4 Elements consulting is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Cairns, North Queensland. The company was established in early 2017 by Mellissa Brown on a strong research and project management background built from over 25 years in the industry.

4 Elements delivers solution science that provides a comprehensive, cost effective consultative service to commercial and government stakeholders within Australia and the Pacific. At 4 Elements we have local field experience and valuable connections in the communities we work. Our team members are knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional.


The qualifications of the 4 Elements Consulting team include:

  • Certificate IV in Adult Education;
  • Remote First Aid;
  • Spotter Catcher/Rehabilitation Permits;
  • Appropriate Animal Ethics Permits;
  • Boat Licence;
  • Senior Fire Warden Certification; and
  • Bio-condition Monitoring Training.


Mellissa Brown

Director/Principal Ecologist

Mellissa is the Principal Ecologist and Director of 4 Elements Consulting Pty Ltd. She is an environmental and project management professional with 20 years' field experience which includes expertise in wildlife research including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) and ecological monitoring; project management, training and facilitation.
She has positively contributed in the private and public sector and has managed a broad range of complex, multifaceted projects including the renewable energy, mining, agriculture and research sectors. This includes leading multidisciplinary teams in challenging and remote locations. Currently, this project work extends from the Northern Territory to Queensland, Torres Strait and PNG.
In her role Mellissa liaises extensively with researchers, government agencies, industry sectors and community, and has developed strong relationships with regulatory authorities and management groups across the country.
Mellissa is continuously working to improve survey techniques and works with partner organisations to ensure that the best practice outcome can be achieved using the newest available solution science.

Ryan Hughes

Senior Ecologist

Ryan Hughes is an Ecologist with 10 years experience completing flora and fauna surveys. He has a wide range of experience in vegetation monitoring and targeted fauna surveys in a diverse array of habitats throughout QLD, NSW and NT. Ryan has worked on major infrastructure and mining projects including projects for Department of Defence, Department of Main Roads and on a range of mining projects including APLNG, metaliferous and coal mining projects. His strength areas are in vegetation monitoring and EVNT species management, particularly birds.

Jade Coase


Jade Coase graduated JCU from the Townsville campus in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Conservation biology and an honours thesis on chytridiomycosis in wet tropics frog species.
Jade has experience in both targeted and baseline fauna surveys as well as expertise in radiotracking and small mammal handling. With a keen interest in both marine and terrestrial ecology he has worked as a fauna spotter and marine mammal observer on mines and development sites throughout Far North Queensland and Cape York.

Matthew Hemmings


Matthew Hemmings is an experienced Ecologist with several years’ experience undertaking both fauna and flora surveys across Queensland. Matthew has conducted baseline and targeted wildlife surveys for local government councils in South east Queensland, the higher education industry and for other major infrastructure projects. Matthew has demonstrated experience in small mammal capture and handling, radio-tracking wildlife and biocondition vegetation monitoring all within remote areas of Queensland.

Why choose 4 Elements Consulting?

Continual Professional Development

Utilise Latest Technology

Project Collaboration

Quality Outcomes

Remote Field Work Capacity

Broad Project Experience

Proven Verifiable Record

Solution Based Science

Competent and Diligent

Diverse Staff Experience

Assurance & Trust For Clients

Practical Project Planning & Implementation


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