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watershed collaborative is a multi-agency, multi-NGO/stakeholder effort that is designed to develop and adaptively manage scientifically-based environmental water flow patterns that mimic natural patterns and species needs, in harmony with sustainable human uses and water allocation needs.

Professionally, Mr. Shellman is an environmental and civil trial attorney with B.S.L and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Denver College of Law.

Public affairs experience, as both an elected and appointed local government official, included adoption and administration of conservation-based County Master plans and land development regulations, creation and management of a county bus system and its airport special counsel. Shellman is currently a member of the North East Texas Council of Governments Air Care Technical Advisory Committee, as well as the Science Advisory Committee to the Texas Legislative Study Commission on Environmental Flows.  

Private-sector pro bono activities include many community and neighborhood level environmental protection initiatives in Colorado and Texas.

Susan K. Skagen Education: Undergraduate work, University of Wisconsin, Zoology; Master of Science degree, Western Washington University, Biology; PhD, University of Wisconsin, Zoology and Wildlife Ecology; post-doctoral work at the University of Washington, Seattle; Current position: Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO

Throughout her career, Dr. Skagen has focused on avian communities of riparian, wetland, and grassland habitats, spanning the broad topics of reproductive ecology, migration stopover ecology, biogeography, and population estimation. She currently conducts collaborative research on the migration and stopover ecology of western birds, including shorebirds crossing the interior of North America and en route neotropical landbirds crossing the arid southwest.

Richard B. Smith B.S. Biology, Oklahoma State University (1978) and M.S. Environmental Science, University of Tulsa (1984) Richard worked with Williams Brothers Engineering Company (1978-82) in water quality programs.  He was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (1982-83) where he performed lake studies while finishing his Master’s degree.  Richard worked from 1983-86 as an environmental lab supervisor with the Tulsa City-County Health Department.  He became Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director for the City of Bixby, Oklahoma from 1986-89.  Following this, Richard moved to INCOG where he has been employed since 1989 performing various water quality studies relating to wastewater, nutrients, metals, bacteria, dissolved oxygen and biological and habitat assessments.  Richard has also spent the past 12 years as an Adjunct Instructor in Chemistry with Tulsa Community College.  He is a 9-year Board member of the Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association.

Russell F. Smith has twelve years experience in the environmental consulting profession and is the co-owner of ADC Services, Inc. He received his education from the University of Colorado: B.A., Environmental Conservation, Environmental Population and Organismic Biology (Minor), and Dean College: A.A., Building Construction. Russell has worked extensively on the reclamation of wetlands and waterways impacted by agricultural practices as well as the restoration of urban streams. He excels in revegetation design that maximizes ecological balance and long-term success.

Emily Steel currently leads Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s Wetlands Monitoring and Evaluation Project, a comprehensive statewide monitoring effort on wetlands protected through the Colorado Wetlands Program.  Emily received her MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004, where she studied wetland ecology and ecological restoration. Her master’s research focused on a 10-year assessment of wetlands restored through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wetlands Reserve Program in Wisconsin. While in graduate school Emily worked for a land trust where she helped plan and conduct wetland and prairie restorations, and stewarded preserve lands in Wisconsin and Iowa. Emily

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