Meet our staff

 
  Jeff Klausmann, Owner, Project Manager and Restoration Ecologist   M.S. Land Rehabilitation, Montana State University; B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont  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 ecological 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, has been the IMA project manager on multiple complex environmental projects, and has effectively coordinated projects with engineering, landscape architecture and land planning firms.

Jeff Klausmann, Owner, Project Manager and Restoration Ecologist
M.S. Land Rehabilitation, Montana State University; B.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont
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 ecological 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, has been the IMA project manager on multiple complex environmental projects, and has effectively coordinated projects with engineering, landscape architecture and land planning firms.

  Katie 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  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.

Katie 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
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.

  Paul Hook, Wetland & Watershed Scientist   Ph.D. Range Science/Ecology, Colorado State University, M.S. Biology, East Carolina University B.S. Botany, University of Washington  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.

Paul Hook, Wetland & Watershed Scientist
Ph.D. Range Science/Ecology, Colorado State University, M.S. Biology, East Carolina University B.S. Botany, University of Washington
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 Engineer, PE   M.S. Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, B.S. Civil Engineering, Lehigh University  Eric is our expert 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.

Eric August, Water Resource Engineer, PE
M.S. Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, B.S. Civil Engineering, Lehigh University
Eric is our expert 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  Jason has worked within the environmental consulting and habitat restoration field since 2003. During this time, he has specialized in upland, wetland, and stream restoration. He has extensive experience in every aspect of habitat restoration including data collection, analysis, design, permitting, implementation, and monitoring. He has completed an array of projects for both the private and public sectors, and utilizes subsequent monitoring data to advance his trade. Jason also has experience working in the habitat restoration excavation business. This allows him to provide realistic construction estimates, efficiently perform construction management, and ensure that practical construction techniques are incorporated into designs. He excels in maintaining quality client relationships and strives to ensure that client goals are achieved. Jason has received his level IV Natural Channel Design certification from Wildland Hydrology, and a wetland delineation certification from the Wetland Training Institute.

Jason Chircop, Field Scientist
B.S. Chemistry, The Colorado College
Jason has worked within the environmental consulting and habitat restoration field since 2003. During this time, he has specialized in upland, wetland, and stream restoration. He has extensive experience in every aspect of habitat restoration including data collection, analysis, design, permitting, implementation, and monitoring. He has completed an array of projects for both the private and public sectors, and utilizes subsequent monitoring data to advance his trade. Jason also has experience working in the habitat restoration excavation business. This allows him to provide realistic construction estimates, efficiently perform construction management, and ensure that practical construction techniques are incorporated into designs. He excels in maintaining quality client relationships and strives to ensure that client goals are achieved. Jason has received his level IV Natural Channel Design certification from Wildland Hydrology, and a wetland delineation certification from the Wetland Training Institute.

  Jake Bucklin, Project Manager   M.S. Geoscience, University of Iowa, B.S. Geoscience, University of Iowa  Jake joined the IMA team in 2018, bringing his experience from working on brownfield sites, environmental site assessments, GIS, coordinating with agencies and clients, report preparation, research, and sample collection. Jake enjoys taking on a wide variety of challenges and is always striving to learn and improve. When he isn’t in the office, he enjoys taking advantage of the great outdoor activities available in Teton Valley. Jake holds certifications for 38-hour Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Training as well as OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training.

Jake Bucklin, Project Manager
M.S. Geoscience, University of Iowa, B.S. Geoscience, University of Iowa
Jake joined the IMA team in 2018, bringing his experience from working on brownfield sites, environmental site assessments, GIS, coordinating with agencies and clients, report preparation, research, and sample collection. Jake enjoys taking on a wide variety of challenges and is always striving to learn and improve. When he isn’t in the office, he enjoys taking advantage of the great outdoor activities available in Teton Valley. Jake holds certifications for 38-hour Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Training as well as OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training.

  Chris Somerville, Revegetation Manager   University of Virginia  Chris got his start in construction, excavation, landscaping and hardscaping, where he recognized his strong leadership skills and how much he enjoys managing a crew. He is mechanically inclined with an engineering mindset, which makes him an indispensable handyman to have around the office or on any project. He enjoys the satisfaction of working in the field and seeing a project take shape. His attention to detail and systematic approach ensures projects are completed as intended and on schedule. As an avid outdoorsman he’s inspired to be part of a restoration team, to give back and make a positive impact on the environment.

Chris Somerville, Revegetation Manager
University of Virginia
Chris got his start in construction, excavation, landscaping and hardscaping, where he recognized his strong leadership skills and how much he enjoys managing a crew. He is mechanically inclined with an engineering mindset, which makes him an indispensable handyman to have around the office or on any project. He enjoys the satisfaction of working in the field and seeing a project take shape. His attention to detail and systematic approach ensures projects are completed as intended and on schedule. As an avid outdoorsman he’s inspired to be part of a restoration team, to give back and make a positive impact on the environment.

  Ginny Robbins, Field Scientist   B.S. Environmental Studies and Politics, Whitman College  Ginny has been with IMA since 2012. She specializes in project permitting, field data collection, wetland delineations, AutoCAD drafting, coordinating with clients and agencies, report compilation, research and analysis, and project installation. She is equally comfortable and happy at her computer, or in the field in any conditions. Ginny has a wetland delineation certification from the Wetland training Institute.

Ginny Robbins, Field Scientist
B.S. Environmental Studies and Politics, Whitman College
Ginny has been with IMA since 2012. She specializes in project permitting, field data collection, wetland delineations, AutoCAD drafting, coordinating with clients and agencies, report compilation, research and analysis, and project installation. She is equally comfortable and happy at her computer, or in the field in any conditions. Ginny has a wetland delineation certification from the Wetland training Institute.

  Jenny Jensen, Office Manager/Bookkeeper/Human Resources   B.A. Communications, University of Utah  Jenny has been with Intermountain Aquatics since 2002. She is our do-it-all gal! Jenny does all the office operations; bookkeeping, project invoicing and reconciliations, human resources, IT support, and makes the best coffee cake in all of Teton Valley. She enjoys working with the IMA team, and for a company that brings many important environmental benefits to the community. When she isn't in the office at her stand-up desk, you can find Jenny raising her two children, running in the mountains, or fishing local rivers.

Jenny Jensen, Office Manager/Bookkeeper/Human Resources
B.A. Communications, University of Utah
Jenny has been with Intermountain Aquatics since 2002. She is our do-it-all gal! Jenny does all the office operations; bookkeeping, project invoicing and reconciliations, human resources, IT support, and makes the best coffee cake in all of Teton Valley. She enjoys working with the IMA team, and for a company that brings many important environmental benefits to the community. When she isn't in the office at her stand-up desk, you can find Jenny raising her two children, running in the mountains, or fishing local rivers.