Jasper NP maligne caribou herd is no more. They have ceased to be. Expired. This occurrence is no joke. rmotoday.com/lake-louise/ja… Retweeted by Fiera Biological

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Remote sensing, GIS, land cover classification, wetland inventory, habitat modeling, machine learning, random forest classifier

Team Profile: Shantel Koenig

Team Profile: Shantel Koenig Ph.D. Landscape Ecologist & GIS Specialist

Shantel started with Fiera in October of 2016, and brought highly valued capabilities in complex spatial modelling and statistical analysis. She came with a Masters in Geographic Information Systems, and completed her PhD a short while after settling in. Her graduate research focused on using Spatial Interaction Models (SIMS) to model metapopulations and analyze landscape connectivity. Since then, her experience creating Resource Selection Function (RSF) models for species at risk, processing and analyzing wildlife movement (telemetry) data, creating land cover classifications, and conducting habitat connectivity analysis using a variety of spatial modeling techniques has been invaluable. During her time with us she has published two peer reviewed research papers, one in the field of theoretical ecology, and another in the field of remote sensing, and contributed significantly to at least a dozen high profile technical reports. When Shantel isn’t in the office helping to make Fiera awesome, there is a good chance that she is riding a muddy bicycle somewhere really, really fast, playing electric base on a jazz or folk music album, or countering the stigma associated with having advanced statistical skills by posting images of her beloved cat, Ella. 

Highlights of 2016. Shantel Koenig, Landscape Ecologist, Fiera Biological Consulting. She rides bikes, fast. #catlady

Shantel Koenig, Landscape Ecologist, Fiera Biological Consulting. She rides bikes, fast. #catlady

Ella, the cat

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Posted in: Biological Resource Assessments, Environmental Planning, News, Notes from the Field, Remote Sensing & GIS, Wildlife Research and Monitoring

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Geomatic Applications in Ecology

Using Drones and Remote Sensing Techniques to make Habitat Management Decisions!

These days it seems everyone and their dog has gone a little bit drone crazy! From wedding photographers and real-estate agents, to land surveyors and engineering firms, just about everyone has a drone and is touting it as evidence of their innovation. Unfortunately, most of the innovation is unrealized because so few have the knowledge and technical ability do anything other than produce pretty pictures. Read more

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The Fiera Top Five Highlights of 2016

What a great year 2016 was for Fiera Biological. We landed new clients, formed new working relationships, hired new talent, and ventured into new lines of business. Honestly, so much happened in 2016 that there is just too much to report in this blog, so we’re narrowing our focus to the top 5 highlights of 2016.

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Wetland inventory, wetland condition, remote sensing, UAV, Drone, Satellite imagery, landscape planning, conservation planning, municipal policy, municipal planning, wetland conservation, wetland management, land management, stewardship

Wetland Inventory and Loss Assessment

Wetlands are important. You don’t have to take our word for it, lots of other folks agree. Environment Canada, for instance, says that wetlands are “among the most productive habitats on Earth”, and goes on to say that “if we continue to lose wetlands, a large and important piece of the natural system that keeps our world healthy will disappear.” The Government of Alberta agrees too! The Alberta Wetland Policy states that wetlands “play an important role in sustaining healthy watersheds by protecting water quality, providing water storage and infiltration, providing habitat for wildlife, fish and plants, and sustaining biodiversity.” Even industry organizations like the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) state that “wetlands are vital to the sustainability of ecosystems as they filter water, store carbon, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and act as flood protection.”

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Environmentally Significant Areas, Leduc County, Alberta. Map of Leduc County. Fiera Biological Consulting. Consultant. Remote Sensing, Systematic Conservation Planning, GIS

Leduc County Environmentally Significant Areas Study

Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) are generally defined as areas that contain unique landforms, important wildlife habitat, or species of conservation concern.

Fiera Biological has been retained by Leduc County to update the existing portfolio of ESAs. As part of this work, we want you to tell us where the most important ESAs are in Leduc County!

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