Joan Nichol, Senior Environmental Planner and Technical Editor
Joan Nichol has worked on complex water resource projects for over 30 years, coordinating teams of scientists and planners and preparing technical reports of many types. Much of her work involves coordinating NEPA compliance for projects in rural landscapes. Joan has permitted construction of dams, hydropower plants and fishery facilities. In addition, she is an experienced technical editor.
George Gilmour, Senior Fisheries Biologist
George Gilmour has over 20 years of experience evaluating the effects of resource development on resident and anadromous fish populations and their habitat. He has a broad understanding of aquatic resource issues associated with hydroelectric project relicensing and license compliance, hatchery management, urban and rural development, and timber harvest activities; and has extensive experience applying his knowledge in support of the NEPA process and Section 7 ESA consultation.
Jason Shappart, Fisheries Scientist
Jason Shappart has over 17 years of experience determining fish distribution, abundance, habitat requirements, and limiting factors in the Pacific Northwest, focusing primarily on river and stream systems. Jason's particular area of interest is in arid landscapes and bull trout ecology. Over the last 10 years, his work has primarily focused on fish and habitat issues related to hydroelectric project operations. He also has a thorough understanding of Endangered Species Act, wetland, and in-water-work regulation and compliance. Jason works out of a home office in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Robyn Redekopp, Fisheries Biologist
Robyn Redekopp has a degree in Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, specializing in aquatic ecology and resource conservation. She has experience in both aquatic and marine ecosystems and has been involved in fish abundance studies, food web analyses including stomach content identification, habitat usage studies and creel surveys. Robyn also has a background in document management and organization, particularly quality control, data compilation and comment processing. She has been trained in the use of hydroacoustic technology to monitor fish abundance.
Eileen McLanahan, Senior Terrestrial Biologist
Eileen McLanahan has over 25 years of experience as a terrestrial biologist. She has worked with utilities, private developers, tribes, agencies, and as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's NEPA contractor team; with this background, Ms. McLanahan brings unique strengths and perspective to environmental analysis and planning. Her technical skills center around wildlife habitat evaluation, impact assessment, and mitigation; wetland inventory and delineation; and measures to protect ESA listed species. Ms. McLanahan is also an experienced project manager, coordinating teams of resource specialists in the preparation of NEPA and hydropower licensing documents, and serves as Meridian's president.
Jeff Boyce, Forest Ecologist / NEPA Specialist
Jeff Boyce is a Certified Forester with expertise in silvicultural management of forest and wildlife habitat. His range of skills include land use planning, GIS analysis, photo-interpretation, database design and data analyses, and recreation and visual assessments. He has over 22 years of experience in project planning, resource evaluations, and field studies throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Jeff has extensive NEPA experience evaluating land use and water resource development projects at sites administered by the Forest Service, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bonneville Power Administration, National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. He is particularly adept at assisting clients understand the complexities of Forest Service planning regulations, special use permitting, and the challenges of conducting field studies in Southeast Alaska.
Jeff is also Meridian's resident technology geek and is responsible for maintaining employee computer systems, the corporate file server and networking infrastructure, telecommunication systems, and project GIS databases. He enjoys finding ways to use technology to make Meridian's work more efficient, or more easily available, to the staff and clients.
Amy Corsini, Project Assistant / Business and Project Accountant
Amy Corsini has assisted Meridian's project teams for over ten years with the coordination of contracting, budgeting, and document production, and in many other critical capacities. Amy has a Master's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management.