About Us

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About Us

BAAM was established in Brisbane in 2001 to provide terrestrial fauna ecology consulting services. Since that time the company has grown to include botanical expertise, ecological restoration and fauna spotting services. For projects requiring specific expertise we source contribution from within our significant network of ecological specialists to ensure the rigour of our work.

BAAM has grown to be one of Queensland’s leading specialist ecological consultants and has delivered over 2500 individual projects for over 500 clients in the past 20 years. This work has been carried out within in all sectors including Local, State and Commonwealth government, mining, gas, infrastructure, industry and urban development. Many of these projects have been undertaken for repeat customers – testament to the high quality and reliability of our services.

BAAM Directors and key staff are members of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and are Certified Environmental Practitioners (CEnvPs). As CEnvPs we are bound to, and fully support, the EIANZ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Our clients and colleagues can be assured that our work will always be undertaken in the spirit of the Code, with competence and integrity.

A copy of EIANZ’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is available here.

We are committed to ensuring a healthy and safe environment for our employees and those we work with. To achieve this goal, BAAM has a robust and integrated quality, health, safety and environmental management system (IMS) that has been developed in accordance with the requirements of international standards. BAAM’s health and safety management system outlines the commitment, policies and procedures that are in place to eliminate work-related injuries and illness.

We have dedicated staff that ensure our policies and procedures remain current and consistent with relevant standards and client requirements and undertake routine audits to assess staff compliance and implement corrective measures, as necessary.

BAAM can ensure our client’s health and safety requirements are fully understood and integrated with our management systems. We actively work with our clients to ensure appropriate procedures; risk assessments and training are in place to manage risks effectively. This includes ensuring:

  • Our field personnel are fully inducted, completing any necessary inductions and risk management processes.
  • All field personnel are equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to undertake their work in a healthy and safe manner. This means they can take responsibility for the health, safety and environmental aspects of field work, complete vehicle checks and actively participate in pre-start safety meetings.
  • Development of comprehensive Job Safety Procedures, in the relevant client format, for all field components of our work, considering significant site-based and activity related risks.
  • When in the field, our field personnel regularly review the Job Safety Procedures and undertake further risk assessments where new tasks are identified. Vehicle checks are also a standard requirement.
  • Suitable and safe PPE, tools and equipment which are fit for purpose are provided. The field team carries out the necessary equipment inspections, including vehicle checks.
  • BAAM has an established and proactive hazard, incident and accident reporting procedure in place that includes effective communication and consultation with clients.

BAAM has established and maintains quality policies and procedures compatible with international standards to ensure that our clients are provided with the services contracted. Management and staff at BAAM are committed to achieving our policy objectives by providing a service that satisfies our client’s needs and fulfils their expectations.

BAAM holds a current Scientific Purposes permit and Animal Ethics Approval to conduct ecological surveys in Queensland, and a Rehabilitation Permit allowing our staff to undertake fauna spotting-catching activities. We also hold a General Fisheries Permit to take and release fish resources from Queensland waters for the purposes of research and monitoring.

BAAM has a current Scientific Licence for ecological surveys, and accreditation as an Animal Research Establishment to undertake fauna surveys in New South Wales.

BAAM is prequalified to provide services by a range of organisations including consultants (such as Advisian, Aecom, Jacobs and Stantec), government and semi-government organisations or procurement platforms (including Queensland Engineering Consultant Scheme, Transport and Main Roads Panel, Local Buy Register – including as a Flying-fox Roost Management Consultancy, Seqwater, Ipswich City Council Independent Review Panel, Economic Development Queensland, Brisbane City Council Expert Witness Panel), and a range of other bodies (such as Brisbane Airport Corporation, Holcim Australia, ARTC Inland Rail Environmental Services, BHP Billiton, QYAC).

Our Professional Indemnity insurance is $10,000,000 for any one claim. The policy covers claims for Civil Liability including contractual liability arising from the conduct of our Professional Business Practice. The Insurer is Berkley Insurance Australia.

Our Public Liability limit is $20,000,000, and Products Liability limit is $20,000,000. The Insurer is Berkley Insurance Australia.

All BAAM staff are insured by WorkCover Queensland, with independent insurance for the company directors.

We advertise available positions on NRMJobs, although we are always interested in meeting talented ecologists who may be suitable to join our team. We invite you to email your cv to info@baamecology.com

As described in Dr Guy Castley’s 2010 successful nomination of BAAM for an EIANZ award for outstanding professional service, the seed for the Glossy Black Conservancy was planted in the sands of North Stradbroke Island in 2005, when BAAM directors Adrian Caneris and Glen Ingram grappled with the frustration of a lack of information and understanding of the management requirements for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo while drawing up management prescriptions for threatened species for Redland Shire Council.

