CEO/Senior Aquatic Ecologist
Mike has been working in the field of aquatic sciences for over 19 years. During this time he has become recognized in two key fields: the ecology of Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration. His work with Westslope Cutthroat Trout has covered most of their range in British Columbia and Alberta. Mike 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. This study in part, considered the effects of human-impacts, such as habitat degradation, on the fish community and the potential spread of introduced species. This work was completed in the Oldman River watershed. Later on, Mike completed two years of genetic inventory and mapping work for the Government of Alberta from 2007-2008, mapping the remnant Westslope Cutthroat Trout population in Alberta, and support their SARAlisting.
Corinna received her BSc in Natural Resource Conservation in 2001. She has completed enumeration studies, fish habitat assessments, environmental assessments, water quality monitoring, and environmental monitoring in relation to freshwater ecosystems. Corinna has worked on stream restoration projects and is therefore comfortable and competent working around heavy equipment. Her care in collecting accurate field data and ability to provide practical field solutions ensures successful completion of all projects.
Senior Project Manager/Agrologist
Scott is a Senior Aquatic Technician and Project Manager with over four years of experience in the environmental science field. After completing his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Sciences (University of Lethbridge), Scott has gained diverse background in environmental monitoring and reclamation working as an Environmental Scientist in Alberta. His work has included: oil and gas reclamation environmental monitoring, detailed site assessments, phase I and II environmental site assessments, invasive species inspections, vegetation and soil assessments, environmental monitoring, hydrological fieldwork, water quality sampling, topographical surveys, and conducting calcite assessments. Scott also has experience working in fisheries and has led fish habitat assessments, fish salvages, spawning surveys, PIT tagging and monitoring, dewatering and fish stranding surveys. Currently, Scott is managing various Effectiveness Monitoring, calcite remediation, and dewatering projects.
Senior Project Manager/ Senior Fisheries Biologist
Jill has 19 years of experience in aquatic ecology spanning freshwater and marine ecosystems. She is currently completing her PhD with Carleton University in Ottawa and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. During this (and her MSc), Jill planned, implemented, and reported on two large-scale multi-jurisdictional studies assessing restoration efforts of the Great Lakes Area of Concern Beneficial Use Impairments regarding fish populations and fish habitat. She used acoustic telemetry and spawning surveys to assess the success of an apex predator reintroduction program, habitat use of invasive species, and spawning habitat availability for a species of interest as per the Remedial Action Plan. From this she also gained experience conducting statistical analysis and habitat modelling using water quality data. Jill has quantified the chemical (temperature and DO) habitat available to multiple fish species spanning the hypoxia-tolerance and thermal spectrum and determined how these abiotic factors influence fine and broad-scale movements. She planned and implemented all fieldwork activities, which required coordination with Fisheries and Oceans field technicians, ECCC Technical Operations, and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Senior Project Manager/Senior Aquatic Biologist
Sherri has over 25 years of experience as an aquatic biologist, working for the past 15 years in the Southern Interior of BC/Kootenay Region. Sherri is experienced in a full range of project delivery including project planning, field data collection, data analysis, and reporting. Sherri has routinely demonstrated her ability to work with various stakeholders/groups including government, non-government, industry, contractor, and private landowner organizations. Over her career, Sherri has developed management plans for various projects including Foreshore Integrated Management Planning for five lakes (including 10-year review of change for Windermere and Kootenay lakes), Environmentally Sensitive Area Mapping for four official community plan areas, and the Elk River Flood Strategy and Valley Bottom Assessment. Sherri has helped numerous stewardship groups prepare their Columbia Basin Water Quality Monitoring Project reports.
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.
Senior Aquatic Biologist
Mia has been working in the field of freshwater ecology for 12 years. Mia completed a PhD in Aquatic Ecology focused on assessing diatom ecology across ecological gradients in Southern Africa which, for the first time in Africa and only a second internationally, successfully linked diatom distribution to Ecoregion Classification. In 2019 she joined the team at Lotic Environmental, BC. Mia has experience with a wide range of large-scale, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder environmental projects. She has worked in 10 countries. Since joining Lotic Environmental she has been the project manager for 2 Environmental Impact Assessments for new mining proponents perusing licensing in BC. She has managed and conducted the fieldwork components as well as written multiple reports, including Fish and Fish Habitat Effects Assessments, Conceptual Offsetting plans and a multitude of baseline assessments for fish, water quality and aquatic health. With her background in riparian assessment (Master’s Degree) she has experience with designing and implementing restoration and monitoring programs. She also has 3 years’ experience with policy and framework development and implementation at a subnational government level. She was the Project manager for organizing the 13thCBD COP’s subnational event in Mexico during 2017, and a co-author on the strategic targets that were adopted for achieving the international biodiversity targets. 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.
Tegan has been working in aquatic sciences for over fifteen years. Tegan’s career has focused on environmental assessments and monitoring projects pertaining to the health of freshwater ecosystems. Her extensive field experience includes biomonitoring of fish, benthic macroinvertebrates and periphyton, water quality monitoring, and stream habitat assessments. Tegan has comprehensive knowledge of freshwater ecology, stream hydrology, and fish and fish habitat inventory, assessment, and evaluation. As a consultant, she can perform all roles including project manager and field lead, as well as be responsible for data management and analyses, and reporting. Tegan is well experienced in preparing environmental monitoring reports, environmental management plans and applications for regulatory approvals. Tegan provides professional and technical support to many industrial sector projects. Tegan continues to maintain important roles with such proponents as the City of Cranbrook, Teck Coal Ltd., and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to name a few.
