Our Team

NatureMapr is only made possible due to the efforts of our team:

Aaron Clausen

Founder

IT Software Professional with a love for the natural world. My life changed in 2013 when I rode my mountain bike over one of the last remaining colonies of the critically endangered Canberra Spider Orchid - I never looked at the bush the same way again.

NatureMapr then took over my life and the job isn't done yet. I'm determined to see NatureMapr in use by every local government organisation across Australia.

Rohan Thomas

Programmer

Rohan combines his love for the natural world and great dislike of technical debt to keep NatureMapr running by looking after important technical enhancements, platform performance and scalability, bug fixes and general improvements.

Rohan joined NatureMapr at such a critical period in our growth and holds end to end responsibility for the technical operation of the platform.

Michael Bedingfield

User Experience Lead

Michael B is an experienced naturalist and talented artist with a passion for local native plants and animals but with an IT past. He was critical in the setup and development of the Canberra Nature Map project (NatureMapr's first and exemplar project) and uses this experience to ensure that new NatureMapr projects are onboarded smoothly and effectively.

He is also responsible for shaping many of the innovative features within the platform and for ensuring our user experience is an absolutely critical priority.

Jen Smits

Data Baker

Jen Smits is a GIS specialist (maps and such) and a spatial ecologist who spends nearly every waking hour pouring over and creating maps of our natural world.

Jen wrangles historic biodiversity data from various sources so it can be sucked into NatureMapr, allowing us to populate species lists and produce historic timeseries info for our reserves and places.