachelor of Science, Jade joined the 4Sight Ecology team in January 2019.

Her previous experience includes producing coastal marine assessments of environmental effects, contributing to ongoing freshwater and soil monitoring compliance schemes, asbestos clearances, and air monitoring and hazardous materials surveys. In addition to this, she also has experience in occupational hygiene through mould and toxin surveys.

Interestingly, she has also worked as Interpretative Staff for the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre where she engaged with the public to discuss ongoing marine research at Leigh Marine Laboratory. She was also a volunteer researcher for Matiatia FYI, where she performed a biological assessment of the planktonic diversity of Matiatia Bay at Waiheke Island using light traps as a baseline prior to a proposed marina.

Jade is an excellent leader with the capacity to delegate tasks whilst maintaining the highest quality assurance and management procedures. She relishes the prospect of field work and gaining experience in diverse disciplines, and has the ability to analyse data efficiently and effectively to produce detailed reports.

Like most of us here 4Sight, she is a lover of the outdoors and when she’s not surfing, she’s a competent diver with experience working on projects as a scientific diver.

Jade Dudley

Ecology Consultant

Keren Bennett

KEREN'S FOCUSED TENACITY ENSURES THAT NO STONE IS  LEFT UNTURNED

Keren is 4Sight's  ecology manager and principal freshwater ecologist. Her work sees her designing, managing and implementing surveys; carrying out ecological impact assessments; and producing detailed reports based on her findings for private, corporate and local government clients .

 

Keren works with a variety of stakeholders on her projects and urban development, transport, quarrying and the dairy industry are just a few examples of the different sectors she's worked with over the years.

 

Her extremely high level of technical expertise has been gained through years of experience working in streams, rivers and wetlands all over New Zealand. Sampling fish and macroinvertebratecommunities, carrying out assessments of habitat features and analysing water quality in a variety of different environments are just a few of the projects she has worked on over the years.

 

Keren often works alongside other professionals such as engineers, planners, designers and contractors to identify ecological constraints and identify opportunities to mitigate damage – with the aim of achieving sustainable outcomes for the project.

 

She also has experience preparing and presenting expert ecological evidence on a variety of projects at Council, Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas (HASHA) and Environment Court hearings. 

Keren Bennett

Ecology Manager, Principal Ecology Consultant

Mark Poynter

MARK HAS A GIFT FOR BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE AND FIND A SOLUTION THAT STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE

 

Mark joined 4Sight in August 2014 after running his own successful consulting practice for 12 years. He now gives scientific and resource advice to our private sector and local government clients, and is a specialist in marine and estuarine investigations.

 

In addition to being responsible for running our Northland office, Mark oversees the marine biological, habitat and water quality surveys carried out for our clients. He has extensive experience working in the port and marine industries, and his wider experience includes assessments of discharges of process water, wastewater and stormwater on the marine environment.  He also has a wide knowledge and a long record of contract work in relation to the effects of water abstractions on small stream ecosystems. 

 

With more than 33 years of experience, Mark is one of our most experienced Ecologists. His work often requires analysis of regional water and soil plans, the NZ Coastal Policy Statement, National Environmental Standards and regional coastal plans. He has also been an expert witness before Judicial Committees and the Environment Court on many project, and is frequently involved in expert caucusing, mediation and consultation with iwi and resource users as part of his work under the RMA.

Mark Poynter

Northland Manager, Principal Ecology Consultant

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A TRUE ECO-WARRIOR, OLIVER LIVES AND BREATHES MARINE BIOLOGY (BUT NO NEED TO CHECK, HE DOESN'T HAVE GILLS)  

 

As an Ecology Consultant, Oliver’s primary focus is to enhance the relationship between human society and the natural environment – building a more positive and sustainable world for all. In 2012, he was awarded a BayerBoost Environmental Scholarship by the Royal Society of New Zealand to study the effects of pollution on microbial processes in the Wellington Harbour.

 

Following this, Oliver completed a Master degree exploring the impact of environmental stressors on the metabolic functioning of the symbiotic sea anemone, Anthopleura aureoradiata.

