Lotic Environmental employs a team of highly skilled environmental professionals. Being based out of Cranbrook, BC allows our staff to work on projects within the East Kootenay region, and throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Our team specializes in aquatic ecological research, hydrologic modelling, GIS analysis, environmental effects studies, environmental assessment/permitting, hydrology studies and environmental monitoring. The following staff are proud to deliver environmental consulting and research services to our clients: 

Mike Robinson, M.Sc, R.P.Bio


 Senior Aquatic Ecologist 

Mike has been working in the field of aquatic sciences for over fifteen years. He completed his MSc degree where his thesis investigated, for the first time, the ecological consequences of hybridization between native westslope cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout. Mike has also completed environmental effects studies, including assessing the effects of substrate manipulation on benthic macroinvertebrate communities. He has lead projects investigating fish distributions in British Columbia and Alberta to assist with Federal Species At Risk recovery plans. Mike has experience designing and implementing habitat restoration prescriptions for fish habitat restoration and slope stabilization projects. Mike has a strong understanding of scientific design and statistical analysis, and provides a strong balance of research, education and experience.


Mia Otto, Ph.D


Senior Aquatic Biologist  

Mia has been working in the field of freshwater ecology for 9 years. She joined Southern Waters Ecological Research and Consulting in Cape Town during which time she completed a Master’s degree at the University of Stellenbosch in Conservation Ecology. Her research focused on spatio-temporal changes in riparian vegetation of upland freshwater ecosystems in the Western Cape. During this time she also worked on a wide variety of projects focused on catchment assessment, biomonitoring and ecological classification and hydro-dam development. She also completed a PhD focused on assessing diatom ecology across ecological gradients in Southern Africa which, for the first time in Africa and a second internationally, successfully linked diatom distribution to Ecoregion Classification. In 2019 she joined the team at Lotic Environmental, BC. With strong scientific ecological training and on-the-ground working knowledge and experience of developmental and conservation challenges, she is well suited to bridge the gap between science and implementation. She is experienced in project management, project design, report writing, data collection and interpretation, aquatic ecosystem monitoring and assessment, and multivariate statistical approaches to large scale ecological data interpretation. She is an asset in the field, boardroom and in reporting and communicating key information to a wide range of audiences.


Sherri McPherson, B.Sc, R.P.Bio


 Senior Aquatic Biologist

Sherri is a registered professional biologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of natural resource management. Specialties include: management plan development (e.g., fisheries and shoreline fish and wildlife habitat), water quality and benthic invertebrate assessment and analyses, and
large-scale project management (environmental assessment and stream restoration). Personal strengths include leading multi-disciplinary teams,
process facilitation, and project reviews/editing.




Ryan MacDonald, Ph.D, EP, A.Ag.


Senior Hydrologist

Dr. MacDonald (MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd.) has been conducting research and working in the hydrological sciences for over eleven years. He is currently an independent consultant based in Cranbrook, B.C. and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge. His work focuses on hydrological processes, modelling, and aquatic ecosystems. He has worked throughout western Canada and has an excellent understanding of key issues facing water resources in this region. He has been a lead modeller for multi-stakeholder collaborative modelling initiatives looking at large-scale water management in Alberta. Ryan has played a technical advisor role in the Columbia River Treaty Collaborative Modelling Work Group. He has also led several watershed-scale assessments looking at the interface between human land use, climate, and the natural environment, particularly focusing in British Columbia and Alberta. His background in process-based hydrology, modelling, and inter-disciplinary studies enables him to pursue research questions that can be applied in a practical management context. 



Marlena McCabe, M.Sc, B.Sc.



Aquatic Biologist    

Marlena has been working in the field of environmental science for over four years. She published her MSc thesis in September 2018 which focused on reintroduction ecology of juvenile lake sturgeon. One chapter of this thesis analyzed the effects of acoustic telemetry tags on swimming ability, growth, and body condition of juvenile lake sturgeon. The results of this study and corresponding manuscript are novel in informing management of the most effective acoustic tag to use in telemetry studies of juvenile lake sturgeon. Marlena has presented her research bi-nationally and has a broad background working with population monitoring for species at risk. Marlena has a diverse education in experimental design and is knowledgeable in quantitative statistical analysis of ecological parametric and non-parametric data.


Jamie Smithson, B.Sc, BEd, R.P.Bio



Senior Aquatic Biologist

Jamie is an Aquatic Biologist with over nine years of experience in the field of natural resource management. After completing his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Conservation Biology (University of Alberta), Jamie has gained valuable experience working as a consultant in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. His work has included: fish inventory/stock assessments, fish habitat assessments, spawning assessments, aquatic health assessments involving, genetic inventory of fish, fish indexing and monitoring programs, benthic community, invertebrate sampling, preparing ageing structures and ageing fish, water quality collection, and terrestrial vegetation sampling. Jamie has acted as an Environmental Monitor on multiple projects over the past four years and has been in charge of, and completed multiple fish salvages. Jamie has been a contributing author for the fish and fish habitat sections of three baseline assessments. His personal strengths include working with multi-disciplinary teams and strong attention to detail.


Tegan Arnett, B.Sc, R.P.Bio



Senior Aquatic Biologist

Since 2005 Tegan’s focus has been within the field of aquatic sciences. She has conducted environmental assessments and monitoring projects pertaining to the general health of freshwater ecosystems. Her work includes biomonitoring of fish, benthic macroinvertebrates and periphyton, water quality monitoring, and stream habitat assessments. Tegan has a comprehensive knowledge of freshwater ecology, stream hydrology, and fish habitat inventory and assessment.


John Bransfield, B.A.


Senior Technician

John is an Aquatic Technician with three years of experience in the field of aquatic ecology and ecological restoration. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Studies and Anthropology at the University of Victoria, John has worked as a consultant in Alberta and British Columbia. John’s work includes: riparian and aquatic restoration design, environmental monitoring, fish habitat assessments, fish salvages, fish spawning surveys, PIT tagging and monitoring of tagged fish, ungulate surveys, and creation of ungulate management plans, mountain pine beetle survey, topographical surveying and water quality collection. John’s strengths are represented by his positive attitude in the work environment, his strong work ethic and his ability to solve problems using conceptual thought.


Corinna Robinson, B.Sc



Senior Technician

Corinna received her BSc in Natural Resource Conservation in 2001. Since then, Corinna has worked on several projects, including: fish inventory/stock assessments, fish habitat assessments, genetic inventory, water quantity/quality sampling and environmental monitoring. Her ability to provide practical field solutions ensures successful completion of all projects. Corinna is well experienced in numerous field sampling methods and work procedures.