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Evidence of Excellence

How do you measure excellence?

We strive for consulting excellence, professional achievement, and community engagement.

We offer up our involvement with our community of professional, scientific, and conservation organizations; examples of technical reports that our clients have made public, and what we feel is an impressive list of peer reviewed scientific publications as evidence of excellence.

Community Involvement

We endeavor to stay engaged and contribute to our personal and professional communities through service to a variety of organizations. Over the last several years, staff members at Fiera Biological have volunteered their time to serve on various committees and boards, including:

  • Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society (ACTWS)
  • Environmental Law Centre (ELC)
  • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Environmental Task Force
  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)
  • ASPB Edmonton Professional Development Committee
  • Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC)
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Biological Sciences Advisory Committee

Selected Technical Reports

Clare, S., S. Koenig, and D.Roberts. 2017. Implications of Climate Change for Alberta’s Wetlands. Report prepared for Alberta NAWMP (North American Waterfowl Management Plan) Partnership. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 1662-2016.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2016. Parkland County Wetland Inventory & Historical Loss Assessment. Report prepared for Parkland County. Fiera Biological Report, October 2016. [winner of Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Publication Award – 2017 – In the category of biological technical report]

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2015. Leduc County Environmentally Significant Areas Study. Report prepared for Leduc County. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1358.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2014. Environmentally Significant Areas in Alberta: 2014 Update. Report prepared for the Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 1305. Pp. 51.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd (Fiera). 2014. Oldman Watershed Headwaters Indicator Project – Final Report (Version 2014.1). Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1346.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd). 2013. State of the Watershed Report – Phase 3: Water Quantity and Basic Water Quality in the Athabasca Watershed. Report prepared for the Athabasca Watershed Council. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1234.

Clare, S. and G. Sass. 2012. Riparian lands in Alberta: Current state, conservation tools, and management approaches. Report prepared for Riparian Land Conservation & Management Team, Alberta Water Council, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. Report #1163.

Clare, S. and G. Sass. 2012. Environmental Resources Inventory. Report prepared for the Town of Chestermere, Chestermere, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. Report #1222.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2012. Athabasca State of the Watershed Report: Phase 2. Report prepared for the Athabasca Watershed Council. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1142. Pp. 100.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2010. Aquatic Environmentally Significant Areas in Alberta. Report prepared for Alberta Environment, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 9030-2. Pp. 66.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2007. Species Accounts for High-Risk Flora and Fauna in Northwest Alberta: A Guide to Recognition, Species Issues, and Mitigation Opportunities. Report prepared for Daishowa Marubeni International Ltd. 348 pp. [winner of Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Publication Award – 2008 – In the category of a publication communicating biological information to the general public

Maxcy, K., S. Morrison, and S. Clare. 2007. Vegetation Response to Disturbance: Implications for Range Recovery for the Little Smoky and A la Peche Caribou Herds. Report prepared for Caribou Landscape Management Association. Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.

Bayne, E., C. Gray, and J. Litke. 2006. ABMP Winter Tracking Via Snowmobile. 2005/06 Protocol Assessment. The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Alberta, Canada.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Pimentel, S., Flowers, G.E., Sharp, M.J., Danielson, B., Copland, L., Van Wychen, W., Duncan, A. and Kavanaugh, J. 2017. Modelling intra-annual dynamics of a major marine-terminating Arctic glacier. Annals of Glaciology, doi: 10.1017/aog.2017.23

Barth,R. C. Davis, K. Sadownyk, and S. Clare. 2016. Stony Industrial West Integrated Stormwater Management and Wetland Preservation Concept. Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEFTEC 2016: Session 310 through Session 325, pp. 400-427(28).

Ladle, A., T. Avgar, M. Wheatley, and M. Boyce. 2016. Predictive modeling of ecological patterns along linear-feature networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12660.

Wyatt, F., and M. J. Sharp. 2015. Linking surface hydrology to flow regimes and patterns of velocity variability on Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 61, No. 226

Fisher, J.T., M. Wheatley, and D. MacKenzie. 2014. Spatial patterns of breeding success of grizzly bears derived from hierarchical multistate models. Conservation Biology 28:1249-59.

Doxsey-Whitfield, E., K. MacManus, S.B. Adamo, L. Pistolesi, J. Squires, O. Borkovska, and S.R. Baptista. 2015. Taking advantage of improved census data: A first look at the Gridded Population of the World, Version 4. Papers in Applied Geography 1(3):226-234.

Clare, S., and I. F. Creed. 2014. Tracking wetland loss to improve evidence-based wetland policy learning and decision making. Wetlands Ecology and Management: DOI 10.1007/s11273-013-9326-2.

Sharp, M., Burgess, D. O., Cawkwell, F., Copland, L., Davis, J.A., Dowdeswell, E.K. Dowdeswell, J. A., Gardner, A. S., Mair, D., Wang, L., Williamson, S. N., Wolken, G. J. and Wyatt, F. 2014. Remote sensing of recent glacier changes in the Canadian Arctic. In Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. Kargel, J.S., Bishop, M.P., Kääb, A., Raup, B.H., and Leonard, G. Eds. Springer Praxis Books, Berlin Heidelberg.

