DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL ECOLOGIST
Lucas is a Director and Principal Ecologist at Ecoplanning Pty Ltd, with over 18 years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors. Lucas has previously worked with the NSW Government in native vegetation and threatened species policy, as well as the on-ground regulation of private native forestry in NSW. Lucas has been a consultant ecologist for the past 12 years. Lucas is one of the most experienced offsetting practitioners in NSW, having been accredited under the former NSW Biobanking Scheme in 2010 (scheme established late in 2008). He has prepared numerous formal and informal biobanking assessments, including the first biocertification of land in south-western Sydney using the Biocertification Methodology 2011. He was also one of the first consultants accredited under the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) and has submitted many Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDARs), Biodiversity Stewardship Assessments (BSAs), Biodiversity Certification Assessment Reports (BCARs) numerous BSA Feasibility Studies.
Lucas has undertaken flora and fauna surveys across NSW and the ACT and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Ornithology. He has acted as an expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court. His highly developed skills in research, policy development and project management are complemented by his field capabilities in flora and fauna survey. Lucas has worked on a variety of small and large scale projects, including vegetation mapping, impact assessment, biodiversity offset strategies, flora and fauna monitoring, targeted threatened species surveys.