Director; Manager, Vertebrate and Aquatic Zoology
Jarrad Clark has garnered a reputation for innovation and problem-solving in his drive for industry excellence, in a career spanning government, university and consulting positions.

His innovative survey techniques and impact assessment methods for the Idiosoma nigrum (Schedule One trap-door spider) project at Jack Hills enabled Crosslands Resources to win the prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence in 2010.

Jarrad has extensive experience in the management of both vertebrate and invertebrate surveys and monitoring programs with a focus on environmental impact assessment.

His vertebrate fauna experience encompasses numerous surveys that were designed to overcome significant challenges regarding access, scale and conservation significant species, using effective sampling and management strategies. For example:
  • Regional-scale assessments for Northern Quoll (Pilbara region)
  • Migratory shorebird surveys in inaccessible locations with massive tide ranges (Pilbara region)
  • Innovative monitoring of Southern Brown Bandicoot populations in an urban environment (Perth Metropolitan Area)
  • Remote-camp systematic surveys in the Fitzgerald River National Park (Great Southern region)
Jarrad has collected over 50 new species of short-range endemic (SRE) invertebrates, including subterranean aquatic isopods from islands in the Kimberley, terrestrial isopods from the Great Victorian Desert, and the first significant populations of Idiosoma nigrum from the Midwest.

Jarrad also has a strong background in aquatic invertebrates, having managed the Gnangara Mound Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Program for four years and conducted research into effect of surface water changes on mosquito breeding and the spread of Ross River Virus in the South West region.

Jarred is a co-founder of Phoenix and oversees all vertebrate fauna and aquatic zoology projects.


Director, General Manager
Karen Crews is an environmental scientist with a strong reporting and policy background. She has broad experience in environmental management, sustainability, project management, systems development, technical reporting, environmental impact assessment (EIA), approvals and quality assurance.

She plays a pivotal role in overseeing all EIA, environmental management and multidisciplinary projects for Phoenix. Her company-wide focus on quality output and building positive working relationships ensures the Phoenix team consistently delivers timely environmental advice to clients and exceptional reports.

Karen is an exceptional communicator, facilitator and negotiator; essential qualities for managing stakeholder expectations and delivering project outcomes.

Karen is a co-founder of Phoenix and a committee member of the Environmental Consultants Association of Western Australia.


Director; Manager, Invertebrates and Taxonomic Services
Dr Volker Framenau is one of Australia's leading arachnologists and has significant research experience in spider taxonomy and systematics. He has experience in schizomids, millipedes and in particular, mygalomorph spiders.

Volker is a leading expert in the taxonomy of short-range endemic (SRE) invertebrate taxa of Western Australia. He has extensive experience managing SRE surveys in most of WA's bioregions/regions.

Volker has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on invertebrate ecology and systematics in international scientific journals and authored or co-authored more than 100 reports on terrestrial short-range endemics, troglofauna and stygofauna in WA.

Volker oversees the terrestrial invertebrate team and taxonomic services at Phoenix, providing identifications and expert technical advice to clients and industry.

Volker is a Research Associate at the Western Australian Museum, an Adjunct Lecturer at UWA's School of Animal Biology and holds a position on the Scientific Advisory Panel of ClimateWatch (Earthwatch Institute).


Director; Manager, Botanical Services
Dr Grant Wells is an expert in the field of plant restoration ecology and the design and execution of vegetation surveys and mapping. Dr Wells' survey experience extends across 'life of project' assessments from baseline flora and vegetation surveys for environmental impact assessment, to operational compliance monitoring and rehabilitation for mine closure. He has held roles in government, research, industry and consulting, including five years with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

Dr Wells' baseline survey experience extends across several of Western Australia's bioregions. He has taxonomic expertise in Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison, Coolgardie and Great Victoria Desert regions. Dr Wells has prepared numerous reports on vegetation surveys and mapping for project approvals, health monitoring of vegetation and rehabilitation assessments. Most of these reports have been subject to review by government agencies and the general public.

Dr Wells has particular expertise in auditing and development of rehabilitation monitoring systems including provision of quantitative KPIs and completion criteria for revegetation, development of plant restoration procedures including identification of appropriate analogue communities and species lists for revegetation, seed germination ecology and topsoil management.


Director; Senior Botanist
Dr Grace Wells (nee Zawko) is an expert in the fields of plant ecology and environment. Her areas of expertise include conservation and rehabilitation of natural ecosystems, development of completion criteria for rehabilitation, restoration of rare plants on mine-sites, genetic structure of native plant populations, delineation of genetic provenances for mine-site rehabilitation, ecophysiology and demography of plant species, and vegetation health monitoring in relation to impacts from mine operations. She has a thorough understanding of all relevant Western Australian policy and legislation, and is proficient in data analysis, interpretation and subsequent implementation.

