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Western Wetland Conference

Speaker Biographies

Paul Adamus is a free-lance consultant working primarily for government agencies.  His specialty is helping local and state agencies develop rapid assessment methods using best available science.  For 30 years he has designed and directed regional assessments of wetland functions and condition in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Colorado, and Maine.  He also is part of the research faculty at Oregon State University, where he supervises graduate students in ecological and geomorphic studies of wetlands. 

Cary Aloia is a Wetland Monitoring and Evaluation Project Biologist for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.  As Project Biologist her duties include site assessments and intensive monitoring of wetland and riparian projects that are part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife Wetlands Program.  Additionally she helps with coordination of outreach efforts, data analysis, reporting, and funding. Her previous experience includes field work in wetland and riparian systems throughout the Midwest and Intermountain West as well as noxious weed management.  Formerly, she worked for the Gaylord Memorial Laboratory as a technical specialist and has been involved in organizing wetland workshops for state and federal agencies.  Cary holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Wetland Ecology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Randy Apfelbeck has worked as a water quality specialist for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for the past fifteen years and has been developing and implementing protocols for assessing the condition of Montana’s streams and wetlands since 1993.  Past accomplishments include the refinement of Montana’s stream reach assessment form, development of Montana’s water quality monitoring and assessment protocols for identifying impaired waters, and the development of wetland bioassessment protocols.  More recently he has been working towards the development of a water quality monitoring strategy that includes the use of rapid assessments to conduct evaluations that support the assessment of wetland conditions on a watershed scale.    Randy has a M.S. degree in Environmental Science from the Oklahoma State University - Forestry Department and a B.S. degree in Water Resource Management from the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Josephine R. Axt heads up Northern Ecological Associates’ (NEA) Santa Fe, New Mexico office and manages a diverse array of wetland restoration projects.  Her responsibilities include leading interdisciplinary technical teams, managing pre-restoration data collection and analysis, directing the restoration design process, and coordinating public outreach.  She has more than six years of professional experience in restoration ecology and environmental compliance.  Before starting with NEA, Dr. Axt worked with the New York District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where she was a section chief in the Environmental Analysis Branch.  Dr. Axt received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Her research focused on the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in non-tidal palustrine forested wetlands and its relationship to non-point source pollution and eutrophication.  She received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her research at the National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark.

Jeannette Baker has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch (Corps) for 10 years and has worked in the environmental field for 14 years.  She has for the Corps in California and New England.  Ms. Baker received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at San Diego in 1992.

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