Chris Wedding

Senior Ecologist

MSc Hons (Conservation Biology), BSc (Zoology & Environmental Science)

 

chris.wedding@bioresearches.co.nz


Specialising in

  • Terrestrial ecology
  • Ecological impact assessment
  • Wildlife survey, management and monitoring
  • DOC recognised lizard (survey and relocate) and bat (survey and monitor) ecologist
  • Expert witness services

Chris has over 10 years experience in ecological advice from design and consent through to construction and compliance. Chris is a generalist ecologist with competency in both freshwater and terrestrial ecology, however his passion is for terrestrial ecosystems where he has industry-recognised expertise working with a broad range of protected and threatened indigenous wildlife, including land snails; native frogs; reptiles; birds and long-tailed bats. 

Chris has produced and contributed to numerous ecological assessments for both large and small-scale projects, from subdivisions to complex and multidisciplinary projects such as pipelines, marinas, quarries, mines and NZTAs Roads of National Significance. He has also designed and established long-term ecological monitoring programmes for the Department of Conservation and the Auckland Regional Council / Auckland Council. 

Chris completed his degrees at Massey University in Palmerston North and Auckland, and joined  Bioresearches in 2008, which in 2015 became part of Babbage Consultants. His work includes consent application advice and reviews; assessments of effects; management and monitoring, and expert witness at local hearings and the Environment Court.

 

Key projects include

  • Ara Tuhono, Puhoi-Warkworth highway lead auditor on terrestrial impact assessment and specialist herpetological assistance with search and recovery for relocation
  • Brookby Quarry expansion Clevedon – consenting and post consent management
  • NZTA projects: SH16; Transmission Gully; Huntly bypass; Puhoi-Warkworth
  • Hobsonville Point special housing area
  • Wind generation feasibility study, Tonga