Lotic Environmental employs a team of highly skilled environmental professionals. 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 ten 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.


Ryan MacDonald, Ph.D.

 Senior Hydrologist

Ryan (MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd.) has been conducting research and working in the hydrological sciences for over ten years. His specialty is surface and subsurface hydrology, focusing on stream processes and aquatic ecosystems. He has played a lead role in the development and application of process-based hydrological models for mountain watersheds. He has also led multi stakeholder projects on river management using large-scale models. He has worked on a range of projects looking at the impacts of changes in climate and land use on hydrometeorology and has a comprehensive understanding of environmental change in mountain environments. He has conducted extensive work related to stream temperature and is interested in how thermal regimes affect aquatic organisms. Through his work he has published numerous research articles and provided services to clients from private and public sectors. His background in process-based hydrology, modelling, and inter-disciplinary field studies enables him to pursue research questions that can be applied in a practical management context.



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

 Senior Aquatic Biologist

Sherri is a registered professional biologist with 17 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.


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.


Kamila Baranowska, M.Sc.

  Senior Biologist

Kamila has a diverse background in aquatic ecology with over five years of research experience in the field. She recently completed her M.Sc. thesis where she investigated the effects of human induced changes in water quality on baseline stable isotope signatures in a large lake and its tributaries. These signatures are important for aquatic food web studies and can be used to track the source of nutrient contaminants. Previously she has worked on projects studying the long-term effects of invasive dreissenid mussels on year-round phytoplankton dynamics, tracking lake trout movements in the Experimental Lakes Area using radio telemetry, and investigating nutrient indicators of agricultural impacts in streams and rivers. She has also assisted on a variety of other aquatic projects while working as a field and lab technician. Kamila is skilled in the collection, synthesis, and interpretation of surface water quality data and has a strong understanding of biological and chemical processes in freshwater systems.


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.


John Bransfield, B.Sc

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.

Brett Roulston

 Senior Technician

Brett is an Aquatic Technician with work experience in the field of natural resource management since 2010. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Wildlife and Fisheries (University of Northern British Columbia), Brett gained valuable experience working as a consultant in the Kootenay’s. His work has included: fish inventory/stock assessments, fish habitat assessments, aquatic health assessments, fish indexing, and monitoring programs. Brett has acted as an Environmental Monitor on multiple projects over the past two years and has been in charge of, and completed multiple fish salvages. Brett has been a contributing author for many letter reports pertaining to fish inventory/stock assessments and fish salvage techniques.  

Jamie Smithson, B.Sc, B.Ed


James has been working in the field of environmental sciences for four years. He received a BSc in Conservation Biology in 2005, and a BEd in Elementary Education in 2010. James has worked on several projects in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. His work has included: fish inventory/stock assessments, fish habitat assessments, aquatic health assessments, genetic inventory of fish, fish indexing and monitoring programs, preparing ageing structures and ageing fish, and terrestrial vegetation sampling. James is well knowledgeable and practiced in multiple fish collection methods and work procedures. James has a good eye for detail which ensures quality data collection.