Jessica Feickert


MSc (Hons), BSc, BA


Specialising in

  • Marine ecology
  • Marine taxonomy

Jessica is part of a team that measures the impact of projects on the environment – everything from causeways and highways to marinas. While her focus has been on the sea, she also monitors the impacts on the freshwater environment.

It’s work that analyses sediment, water, shellfish and marine animals like crabs and worms for the chemicals and metals washed off our roads, structures and other projects. It’s practical work that’s crucial to helping designers and engineers understand the impact of their work and what has to be done to stop or repair any damage.

The attraction for Jessica is that everything she does is for a positive impact. She does it for the love of the pure science of the work – the technical challenge. Her work involves preliminary and progressive monitoring of projects, analysis and recommendations for any remediation.

Jessica completed her degree at the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory in 2013, and while completing her degree worked at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium –  yes, she did feed the sharks. She joined Babbage in 2015 when Bioresearches became part of Babbage Consultants.


Key projects include

  • Ara Tuhono, Puhoi-Warkworth highway preconstruction marine ecological assessment
  • SH16 causeway upgrade marine monitoring programme, Auckland
  • Watercare pond recovery monitoring programme, Manukau Harbour
  • Refining NZ channel dredge and disposal ecological assessment, Marsden Point