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Sjaan Bidwell BSc (Hons), PhD (Botany)
Team Leader – Botany (Victoria)

Sjaan is the team leader of the Victorian botany team and a principal botanist and project manager. Sjaan has over 20 years’ experience in ecological assessments, environmental approvals and environmental management. Having worked within state and local government and environmental consulting, Sjaan brings an in depth understanding of biodiversity legislation and policies, regulator expectations, project planning and constraints. Sjaan has contributed to a number of state significant projects.

Sjaan has a passion for botany and unique flora. Her PhD involved a comprehensive search for Australian native plants that accumulate metals such as nickel and manganese, which led to the discovery of Australia’s first known hyperaccumulator of manganese in Queensland: Gossia bidwillii.

Sjaan is driven by the opportunity to explore different environments and landscapes through ecological surveys. She specialises in designing and implementing ecological monitoring programs aimed at measuring effectiveness of management actions, and monitoring progress towards achieving environmental outcomes.

Sjaan is a proficient senior project manager who has overseen large, complex and often multidisciplinary projects for a range of government (Commonwealth, state, regional and local) and infrastructure clients (energy, water, transport and mining sectors). This work included convening stakeholder and project working groups related to biodiversity conservation, impacts and management.

Sjaan recently completed training in Lead Auditor in Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 19011:2018) with SAI Global. She uses these skills to assist Biosis’ clients in monitoring environmental compliance and improving their environmental management practices and procedures.

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