Applied Ecology Pty Ltd was formed in 2009. The AE team previously consulted for an ecology and design business in the Sydney basin and surrounding areas. When that was sold the entire Sydney team formed Applied Ecology Pty Ltd to continue our relationship with existing clients and expand our business.

We soon established a new office in Bathurst, as we are committed to working in western and regional NSW, whilst maintaining a strong presence in the Sydney basin and Blue Mountains.We are passionate about providing good environmental outcomes and practical solutions for our valued clients.

Our directors have over 60 years of combined industry experience and have worked together with our clients on numerous projects over many  years. We are constantly seeking to improve and refine the way we do things. Staff are actively encouraged and supported to undertake further training, post graduate study and independent research.

Dr MEREDITH BRAINWOOD Meredith holds a Master of Science (Hons) in Integrated Catchment Management and a Doctorate in Eco-hydromorphology, and has over 18 years experience in government, commercial and educational sectors of the environmental industry. Meredith specialises in the design and implementation of ecological restoration projects, mapping of ecosystem components and liaison with government, non-government, and private sector organisations. Meredith has a position as Adjunct Research Fellow with University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury), studying aquatic population ecology and land use management impacts on aquatic communities.  She has ongoing involvement in research areas including instream bioremediation processes, effective reuse of wastewater, sustainable resource utilisation and improving ecosystem resilience against the effects of climate change. Meredith emphasises the importance of practicality in environmental design solutions, and has supported this by also studying at TAFE to gain practical qualifications in Conservation Earthworks, Certificate II in Bushland Restoration and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

ANNE CAREY Anne has over 20 years industry experience and has extensive report writing, project management, contracts management and field experience with an excellent understanding of ecology and aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. Anne’s passion for Australian fauna began at an early age and her first job was as a zoo keeper at the Australian Reptile Park. More recently Anne worked as an Environmental Manager for an alliance of private companies delivering infrastructure projects for Sydney Water, as an aquatic systems officer examining stormwater delivery and receiving waters’ health, as a field ecologist, undertaking research, field trials, fauna and flora assessments and vegetation mapping for various companies and agencies including NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Anne has extensive experience in terrestrial and aquatic fauna identification, stormwater delivery, environmental planning and assessment, legislative requirements, riparian restoration, bush fire ecology,  and wetland ecology.  Anne has also worked as an environmental educator and excels in community and stakeholder consultation. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) from Macquarie University, and a Master of Wildlife Management degree (research interest: metapopulation dynamics in fragmented environments). Anne has undertaken many industry-based training courses and post-graduate study at the University of Canberra to obtain AusRivas accreditation, including advanced identification.