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IMA Staff  

Intermountain Aquatics is dedicated to providing a stimulating proactive and rewarding work environment where self-motivated and conscientious individuals thrive. IMA team members are smart, honest, diligent and creative individuals with great ambition for quality and efficiency in all that they do.




Katherine Salsbury, Owner, Business Manager and Fisheries Scientist

M.S. Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming; B.S. Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado


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Since 1997 Katie has been managing and completing a wide range of environmental projects including: fisheries habitat restoration projects, bio-engineered stream bank stabilization, stream surveys and fisheries analyses, wetland delineations, water quality monitoring, environmental analyses, vegetation and wildlife mapping, environmental permitting and landscape planning. She specializes in identifying and addressing limiting factors to trout populations and has extensive experience with all elements of the design-build process including permitting (IDWR, ACOE) and managing construction subcontractors. . Her recent research interests include quantifying the utilization of constructed stream habitats by resident and migratory trout and longevity of bio-engineered bank stabilization projects. Katie’s excellent communication and organizational skills combined with her thorough scientific knowledge has allowed her to consistently manage projects for IMA that achieve client goals while adhering to project budgets and schedules.


Jeffrey Klausmann, Owner, Project Manager and Wetlands Scientist

M.S. Land Rehabilitation, Montana State University; B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont


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Jeff has been designing, permitting, constructing and revegetating wetland and upland restoration projects since 1993. Most recently he has focused on restoration and creation of water bird habitats for sensitive species and the establishment and maintenance of dry land plant communities for upland nesting waterfowl, passerine songbirds and sage steppe dependent wildlife. His technical background in wildlife biology, wetland function analysis, and native plants enables him to develop comprehensive designs that address multiple ecologic functions. Jeff is a leader in the conservation community in eastern Idaho and is dedicated to maintaining high environmental stewardship and conservation values on all of his projects. Jeff has designed over 30 wildlife habitat projects throughout the west and has been the IMA project manager on multiple complex environmental projects, and has effectively coordinated projects with engineering, landscape architecture and land planning firms.





Paul Hook, Senior Wetland & Watershed Scientist

Ph.D. Range Science/Ecology, Colorado State University, M.S. Biology, East Carolina University B.S. Botany, University of Washington


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Paul has been working in natural resource research and consulting, primarily in Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and Wyoming since 1988. He specializes in wetland, riparian and rangeland ecology, including research; grant writing, publication, and resource analysis. He has expertise in plant-based approaches to wastewater treatment, sediment control, and streambank stabilization; invasive plant establishment in wetlands; plant-soil relations; and quantitative methods for ecological and water resource studies. Paul worked as an assistant professor at Montana State University for 7 years before joining IMA and taught courses in wetland ecology, watershed management, and ecological monitoring. Paul has provided his expertise in statistics and scientific monitoring on numerous IMA projects and has contributed directly to research on revegetation methods for sedge wetlands, analysis of thermal impacts from pond development, design of a wetland plant nursery, completing a stormwater wetland feasibility analysis, studies of weed control and streambank bio-engineering, and designs for a wastewater wetland treatment facility.


Eric August, Water Resource/Environmental Engineer

M.S. Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, B.S. Civil Engineering, Lehigh University


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Eric specializes in river restoration design, bio-engineered bank stabilization, hydraulic modeling, water quality testing, modeling and improvement techniques, fluvial geomorphology, grading plans for wetlands and ponds, stream surveying and watershed mapping. He has worked closely with Katie and Jeff at IMA since 2004 engineering ecological designs so that they are functional, durable, and maintain natural processes. His experience is marked by over 50 miles of stream and river projects, 185 acres of wetland and pond work, and the 100 plus projects he has worked on involving surveying, design, permitting, construction management and/or scientific research. Eric is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.


Jason Chircop, Field Scientist

B.S. Chemistry, The Colorado College


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Jason has worked as a field scientist, crew leader, and equipment operator within the environmental consulting field since 2003. He has field and management experience in reclamation and stream habitat restoration and has completed an array of projects for both the private and public sectors. He also has experience performing wetland delineations, wildlife monitoring, and environmental permitting. Jason excels in maintaining quality client relationships and strives to ensure that client goals are achieved. He has extensive experience working for a habitat restoration excavation company and is able to provide insights to the design regarding practical construction techniques. Jason will also assist in any field data collection and will insure that the collection methods are scientifically sound and rigorous.


Andy Smith, Field Scientist

B.A. Environmental Conservation, University of Colorado


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We are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague Andy Smith. He passed away on June 12, 2010. We enjoyed working with him for 7 years. He was a field scientist focusing on stream habitat restoration and he was very passionate about his work. He was able to take on any field task no matter how random or challenging. When he wasn’t in the field he was compiling reports in the office, correcting our grammar, making us laugh with his wonderfully inappropriate humor, partaking in the office goodies and going on coffee runs. Andy genuinely cared about the people in his life and was very thoughtful in his daily interactions. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his adorable daughter Anika, socializing, being on the river fishing, mountain biking and skiing. We will all miss him greatly.

