Meet The Team

Let us introduce you to the Boobook Team

Craig Eddie

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Director and Principal Ecologist

With over 25 years of field experience as an ecologist, Craig’s encyclopaedic knowledge of fauna, flora, vegetation and landscape management is highly regarded within government, industry, the scientific and local community. Craig has extensive experience in:

  • Ecological assessments within the coal seam gas and construction industry including wells, flowlines, gas plants, major pipelines roads, dams and power lines.
  • Pre-clearance surveys for animal breeding places, rare and threatened flora/fauna, special least concern flora and weeds.
  • Whole property or landscape level biodiversity assessments.
  • Third party technical reviews.
  • Remote area field work.
  • Land snail identification.

His collections of numerous specimens including land snails, reptiles, frogs, scorpions, burrowing cockroaches, spiders, slaters, fairy shrimps and plants are lodged with the Queensland Museum, Queensland Herbarium and other national and international institutions.

Meryl Eddie

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Business Manager

Meryl has a strong community engagement and strategic planning background. Within the past 25 years she has worked in regional Queensland for community groups, local and state government agencies, a large integrated energy company and successfully run her own businesses. Meryl has also chaired many community committees and is currently a Board Member of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association. Her experience includes:

  • Development of numerous strategic planning documents.
  • Formed and facilitated many community workshops including regional wild dog management strategy and research projects, Regional Parthenium policy and water use efficiency projects.
  • Development and implementation of various community programs / events.
  • Rural property and business management
  • Financial planning and human resource management.
  • Marketing
  • Safety management
  • Fauna Spotting Catching

Richard Johnson

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Senior Ecologist

Richard has over 40 years of experience in the field of fauna and flora surveys, including detecting, trapping and the safe handling of a diversity of terrestrial vertebrates throughout Queensland. Richard has extensive experience in:

  • Field survey and reporting for ecological assessments, fauna surveys and pre-clearance ecological scouting.
  • Fauna identification and survey.
  • Reviews of threatened species habitat assessment methodologies.
  • Environmental management advice to government agencies, NGOs, industry and private clients particularly within southern inland Queensland.
  • Whole-of-property vegetation, wetland and conservation constraints assessment.
  • Scientific and technical report writing.
  • Flora identification and regional ecosystem mapping.

Michael Cunningham

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Senior Ecologist

Michael studied ecology at the University of New England and went on to post-graduate study at the University of Queensland, researching genetic diversity in rainforest frogs and lizards. Michael worked as an academic at Universities of Stellenbosch, The Free State and Pretoria, in South Africa, where he conducted research on the ecology and systematics of small vertebrates of the Cape Fold and Drakensberg mountains. Michael has over 25 years experience in:
• Faunal identification
• Field surveys and biodiversity inventory analyses
• IUCN assessment of species conservation status
• Tertiary level teaching and assessment
• Public outreach talks and events
• Molecular ecology and taxonomy
• Statistics, data coding and research design
• Scientific writing, presentation and publication

Rosamund Aisthorpe

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Botanist

Rose graduated in 2009 from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Science (Botany). With her extensive knowledge in the fields of biology, environmental and natural sciences, Rosamund is a valued BOOBOOK employee. Her experience includes:

  • Surveying vegetation communities as part of ecological assessments.
  • Threatened flora surveys
  • Regional Ecosystem identification and mapping.
  • Identification of agricultural and environmental weeds.
  • Native plant identification.
  • BioCondition assessments.
  • Protected Plants (blue circle) flora surveys
  • Field collection, preservation and submission of botanical specimens for both the BOOBOOK and Queensland Herbarium.
  • GIS mapping of surveyed sites for technical reports.

Lynda Hardwick

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GIS Officer / Field Assistant

Lynda has over 35 years working with and engaging rural communities and over 10 years of isolated and remote area field work experience.  Lynda assists with flora and fauna surveys and habitat, waterway and land condition assessments.  She has expertise in:

  • Data management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Natural resource management and planning
  • Property planning
  • Land condition assessment and monitoring
  • Waterway and water quality assessment and monitoring
  • Pest management

Grishma Hedge

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Sales & Marketing Assistant

With a Masters in Media and Communication and a Bachelor in Computer Application Grishma is our competent and confident Sales & Marketing Assistant.  She has an in-depth understanding of business process, development principles and sales.  Diversely experienced and highly self-driven Grishma understands the importance of business to business and business client relationships.  She is very team orientated and effective in bonding people to together to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes and experiences.  Grishma has hands-on experience in event management, marketing and performing arts having worked as a Media Manager, Public Relations Handler and Performer/Choreographer for various Bollywood and cultural shows across many countries along with performing and assisting choreographers for leading award shows including Film fare, Stardust and Screen.

Courtney Andrew

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Field Technician

Courtney studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science with honours in Natural Resources at The University of Queensland in Brisbane. Her honours project investigated the effects of a seed coat on germination of native grass species used for mining rehabilitation.  Before moving west to Roma Courtney worked as a bush regenerator in and around Brisbane where she conducted weed removal and worked on the restoration of natural areas.  She has a major interest in and knowledge of environmental weeds and native plant identification.
Here at BOOBOOK Courtney assists with flora surveys and general ecological assessments; field collection and preservation of plant specimens as well as data recording and field survey preparations.

McKenzie Higgins

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Fauna Spotter

Before exploring her love of wildlife McKenzie grew up around farms gaining an appreciation of the land while spending time in the saddle roving the countryside. Prior to working with BOOBOOK, a small wildlife sanctuary was where she could be found most days of the week, conversing with customers to educate them on the importance of our native wildlife, especially reptiles.