The idea was to form a multi-institutional and cross jurisdictional approach to managing a wide-ranging threatened species, and to achieve this BAAM lobbied local councils, birding groups and other stakeholders.

We have continued to play a key role in expanding Conservancy Membership and maintaining impetus in the organisation and delivery of Conservancy activities. The Conservancy itself has provided leadership in environmental management through its use of Consultative processes for delivering on its strategic vision.

The Conservancy now has partner organisations that include eight local Government councils – from Tweed Shire to Fraser Coast, a catchment group, an ecotourism business, Griffith University Environmental Futures Research Institute and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES). Together these organisation have an important influence on the management of lands within the core distribution of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo in both SEQ and northern NSW, an area where rapidly expanding development continues to put pressure on a threatened species with highly specialised habitat requirements.

Conservancy success has been achieved by integrating the collective and inter disciplinary strengths of partner organisations.

Education and awareness have been promoted through a schools education and tree planting projects, fact sheets, newsletters, the Conservancy’s website (http://www.glossyblack.org.au) and an annual birding day to census the region’s Glossy Black-Cockatoo population.
Information sharing is made possible through a centralised, online sightings database that enables community members to report sightings.

Delivery of management advice has culminated in the publication of the Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservation Guidelines for South-eastern Queensland and Far North-eastern New South Wales, which summarises the ecology and threats faced by the species, and outlines research and management actions needed to conserve the species. BAAM staff played a central role in facilitating and contributing to the Conservancy workshops that produced the guidelines.

If your organisation operates within the distribution range of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo as shown on Figure 1, please contact us at info@baamecology.com to see how you can become involved in the Conservancy.

Figure 1: Overlapping distribution of Glossy BlackCockatoo (GBC), Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (RTBC) and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (YTBC) in eastern Australia

Source: https://glossyblack.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Glossy-Black-Fact-Sheet-4.pdf

In press

Lloyd, P., Driscoll, P.V., Coleman, J.T., Cross, L. & Rothlisberg, P.C. (in review). Shorebird use of the Port of Brisbane, Queensland: insights from 30 years of monitoring. Corella.

Lloyd, P., Popple, L.W. & Thomson, C.N. (in press). Managing and monitoring the potential impacts of a new highway construction on Pink Underwing Moth, a threatened invertebrate. Australian Entomologist.

2024 Publications

Lloyd, P., Driscoll, P.V. & Bosshard, S. (2024). Changes in shorebird use of the Maroochy River estuary, Sunshine Coast, Queensland over 25 years. Corella 48: 39-48.

2023 Publications

Lloyd, P. & Coleman, J.T. (2023). Natal dispersal, philopatry and cooperative breeding in Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis. Emu – Austral Ornithology DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2023.2276328.

2021 Publications

Yong, D. L., Heim, W., Chowdhury, S., Choi, C., Ktitorov, P., Kulikova, O., Kondratyev, A., P.D. Round., D. Allen, C. R. Trainor, L. Gibson. & J. K. Szabo. (2021). The State of Migratory Landbirds in the East Asian Flyway: Distributions, Threats, and Conservation Needs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9.

2020 Publications

Boyce, A. J., Mouton, J. C., Lloyd, P., Wolf, B. O., & Martin, T. E. (2020). Metabolic rate is negatively linked to adult survival but does not explain latitudinal differences in songbirds. Ecology Letters 23: 642-652. doi: 10.1111/ele.13464.

Williams, E. R. (2020) Seasonal occupancy of abandoned mines by cave-dwelling bats in the western Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Zoology 67:301-304.

2019 Publications

Jansen, D. Y., Lloyd, P., Oschadleus, H.D. & Altwegg, R. (2019). Survival synchonicity in two avian insectivore communities. Ibis DOI: 10.25375/uct.9432221.

Irham, M, Ashari, H, Suparno, Trainor, C.R, Verbelen, P., Wu, M.Y. and F.E. Rheindt (2019) A new Myzomela honeyeater (Meliphagidae) from the highlands of Alor Island, Indonesia. Journal of Ornithology, 161(1): 313-324.

Williams, E. R. & Thomson, B. G. (2019) Aspects of the foraging and roosting biology of the Large-eared pied bat Chalinolobus dwyeri in the western Blue Mountains. Australian Mammalogy 41(2): 212-219.