 

Oliver is an ocean enthusiast and is passionate about working with individuals, groups and organisations to enable positive environmental outcomes.

 

From marine ecology to molecular biology, environmental monitoring and ecological restoration, Oliver has a breadth of experience and expertise that is invaluable to the ecology team at 4Sight.

 

Oliver is a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and holds a Masters degree with First Class Honours in Marine Biology, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Biodiversity from Victoria University of Wellington.  He is also a coordinator for Experiencing Marine Reserves, running community guided snorkel days.

Oliver Bone

Ecology Consultant

Pamela Kane-Sanderson

PAMELA CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND BRINGS THIS PASSION TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF HER PROJECTS 

Since joining 4Sight in February 2015, Pamela has been involved in a wide range of projects monitoring and surveying various different species in their respective environments.

That being said, she does have specialist skills in monitoring New Zealand flora and fauna – particularly in freshwater and marine environments. She is often involved in every step of a project – from design to reporting and has experience working with a range of different species including bats, fish and marine animals.

 

Pamela has worked on a range of scientific projects over the years, and has extensive knowledge and practical experience in survey techniques, implications of recruitment variability, ecology and the management of threatened species.

 

She recently completed a Master's in Marine Science with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland, where she investigated the catchability of New Zealand's rock lobster. She also assisted in a range of other fieldwork projects including fish surveys, scallop collection and camera deployments on top of completing her thesis. 

Pamela Kane-Sanderson

Ecology Consultant

 

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IT’S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DETAILS, BUT PETE HAS A WAY OF EXPLAINING THEM THAT MAKES SENSE AND IS TO THE POINT

Pete joined 4Sight in February 2019 as a Senior Coastal Scientist with ten years’ experience in marine science and research. His qualifications include a Master of Science Degree (with honours) in Chemistry from the University of Waikato and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Marine Biogeochemistry from Auckland University of Technology.

He has developed his expertise in assessing coastal sediment and water quality working on a range of small- and large-scale projects, including developing a rapid method for assessing the environmental impact of marine farms; carrying out investigations to identify sources of faecal contamination using microbial source tracking; and developing, implementing and reporting on regional state of the environment coastal water and sediment quality programmes.

Pete has provided technical advice to a broad range of audiences, including Councillors, policy writers, district councils, district health boards, and community boards. His previous work experience has made him familiar with assessing work in the context of national guidance, such as the RMA, NZ Coastal Policy Statement and the recreational water quality guidelines, as well as regional plans. One of his strengths is communicating technical information to non-technical audiences.

The coast and its waters have always been a special place for Pete. He spent most of his childhood holidays on the Coromandel swimming and fishing. Pete is a PADI rescue diver and enjoys spending as much time under the water as he can, which is never as much as he’d like! Pete has also been a Trustee for the anti-human-trafficking charity, Préscha for over 10 years and helped developed an NCEA accredited high school education resource that is taught at over 40 schools across the country.

Pete Wilson

Senior Coastal Scientist

 

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A QUICK AND DRIVEN LEARNER, SHANNEN ENJOYS A CHALLENGE AND IS KEEN TO BE INVOLVED IN EVERY ASPECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

 

Since joining 4Sight in 2018, Shannen has been involved in a diverse range of projects across the Land and Water Quality and Ecology teams.

 

Having studied at Victoria University in Wellington, Shannen gained her science degree with majors in both Geology and Ecology & Biodiversity. Throughout her studies she spent extensive amounts of time in the field, in both New Zealand and Australia, and as a result is highly skilled in a variety of sampling techniques, data analysis and reporting. She has also completed student internships in both geotechnical and ecological consultancies, making her familiar with environmental practice and management across the public and private sector.

 

Shannen is interested in a wide range of natural science disciplines and has always been curious about the environment that surrounds her. Her role as an environmental consultant at 4Sight sees her routinely conducting site investigations for various projects, where she demonstrates her ability in problem solving and prioritising workloads to meet deadlines. 

 

With a strong work ethic and ability to approach each new project with a positive outlook, Shannen is keen to get involved in any aspect of a project every step of the way.

 

Shannen Barns

Environmental Consultant