Always a pleasure to catch the beautiful Canada Warbler and today we’ve caught 4! Unfortunately this species is listed as Threatened on the Species at Risk Act as it has declined by 62% between 1970 and 2014. This hatch year male is about to embark on a 3,000 mile journey south! pic.twitter.com/n156ZmS8sq Retweeted by Fiera Biological

#fieldworkfriday Understanding the #impact of a proposed #development on #naturalfeatures often means getting your feet wet. Here, Dr. Shari Clare is sporting her favourite #fieldfashion, while assessing a #wetland in Central #Alberta. #ecology #assessment #conservation pic.twitter.com/wj2Vpfy06i

Renee Howard
Senior Ecologist

Masters of Science (MSc)
Western University, Department of Biology, 2019

Bachelor of Science (BSc)
University of Alberta, Department of Biology, 2012

Certified Professional Biologist, Alberta Society of Professional Biologists

Expertise:

Renee’s expertise is in all things wetlands, including condition assessments, vegetation surveys, and educating on the benefits and services wetlands provide to anyone who will listen. She’s also proficient in habitat assessment, plant identification, and wildlife surveys for a number of regions and species guilds across the province. Further, she’s adept at assessing and providing recommendations for mitigating impacts of development on natural features and navigating the regulatory approvals process.

Experience:

Renee has a diverse background and extensive field experience in ecological monitoring, including surveying for amphibian egg masses in northern Alberta, monitoring the feeding behaviour of small herbivores in the tundra, and surveying for breeding and nesting birds. She has a keen eye for identification of Alberta’s vegetation species and has conducted surveys for rare vascular plants. Most recently, Renee has completed a postgraduate degree focused on evaluating the recovery of wetlands following restoration. Through her educational and professional work experiences, Renee has developed a strong understanding of community assembly, human-ecological interactions, and managing natural features for long-term sustainability.


Notable Work:

Completed an MSc (Spring 2019) evaluating wetland restoration success by tracking structural and functional recovery.

Completed ecological investigations and related reporting for residential subdivisions and developments within the City of Edmonton, Parkland County, City of Beaumont, and the City of Lloydminister, SK.

Conducted four years of annual monitoring for amphibian egg masses associated with oil and gas development located north of Fort McMurray, AB.

Conducted environmental surveys, assessed impacts, and provided management recommendations for a surface mining lease located along the Athabasca River, in northern Alberta.

Assisted with research into agricultural land use practices for the Agroforestry Development Centre in Saskatchewan.

Submission of multiple regulatory approval applications, including Code of Practice notifications under the Water Act, approval for wetland disturbances under the Water Act, and ownership determination under the Public Lands Act.

Professional Associations:

Alberta Society of Professional Biologists

Society of Ecological Restoration


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