Our Team

Marcus Kohler BA(Hons) MCIEEM
Founder and Director

Marcus has over 30 years’ experience as an ecologist and founded the award-winning business of MKA Ecology in 1998.

He brings to the business his excellent knowledge of British habitats and protected species, his expertise in working alongside professionals of all disciplines on complex projects and a determination to deliver service of the highest quality as efficiently as possible. Providing professional ecological services on projects as diverse as long-term gravel extraction, landfill and recreational landscaping, through pipelines and motorway widening has helped him build a considerable portfolio of ecological consultancy skills. He is client focused, committed to finding workable solutions and, where possible, to adding value.

Marcus also has extensive overseas ecological experience, having worked and travelled extensively in South East Asia, Australasia and Africa. He has over fifteen years’ experience as a wildlife tour leader, specializing in Madagascar, but also taking groups to many other destinations across four continents. Marcus has helped develop wildlife tour itineraries for several clients and has a deep understanding of international eco-tourism.

Marcus is a full member of the ecologists’ professional body, CIEEM and as with all of the MKA Ecology team, Marcus is a registered CSCS card holder.

To discuss your ecology needs with Marcus, give us a call, or email marcus@mkaecology.co.uk

William O’Connor

William O’Connor BSc(Hons) MSc CEcol MCIEEM
Director and Principal Ecologist

With over 10 years’ experience of ecological consultancy with MKA Ecology, Will has been leading our team of ecologists since becoming a Director in 2012 and has managed a diverse range of projects from large scale residential development, to bespoke Paragraph 79 house builds.

Typically taking the ecology lead in project design teams to achieve ecological compliance, he will also add value with appropriate ecological enhancement. In projects which are not development led, Will has a track record in sensitive biodiversity enhancement within historic landscapes.

Will’s expert knowledge of British wildlife and ecology combine with his thorough understanding of the planning process to result in recommendations in keeping with the scale of impact and surrounding landscape. This facilitates sustainable development, meaning successful projects and satisfied clients. He leads the production of ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessment at MKA.

A full member of the ecologists’ professional body, CIEEM, Will holds great crested newt and bat licences and is the named ecologist on many Natural England bat and badger licences.

He is an active committee member of Cambridgeshire Bat Group and committee member designate of the East of England committee of CIEEM. As with all of the MKA Ecology team, Will is a registered CSCS card holder.

To discuss your ecology needs with Will, give us a call, or email will@mkaecology.co.uk

Jane Kohler

Jane Kohler LLB(Hons)
Executive Director

Jane joined MKA Ecology in 2004, with 14 years’ experience as a commercial solicitor in two major international law firms.

Bringing the skills she developed working at a high level in successful and professional organizations to the management of the business, she is responsible for aspects as diverse as financial management, human resources, operational procedures, regulatory compliance and quality control. Recognising the importance of demonstrating MKA Ecology’s commitment to quality of service and to health and safety, she has successfully steered it to accreditations in quality – ISO 9001:2015 and health and safety with Alcumus:Safecontractor.

Jane enjoys promoting the excellent services offered by MKA Ecology and helps to ensure that the team abides by its watchwords: quality and teamwork.

To discuss MKA Ecology with Jane, give her a call, or email jane@mkaecology.co.uk

Felix Bird

Felix Bird BSc Grad CIEEM
Consultant Ecologist

Joining MKA Ecology in 2018 Felix, a graduate in Biology launched his career as an ecological consultant on the basis of a lifelong interest in natural history.

Ranging from botany to birds, Felix has a comprehensive understanding of British wildlife, developed over years of volunteering for the RSPB and biological records centres.  Felix’s interest in the natural world has been a focus of his travels to biodiverse destinations including Madagascar and Borneo. A student member of the ecologists’ professional body, CIEEM, like all of the MKA Ecology team, Felix is a registered CSCS card holder.

To discuss your ecology needs with Felix, give us a call, or email felix@mkaecology.co.uk

Robert Bishop

Robert Bishop MBiolSci(Hons) Grad CIEEM
Consultant Ecologist

Robert joined MKA Ecology shortly after completing his Masters in 2018 as a graduate ecologist.

During his studies Robert has strengthened his ecological experience as a member of his University’s Natural History Society and by undertaking field based research in Borneo and Peru. Closer to home he has further developed his practical and communication skills whilst volunteering for the RSPB in his local reserve at Rye Meads. His ecological consultancy experience is well underway following summer placements where he had the opportunity to carry out a range of protected species surveys. To discuss your ecology needs with Robert, give us a call, or email robert@mkaecology.co.uk

Robert Bishop

Evan Burdett BSc (Hons), MSc
Graduate Ecologist

Evan Joined MKA Ecology as a graduate ecologist in March 2021 after completing an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia.

