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Plant Ecology Services

TropX provides plant ecology expertise for infrastructure, mineral development and community projects in the Cape York Peninsula, the Gulf Savannah and the Wet Tropics.

Cultural Heritage - Dr James Hill

James Hill is a plant ecologist who specialises in the restoration of degraded landscapes. He possess a deep knowledge on the flora of north Queensland having completed a doctorate in tropical plant ecology in 2017 at the James Cook University Cairns campus. Since 2002, he has conducted over 100 botanical and ecological surveys and developed restoration plans for a range of stakeholders including;

TMR | Powerlink | Ergon | Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa | Ok Tedi Mining | Exxon Mobil

He has also taught land rehabilitation techniques to numerous stakeholders ranging from University to indigenous communities and organisations.


  • Development of a seed collection program for the Department of Environment and Science, at Springvale station.
  • Cattle exclusion surveys along wetlands at Violet Vale Station.
  • Ground truthing the botanical composition of Regional ecosystems along the Wenlock river.
  • Provide technical advice for land rehabilitation projects;
    • RTAW Rehabilitation advisory panel member
    • Advisory committee for the rehabilitation of gully complexes on Springvale Station
  • Design restoration plans for disturbed or eroded areas in northern Queensland. These include the restoration of gully complexes on Crocodile and Springvale station, the restoration of wetlands at Abbot Point; mine rehabilitation at the RTAW bauxite mine.
  • Implement and coordinate the Cape York seed collection for program for CYNRM. Collect native grass seed from the communities of Laura and Hope Vale and traditional owners from Western Yalanji.
  • Manage the collection of seed from native understory trees and grasses in remote Aboriginal communities (Aurukun, Mapoon and Naprannum) for mine rehabilitation, RTA, Weipa (2014 – 2018)
  • Responsible for designing and implementing research programs focusing on seed production for the rehabilitation of the Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) bauxite mine, Weipa.
  • Conduct flora surveys throughout northern Queensland


What we do

With a comprehensive suite of expert Plant Ecology services, TropX has the expertise and on the ground knowledge to deliver outstanding consultancy. With significant experience working on infrastructure, mineral development and community projects in Cape York, Gulf Savannah and the Wet Tropics, Tropx are positioned to expert consultancy services in the region.

Impact Assessment

Our specialists hold the highest academic qualifications in their relevant fields and have worked on numerous Plant Ecology Impact Assessments working in partnership with Community to develop thorough and rigorous Impact Assessments.

Community Based Management

TropX staff are long-term locals of far north Queensland. TropX Directors have completed independent doctoral research in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and have travelled and worked extensively in far north Queensland for over 20 years.

Coupled with our extensive on the ground experience, working in partnership with  Community, Tropx is perfectly positioned to deliver Community Based Management of Plant Ecology projects. 

Consultancy Services

We take a collaborative approach to stakeholder engagement to develop community-driven outcomes.

We work with ranger groups, Aboriginal Corporations and community groups to develop innovative solutions for environmental and heritage issues.