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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.

 

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM



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.

 

 

 

SCIENTIFIC TEAM



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.

 

 

 

REVEGETATION TEAM



Benjamin Hanner, Reclamation Manager
 

B.S. Environmental Management, Indiana University

 

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Ben joined the Intermountain Aquatics team in the fall of 2013. He has worked in the natural resource field since 2006, and has assisted on a multitude of conservation projects. Some of his accomplishments include: restoration of native plant communities, inventorying and treating noxious weeds, planting native seed, conducting impact surveys, supervising construction and restoration projects, acting as a public educator, and working as a Resource Advisor for wild land fire operations. Ben is detail oriented and strives for efficiency. He is dedicated to excellence in the conservation field, not only for the client, but for future generations. In his free time, Ben enjoys rafting, fishing, climbing, skiing, mountaineering, hunting, and mountain biking.

 



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.

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATION TEAM



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.

 

 

 

 

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