Michele Jones M.Sc., R.P. Bio.
Michele Jones is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio.) with over 25 years experience working and teaching in the field. Michele operates her own biological consulting firm specializing in vegetation, wildlife, and ecological inventory services.
In addition to teaching NREP programs, Ms. Jones has instructed vegetation and forest assessment, environmental impact assessment, ecology, biology, and statistics at North Island College. Michele is also a certified Streamkeepers (DFO) and Wetlandkeepers (BCWF) instructor, in addition to teaching BC Inventory procedures throughout the province. Plant measurement and identification, soil analysis, and Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) are also major components in many of her training courses.
Jillian is a Professional Biologist and Planner with over 17 years’ experience with natural resources and over 8 years’ experience combined in regional community, marine and biodiversity planning. Jillian has worked for provincial, regional and First Nations’ governments as well as not-for-profits, and operates a planning and environmental services consulting firm. Jillian has worked with the Riparian Areas Regulation as a local government environmental planner, provincial RAR biologist, and as a consultant doing assessments.
Kim Ives M.Sc., P. Bio
Kim Ives is a Professional Biologist (P. Bio) and a Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) with more than 10 years of combined experience in the fish & wildlife and education fields conducting species sampling and habitat assessments throughout Alberta and B.C.. Kim has worked in both the government and environmental consulting sector as a fisheries biologist and has also been an instructor in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Renewable Resources program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Kim has taught several courses related to both fish and wildlife ecology and management. She has also taught invertebrate zoology and Environmental Assessment courses, as well as supervised independent student research projects examining fish and wildlife and their habitats in B.C..
Lora McAuley, M.Sc., R.P.Bio
Lora is a Professional Biologist with over 16 years’ experience as a consultant in the fisheries and aquatic sciences. She has a strong background in salmonid ecology, having lead numerous stream, wetland and lake assessments. Lora has also dove into the marine realm of the aquatic sciences – literally – with numerous underwater marine ecosystem assessments and coastal restoration projects. Her career has exposed her to a variety of sectors across BC and in the Arctic, including aquaculture, forestry, hydro, mining, highways, First Nations land management, residential development and non-profit conservation initiatives. Teaching for NREP allows Lora to share her knowledge and experience to further students’ careers in this exciting field.
Catherine Orban - M.Sc, P.Ag
Catherine Orban is a Registered Professional Agrologist (PAg) with extensive experience as an environmental inspector and planner, as well as a dedicated soil specialist on a variety of linear development projects. Catherine has over 25 years’ experience in planning, construction and site restoration on pipeline, facilities, access and agricultural land use projects in western Canada. She owns and operates Soil Matters Consulting Ltd. (BC).
In addition to teaching NREP programs, Catherine has instructed a wide variety of short courses for ENFORM in linear planning, environmental management and pipeline environmental inspection since 1998 in various locations in Alberta and BC.
Norm Zirnhelt, R.P.Bio
Norm Zirnhelt is a Registered Professional Biologist with over 35 years experience in water and air quality. Norm was head of the BC Ministry of Environment’s (MOE) Air/Water Quality Monitoring and Impact Assessment Section for the Cariboo Region from 1989-2010.
Norm has been Principal Consultant at his consulting firm, Cariboo Environmental Quality Consulting Ltd. (CEQC) since 2010. CEQC has completed projects on lakeshore protection in sensitive areas, aquatic benthic biology, fish tissue & water chemistry assessment in the mining sector, analysis of aquatic benthic data from a range of sites for the Ministry of Environment, and has developed & conducted training courses for impact assessment biologists for the MOE, as well as Ducks Unlimited staff. In addition, from 2011 – 2016 Norm has conducted Lakekeepers training for lake stewardship groups in the interior of BC. Norm is currently President of the BC Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS), a non profit society dedicated to the preservation and protection of British Columbia’s lakes.
Duane Barker, PhD
Dr. Duane Barker has more than 25 years of experience in aquatic animal health research and over 20 years of university teaching. Duane has a strong passion for teaching and has taught many university courses, as well as developed and delivered many industry-training courses.
Being from coastal rural Newfoundland, Dr. Barker has always been drawn to the sea and his research has focused on aquatic industries of coastal communities. In 2015, he was awarded a New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Research Chair appointment at the Huntsman Marine Sciences Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. While at Huntsman, Dr. Barker was involved with several aquaculture therapeutic product development studies and ecotoxicology assessments for private industry, pharmaceutical companies and government. One of his past major research projects in BC tested the role of sea lice as vectors of salmon pathogens and how the lice affect the salmon immune response. Previous research efforts have focused on Atlantic & Pacific fish and invertebrates with topics including: disease challenges, vaccine and immunostimulant testing, pathogen surveys, ecotoxicology, pathology, mark-recapture studies and population assessments.