Taken by Water

He had gone this gray and spitting day looking for fishes, to study the work of his own hands – work done from his heart in the bright glow of a computer screen and then hand and hand with heavy equipment rumbling. How had the great mother re-worked this work - the pool: riffle ratios, meander patterns and bottom substrates so carefully manipulated by he to help her own? Surprisingly he spied a crane’s nest, tucked in neatly and nestled in sedges, surrounded by the protection of water, with the water coming down. She was prostrate, sodden, her neck outstretched and body draped to protect her egg, the season was late, odds were against her and still she hung on. But the water kept coming and when he returned two weeks later she was gone - her nest overwhelmed and flooded. In a single fleeting moment a decision was made and with rufous blur and dripping wings she took flight and disappeared.

Jeff Klausmann, June 14, 2010


Eric McCulley, Senior Scientist, Watershed Ecologist

M.S. Watershed Science (pending), Utah State University; B.S. Geology, James Madison University


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Eric has been planning, implementing, and following up on numerous ecological restoration and wetland mitigation projects since 2001. His experience ranges from assessment of ecological integrity of wetlands to migratory bird inventory to zooplankton biomass evaluation. He provides guidance to decision makers and their staff on optimizing use of project funds for maximum ecological and societal benefit. He has completed projects related to mapping of hydrology, soils, and vegetation; analysis of data on water, plants, and birds; monitoring for adaptive management of open spaces, ranches, and nature preserves; and restoring wildlife, stream, and wetland habitats. He is currently helping several large land owners in the Intermountain West develop sustainable land management programs and regularly provides training and advice to land stewards and habitat managers. He has provided input on design and oversight for implementation of many stream and wetland restoration projects and currently assists with upland and wetland habitat management on thousands of acres throughout the Intermountain West.





Philip Davis, Integrated Weed Management Consultant

B.S. Horticulture, Colorado State University; M.S. Land Rehabilitation, Montana State University


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Philip’s graduate research at MSU focused on the management and ecology of invasive plants. His interest lies in integrating cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical techniques to create comprehensive, sustainable weed management plans. He strives to convey the importance of annual monitoring and early detection of invasive plant populations to prevent large infestations before they occur. He also has experience with greenhouse, native plant nursery, and landscaping work.


Tyler Williams, Equipment Operator/Manager

A.S. Automotive & Diesel Technology


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Tyler joins IMA with a diverse background in vehicle/equipment maintenance and operation in various industries, including farming, gravel/road construction, recreational vehicles and light/medium duty automotive. Tyler’s most valuable asset for IMA is his constant ability to strive for efficiency through proper equipment operation techniques. Tyler believes a proper functioning implement on a jobsite not only improves production but the job is done properly leading to an excellent product for the client and employees. His spare time is spent tinkering with small wood and metal working projects, but when the snow is flying or sun is shining he can be found in the mountains on skis or foot.


David Seay, Restoration Manager

B.S. Anthropology/Archeology, Kennesaw State University


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David comes to IMA with 3 years of experience running construction projects in residential restoration. He also spent 3 years working as a Professor’s Assistant for archeological field schools, including one in Belize. David brings exceptional organizational skills to every project and is extremely detail-oriented. He grew up hunting and fishing in Georgia and brings his deep love of the outdoors to his work and play.


Taylor Farnum, Project Manager

B.A. Environmental Science, University of Virginia


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Taylor has experience in many aspects of ecological restoration including research, management, permitting, and implementation. She started her environmental career in 2001 in the Sierra Nevada where she worked as both a wildlife and fisheries biologist. She studied a diversity of species and habitats from spotted owls in mature forest, Lahontan Cutthroat trout in mountain streams, and mountain yellow-legged frogs in high elevation lakes. She worked for the California EPA helping to improve water quality and as a plant ecologist for UC Davis. She most recently worked for The Nature Conservancy, implementing and monitoring habitat restoration efforts for Coho Salmon in a coastal watershed. She also loves kayaking and rock climbing, and is beginning to master the art of fishing.





Jenny Jensen, Bookkeeper/Office Manager

B.A. Communications, University of Utah


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Jenny has been with Intermountain Aquatics since 2002 after moving to the valley from Utah. She provides all of the bookkeeping services, project reconciliations, human resources and office management for IMA. When she is not in the office she is trail running, skiing, biking and enjoying life in Teton Valley with her family.


Ginny Robbins, Administrative/Field Assistant

B.S. Environmental Studies and Politics, Whitman College


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Ginny assists in all aspects of Intermountain Aquatics including project permitting, field data collection, administrative duties, coordinating with clients and agencies, and project installation. She is able to enthusiastically and competently take on any project or challenge. When she is not at her desk at IMA she is ski patrolling at Grand Targhee, raft guiding on the Snake River, and managing her startup goat dairy.