Our People

Keystone Ecology staff are experienced in their field and aim to deliver objective results. All of our staff are passionate about what they do and will work with our clients to achieve the best outcome for both them and the habitat concerned.

Niall Mugan, B.Sc. (Hons.)

General Manager

Niall is a life-long conservationist and passionate ornithologist. He has previously worked for the National Trust in the UK, for Birdwatch Ireland, and as a Ranger for the Teignbridge District Council in Devon, England. Niall started Keystone Ecology here in New Zealand in 2013 with the aim of providing sound ecological guidance and long-term environmental solutions for the Canterbury region.

Vicki Meyer, B.Sc.

Senior Field Ecologist, Health and Safety Officer

Vicki has been in the conservation industry for over eight years. Prior to joining Keystone Ecology in 2014, she spent a number of years with the Department of Conservation in Christchurch, during which time she worked in pest fish management, weed control, and threatened species monitoring. Vicki is passionate about all aspects of conservation, with a particular interest in aquatic species monitoring and habitat management.

David Harper

Field Ecologist

David moved to New Zealand from the UK 8 years ago to travel and work as a Civil Engineer (Meng Civil Engineering) on the Christchurch rebuild. He immediately fell in love with the country and has spent all his free time since exploring and enjoying New Zealand’s wild places. This passion prompted him to move away from Engineering in late 2020 and into a role where he can be part of enhancement and maintainence of the great New Zealand outdoors.

Emily Lawrence, B.Sc.

Field Ecologist

Emily has a passionate interest in sustainable environmental management. After graduating with a degree in Ecology from the University of Otago, she spent four years working weed control and horticulture in the UK, and joined Keystone Ecology in 2020 upon her return to New Zealand. Emily thrives on being outdoors and has a lifelong motivation to conserve and protect the natural environment.

Katherine Turton

Field Ecologist

Katherine graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2017 with a BSc in Geological Sciences and a keen interest in climate history and ecology. After 3 years office and field experience creating covenants over blocks of native bush for a company in the New Plymouth, she has returned to Canterbury to pursue a career in conservation. She has a passion for New Zealand’s biodiversity and loves to get out and experience it through surfing and hiking.