Grace has for many years worked directly in the resources sector but also previously worked in academia where she managed a number of research projects and supervised graduate and post-graduate students. This multi-faceted background has resulted in exceptional attention to detail, planning, budgeting, scientific and industry communication; all traits vital in the modern environmental sciences sector.

In 2008 Grace was part of the team that developed a framework for rehabilitation success which consequently secured Minara Resources the Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.


Senior Zoologist
Ryan Ellis is an experienced zoologist with broad and detailed knowledge of Western Australian vertebrate fauna, particularly reptiles and mammals. He has worked extensively on vertebrate fauna surveys, monitoring and research projects, as well as short-range endemic (SRE) invertebrate projects across WA in consulting and government roles since 2004. At Phoenix, Ryan is the principal herpetologist and mammalogist for the company. He is responsible for managing and undertaking all aspects of vertebrate fauna projects.

Ryan has extensive experience with conservation significant fauna, having undertaken targeted surveys, monitoring, and/or relocations/translocations of a number of threatened species listed under the EPBC and Wildlife Conservation Acts, as well as Priority species listed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife including, Western Spiny-tailed Skink, Pilbara Olive Python, South-western Carpet Python, threatened Black Cockatoo species, Western Ground Parrot, Night Parrot, Mulgara, Northern Quoll, Golden Bandicoot, Western Barred Bandicoot, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Numbat, Western Pebble-mound Mouse, Mala, Gilbert's Potoroo, Burrowing Bettong, Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bat, Ghost Bat. Ryan is also trained and experienced in the safe handling and relocation of venomous snakes and the ethical euthanasia of native fauna when required.

Ryan has worked across all major bioregions of WA on surveys for mining, port and linear infrastructure projects, including road, rail and walk trail. His work has involved Level 1 and 2, targeted and clearance surveys, relocations, translocations and numerous research and monitoring projects for vertebrate and SRE invertebrate fauna. In a previous role at DPaW Ryan was involved in the Barrow Island Threatened Fauna Translocation Project and associated monitoring projects at Lorna Glen. In 2013 - 14 Ryan was field manager for a large-scale pre-clearance fauna trapping and translocation program for the Roy Hill Rail project targeting four conservation significant species over approximately 340 km of rail alignment.

Ryan is Research Associate of the Western Australian Museum, Department of Terrestrial Zoology. In this role Ryan is regularly involved in research on WA vertebrate fauna and collaborates with scientists across Australia and overseas. Current research projects include taxonomic review of the Pilbara Olive Python and a number of WA blind snake species (Anilios). He also conducts research into the impacts of the Cane Toad on native fauna in the Kimberleys region.


Senior Zoologist
Anna is a Senior Zoologist with a breadth of experience in a variety of fauna surveys, including short-range endemic invertebrate (SRE), subterranean, aquatic macro-invertebrates, waterbird, marine infauna, diatoms and aquatic microalgae.

Anna has been involved in fauna surveys with both private and government institutions for over nine years. At the Department of Environment and Conservation Anna worked in science and research, specialising in projects researching biodiversity and ecological requirements of aquatic systems throughout the state. Anna also co-authored a booklet describing the invertebrate fauna and avifauna found in and around wetlands in the Avon region, published taxonomic keys for the south-west Diptera, and has contributed to many scientific papers on wetland ecology.

At Phoenix, Anna's roles include undertaking fauna surveys, taxonomy, data analysis and reporting for linear port, road, rail and trail projects and mining tenement projects. She is also the Laboratory Manager and Occupational Health and Safety Officer for the company.


Strategic Business Advisor
Melanie has worked in the environmental industry in various research, academia, government and consulting roles. She has significant expertise in rangeland and salt lake ecology, innovative and practical research programs, data management and establishing business systems and processes.

Her experience spans teaching and research positions at Curtin University, technical positions at Agriculture WA (Chemical Services) and the Water and Rivers Commission (Rivers and Estuaries Branch) and General Manager and Director of Outback Ecology, which Melanie co-founded in 1994. She also works as a business development consultant for several companies across Australia.

Melanie provides strategic business advice to Phoenix's management team, facilitating efficiency and effectiveness in business systems, risk management, and providing quality assurance and peer review at all levels of the business.


Phoenix employs a team of specialist biologists, taxonomists and environmental scientists with local and international experience.

Phoenix's capability is enhanced by a flexible group of experienced casual employees and subcontractors.

Alliances with a number of specialist consultancies give Phoenix the capacity to assemble a responsive, multi-disciplinary team who can mobilise at short notice.