Steve Ralph MSc MCIEEM
Consultancy Manager

Steve is proficient in Phase 1 habitat survey and site assessment and undertakes the larger, more complex Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) that EMEC Ecology carries out. He has managed reptile translocation projects (including reptile translocation schemes in Derbyshire and Leicestershire) and badger mitigation projects (which have included applications for sett closure and badger disturbance licences). Steve has also carried out badger bait-marking surveys where development proposals had the potential to result in a reduction in foraging habitat. Steve also undertakes great crested newt surveys and applications for European Protected Species licences with respect to newts.

Consultancy Manager

Sarah joined EMEC Ecology in July 2011 from a large multi-disciplinary consultancy based in the West Midlands. Sarah graduated from the University of Nottingham with an honours degree in Environmental Biology and completed an MSc in Biological Recording with the University of Birmingham. Sarah is a licensed great crested newt surveyor and has conducted newt surveys and mitigation projects throughout England. Sarah is a licensed bat surveyor and is experienced in extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, including surveying for badgers, otters, water voles, white-clawed crayfish and reptiles.

Sean Gallagher MSc MCIEEM
Principal Ecologist

Sean is primarily responsible for bat survey and mitigation advice (including applications for European Protected Species licences with respect to bats) and is a licensed bat surveyor. He is also highly experienced in botanical survey and management planning and has over fifteen years experience of professional ecological work. This includes upland vegetation surveys in the Mourne Mountains and seabird surveys on the west coast of Scotland and Shetland. Sean is also licensed to survey for great crested newts and white-clawed crayfish.

Richard Anderton MSc MCIEEM
Senior Ecologist and Arboriculturist

Richard is an experienced ecologist with an MSc in Conservation Biology and Ornithology. He is skilled in Phase 1 habitat surveys and a range of protected species surveys including ornithology. Richard returned to EMEC Ecology after a spell in Scotland, where he co-ordinated the ornithological work for proposed wind farm sites. Richard holds a survey licence for great crested newt, white-clawed crayfish and barn owl. Richard is also a qualified tree climber and has completed a Diploma in Arboriculture; he therefore carries out a range of tree surveys.

Christian Daems

Christian joined EMEC in 2019, after coming over to the UK from the Netherlands. He has a degree in Nature and Forestry management from Van Hall Larenstein University. In the Netherlands he gained experience in doing visual tree assessments (VTA), surveying and supervising public green areas for various municipal councils. He is also trained in chainsaw operation and the surveying and inspection of various fauna. Christian carries out a range of tree surveys as part of our arboricultural team.

Adrian Dutton BSc

Joining us in August 2015, Adrian Dutton brings additional skills to EMEC Ecology, with his 30 years experience in invertebrates. He is a valuable asset to the company and has already carried out invertebrate surveys for Natural England across the country, looking at invertebrate abundance in relation to scrub habitat. In addition to the species level identification required for the contract for Natural England, Adrian has been undertaking butterfly and moth surveys at sites in Nottinghamshire and aquatic invertebrate surveys of rivers and streams. The results of these surveys can be used to assess the pollution levels of watercourses.

Kelly Yates

Kelly Joined EMEC Ecology in 2017 as our administrator, coming from a background of charity administration and finance. Kelly ensures the smooth running of day to day office procedures and is always happy to help. Kelly is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Zoe Jackson MSc ACIEEM
Consultant Ecologist

Zoe joined EMEC Ecology in 2011, following her graduation from Trinity College in Dublin, where she completed an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation. Her main role as Consultant Ecologist involves carrying out a variety of habitat and protected species surveys and working on projects including EcIA and management planning. She is experienced in undertaking extended phase-1 habitat survey and botanical work, including the application of National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and Hedgerow Evaluation and Grading Systems (HEGS). Typical projects involve those requiring a range of ecological surveys, such as renewable energy projects, quarry sites and housing developments, as well as creating Management Plans for large sites such as Country Parks and Local Nature Reserves to smaller landscaped developments. Zoe holds a great crested newt licence and carries out protected species surveys including amphibian, otter, water vole and reptile surveys.

Will Sheppard MSc Grad CIEEM
Consultant Ecologist

Will joined EMEC Ecology in 2013 having graduated from the University of Leicester with an honours degree in Zoology, and has completed an MSC in Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation. Will undertakes extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and variety of protected species surveys, holding survey licences for great crested newt and white-clawed crayfish. He also has experience of implementing a range of mitigation strategies for newts, white-clawed crayfish and badgers. Will also carries out surveys assessing the condition of terrestrial and aquatic habitats using their invertebrate assemblages, including freshwater, acid mire, scrub edge, heathland and dead wood communities.

Jenny Hills MSc
Consultant Ecologist

Jenny re-joined EMEC Ecology in June 2016 after completing a year-long placement during her time at university in 2014-2015. She graduated from The University of Sheffield with a BSc in Ecology and from The University of Leeds with a MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation; including undertaking a dissertation developing survey techniques for Harvest Mice. Jenny is a member of the Nottinghamshire Bat Group and is volunteer bat roost visitor. She is involved in the Nottinghamshire Dormouse Group having helped in reintroducing dormice back into Nottinghamshire and monitoring their progress. Jenny is involved in a variety of ecology surveys and holds a licence for great crested newts, bats and hazel dormice.

Amy Trewick BSc ACIEEM
Consultant Ecologist

Amy joined EMEC Ecology in April 2016. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University with an honours degree in Wildlife Conservation; her dissertation project was a study on the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on nesting nightjar. Amy has over six years' experience in protected species surveys and holds a great crested newt licence, class 2 bat licence and barn owl licence. Amy comes to EMEC Ecology after working for the Wildlife Trust in which her role was to advise Planning Officers on ecological matters and managing the badger vaccination project.

Nikki Morton MSci Grad CIEEM

Nikki joined EMEC Ecology in August 2017 on an eight week summer placement with the Nottingham Internship Scheme. After graduating from the University of Nottingham with an MSci (Hons) in Biology, Nikki has remained at EMEC Ecology in order to continue to gain experience and work towards her admission to CIEEM. Nikki is involved with a variety of protected species surveys with EMEC Ecology and is working towards gaining EPS protected species licences.

Sarah Spotswood MSc AMRSB
Assistant Ecologist

Sarah joined EMEC in June 2018 to assist with survey work after completing her degree course. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in summer 2018 with an honours degree in Zoology. During her time with EMEC Sarah has gained experience in phase-1 habitat surveys, protected species surveys, bat surveys and reptile surveys. She has also assisted with the BEVS badger vaccination program and redesigned the EMEC website.

Elizabeth Cox
Assistant Ecologist

Beth joined EMEC in October 2018 to complete a one year placement. She studies Geography (BSc) at the University of Sheffield and has enjoyed practical experience with the UoS conservation society and local Wildlife Trust groups. During her year with EMEC she hopes to develop her survey and ID skills as well as gather data for her dissertation which will be focussing on water quality and invertebrates.

Layla Remeikis
Assistant Ecologist

Layla joined EMEC in October 2018 to complete a year-in-industry placement while studying for a BSc Geography at the University of Sheffield. She has volunteered with ‘HERB’, an environmental regeneration project in Broomhall, Sheffield and has also volunteered with the River Stewardship Company, which helps to maintain Sheffield’s waterways. Layla plans to work in the environmental sector in the future, and is undertaking a placement at EMEC to gain experience in conducting ecological surveys, to improve her species ID skills, and to improve her professional skills to help her to secure her ideal graduate job.