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. Petr Komers
Ecology and Environmental Science Management

Dr. Petr Komers has led ecological assessments in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. His experience includes multi-million dollar industry and research projects, leadership of international and multidisciplinary teams, and development of environmental standards. As part of his 20+ years of working experience he resided in 6 countries, is fluent in 6 languages, worked with proponents, governments, stakeholders and NGOs. He routinely acts as an expert witness, a referee of scientific manuscripts, and as an examiner at university thesis defenses.


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.


Dr. Sheri Gutsell
Plant Population and Community Ecologist

Dr. Sheri Gutsell is a plant ecologist with interests in plant population and community ecology. She earned a PhD. from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on understanding the mechanisms that drive ecological patterns at individual, population, and community scales. Over the past 17 years, she has worked as a scientific advisor and technical reviewer for various Indigenous communities across Canada on a wide variety of industrial and infrastructure development applications. She has reviewed, advised, and testified at hearings on assessments of project impacts on vegetation components (wetlands, forestry, old-growth forests, rare and sensitive plant species and communities, and plant species of traditional importance) and on cumulative effects, mitigation, monitoring, and reclamation. She also reviews and advises on vegetation, wetland, and reclamation research plans.

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.
Joanne McCallum MSc. P.Chem
Hydrogeochemistry and Hydrogeology

Ms. McCallum is a hydrogeochemist with over 13 years of experience as a Hydrogeochemistry / Hydrogeology consultant in the environmental field, with a focus on aqueous geochemical data interpretation, aquifer characterization and water supply studies.  She has earned a Master’s degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Calgary (Canada).  Ms. McCallum has provided technical guidance and expertise in the interpretation of physical, chemical, stable isotope and hydrogeological data for various projects in the sectors of Oil and Gas Industry, Agriculture, Environmental Firms, Government Agencies and Private Landowners.  She has worked as a lead scientist in the development of local to regional scale hydrological/hydrogeological assessments, water management plans, groundwater monitoring and water sourcing studies.

Dr. Ave Dersch
Traditional Land Use, Archaeology, Aboriginal Consultation

Dr. Dersch has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities in the fields of traditional land and resource use, archaeology, and community-based monitoring of traditional lands and resources. She worked with Indigenous communities in 2002 while conducting ethno-archaeological research for her M.A. and while completing her Ph.D. in archaeology and biological sciences from the University of Calgary documenting past and present traditional land and resource use. Dr. Dersch has worked with First Nations in Alberta, B.C., New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia to complete traditional land and resource use studies and has completed technical peer reviews on behalf of various Indigenous groups across Canada. She currently sits on Alberta’s Oil Sands Monitoring Indigenous Community-Based Monitoring and Science and Indigenous Knowledge Integration Committees as a representative for First Nations in the region. She is an adjunct professor in the department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and part of the advisory circle for the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology. 

Dr. Masil Khan
Soil Scientist
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.
Kaitlin Gargus BSc. EPt
Environmental Science, Geography

Ms. Gargus is a scientist with MSES and a recent graduate from the University of Calgary (Canada) with a concentration in Geography. Her current focus is on supporting research, report building, and project administration; including development of budgets, scoping future work, and communication with clients. Prior to Ms. Gargus joining our team here at MSES, she had an active role in the undergraduate science community at the U of C, including her past roles of VP Communications with the Environmental Science Student Association and Advocacy Team Member with the RePlastic YYC Community (which focuses on innovative re-purposing of plastic waste). Ms. Gargus also conducted research in McLean Creek, Alberta, on the success of bioengineering in boreal area riparian zones.

Karilynn Simpson MSc.
Population Ecology, Aquatic Ecology

Ms. Simpson is a population ecologist with academic research experience in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in Alberta. She has experience in designing ecological studies, and in the collection and analysis of data for both vegetation and aquatic studies. Ms. Simpson earned a Master’s degree in Population Ecology from the University of Calgary (Canada). She managed a large ranging project on instream flow needs and water quality for the Bow River watershed. She provides third party reviews on surface water quality impact assessments.

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