Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Senior Ecologist


Nathan is a botanist and vegetation scientist from Sydney and joined Kessels Ecology after moving to Hamilton in 2017. Nathan has 20 years’ experience in the fields of natural area management and ecological consulting. Nathan has managed and provided the technical expertise for a range of vegetation surveys and mapping, vegetation management plans, bush regeneration and mine site rehabilitation projects, ecological monitoring surveys, opportunities and constraints assessments, terrestrial and aquatic ecological assessments, reviews of environmental factors and impact assessments. He has managed projects at both the State and Commonwealth level in Australia. A key strength of Nathan’s is his adaptability to a diverse range of environments involving ecological survey and assessment. In particular, he has carried out and managed ecological surveys in Western Cape York, North-eastern NSW, the NSW Central Coast, the Illawarra and Sydney Catchment Area, NSW Western Slopes and Plains, the New England Tableland (NSW), ACT and Southern Alps, Riverina (NSW) and also Victoria. As a project manager, Nathan is skilled in developing scopes of work for ecological assessments and restoration plans, client liaison, resource allocation, scheduling, cost estimation, report writing, technical review and staff supervision. Importantly, Nathan has a well-rounded capability in applying current guidelines for native vegetation and threatened species and Biobanking Assessment Methodology within budgetary and time constraints. He has also been involved in several high profile and controversial projects requiring sensitivity towards various stakeholders.


  • B Sc. (Resource & Environmental Management) – Macquarie University NSW, 1996
  • BIOL226 – Flora of New Zealand, University of Waikato, 2016 (achieving an A grade)
  • Accredited BioBanking Assessor (offsetting), NSW, since 2009 (current)
  • Cert. IV Bush Regeneration – Ryde TAFE NSW, 2001
  • Statement of Attainment, GIS – Sydney Institute of Technology, 2001

Key Skills

  • Vegetation survey, mapping and multi-variate analysis
  • Vegetation condition assessment and management
  • Habitat restoration
  • Mine site rehabilitation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (NSW, Qld, Commonwealth)
  • Offsetting; BioBanking, FBA (Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification and EPBC Act Offsets Calculator
  • Ecological survey, monitoring and analysis
  • Project management and delivery
  • Stakeholder liaison, training and technical advice to government, NGO, volunteer and private organisations
  • Report writing and technical review
  • Staff supervision and training
  • Management of the integration of cultural heritage and aquatic ecology in assessments

A happy marriage of my interests in being outside and geography, history and science, conservation and action.


  • Botany and floristic survey
  • vegetation mapping
  • environmental impact assessment
  • offsetting
  • ecological restoration

Society Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Ecological Consultants Association of NSW
  • Accredited BioBanking Assessor (offset mechanism in NSW)
  • Waikato Botanical Society
  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network

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