Specialized + Teamwork

We bring a breadth and depth of expert knowledge and experience to each project.

Team Profiles

IEG is comprised of a diverse group of talented individuals who are specialists in their respective fields, but also enjoy working as a team on multidisciplinary projects.

Jeff Anderson, M.Sc., R.P.Bio

Restoration Ecologist

Jeff specializes in restoration ecology, focusing on the fields of vegetation and soil biology. He received his B.Sc. in biology from the University of Victoria (2005), and proceeded to work…... Read More

Trevor Baker, B.Sc.

Soil Scientist

Trevor graduated from UBC’s Applied Biology Program with an Honours degree in Applied Plant and Soil Science (2012) and started working at IEG in 2013. His primary area of practice…... Read More

Kevan Berg, Ph.D.


Kevan specializes in ethnoecology and landscape ecology. He has 12 years of experience in interdisciplinary research and consulting relating to ethnoecology and cultural research, cumulative effects and land use planning,…... Read More

Matt Carlson, M.Sc.

Landscape Ecologist

Matt is an ecologist interested in using landscape simulation to help organizations understand trade-offs associated with land use options. He began working with IEG in 2018 and has over 20…... Read More

Thomas Dyck, M.A., Ph.D.

Applied Human Ecologist, Geographer

Thomas is an applied human ecologist and geographer, interested in how collaborative, community-led approaches influence resource management and policy development and contribute to sustainable communities. Thomas has eight years of…... Read More

Anna Finegan, Dipl B.A.

Chief Financial Officer

Anna is a financial manager with a Diploma in business administration (accounting/computing specialty) and 27 years of business experience, 16 of which were spent running her own bookkeeping company in…... Read More

Megan Firth, M.Sc.

Industry and Community Engagement Specialist

Megan’s background is water resource management and engagement of industry and communities. Megan completed her Bachelor of Social Science at University of Ottawa in International Development (2012) and an…... Read More

Melissa Iverson, M.Sc., A.Ag.

Soil Scientist

Melissa is a soil scientist whose interests lie in soil classification, soil quality assessment, and geographic information systems (GIS). She completed a B.Sc. in the faculty of Land and Food…... Read More

Valerie Krebs, B.Sc.

Terrestrial Ecologist

Valerie is a terrestrial ecologist with a background in landscape ecology and forestry. She received a B.Sc. in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation from the University of Greifswald, Germany (2014)…... Read More

Katie McMahen, Ph.D., P.Ag.


Katie is a terrestrial ecologist and soil scientist with 10 years of operational and research experience in the mining industry. Following completion of a B.Sc. in Global Resource Systems…... Read More

Natalie Melaschenko, M.Sc.

Terrestrial Ecologist, Community Engagement Researcher

Natalie has worked in the field of ecology for over 14 years. She received a B.Sc. in biology from Queen's University (2001) and a M.Sc. in biology (focus on small…... Read More

Meghan Nickels, M.Sc.

Ecologist, Soil Scientist

Meghan is an ecologist and soil scientist with a background in plant-soil interactions. She has over 12 years of experience in the field of ecology. She received a B.Sc. in…... Read More

Ben Pearse, B.Sc.

GIS Analyst, Ecologist

Ben is a GIS Analyst & Ecologist at IEG. He received a B.Sc. in Geography and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Geomatics from the University of Victoria (2020), and…... Read More

Max Ryan, M.Sc.


Max is an ecologist with a background in conservation biology and plant physiology. He received a B.Sc. in both Biology and Geography from the University of Oregon (2012), and…... Read More

Clint Smyth, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.

Ecologist, Wildlife Habitat Biologist

Clint's formal education includes a B.Sc. in biology (general studies, 1977), a M.Sc. in biology (vegetation science, 1987) and a Ph.D. in geography (biogeography/landscape ecology, 1996). Clint has worked for…... Read More

Megan Spencer, B.A., Dip. RNS

Social Scientist

Megan is a social scientist with a background in ethnoecology and ethnobotany. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (2015) and a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems…... Read More

Justin Straker, M.Sc., P.Ag.

Soil Scientist, Forest Ecologist, President

Justin is a soil scientist and forest ecologist at IEG, which he co-founded in 2010. In 1992, Justin completed his B.A. at McGill University in anthropology, and in 1998 he…... Read More

Angelika Ranger

Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Angelika began working as IEG’s bookkeeper and administrative assistant in 2019, bringing with her diverse experience from various industries including retail, hospitality, construction and creative writing. She discovered her passion…... Read More

Telsa Willsey, M.Sc.

Vegetation Ecologist

Telsa is an ecologist with a background in plant pathology and entomology. She received a B.Sc. in Biology (2014) from the University of Victoria, and a M.Sc. in biology (2018)…... Read More

Close Associates

Shanti Berryman, Ph.D.

Ecologist, Community Engagement Specialist, Founder

Shanti is an ecologist and community engagement specialist working as a close associate of IEG, which she co-founded in 2010. Shanti's formal education includes a B.Sc. in forest ecology (1996)…... Read More

Ann Garibaldi, M.Sc., R.P.Bio

Ethnoecologist, Ethnobotanist, Founder

Ann is an ethnoecologist and ethnobotanist working as a close associate of IEG, which she co-founded in 2010. Ann has more than 15 years of research experience and applied experience…... Read More

IEG is Hiring!

IEG is currently hiring the following positions, please check out the job descriptions below for more information.

Terrestrial Ecologist/Soil Scientist

GIS Analyst/Ecologist

Cumulative Effects Analyst

Cumulative Effects Analyst and Developer

Grassland health assessment
Grassland health assessment
Soil sampling
Soil sampling
Reclamation Team
Reclamation Team