Meet The LENZ Ltd Team
  1. Dr Antony Shadbolt
    Landscape Architect & Ecologist
  2. Andrew Crossland
    Ornithologist
  3. Scott Butcher
    Restoration & Community Development
  1. Richard Earl
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  2. Joanes Unggang
    Conservation Manager (Sarawak)
  3. Neil Challenger
    Senior Landscape Architect
Dr Antony Shadbolt
Landscape Architect/Ecologist
Antony is the Director of Landscape Ecology NZ Ltd. He has more than 30 years experience in the closely aligned fields of environmental horticulture, landscape architecture & planning, landscape ecology, and wildlife management & research. Antony has been a key driver in the re-establishment of native forest and its associated habitats across the Christchurch area, and for the past ten years has been conducting wildlife research and monitoring in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Antony has a National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture, a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture (Lincoln University) and both a Masters Degree and PhD in Forestry Science (University of Canterbury). He is a landscape architect and ecologist with the Christchurch City Council, and also holds the position of lecturer (forest ecology) at Lincoln University. 

He has been an active member of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust for more than ten years where he is currently the deputy chairperson of the board of management, and is also a member of the board of trustees of Trees for Canterbury. 

Andrew Crossland
Ornithologist
Andrew is a professional ornithologist with a first class honours degree in Environmental Geography and over 30 years experience researching and monitoring birdlife on waterways and wetlands in Canterbury. He works as a Project Manger (Wildllife Management & Pest Animal Control) for the Christchurch City Council’s Regional Parks Team and is a long-standing member of the Ornithological Society of NZ, holding the positions of “South Island Co-ordinator” for the National Wader Census and member of the National Records Appraisal Committee.

Andrew has specialist knowledge of braided river habitats and has studied the breeding biology and habitat requirements of a wide range of riverbed birds including: South Island Pied Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Black Stilt, Wrybill, Banded Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, Black-backed Gull, Black-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern and Black-fronted Tern. He has researched birds on braided riverbed habitats across the South Island, as well as in Taiwan, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. 

  
Scott Butcher
Restoration & Community Development
Scott's areas of expertise can be traced back to growing up on the edges of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary in Christchurch, New Zealand. This led to work as a research assistant monitoring the nesting of endemic braided river birds, which resulted in work that became critical in achieving a Conservation Order for the Rangitata River.

Scott's has also worked within regional and urban parks in Christchurch, Auckland and Sydney involving project management of the construction of park infrastructure across a wide range of projects. Contract management also formed a core element of these roles and managing urban parks maintenance contracts as well as ecological restoration contracts across coastal dune, wetland and bush ecosystems.

As a result of more than 2 years of volunteering in the Solomon Islands and working for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, Scotts skills have broadened to include working with indigenous communities and sub-national government to strengthen resilience in the face of climate, disaster and environmental risk. He also worked on collaboratively developing simple yet effective planning process that have allowed communities and provincial governments to identify, plan, and implement their development priorities. The area of climate change resilience, risk integration and the role of effective planning processes is something that he aims to explore further through his postgraduate research.

Neil Challenger
Senior Landscape Architect
Neil has had a long and proud history with the School of Landscape Architecture (SoLA), Lincoln University, including in the role of head of school where he taught courses on and around kaupapa Maori design, professional practice, design, and the cultural landscape. He has extensive experience in South East Asia where he has led field tours and successfully set up and managed Lincoln University's landscape architecture degree programme in Singapore.

Neil has worked as a landscape architect with the Department of Conservation on the South Islands West Coast, and is now principal of his own private consultancy, Whenua Studios, which undertakes a range of environmental and cultural design projects in and around the South Island. 
Richard Earl
GIS Specialist
Richard has a Masters of Environmental Science (Hons) in Landscape Ecology and GIS. He is currently in his eleventh year at the NZ Department of Conservation in Spatial Modelling and Prioritisation for Strategic Conservation Planning, as well as monitoring and reporting. He has more than 20 years of experience in GIS and remote sensing analysis. He also has extensive experience in plant and wildlife survey and research, and is skilled in bush bird surveys. He has been an active member on the Board of Trustees for Trees For Canterbury for 15 years, and is passionate about native ecosystem restoration, encouraging indigenous biodiversity back into urban and rural environments.
Joanes Unggang
Conservation Manager, Sarawak
Joanes is a conservationist and biologist currently attached to a conservation programme in a leading tree plantation company in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Trained as a biologist he holds an Honours Degree in Biology from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has over ten years experience in biodiversity conservation, conservation management and High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) identification in the forestry industry of Sarawak. Currently he is involved in numerous HCVF identification works in Industrial Tree Plantations (ITPs), Natural Forest Licensed areas and oil palm plantations.

Joanes works closely with government agencies in Sarawak to promote conservation of key landscapes for biodiversity outside of totally protected areas such as the existing National Parks. He has developed and maintained a range of local and international research networks that achieve conservation goals and promote environmental awareness though research based activities.