2018 Publications

Ng, N., Prawiradilaga, D., Ng, E.Y.X., Suparno, S., Ashari, H., Trainor, C.R., Verbelen, P. and Rheindt FR. (2018). A striking new species of leaf warbler from the Lesser Sundas as uncovered through morphology and genomics. Scientific Reports, 8: 15646.

Seehausen, M, da Silva Pinto, R.M, Trainor, C.R., and J.P Lopes (2018) Further records of Odonata from Timor Island, with the first photographs of living Nososticta impercepta (Odonata: Platycnemididae) and additional records from Rote and Romang. Faunistic Studies in South-east Asian and Pacific Island Odonata, 25: 1-73.

2017 Publications

Ball, A. D., van Dijk, R. E., Lloyd, P., Pogány, Á, Dawson, D. A., Dorus, S. Bowie, R. C. K., Burke, T. & Szekely, T. (2017). Levels of extra-pair paternity are associated with parental care in penduline tits (Remizidae). Ibis, 159: 449–455.

Bosque, C., Bosque, C. D. & Lloyd, P. (2017). Diet and time-activity budget of White-backed Mousebirds Colius colius in south-western South Africa. Ostrich, 1–6.

Gwee, C. Y., Christidis, L., Eaton, J.A., Norman, J.A.., Trainor, C. R., Verbelen, P. & F.R. Rheindt (2017) Bioacoustic and multi-locus DNA data of Ninox owls support high incidence of extinction and recolonisation on small, low-lying islands across Wallacea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 109: 246-28.

Lloyd, P., Frauenknecht, B. D., du Plessis, M. A. & Martin, T. E. (2017). Comparative life history of the south temperate Cape Penduline Tit (Anthoscopus minutus) and north temperate Remizidae species. Journal of Ornithology, 158: 569–577.

2016 Publications

Imansyah, M. J., Purwandana, D., Ariefandy, A., Benu, Y. J., Jessop, T. S. & Trainor, C.R. (2016) Valley-floor censuses of the critically endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo Cacatua sulphurea occidentalis population on Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, point to a steep population decline over a six-year period. Forktail. 32: 66-71.

Jones, S. & C.R. Trainor (2016). First record of Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotus for Bali Island, Indonesia, at Serangan Island in Benoa Bay. Wader Study 123(2): 151-153.

Lloyd, P. & Martin, T. E. (2016). Fledgling survival increases with development time and adult survival across north and south temperate zones. Ibis 158: 135–143.

Lloyd, P., Martin, T. E., Taylor, A., Braae, A. & Altwegg, R. (2016). Age, sex and social influences on adult survival in the co-operatively breeding Karoo scrub-robin. Emu 116: 394–401.

Moyes, C.L., Huang. Z., Shearer, F., Wiebe, A., Gibson, H., Nijman, V., Mohd-Azlan, J., Brodie, J.F., Malaivijitnond, S., Linkie, M., Samejima, H., O’Brien, T.G., Trainor, C.R., Hamada, Y., Newton, P.N,, Iqbal R.F., Elyazar, M.E. Sinka, Vythilingam, I., Bangs, M.J., Weiss, D., Golding, N., Hay, S.I. (2016). The geographical distribution of the macaque hosts and mosquito vectors of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria and their relationship with forest cover. Vectors & Parasites 9: 242.

Trainor, C.R., Knuckey, C.G., and Firth, R.C.S. (2016). New bird records from the Fortescue Marsh and associated claypans, Pilbara bioregion, Western Australia. Australian Field Ornithologist 33: 61-81.

Arnold, S. & Williams, E. R. (2016) Quantification of the inevitable: The influence of soil macrofauna on soil water movement in rehabilitated open-cut mined lands. SOIL 2: 41-48.

2015 Publications

Martin,T. E., Oteyza, J., Mitchell, A., Potticary, A. L. & Lloyd, P. (2015). Postnatal growth rates covary weakly with embryonic development rates and do not explain adult mortality probability among songbirds on four continents. American Naturalist 185: 380-389.

Trainor, C.R, Trainer, J. and Knuckey, C.G. (2015). A first inland record of Redshank Tringa sp. in the Pilbara bioregion, Western Australia. Stilt 67: 8-10.

Searle, J. B., Prince, J. B., Stewart, D. & Lloyd, P. (2015). Breeding success of a subtropical Little Tern, Sternula albifrons sinensis, colony. Emu 116: 81–85.

Williams, E. R. & Thomson, B. G. (2015) Improving population estimates of Glossy Black-Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) using photo-identification. Emu – Austral Ornithology 115: 360-367.

