B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Hons) (Freshwater Ecology) and P.G. Dip (Resource Studies).
Melissa has worked in the resource management and environmental fields since 1999, as a Senior Consents Investigating Officer and Water Quality Scientist for Environment Canterbury for seven years; a Town Planner at a District Council in the UK for a year; and since 2007 as an Environmental Consultant.
Melissa has technical expertise in designing, implementing and reporting on freshwater ecological assessments, including fish, macro-invertebrate and habitat assessments. In addition, she has extensive experience in the preparation of resource consents for a range of activities required for both Regional and District Councils, including dairy conversions, surface and groundwater abstractions and land-use activities. Some recent projects include the preparation of resource consents and carrying out in-stream assessments for the proposed Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2; and for a large-scale dairy conversion.
Melissa currently farms with her husband in North Canterbury where they crop and run dairy grazers. This farming experience combines well with her employment and gives her a good understand of the issues farmers face and practical ways to ensure good environmental outcomes.