Our People

Biotropica Australia employs a team of staff with a variety of ecological specialisms.  Our staff are all well qualified, highly skilled professionals with a passion for the environment.

Nigel Tucker

Principal Environmental Scientist ADApp Sci, M.Sc

With almost 30 years of experience in tropical ecosystem management, Nigel Tucker is one of Queensland’s most experienced tropical forest ecologists.  Born and raised on the Atherton Tablelands, Nigel was educated at the University of Queensland and James Cook University, before being mentored by Australia’s foremost rainforest ecologists Len Webb and Geoff Tracey.

A specialist in tropical restoration ecology, Nigel established the Qld Parks and Wildlife Service’s Centre for Tropical Restoration in the 1990’s and spent many years undertaking scientific research; in environments ranging from coral cays to wet and dry tropical forests, on topics as diverse as small mammal genetics, pest management and forest succession; and in locations from north Queensland to Indonesia.  He continues to publish within the peer-reviewed literature and lecture at a number of institutions. Nigel is a board member of the Australasian chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration International, an Executive board member of the journal Ecological Management and Restoration, and an Adjunct within James Cook University’s School of Tropical Biology.

As Principal Environmental Scientist Nigel manages Biotropica Australia’s major projects, and his botanical and ecological skills are used extensively in field work.  In particular, Nigel has extensive knowledge of the electricity, oil and gas industry having worked on the environmental management of energy assets since 1996, and intensively since he established Biotropica Australia in 2002.

Sarah Holt

Manager B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, Adv Dipl. Mgmt Acc

Sarah was raised in London and gained her BSc Zoology from Leeds University gaining an MSc in Environmental Conservation and moving into environmental consulting for a London based corporation.  In the UK her work specialised in riparian mammals, particularly the Water Vole.

Sarah completed her MSc thesis in World Heritage Areas around Cairns and has a great love for the natural environment in this area.

Sarah settled in Australia in 2008 and continued her work in Environmental Consulting gaining a good understanding of Australian flora, fauna, and legislation and developed her Geospatial Information System (GIS) skills.  Sarah joined Biotropica in 2011 where she utilises her ecological and project management skills to assist in the growth and management of the company.

For more information please download Sarah Holt’s Curriculum vitae.

Lars Kazmeier

Environmental Scientist Dipl. Biol. (Uni)

Lars Kazmeier joined Biotropica Australia in 2006 following extensive tertiary studies in the Wet Tropics. As a student at the University of Friedrich-Alexander and University Erlangen/Nuremberg in Germany, Lars completed his Honours degree with a study of Lemuroid Ringtail possums in the highlands around Ravenshoe, following this up with a PhD study of Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo near Malanda.

Lars has significant biological and zoological expertise, and is also a highly skilled GIS (Geographic Information System) technician. Now an Australian resident, Lars continues his association with local nature conservation groups including the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group Inc and TREAT Inc (Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands).

For more information please download Lars Kazmeier’s Curriculum vitae.

Gemma Horner

Environmental Scientist B.Sc

Gemma Horner joined Biotropica in June 2012. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Tropical Ecology and Conservation at James Cook University.

Gemma recently moved to the Atherton Tablelands from NSW, where she had worked in bushland management and restoration in Sydney, after completing a Certificate III in Conservation and Land management at TAFE. She has a keen interest in all aspects of plant ecology, particularly tropical ecosystems.

Tracey Marshall

Finance Officer

Co-director Tracey Marshall has been managing administration for over 20 years and is Biotropica Australia’s Finance Officer since Biotropica Australia’s inception in 2002. Tracey assumes responsibility for all internal and overseas business operations, financial and accounting management, HR management and oversees the internal management of Biotropica’s administration

Adam Northover

Land Management Supervisor

Adam joined Biotropica in April 2012 and was promoted to Land Management Team Leader in 2013. Adam supervises a crew of experienced land management staff and co-ordinates Biotropica field projects including ecological restoration, weed control, rare plants management, and hazard reduction burns, in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  Adam has an extensive background in landscaping, weeds management, and significant experience in small and large plant and equipment operation.

Amanda James

Clerical Assistant

Amanda joined the administration team at Biotropica in August 2016 and brings with her a range of clerical skills. Amanda has recently moved to the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns and has owned her own businesses for the past 9 years.