EMM Consulting is pleased to welcome experienced botanist Cecilia Phu who joins the company as an Associate Ecologist and Team Leader (NSW).

Cecilia first found her passion for the field of botany whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney.  It was an assignment involving flowering phenology in native parsnips where she recalls “it was intricate, beautiful and understated”. The assessment also involved a trip out to Myall Lakes (mid north coast region of NSW) watching insects and it was there that she realised that plant ecology could take you to some interesting places!

“Since her graduation in 2008, Cecilia has specialised in vegetation mapping and monitoring, threatened species survey and plant identification.“

“I enjoy understanding why vegetation communities occur where they do, and how the ecology of these systems influences the movement of pollinators, particularly wide-ranging bird species.”

Cecilia is accredited and proficient in the NSW Biodiversity Assessment Method and also in the application of the Federal offset policy and offset calculator.  Her recent experience spans multiple sectors including energy and resources, subdivision and development, transport, water infrastructure and biodiversity conservation.

Divisional Leader Nathan Garvey commented:

“We are excited to welcome Cecilia to our strong and expanding national ecology team. Her appointment will add strong technical capacity, as well as driving strong leadership for our team. Cecilia has a strong focus on building relationships, mentoring, and growing her team with a strong focus on people. This strong focus on people, both our clients and our team, as the core of our business will only elevate our capacity and capability into the future.”

With a national team of over 20 consultants, the group are focused on providing practical, but also socially and environmentally responsible solutions to best meet client objectives.  Over the past three years, the national capability has expanded to now include aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology and bushfire assessment capabilities.