Clare, S., N. Krogman, and K. J. Caine. 2013. The “balance discourse”: A case study of power and wetland management. Geoforum 49:40–49.

Clare, S. and N. Krogman. 2013. Bureaucratic slippage and environmental offset policies: the case of wetland management in Alberta. Society and Natural Resources 26(6): 672-687.

Danielson, B. D. and M. J. Sharp. 2013. Development and application of a time-lapse photograph analysis method to investigate the link between tidewater glacier flow variations and supra glacial lake drainage events. Journal of Glaciology 59(214), 287-301.

DeCesare, J. Nicholas, M. Hebblewhite, F. Schmiegelow, D. Hervieux, M. Bradley, G. McDermid, K. Smith, L. E. Morgantini, J. Whittington, L. Neufeld, M. Wheatley, M. Sherrington, M. Musiani. 2012. Transcending scale-dependence in identifying habitat and threats for a threatened species, woodland caribou. Ecological Applications 22:1068-1083.

Fisher, J.T., S. Bradbury, B. Anholt, L. Nolan, L. Roy, J.P. Volpe, M. Wheatley 2013. Wolverines (Gulo gulo luscus) on the Rocky Mountain slopes: natural heterogeneity and landscape alteration as predictors of distribution. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 91: 706-716.

Sass, G., M. Wheatley, D.Aldred, J. Gould, and I. Creed. 2012. Defining protected area boundaries based on plant biodiversity using hydrological information derived from archived satellite imagery. Biological Conservation 147: 143-152.

Fisher, J.T., B. Anholt, S. Bradbury, M. Wheatley, and J.P. Volpe. 2012. Spatial segregation of sympatric marten and fishers: the influence of landscapes and species-scapes. Ecography 35: 240-248.

Holloway, G.H, W.P. Smith, C.B. Halpern, R.A. Gitzen, C.C. Maguire, and S.D. West. 2012. Influence of forest structure and experimental green-tree retention on northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) abundance. Forest Ecology and Management 285: 187-194.

Van Wychen, W., L. Copland, L. Gray, D. Burgess, B. Danielson and M. Sharp. 2012. Spatial and temporal variation of ice motion and ice flux from Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Glaciology 58(210), 657-664.

Herdes, E., L. Copland, B. Danielson, and M. Sharp. 2012. Relationships between iceberg plumes and sea-ice conditions on northeast Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut, Canada. Annals of Glaciology 53(60) 1-9.

Clare, S., N. Krogman, L. Foote, and N. Lemphers. 2011. Where is the avoidance in wetland law and policy? Wetlands Ecology and Management. 19(2): 165-182.

Holloway, G. L., and W.P. Smith. 2011. A Meta-Analysis of Forest Age and Structure Effects on Northern Flying Squirrel Densities. Journal of Wildlife Management. 75(3):668-674.

Clare, S., N. Krogman, and A.L. Foote. Submitted April 2010. Looking back: Understanding the history and political ecology of wetland management in Alberta. In: L. Adkin, N. Krogman, and B. Miller (Eds.). The Political Ecology of Alberta. Rutledge.

Wheatley, M. 2010. Domains of scale in forest landscape metrics: Implications for species-habitat modeling. Acta Oecologica 36: 259-267.

Wheatley, M. and C. Johnson. 2009. Factors limiting our understanding of ecological scale. Ecological Complexity 6: 150-159.

Garroway C.J., Bowman J, Cascaden T.J., Holloway G.L., Mahan C.G., Malcolm J.R., Steele M.A., Turner G, Wilson P.J. 2009. Climate change induced hybridization in flying squirrels. Global Change Biology 16: 113-121.

Lamb, E.G., E. Bayne, G. Holloway, J. Schieck, S. Boutin, J. Herbers, and D.L. Haughland. 2009. Indices for monitoring biodiversity change: are some more effective than others? Ecological Indicators 9: 432-444.

Wheatley, M. and K. Larsen. 2008. Differential space use inferred from live-trapping versus telemetry: northern flying squirrels and fine spatial grain. Wildlife Research 35: 425-433.

Fenger, M., and M. Wheatley. 2007. Sustainable Forestry Benchmarks for British Columbia: A GIS Assessment of undeveloped Watersheds as Ecological Monitoring Units. Forrex Series 21.

Wheatley, M. 2007. Fungi in summer diets of northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) within managed forests of western Alberta, Canada. Northwest Science 81: 265-273.

Wheatley, M. 2007. Relating body size of red squirrels to different conifer cone morphologies within the same geographic location. Journal of Mammalogy 88: 220-225.

Wheatley, M.T., J.T. Fisher, K. Larsen, J. Litke, and S. Boutin. 2005. Using GIS to relate small mammal abundance and landscape structure at multiple spatial extents: the northern flying squirrel in Alberta, Canada.  Journal of Applied Ecology 42, 577–586.

Wheatley, M., K.W. Larsen and S. Boutin. 2002. Does density reflect habitat quality for red squirrels during a spruce cone failure? Journal of Mammalogy 83: 716-727.

