Echo Ecology was formed in 2012 by Anna McConville to provide high quality and science-based ecological consulting services. Anna has over 13 years of consulting experience and was awarded her PhD after completing a thesis on the ecology of a threatened insectivorous bat species. 

Anna has worked on and overseen a range of development proposals, including some very large residential and infrastructure projects. She specialises in the ecosystems of eastern Australia, and has also worked in remote areas of western NSW, central QLD, the Simpson Desert, NT and the Kimberley, WA. 

Our combination of research and consulting experience allows us to tailor surveys and reporting to suit a variety of client needs. We provide a wide range of services that include general flora and  fauna surveys through to specialist studies such as bat surveys and call analysis, mark-recapture, radio-tracking, habitat modelling and long-term monitoring.  


Surveying services were added to Echo Ecology in 2018 with Anna’s partner Mark Thompson, a Registered Surveyor, joining the team to form Echo Ecology and Surveying. Mark has 20 years of experience in the construction industry – working on projects ranging from large and small subdivisions, large detail surveys for council, engineering set out and conformance surveys for roads and earthworks. Mark has also worked on strata subdivisions, lease area surveys and volume surveys for coal, dirt and wood chip stockpiles. 

In addition to surveying, Mark has been involved in water and sewer design, road and storm water design and structural drafting for a variety of developments. Having this broad range of experience and knowledge results in a thorough survey being completed to the highest possible standard.

Mark has assisted Anna on a number of ecology projects over the years including her thesis on the ecology of a threatened insectivorous bat species. Mark became a co-author on one of Anna's papers where he used surveying to determine the accuracy that could be achieved while radio tracking bats.