2014 Publications

Johnstone, R. E., Hidayat, O,. Darnell, J. and Trainor, C. R. (2014) The avifauna of Semau, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia: taxonomy, conservation and ecology. The Western Australian Naturalist. 29(3): 162-221.

Lloyd, P., Abadi, F., Altwegg, R. & Martin, T. E. (2014). South temperate birds have higher apparent adult survival than tropical birds in Africa. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 493–500. doi: 10.1111/jav.00454.

Ribeiro, Â. M., Lloyd, P., Dean, W. R. J., Brown, M. & Bowie, R. C. K. (2014). The Ecological and Geographic Context of Morphological and Genetic Divergence in an Understorey-Dwelling Bird. PLoS ONE 9: e85903. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085903.

Doley, D. & Williams, E. R. (2014) Biological sampling and monitoring, in: CASANZ Air Pollution Measurement Manual, Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Williams, E. R., Seabrook, L., Adams-Hosking, C., Schoettker, B., Erskine, P. D. & McAlpine, C. (2014) The Potential Impacts of Coal Seam Gas on Biodiversity in Australia: Identification of knowledge gaps and research priorities, 47 pages. Technical report to the Centre for Coal Seam Gas, University of Queensland.

Glenn, V., Doley, D., Unger, C., McCaffrey, N., McKenna, P., Gillespie, M. & Williams, E.R. (2014) Mined land rehabilitation – Is there a gap between regulatory guidance and successful relinquishment? AusIMM Bulletin June (3): 48-54.

2013 Publications

Andersen, A.N, Kuhout, R.J and Trainor, C.R. (2013). Biogeography of Timor and surrounding Wallacean islands: endemism in ants of the genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith. Diversity 5:139-148.

Lloyd, P., Sanders, M., Reis, T. & Abbott, A. (2013). Targeted trapping surveys shed new light on the distribution and habitat characteristics of the Carpentarian pseudantechinus (Pseudantechinus mimulus), a threatened dasyurid marsupial. Australian Mammalogy https://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AM12027.

Noske, R.A., Mulyani, E. A. & Lloyd, P. (2013). Nesting beside old nests, but not over water, increases current nest survival in a tropical mangrove-dwelling warbler. Journal of Ornithology 154: 517-523.

Sangster, G., King, B.F., Verbelen, P and Trainor, C. R (2013). A New Owl Species of the Genus Otus (Aves: Strigidae) from Lombok, Indonesia. PLoS ONE 8 (2): e53712.

Trainor, C. R., Debus, S. J., Olsen, J, Norman, J. A. and Christidis, L. (2013). Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata renschi in the Lesser Sundas, Wallacea: distribution, taxonomic distinctiveness, likely origins and conservation status. Forktail 29: 100-106.

2012 Publications

Ribeiro, A., Lloyd, P., Feldheim, K, Bowie, R. C. K. (2012). Microgeographic socio-genetic structure of an African cooperative breeding passerine revealed: integrating behavioural and genetic data. Molecular Ecology 21: 662–672.

Trainor, C. R., Verbelen, P, and Johnstone, R. E. (2012). The avifauna of Alor and Pantar, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 28: 77-92.

Trainor, C. R. (2012) Breeding, plumages and vocalisations of Pied Chat Saxicola caprata pyrrhonota on Kisar Island, Lesser Sundas. Kukila 16: 32-38.

Trainor, C. R., Verbelen, F., and Hoste, S. (2012) Rediscovery of the Timor Bush-warbler Locustella (Bradypterus) timorensis on Alor and Timor, Wallacea: clarifying taxonomic affinities, defining habitat and survey recommendations. Bird Conservation International 22: 354-369.

Williams, E. R., Erskine, P.D., Mulligan, D. R. & Plowman, K. P. (2012) Using insect diversity for determining land restoration development: Examining the influence of grazing history on ant communities in rehabilitated pasture, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 163: 54-60.

2011 Publications

Kaiser, H, Carvalho, V. L, Ceballos, J, Freed, P, Heacox, S, Lester, B, J. Richards, S. J, Trainor, C.R., Sanchez, C., and O’Shea, M. (2011). The herpetofauna of Timor-Leste: a first report ZooKeys 109: 19-86.

Lloyd, P., Weeks, S., Magno-Canto, M., Plagányi, G. & Plagányi, E.E. (2011). Ocean warming alters species abundance patterns and increases species diversity in an African sub-tropical reef-fish community. Fisheries Oceanography 21: 78–94.