Hannon, S., C. Paszkowski, S. Boutin, J. Degroot, E. MacDonald, M. Wheatley, and B. Eaton. 2002. Abundance and species composition of amphibians, small mammals and songbirds in riparian forest buffer strips of varying widths in the boreal mixedwood of Alberta. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32: 1784-1800.

Wilhelm, F.M., A.K. Hardie, A.S. McNaught, S.L. Clare. 1998. Large suprabenthic Daphnia middendorffiana from and alpine lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Canadian Field Naturalist 112: 419-424.

 

 

Conference Presentations

  • Clare, S. 2017. Practical Tools for Improving Water Quality in the North Saskatchewan River. North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Water Quality Forum. April 6, 2017.
  • Wyatt, F. 2017. A geomatics based approach to assessing wetland condition and rates of historic loss in Parkland County. GEO Alberta, Western Canada’s Premier GeoSpatial Conference. March 21, 2017. Calgary Alberta.
  • Wyatt, F. 2017.  A drone’s-eye view: a new tool for assessing and monitoring wetland condition. GEO Alberta, Western Canada’s Premier GeoSpatial Conference. March 21, 2017. Calgary Alberta.
  • Danielson, B. 2017. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Considerations for the application of UAVs as a tool for environmental assessment and monitoring. GEO Alberta, Western Canada’s Premier GeoSpatial Conference. March 21, 2017. Calgary Alberta.
  • Koenig, S., S. Clare, and F. Wyatt. Big Buck Seeking Pretty Doe: Finding Ecological Connections in and Urban Landscape. Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society, March 18, 2017. Lac La Biche, Alberta.
  • Clare, S. 2017. Tools for identifying, mapping, and assessing riparian habitats in Alberta. Cochrane Environmental Action Committee and Bow River Basin Council. Collaborating for Healthy Riparian Lands: Engagement workshop for communities and municipalities, February 23, 2017. Cochrane, Alberta.
  • Clare, S. 2016. Avoid, minimize, and compensate: Pitfalls of the common decision sequence to protect wetlands. Webinar presentation at the request of Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme, August 3rd, 2016, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S. 2015. The Implementation Gap: Wetland Loss & Management in the Province of Alberta. Environmental Defence Society Conference, August 12, 2015, Aukland, NZ.
  • Clare, S., P. Boxall, and I. Creed. 2015. Cash for wetlands: Can the use of market-based interments improve wetland compensation outcomes in Alberta? Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions; Impact Innovation 2015. May 13, 2015, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Wyatt, F., S. Clare, and G. Holloway. 2014. The detection and mapping of Environmentally Significant Areas. Presented at ESRI Conference, September 17, 2014, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S. and N. Krogman. 2013. Bureaucratic Slippage and Environmental Offset Policies: The Case of Wetland Management in Alberta. Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference, February 19-21, 2013. Red Deer, Alberta.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman, and L. Foote. 2011. The cost of wetland loss: Bureaucratic slippage and wetland compensation in Alberta. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, June 4 to 8, 2011. Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman, L. Foote, and N. Lemphers. 2011. Where is the avoidance in the implementation of wetland law and policy? 5th International Conference on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, May 26 to 29, 2011. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Foote, L., C. Irena, S. Bayley, G. Sass, S. Clare. 2010. Hydrological and biological considerations for wetland policy. Workshop on Wetlands Management, Economics, and Policy, January 13-15, 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Huennemeyer,A., S. Clare, M. Weber. 2010. Towards an ecosystem-based wetland compensation rule in Alberta. Workshop on Wetlands Management, Economics, and Policy, January 13-15, 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Krogman, N., S. Clare, L. Foote, N. Lemphers. The policy failures of avoidance in wetland policy. International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources, June 6 to 10, 2010. Huntsville, Texas, USA.
  • Krogman,N., N. Lemphers, L. Foote, S. Clare. 2010. Policy failures of avoidance in wetland policy. Workshop on Wetlands Management, Economics, and Policy, January 13-15, 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Maxcy, K. and J. Litke. 2010. Seismic line successional recovery: implications for animal movement and weed invasion in the Boreal Forest. Presented at the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, March 12 to 14, 2010, Red Deer, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman and L Foote. 2009. First avoid, then minimize, and as a last option compensate: the pitfalls of the common decision sequence to conserve wetlands. Presented at the Rural Sociological Society Meeting, July 29 to August 1, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Clare, S., L. Foote, and N. Krogman. 2009. Unintended outcomes? Examining the impacts of wetland policy on biodiversity in Central Alberta. Presented at the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, March 6 to 8, 2009, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman and L Foote. 2009. First avoid, then minimize, and as a last option compensate: the pitfalls of the common decision sequence to conserve wetlands. Presented at the Rural Sociological Society Meeting, July 29 to August 1, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Calon, K. and S. Clare. 2008. Managing for bird diversity in an urban landscape. Presented at Alberta’s Environment Conference, April 21 to 23, 2008, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Maxcy, K., S. Morrison, and S. Clare. 2008. Vegetation response to disturbance: implications for range recovery for the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou herds. Presented at the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, February 28 to March 2, 2008, Red Deer, AB, Canada.