During his Master’s degree, Evan learned about theoretical and practical aspects of ecology; hisresearch focused on the use of energy infrastructure by breeding birds. He has a range of volunteerexperience in the UK and abroad, from assisting with small mammal surveys at his local nature reserve to bird surveys in southern Mexico and the Strait of Gibraltar. Evan is also an aspiring botanist, after completing a course in botany last year he has been actively seeking to develop his botanical skills. At MKA Ecology Evan is developing his skills in ecological consultancy.

To discuss your ecology needs with Evan, give us a call, or email evan@mkaecology.co.uk

Sam

Sam Cook
Project Coordinator

Sam joined MKA in June 2021, having gained experience in data analysis and project support in the financial services sector.

Sam will bring these skills to MKA Ecology to support with project operations, co-ordinating resources and managing the logistical aspect of surveys. Sam has had a lifelong interest in ecology and is currently studying part-time for a Masters in Sustainability and Ecology at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Sam’s studies are focussed on the benefits of nature for people. Sam has also volunteered with street dogs in Thailand and with BirdLife Malta.

To contact Sam, give us a call, or email sam@mkaecology.co.uk

James Heywood

James Heywood MA, MSc, Ph.D. ACIEEM
Senior Ecologist

James holds an MA and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Cambridge and MSc from UEA in Norwich.

James has interests across a wide range of ecological disciplines, from field ornithology to statistics and data analysis. Before MKA, he has authored and contributed to a range of publications, most recently contributing to research into the efficacy of conservation interventions for breeding waders in lowland wet grassland systems. He regularly contributes to our ornithology and bat survey work. James’ previous career in Data Science makes him well placed to advise regularly with the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain assessments and he regularly provides GIS and data analysis advice within the team. In addition to his ornithological and analytical interests, James is an aspiring botanist and is working towards taking on more specialist botanical work; he currently holds a Level 3 BSBI FISC Certificate. He also holds a level 1 survey licence for great crested newt.

James is an Associate Member of the ecologists’ professional body, CIEEM, and like all of the MKA Ecology team, James is a registered CSCS cardholder.

To discuss your ecology needs with James, give us a call, or email jamesh@mkaecology.co.uk

Ellen Miller

Ellen Miller BA(Hons) Qualifying CIEEM member
Graduate Ecologist

Ellen joined MKA Ecology as a graduate ecologist in 2019 after undertaking fieldwork in Borneo and an internship with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

During her Natural Sciences degree at the University of Cambridge, she studied a broad range of topics from evolution and ecology to volcanology. After completing her studies, Ellen volunteered at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust which strengthened her interest in pursuing an ecological career. She is developing her ecological consultancy experience and is working towards CIEEM Qualifying membership.

To discuss your ecology needs with Ellen, give us a call, or email ellen@mkaecology.co.uk

Libby Pool

Libby Pool BSc(Hons) Qualifying CIEEM member
Graduate Ecologist

Libby joined MKA Ecology as a graduate ecologist in August 2020 after completing her degree at the University of Sheffield. During her studies, Libby volunteered for the Wildlife Trust where she gained experience in great crested newt surveys, harvest mouse surveys and woodland condition monitoring.

During her Ecology and Conservation degree, Libby studied a range of modules, including animal and plant physiology, theoretical ecology and environmental change. Her studies took her to Sweden, where she conducted research into the long-term effects of extreme winter warming on sub-Arctic vegetation. At MKA Ecology, Libby is developing her experience in ecological consultancy and working towards CIEEM Qualifying membership.

To discuss your ecology needs with Libby, give us a call, or email libby@mkaecology.co.uk

Josh Pryke

Josh Pryke BSc(Hons) Qualifying CIEEM member
Graduate Ecologist

Josh joined MKA Ecology as a graduate ecologist in 2020 after working in the ecological sector for two years.  Josh has experience of great crested newt, bat, dormouse and water vole surveys as well as acting as ecological clerk of works on construction projects.

Josh is a Qualifying member of CIEEM and has experience in undertaking a range of protected species surveys, with a particular focus on bats after volunteering with North Buckinghamshire Bat Group. Josh is working towards his protected species licences.

To discuss your ecology needs with Josh, give us a call, or email josh@mkaecology.co.uk

Andy Symes

Rory Roche BSc(Hons) ACIEEM
Senior Ecologist

Having joined MKA Ecology in 2020, Rory is an experienced ecological consultant who is passionate about working with clients and multi-disciplinary teams to enable development which protects and enhances the environment.

With Marcus, Rory is currently growing the London practice of MKA Ecology. Rory is familiar with a diverse range of ecological survey and mitigation techniques and has an excellent knowledge of terrestrial habitats and species ecology, wildlife and planning legislation and systems.

