About SAE

Synergy Applied Ecology provides scientific support for fish and wildlife research, management, and monitoring.

▪    We design, implement, and manage fish and wildlife research programs to understand species ecology and population dynamics, and provide a foundation for informed management plans.

▪    We use advanced statistical techniques to analyze large and complex data sets, giving data legs to stand up to peer review in scientific publications.

▪    We provide information and resources to link research results with management applications.

▪    We participate in the development of policies and procedures that support sustainable management of fish and wildlife resources.

▪    We provide scientific leadership to multi-agency and interdisciplinary teams involved in fish and wildlife research and integrated resource management planning.

We Can Help:
Give your research a head start  >> Our Field Services
Give your data legs >> Advanced Statistical Analysis
Build social license >> Project Management

 

 Feedback


“Thank you for all your hard work on the project to date. It has been great working with you. You have made my life easy by providing excellent reports and regular communications on the progress of the project!”

KAREN SKIBO, BC HYDRO

 

“This is a very well written article with data that supports the conclusions. I appreciated the careful and honest analyses presented.”

ANONYMOUS REVIEWERS, JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

 

“Je tiens à souligner la qualité de la rédaction qui est de loin parmi les plus soignées que j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer dans le cadre d’un mémoire de M.Sc. ou d’une thèse de Ph.D.”

DR. MARC BELISLE, UNIVERSITE DE SHERBROOKE

 

“The work and data collection have been outstanding.  Stone’s sheep census report is very good. Great work.”

DR. DALE SEIP, BC MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

 

Lead Personnel


Synergy Applied Ecology’s lead personnel have over 35 years combined experience in ecological research, operational fish and wildlife habitat assessments, and development of management strategies. 

 

20150626_SAE_5346Clint Cubberley, Registered Professional Biologist

Clint’s skills and expertise have been applied to a diverse range of fish and wildlife projects over the course of more than 15 years in environmental research and consulting.

Early work focused on salmonid habitat assessments, kokanee salmon enhancement programs, stream restoration, environmental monitoring of site remediation and construction projects in riparian areas, and operational fish and fish habitat assessments for the timber industry. His technical aptitude and acute problem solving skills in challenging field projects quickly led to leadership roles in both aquatic and terrestrial research programs.

Research highlights include contributions to the design and implementation of fish access mitigation trials; determining movements, redd selection and site fidelity of adfluvial bull trout; indexing reservoir tributaries for adfluvial bull trout population estimates; grizzly bear DNA collection for regional distribution and population estimates; assessing timing and frequency of trail and mineral lick use by mountain goats to inform forest development plans; and research on Stone’s sheep habitat use and population dynamics to inform oil and gas pre-tenure plans. Analytical specialties include database management and programming, geospatial data processing, and advanced applications in R statistical software.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a major in Freshwater Science. Fish ecology and the biogeochemical properties of aquatic systems continue to be academic interests, with a current focus on novel applications for fish otolith microchemistry analyses. He also enjoys teaching and contributes to limnology, water quality sampling, and fish ecology education programs for youth.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

▪    B.Sc. Freshwater Science
▪    Stream Restoration Design and Monitoring
▪    Stream Analysis and Fish Habitat Design
▪    Identification of Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia
▪    Backpack Electrofishing Certified Crew Supervisor
▪    Environmental Monitoring of Construction Projects
▪    Orientation to the Environmental Assessment Act
▪    Chemical Immobilization and Handling of Wildlife; Wildlife Necropsy

 

20090822_SAE_1890Pamela Hengeveld, Registered Professional Biologist

Pam has worked on wild sheep and goat projects throughout British Columbia since 1997, beginning with herd classified inventories of bighorn sheep in Kootenay National Park. Since 2002, she has been working as project leader and liaison in multi-stakeholder collaborations focused on ecology and management strategies for Stone’s sheep, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.

As project manager for a 5 year Stone’s sheep ecology research program, Pam was responsible for funding proposals and budgeting ($1.5M total with annual expenses of $250,000 – $475,000), human resources, field implementation, data analyses, and reporting to two advisory groups representing 12 stakeholders and 15 funding organizations.

Her academic background includes graduate research on ecology and harvest management of bighorn sheep populations in BC, under the direction of renowned wild sheep and goat researcher Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet. Her work evaluated population recovery after a pneumonia die-off in South Okanagan herds (Hengeveld 2008). As well, she investigated the effects of bighorn sheep harvest regulations and the resultant potential for undesirable artificial selection on horn growth (Hengeveld and Festa-Bianchet 2011).

Pam’s expertise has been applied in ground-based and aerial mark-resight population inventories; monitoring and analysis of habitat use by radio-collared sheep and goats; development of goat habitat supply models in collaboration with government and industry to inform forest development plans; development of Stone’s sheep management guidelines to inform oil and gas pre-tenure plans in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area; review of Yukon government guidelines for management, harvest, and mitigation of human impacts on thinhorn sheep; and collaborative research on Stone’s sheep and bighorn sheep habitat use, health, survival, and population demographics.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

▪    M.Sc. Wildlife Ecology
▪    Chemical Immobilization and Handling of Wildlife; Wildlife Necropsy
▪    Backpack Electrofishing Certified Crew Supervisor
▪    Mixed-Effect Modelling
▪    Graphics in R advanced statistical software
▪    Logistic Regression
▪    Analyzing Repeated Measures

 

Where You’ll Find Us


BC COLLEGE OF APPLIED BIOLOGY
ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS OF BC
MACKENZIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
RESEARCH GATE
ON FACEBOOK:
SOKS BIGHORN SHEEP PROJECT
WILLISTON LAKE TROUT PROJECT
S8M STONE’S SHEEP PROJECT

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