Our Team. Your Team.
Senior Experts You Can Rely On
Indigenous communities, industry and governments alike are increasingly interested in creating a new format of collaboration that aligns Indigenous Knowledge and western science. MSES is at the forefront of uniting these knowledge bases and ensuring clarity and understanding of potential changes to ecosystems and culturally-sensitive areas.
The following profiles demonstrate that all associates of the MSES network have:
–Years of working experience in the industry
–High academic degrees of international standing
–A record of expert services and testimony at the international level
Dr. Komers Ecology
Ms. Stewart Ecology
Landscape Ecology, Wildlife Biology
Ms. Abbie Stewart is a terrestrial ecologist that has been working as an environmental consultant since 2001. She routinely conducts EIAs, provides third party reviews, leads academic research projects, and gives lectures on wildlife impact assessment. Ms. Stewart’s core expertise is in the ecology of moose and other large mammals, and the development of bio-statistical analyses. As a project manager of large multi-disciplinary EIA reviews, she has assimilated information from discipline expert reviewers with a focus on developing integrated reports that address the questions and concerns of either Aboriginal communities or review boards. She earned a Master’s degree in Landscape Ecology from the University of Calgary.
- Wildlife ecology
- Landscape Ecology/Habitat Fragmentation
- Environmental Impact Assessment
Ms. Gavin Ecology
Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology
Ms. Shannon Gavin earned a Master’s degree in Conservation Ecology from the University of Calgary (Canada) where her research focused on the effects of linear disturbances on wildlife habitat and behaviour. She has over ten years of academic and environmental impact assessment experience in wildlife biology with a specialization in human development impacts to wildlife and landscapes. Ms. Shannon Gavin has provided scientific expertise on a range of projects with Aboriginal communities, regulators and developers in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. She has extensive experience in project management, technical workshops and providing expert technical reviews for wildlife and biodiversity ranging from small local development projects to large multi-disciplinary third party reviews. In addition, she has, in collaboration with GIS experts at MSES, evaluated landscape changes for Aboriginal communities in Alberta and B.C.to assist them in gaining a better understanding of the cumulative impacts from various developments in their traditional territory.
- Wildlife Ecology
- Road Ecology/Linear Disturbance
- Environmental Impact Assessment
Dr. Kopach Ecology
Dr. Brian Kopach
Quantitative and Spatial Ecology
Dr. Brian Kopach is a broadly trained ecologist with over ten years of academic research and resource management experience in ecosystems across western and northern Canada. He has extensive experience designing ecological field studies, and in the collection and analysis of data for both vegetation and wildlife studies. He has led, or assisted with, research and conservation related projects for public and private sector organizations in Canada and the United States, including the Canadian Wildlife Service, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Ducks Unlimited. Mr. Brian Kopach earned a Master’s degree in Biogeography from the University of Victoria (Canada), and a PhD at the University of Calgary (Canada) examining the ecological and evolutionary consequences of species interactions among alpine plants.
- Quantitative Analysis
- Species Distributions
- Evolutionary Ecology
Dr. Thompson Water Quality
Dr. Megan Thompson
Aquatic Ecologist, Limnologist
Dr. Megan Thompson is an aquatic ecologist with more than ten years of academic and research experience dealing with pollutant and climate change impacts on lakes and rivers. Dr. Megan Thompson’s studies have focused on the limnological impacts of terrestrial linkages and inputs like permafrost thaw and effluent release on freshwater systems. She has published papers, given talks and lectured on northern limnology, permafrost hydrology and chemistry, geomorphology, statistics and anthropogenic environmental impacts on lakes and rivers. Dr. Megan Thompson’s core training is in the fields of aquatic ecology and limnology, but she has also completed studies in Northern planning and development, including traditional ecological knowledge, participatory research and conflict resolution. Dr. Megan Thompson received her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria (Canada) after completing research into the nature and impacts of permafrost thaw on nearby lakes in the Mackenzie Delta area of the Northwest Territories. She has experience with projects in the Northwest Territories, northern Sweden, Alaska, British Columbia and southern Alberta.
- Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts
- Northern Hydrology
- Water Chemistry and Optical Properties
Dr. Gutsell Ecology
Dr. Sheri L. Gutsell
Dr. Kienzle Hydrology/GIS
Dr. Stefan Kienzle
Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources
As a GIS and water resources specialist involved in a wide range of projects through academia and consulting in Canada and internationally, Dr. Kienzle has extensive experience in the areas of GIS data integration, database design, spatial analysis, geostatistics, terrain modeling, water resources analysis, and automatic mapping.
- Assessment consultation and advice
- Design, implementation, and management of applied science
- Environmental planning
Dr. Dersch Archaeology
Dr. Ave Dersch
Traditional Land Use, Archaeology, Aboriginal Consultation
Dr. Ave Dersch has extensive traditional knowledge experience through her work and research with several First Nation communities. Her Ph.D. dissertation research involved looking at the application of traditional knowledge to past, present and future land use with the Swan River First Nation. Over the years, she has assisted with traditional land use studies, archaeological assessments and research examining contaminants in key cultural plant resources and water.
- Traditional land use, traditional knowledge and historic resource studies
- Consultation management
- Community based environmental monitoring
Dr. Khan Soils
Dr. Masil Khan
Dr. Khan is an environmental soil scientist with key experience in soil quality assessment and management within Alberta and internationally. Dr. Khan’s research work focused on responses of soil microorganisms to potentially toxic elements (heavy metals) in sewage sludge/ biosolids-treated soils. He has worked on developing sustainable agriculture practices and how point and non-point pollutants affect freshwater ecosystems. Dr. Khan has also worked on bio-conversion of organic wastes with the multiple purposes of plant nutrient recycling and protection of soil and water quality. He has published most of his research findings in peer reviewed journals and presented his project findings in international conferences and workshops. Dr. Khan acts as a technical reviewer, reviewing scientific manuscripts and supervises master degree students. Dr. Khan, during the course of his professional work, resided in four countries (Pakistan, UK, Japan and Canada) and is able to integrate with diverse multi-disciplinary teams in delivering quality environmental assessment services, prudent management and mitigation strategies for the industry.
- Soil Science
Ms. McCallum Hydrogeochemistry & Hydrogeology
Mr. Boyer Biology
Environmental Science, Biology
Mr. Boyer is a junior biologist with MSES and is a recent graduate of the Environmental Science program at the University of Calgary (Canada) with a concentration in Biology. He has conducted research on water quality and fish habitat, specifically on sediment loading from off-highway vehicle trails and crossings.
Ms. Gargus Geography
Ms. Kaitlin Gargus BSc., EPt
Environmental Science, Geography
Ms. Gargus is a junior scientist with MSES and a recent graduate from the University of Calgary (Canada). She has conducted research in McLean Creek, Alberta, on the success of bioengineering in boreal area riparian zones. She was a founder of the first extension of the Precious Plastic movement in Calgary (RePlastic YYC), which focuses on innovative re-purposing of plastic waste. Here at MSES she also manages our day-to-day business and administration.