He is well versed in undertaking preliminary ecological appraisals, protected species surveys, Natural England licence applications and ecological clerk of works duties. His consultancy experience spans projects relating to housing and commercial development, road and rail schemes and nationally significant infrastructure projects. Able to produce comprehensive and client focused reports, he is an accomplished project manager, developing strong relationships with his clients and team members.

An associate member of the ecologists’ professional body, CIEEM, Rory also holds both great crested newt licence and bat survey licences. Like all of the MKA Ecology team, he is a registered CSCS card holder.

To discuss your ecology needs with Rory, give us a call, or email rory@mkaecology.co.uk

Andy Symes

Jo Sykes BSc(Hons) Qualifying CIEEM member
Graduate Ecologist

Jo joined MKA Ecology in April 2021, after working in the ecological consultancy sector for two years. She has experience undertaking various protected species surveys, translocations, ECoW and Phase 1 surveys.

During her time as an ecological consultant, Jo has authored a wide range of reports to support planning applications. She is a Qualifying member of CIEEM, working towards Associate level membership and is a registered CSCS card holder. Jo is also progressing towards holding a class 1 bat licence and class 1 great crested newt licence.  To discuss your ecology needs with Jo, give us a call, or email jo@mkaecology.co.uk 
Andy Symes

Andy Symes BSc(Hons) MSc ACIEEM
Consultant Ecologist

With over 10 years’ experience as a conservation scientist, ecological consultant and ornithologist, Andy joined MKA Ecology in 2018.

His primary focus is on ornithology, having spent many years at Birdlife International coordinating the annual global IUCN Red List assessment process for over 11,000 bird species. Closer to home his considerable skills in identifying UK and European bird species by sound and sight is a very welcome addition to the MKA team. A lifelong naturalist, Andy also has excellent knowledge of British plants, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. His excellent grounding in research, analysis and writing for a variety of audiences lends itself to his ability to produce comprehensive, compliant and easily digested reports for MKA clients. To discuss your ecology needs with Andy, give us a call, or email andy@mkaecology.co.uk

Rupert Houghton

Megan Stigling, BSc (Hons), MSc
Graduate Ecologist

Megan joined MKA Ecology as a graduate ecologist in March 2021 after completing a master’s degree in Species Identification and Survey Skills at the University of Reading.

During her master’s degree Megan studied a range of consultancy skills linked to UK wildlife as well as both practical and theoretical ecology. Throughout her studies she completed a 6 month placement working as a graduate ecologist where she was able to assist in surveys for great crested newt, bats, reptiles, dormice, badgers and water vole. She is continuing to develop her ecological consultancy experience with MKA Ecology and is working towards CIEEM Qualifying membership. Megan is a CSCS card holder.

To discuss your ecology needs with Megan, give us a call, or email megan@mkaecology.co.uk

India Wedge

India Wedge BSc(Hons) Qualifying CIEEM member
Graduate Ecologist

India joined MKA Ecology as a graduate ecologist in January 2020. During her degree at the University of East Anglia, India studied a wide range of topics covering both practical and theoretical ecology.

She strengthened her ecological experiences whilst studying abroad in Australia where she gained skills in many different aspects of ecology, particularly entomology, whilst working for La Trobe University’s ecology department. After completing her studies India volunteered for the National Trust as the Large Blue butterfly ranger which reinforced her interest in pursuing an ecological career. Since joining MKA Ecology India has begun working towards protected species licences and has gained Qualifying CIEEM membership.

To discuss your ecology needs with India, give us a call, or email india@mkaecology.co.uk

Gabrielle Wilbur

Gabrielle Wilbur BSc Grad ACIEEM
Senior Ecologist

A native of New Zealand, Gabrielle joined MKA Ecology in 2015 and has considerable experience in undertaking preliminary ecological appraisals, protected species surveys and translocations as well as ecological clerk of works duties.

She has a developing passion for botany and has carried out more specialised surveys, including the National Vegetation Classification having achieved level 4 accreditation on the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland botanical field skills pyramid. The author of many fully compliant, client focussed reports, she is an accomplished project manager, developing strong relationships with her clients. Her consultancy experience ranges across brown field sites, to rural developments and large inner city housing developments.

A graduate member of the ecologists’ professional body, CIEEM, Gabrielle holds a great crested newt licence and like all of the MKA Ecology team, she is a registered CSCS card holder.

To discuss your ecology needs with Gabrielle, give us a call, or email gabrielle@mkaecology.co.uk

Why you should consider a career at MKA Ecology

Quality and teamwork are our watchwords. Our excellent reputation is built on the skills and expertise of our people. We invest in our team to ensure we have fulfilling, rewarding and successful careers. Our supportive and nurturing environment leads to excellent service delivery for our clients and a sustainable and thriving future for us all. We are always open to approaches from applicants who would fit well into such a team – if that’s you then do get in touch.

If you are interested in joining us then contact Jane Kohler by email in the first instance. All enquiries will be dealt with confidentially.