Meet Our New Ecology Experts

31 May 2022

The team from Ryder Environmental are well and truly integrating into our business following the acquisition in March 2022. They are a highly educated bunch, leading the field in Ecology, with four PhDs between them. Covering the full spectrum of ecological matters collectively, they specialise in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecology, including conducting fieldwork and processing samples in the laboratory.

We've welcomed into our whānau Ben Ludgate, Bryony Alden, Christiane Funnell, Dr. Greg Ryder, Dr. Maia Mistral, Megha Setha, Mike Wakelin, Dr. Ruth Goldsmith and Dr. Steve Rate:

  • Leading the team is Greg, Technical Director in Ecology and Water Quality. Greg has worked for nearly 30 years’ as an Ecology and Water Quality Consultant and is particularly experienced in freshwater and coastal investigations.

  • Ben is a Principal Ecologist and our Dunedin Ecology Manager. He is a freshwater Ecologist with 20 years’ of consulting experience and specialises in assessments of freshwater communities.

  • Bryony is a part-time Ecologist, conducting freshwater and terrestrial fieldwork, and manages workstreams in our laboratory. She is also studying for a PhD in Zoology at the University of Otago, focused on microplastics in urban ponds and the possible effects on amphibian health.

  • Christiane is the Office Administrator. Having worked for Ryder for over 13 years, she is very efficient at keeping the office running smoothly.

  • Maia works part-time in our laboratory processing samples.

  • Megha is an Ecologist, working in the field collecting samples and processing them in the laboratory. She enjoys large data analysis using R and writing scientific reports.

  • Mike is also an Ecologist, working mainly in the laboratory processing freshwater samples. He is also an experienced Field Ecologist, with particular expertise in terrestrial insects and spiders.

  • Ruth is a Principal Ecologist, specialising in freshwater investigations. She has over 17 years' experience working across freshwater ecology within a consultancy.

  • Steve is a Senior Ecologist, experienced in terrestrial and wetland systems and assessments of ecological effects.

"As the small Ryder team has become part of the larger 4Sight whānau, we have been adjusting to new systems and processes, learning about the different specialties provided by the wider team, and sharing knowledge and experiences with others at 4Sight. There have been challenges as we integrate our systems together, but also exciting opportunities to collaborate with others.

The Ecologists in Dunedin have already collaborated with the Planning team, the

Contaminated Land team, and the wider Ecology team on a range of projects and

opportunities. We have been very busy, as this has all been happening alongside our

continuing workstreams with our valued and loyal clients!

We have received a lot of support from everyone at 4Sight during our transition, and we look forward to meeting and working with others in the 4Sight whānau throughout the country.”

Ben Ludgate, Dunedin Ecology Manager, Principal Ecologist

We are so excited to have such an experienced team of Ecologists working at 4Sight and having grown our capability to offer a much greater breadth of ecological and water quality services. We are now able to provide our clients with integrated Planning, Ecology and Environmental Services across the whole of New Zealand. We have already recruited a Lab Technician in Dunedin and plan to grow the team further.

As one team we will continue to thrive together so that we can bring about balanced solutions for land, people, and water.

Find out more about them on Our People page: People | 4Sight Consulting