Director, Section Manager: Vertebrate Zoology
Jarrad's career spans government, university and consulting positions. He has extensive experience in managing and undertaking invertebrate and vertebrate fauna surveys and monitoring programs spanning all major bioregions of WA, and with a focus on impact assessment.

Three of Jarrad's significant career highlights include founding the invertebrate survey team of a large WA consulting firm (2005), co- founding Phoenix Environmental Sciences (2008), a company of 20 staff, and developing innovative survey techniques and impact assessment methods for the Idiosoma nigrum project, which won the prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence in 2010.

His extensive experience with invertebrate fauna includes the discovery of over 50 new species of short-range endemic invertebrates, including the first subterranean aquatic Isopod from Islands in the Kimberley region, a terrestrial Isopod group in the Great Victorian Desert previously only recorded from the Karri Forests of the south west region, the first species of Aops scorpion from Mainland Western Australian and numerous species from the Kimberley, Pilbara and Midwest regions of Western Australia. Jarrad was also responsible for the first identification of significant populations of the Schedule One trap-door spider species Idiosoma nigrum from the Midwest region, being a range extension of 300km from previous records.

Jarred is a Senior Vertebrate and Invertebrate Biologist and a Company Director with Phoenix. He has considerable expertise in invertebrate taxonomy, biology and ecology. His focus is technical innovation in biological surveys, to deliver positive outcomes and overcome environmental complexities in vertebrate and invertebrate projects.

Director, Senior Environmental Scientist
Karen is an environmental scientist with a strong environmental reporting and policy background. She has considerable experience in environmental investigation and analysis across many environmental fields including biodiversity, natural resource management, sustainability and emissions reporting.

Her extensive experience in these areas and in technical writing is partly based on her previous role with the EPA Service Unit. The role included the management, authorship and coordination of broad stakeholder input to the 2007 State of the Environment Report, and other key sustainability reports and tools for Western Australia.

As a co-founder and Director of Phoenix Environmental Sciences (2008), Karen has significant experience in systems development, team building, stakeholder liaison, project management, technical reporting, risk assessment and quality assurance.

Her role as the company's Senior Environmental Advisor makes use of her exceptional writing skills and significant experience in the preparation of technical reports, environmental reports, policy documents, ministerial and EPA correspondence, environmental reviews and audits.

Karen's focus with Phoenix is building positive working relationships with stakeholders and ensuring the team's delivery of high quality, timely environmental advice to clients.

Director; Manager, Terrestrial Invertebrates and Taxonomic Services Unit
Dr Volker Framenau is one of Australia's leading arachnologists and has significant research experience in the taxonomy and systematics of Mygalomorphae (trap-door spiders). 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 short-range endemic and troglo- and stygofauna in Western Australia. For example, he was lead author on a large-scale project defining the short-range endemic (SRE) fauna of the South Coast NRM region of WA.

Volker has held roles as Research Fellow and Curator of Terrestrial Invertebrates at the WA Museum. He is currently Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Animal Biology (University of Western Australia) and holds a position on the Scientific Advisory Panel of ClimateWatch (Earthwatch Institute).

As Curator of Terrestrial Invertebrates at the Western Australian Museum, Volker developed significant expertise in local SRE taxa, in particular mygalomorph spiders (leading expert in this group for the Pilbara region of W.A.), schizomids and millipedes. In this role he was in charge of managing all identification and reporting with respect to SRE specimens submitted through the environmental impact assessment process. As Research Associate, Volker maintains close contacts to the Department of Terrestrial Zoology of the W.A. Museum.

Volker joined Phoenix as senior manager late 2010 and became a director of the company early 2012. Volker's role with Phoenix focuses on managing all terrestrial invertebrate, in particular SRE, projects within Phoenix's Terrestrial Invertebrate Division. He is in charge of the Taxonomic Services Unit that provides invertebrate identification to the industry. Specific roles include specimen identification, the training and development of technical staff, and the provision of expert technical advice to clients. When he doesn't chase critters in the Pilbara, he is trying to keep his little children at bay and kicks a ball with the North Beach Soccer Club. Volker is also an avid SCUBA diver and enjoys taking his motorbike for a ride.

Section Manager: Subterranean Invertebrates; Taxonomic Services
Dr Erich Volschenk is the Australia's authority on Scorpion systematics and biology. He has a long history of involvement in scorpion research, systematics and biology; however, he also undertaken systematic research on pseudoscorpions.

Erich has extensive taxonomic experience, including research at the Western Australian Museum, The Queensland Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Erich is currently a research associate at the Western Australian Museum and contributes extensively to the curation of the scorpion collection. He maintains this role in conjunction with his position at Phoenix.

Erich started working as an environmental consultancy in 2008. Over the last three years he has undertaken numerous projects in the Pilbara, Mid-west and Gold fields regions of Western Australia. His primary role has been the management of invertebrate projects, short-range endemics (SRE) and subterranean fauna.

At Phoenix, Erich, with Dr Volker Framenau, is responsible for overseeing and further developing the Invertebrate Fauna Section. His key roles include managing invertebrate fauna surveys (primarily troglofauna and stygofauna) and in-house taxonomy, training and development of technical staff, client liaison, project management, and development of systems and procedures for the Invertebrate Fauna Division. Erich is also the manager of the technical databases held by Phoenix.

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 systems and processes for a variety of businesses.

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. In this role, Melanie also co-established the aquatic ecology and rehabilitation monitoring teams.

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

Industry Advisor
Dan has 30 years experience in the oil and gas sector as a manager of major oil and gas infrastructure projects and co-founder of Covus Corporation, a commercial diving and underwater geotechnical survey company. Dan has extensive project management and technical expertise. His principal role with Phoenix is to provide technical and strategic business guidance to the Board of Directors and senior staff.

Phoenix employs a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate zoologists with local and international experience ranging from one to ten years.

We also have strong relationships with several independent consultant zoologists to meet project needs as required.