Senior Fisheries Biologist
Mike has been conducting fisheries research for over 20 years. He began as a technician in 1993, and became a biologist in 2000. He has project management and research experience with many freshwater habitats and species throughout Western Canada and the US. Mike has conducted studies involving fish habitat use, spawning studies (White Sturgeon, Rainbow Trout, and Mountain Whitefish), hydroelectric project impact assessments, stream surveys, habitat assessments, fish health, genetics, population estimates, telemetry, invertebrates, water quality, egg incubation, and larval emergence/dispersal. Mike led the first 5 years (2002 to 2006) of a study of hatchery released juvenile White Sturgeon into the Columbia River (Revelstoke Dam in BC to Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State). This program assessed the distribution, abundance, survival, growth, condition, habitat use, and movement of these fish. He led a 3-year project that monitored the transboundary White Sturgeon population in the Columbia River using sonic and radio telemetry. These studies required collaboration among multiple agencies, and the management and analysis of big data.
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:
Senior Reclamation Specialist
Thor Smestad is a Canadian ecosystem restoration specialist. He began this career in 1981 as a tree planter in the mountains of western Canada, and then later, after completing a bachelor’s degree in forest resources management, continued there as a silvicultural forester. In 1997 he returned to university to complete a Master of Science degree, specializing in soil science. His master’s study was in western Kenya; here he examined the soil fertility changes associated with short-duration agroforestry fallows.
Since completing his masters in 2002, Thor has worked throughout western Canada in the fields of reforestation & ecosystem restoration, and soil erosion control. For a short period (2012 to 2016) he also operated his own native plant nursery and ecosystem restoration company. Many of the projects completed during this period were in shoreline and riverbank restoration, and he is now known as a specialist in this area in BC. One of the most exciting projects during this period was the ecological restoration of a small peninsula near Nelson, BC. Here, for a three-day period in each of five consecutive years (2011 to 2015), Thor co-led the local College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program annual ecological restoration field-school.
At present he works seasonally (April-Nov.) as a Senior Ecosystem Restoration Specialist for Lotic Environmental (Cranbrook, BC), and since 2020 has been spending the winter (Jan.-April) in Brazil.
Rick is an Aquatic Biologist with over three years of experience with aquatic ecosystems. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology (University of Alberta), Rick has gained valuable experience working as a consultant in Alberta and British Columbia. His work has included: fish inventory/stock assessments, fish habitat assessments, spawning assessments, angling surveys, telemetry tracking, invertebrate sampling, water quality collection, hydrological field work, calcite surveys, and culvert and fish passage assessments. Rick has acted as an Environmental Monitor, Crew Lead, Crew Coordinator and Project Manager. Rick also has gained valuable experience in managing data, technical writing, scheduling and creating cost estimates. Rick’s personal strengths include his positive attitude, ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and attention to detail.
GIS Analyst and Hydrogeologist
Isabelle (Purcell Mapping Ltd.) is a Registered Professional Agrologist with ten years of experience in environmental sciences. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and a Master of Science in Hydrogeology. Over the last decade, she also worked as an environmental monitoring technician in industrial environments, managed sampling programs in remote locations and produced a wide range of mapping products. Isabelle provides mapping and GIS services for Lotic Environmental as well as manages groundwater monitoring programs.
Lisa is an Aquatic Biologist with specialization in aquatic habitat assessments and environmental monitoring for construction projects. She has 8 years of experience conducting fish habitat assessments and 6 years being an environmental monitor through her current and past employment with Lotic Environmental, Triton Environmental, AMEC Earth and Environmental and Nupqu Development Corporation. Lisa’s environmental monitoring experience includes developing Environmental Management Plans (including sediment and erosion control planning) habitat restoration and monitoring construction.
Emma Thompson has 4 years of fieldwork experience working as an Aquatic Technician for Lotic Environmental Ltd. Emma offers expertise in environmental monitoring, water quality sampling, aquatic habitat restoration, reclamation, and rehabilitation. She has experience in the GIS realm of both desktop and mobile programs such as ArcMap, ArcGIS and other ESRI software as well as PDF Avenza, GISCloud, and GIS collector apps. In addition, Emma has also acquired experience with forest and wetland restoration, assisting on various riparian planting projects. Emma has fish handling and survey experience, having worked on a Chinook salmon mark-recapture program with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and is certified as an electrofishing crew supervisor. Emma is well versed with Fish and Habitat Assessment Procedures, culvert assessments, and fish handling such as salvages or inventory.
Daniel earned his B.Sc. in Renewable Resource Management with a Minor in Soil Science and obtained a Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Saskatchewan. He has environmental consulting experience in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, including water quality sampling, fish handling, electrofishing, mark-recapture, spawning surveys, fish salvages. He made the move to BC two years ago and loves it here. When he’s not working, he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey and spending time with friends.
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