Martin, T. E., Lloyd, P., Bosque, C., Barton, D. C., Biancucci, L., Cheng, Y.-R. and Ton, R. (2011). Growth rate variation among passerine species in tropical and temperate sites: an antagonistic interaction between parental food provisioning and nest predation risk. Evolution 65: 1607-1622.

Ribeiro, A., Lloyd, P., Feldheim, K, Bowie, R.C.K. (2011). A tight balance between natural selection and gene flow in a southern African arid-zone endemic bird. Evolution 65: 3499-3514.

Schellekens, M., Trainor, C.R. and Duhan, G.U.U. (2011) New and significant bird records for Solor, Adonara, and Lembata (Lomblen) islands, Lesser Sundas. Kukila 15: 31-49.

Trainor, C. R. (2011). New island records of Eucalyptus alba sensu lato for Damar and Romang, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia. Northern Territory Naturalist 23: 45-53.

Trainor, C. R. (2011). Waterbirds and coastal seabirds of Timor-Leste (East Timor): new site records clarifying residence status, distribution and taxonomy. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 27: 63-72.

Trainor, C. R., Imanuddin, Walker, J (2011). Heuglin’s Gull Larus heuglini on Wetar Island, Banda Sea: the first Indonesian record. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 27: 90-91.

Trainor, C. R. (2011) Nest and eggs of the Island Thrush Turdus poliocephalus schlegelii, West Timor, Lesser Sundas. Kukila. 15: 109-114.

Williams, E. R., Mulligan, D. R., Erskine, P. D. & Plowman, K. P. (2011) Ant communities on a rehabilitated sand mine at North Stradbroke Island, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 117: 437-453.

2010 Publications

Trainor, C. R., Andersen, A. (2010). The ant fauna of Timor and neighbouring islands: potential bridges between the disjunct faunas of South East Asia and Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology. 58, 133-144.

2009 Publications

Lloyd, P., Taylor, W. A., du Plessis, M. A. and Martin, T. E. (2009). Females increase reproductive investment in response to helper-mediated improvements in allo-feeding, nest survival, nestling provisioning and post-fledging survival in the Karoo scrub-robin Cercotrichas coryphaeus. Journal of Avian Biology 40: 400-411.

Santana, F., Pinto, P., Hornay, C., Freitas, A., Pereira, D.S., Ferreira, F. S. and Trainor C. R. (2009). A lost world in Timor-Leste: Mundo Perdido: A profile of its biodiversity and conservation. MAF/BirdLife International/Charles Darwin University.

2008 Publications

Lloyd, P. (2008). Adult survival, dispersal and mate fidelity in the White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus. Ibis 150: 182-187.

2007 Publications

Baudains, T. P. and Lloyd, P. (2007). Habituation and habitat changes can moderate the impacts of human disturbance on shorebird breeding performance. Animal Conservation 10: 400-407.

Delport, W., Crowe, T.M., Lloyd, P. & Bloomer, P. (2007). Population growth complicates the inference of maternal gene flow between populations of the nomadic and partially migratory Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua). Journal of Heredity 98: 158-164.

Martin, T. E., Auer, S. K., Bassar, R.D., Niklison, A. and Lloyd, P. (2007). Geographic variation in avian incubation periods and parental influences on embryonic temperature. Evolution 61: 2558-2569.

Lloyd, P. (2007). Predator control, mesopredator release, and impacts on bird nesting success: a field test. African Zoology 42: 180-186.

2006 Publications

Martin, T.E., Bassar, R.D., Auer, S.K., Fontaine, J.J., Lloyd, P., Mathewson, H. Chalfoun, A. & Niklison, A. (2006). Life-history and ecological correlates of geographic variation in egg and clutch mass among passerine species. Evolution 60: 390-398.

Lloyd, P. (2006). Density-dependent nest predation: a field test. African Journal of Ecology 44: 293-295.

Lloyd, P. (2006). Book review: Monitoring bird populations using mistnets. Ostrich: 77: 114-115.

Lloyd, P., Martin, T. E., Redmond, R. L., Hart, M. M., Langner, U. & Bassar, R. D. (2006). Assessing the influence of spatial scale on the relationship between avian nesting success and forest fragmentation: a case study. In Wu, J. B., Jones, B., Li, H. and Loucks, O. L. (eds). Scaling and Uncertainty Analysis in Ecology. Columbia University Press. pp. 255-269.

2005 Publications

Lloyd, P., Martin, T.E., Redmond, R.L., Langner, U. & Hart, M.M. (2005). Habitat fragmentation affects ecological processes and bird population viability. Ecological Applications 15: 1504-1514.