Nic previously worked at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation from 2011 – 2015. He now works at the consulting firm WSP Australia Pty Limited as a Principal Ecologist and Ecology Team Leader for Victoria. He has more than 17 years’ experience in terrestrial and wetland flora and vegetation surveys, mine rehabilitation monitoring, ecological impact assessment and ecological restoration. His passion for his work is reflected in the depth of his knowledge and field experience, which cover a wide range of plants, animals and habitats across Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland.

Nic has a broad range of project experiences and has prepared a number of terrestrial ecological impact assessments, threatened flora survey reports, biodiversity offsets strategies and ecosystem rehabilitation reports for key clients in the transport, mining, utilities and government sectors. Specifically he has experience working on projects associated with developing roads, coal mines, sand mines, electricity transmission lines, water pipelines as well as state-wide environmental programs to monitor wetlands, rivers and ecological burning regimes.

He maintains a connection with research through collaborations, industry partnerships and continuation into research to improve ecological assessment, monitoring and restoration within the infrastructure and resource sectors.

Selected Conferences

‘From random meander to stratified meander: using a quantifiable method to elucidate survey effort and detectability for threatened flora surveys’ (presentation). ANET 2018: Connecting nature, connecting people - Australasian Network for Ecology and Transportation (ANET). Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand April 2018. Nic McCaffrey and Georgia Garrard.

‘Development of a monitoring program to detect changes in a vulnerable shrub in the Western Blue Mountains, NSW (poster)’. In: Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference 2017, Ballarat, Australia, 9 June 2017.

‘Post-mined landscapes aren’t the Garden of Eden: approaches for determining reference sites where ecosystem replacement is not the aim’. 11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC11) 2016, Melbourne.

 ‘Detecting long-term ecological impacts of subsidence from underground coal mining: a tale of two pilot tests’, (2014), Life-of-Mine International Conference, Brisbane.