Staff

Glenn Ruckhaus President

NEPA Analysis, Permitting, and Regulatory Compliance

BA, Geology, University of Colorado,   Certified Professional Geologist

Glenn Ruckhaus has 30 years of experience in managing and evaluating natural resource and infrastructure projects throughout the western US and Alaska. His expertise focuses on whole project analysis and management to identify and resolve complex issues of environmental impacts, endangered species, critical habitat, public controversy, aboriginal affairs, and operational logistics.

His work has contributed to the successful regulatory approvals of complex projects in marine settings, National Wildlife Refuges, and other areas with identified critical habitat and endangered species issues. Glenn has extensive experience in conducting detailed planning and regulatory risk analyses that expedited regulatory approvals, lowered controversy, and created greater operational flexibility.

Lawrence (Larry) Moulton, PhD Aquatic Practice Leader

Fish Population and Habitat Investigation, Subsistence Fisheries Investigation

PhD, Fisheries Biology, University of Washington,   MS, Fisheries Biology, University of Washington,   BS, Fisheries Biology, University of Washington

Larry Moulton has 35 years of experience in North Pacific and Alaska fisheries investigations. He has managed a wide variety of studies on freshwater, anadromous, and marine fisheries and the effects of harvest or habitat alteration on aquatic populations. These studies have ranged from large, multidisciplinary field and analytical studies to specialized mitigation and risk analyses. Major projects have included water flood and causeway projects on Alaska’s North Slope, hydroelectric projects in the Cook Inlet region, pre-development studies for gold and coal mines in Southeast, Southcentral, and Western Alaska, pipeline evaluations in northern Alaska and along the Trans Alaska Pipeline System right of way, and oil spill studies in Prince William Sound.

He has served as an expert witness in arbitration and litigation cases and has been an invited speaker at a variety of symposia and workshops. Larry served on the National Research Council committee under the National Academy of Sciences charged with identifying cumulative environmental impacts of present and future Alaskan North Slope oil and gas developments. Larry is a fellow with the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.

Gregory Green Ecological Practice Leader

Wildlife Ecology, Endangered Species Act / Marine Mammal Protection Act Compliance

MS, Wildlife Ecology, Oregon State University,   BS, Biology, Eastern Oregon University

Gregory Green has 35 years of experience conducting both marine and terrestrial wildlife population and habitat projects in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, with particular emphasis on threatened and endangered species, marine mammal and seabird surveys, forest and shrub-steppe ecology, natural resource management and mitigation plans, NEPA, and FERC relicensing of hydroelectric power facilities. He has managed more than 70 BAs/BEs and over 20 IHA applications.

Greg has addressed environmental impacts from a variety of activities, including port and ferry terminal expansions, mining development and closure, offshore oil and gas exploration and development, gas pipeline siting and construction, onshore and offshore wind energy development, military base operations, hazardous waste cleanup, parks and marinas, hydroelectric projects, transmission lines, and commercial fishing. In addition, Greg teaches courses on ESA and MMPA compliance, marine mammal identification and ecology, and marine mammal monitoring. He has also been an associate editor for three different scientific journals.

David Cameron NEPA Practice Leader

Environmental Impact Analysis and Environmental Assessment

MS, Animal Ecology, University of Denver,   BS, Biology, University of North Dakota

David Cameron has 35 years of experience leading interdisciplinary teams in conducting EIAs and preparing EISs and EAs in compliance with federal regulations, especially NEPA, as well as various state regulations BAs for threatened or endangered species, biological evaluations (BEs) for Forest Service sensitive species, and applications for various permits.

He has managed and provided technical expertise for projects in the western US, Alaska, and Hawaii. His agency work is diverse and includes Forest Service, BLM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, USFWS, Tennessee Valley Authority, BIA, EPA, NPS, FERC, Bureau of Reclamation, and Federal Highway Administration. Projects include oil and gas exploration and development, pipelines, coal and hard rock mines, reservoirs, resorts, incidental take permits for threatened or endangered species, vegetation management, transmission lines, telecommunication facilities, highways, and national defense systems.

William (Bill) Morris Senior Aquatics Scientist

Fisheries Biology and Aquatic Ecology

MS, Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks,   BS, Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks,   BS, Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Bill Morris is a fish biologist and aquatic ecologist with 25 years of experience working in the Arctic and Interior Alaska. He has extensive experience in the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of aquatic baseline and biomonitoring data collection programs, including collecting and analyzing fish heavy metals loading data. For 19 years he worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Habitat in Fairbanks, implementing, enforcing, and conducting compliance inspections associated with permits issued under the Fishway and Anadromous Fish Acts.

He has extensive experience with State of Alaska Special Area permitting and compliance, as well as coordinating environmental evaluation of industrial projects in northern Alaska. His experience includes three years as Regional Supervisor for the ADF&G Northern Region, Division of Habitat. Bill has authored and/or coauthored more than 30 ADF&G publications and he has been a technical reviewer for multiple agency and professional journals.

Megan Blees Senior Scientist

Marine Biology and Protected Species Observer Program Manager

MS, Marine Mammal Science, University of St. Andrews, Scotland,   BS, Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

Megan Blees has 13 years of professional experience. She has worked on a variety of marine and terrestrial projects in Alaska, California, Nevada, and Antarctica, including small mammal telemetry and photographic identification, and vessel and aerial line-transect surveys. Her experience in Alaska has focused largely on natural resource development permitting, NEPA, EIAs, mitigation plans, and ensuring compliance under the ESA and the MMPA, including preparation of multiple IHA applications and 90-day reports. She is an experienced PSO for oil and gas, construction, and renewable energy projects. She managed the Owl Ridge PSO program, lead training, and coordinates logistics.

Cara Wright Senior Project Manager

Quality Control, Technical Writing, Document Coordination

MS, Economic Geology, Colorado State University,   BA, Geology, University of Arizona,   Certified Professional Geologist /Licensed Geologist – Alaska and Washington

Cara Wright is a licensed professional geologist and 30 years of diverse experience comprised of economic mineral exploration, college teaching, and environmental and engineering consulting. Cara provides both technical expertise and peer review as well as technical writing, project coordination, and quality control.

For more than 15 years Cara was an independent consultant providing geological consulting, technical writing, document coordination, and project management to a variety of clients. She has been a key team member in developing large, complex, multidiscipline documents (both environmental and engineering) for several projects including oil and gas exploration, development, and production (onshore and offshore); mine development; infrastructure; and recreational development. She has worked on projects throughout Alaska and the western Lower 48 states.

Cara has many years of hands-on field experience in mineral exploration and hazardous waste investigation and remediation (e.g., field mapping; drilling supervision and logging; and sampling of soil, sediment, groundwater, surface water, rock, and air). She was a lead scientist and author in developing the associated scopes of work, planning documents, and technical reports for many complex field investigation programs.

Paul Cartier Project Manager

GIS Specialist, Database Management, Project Management

MS, Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University,   BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Paul Cartier has over 10 years of environmental, mining, and oil and gas industry experience involving a variety of projects throughout the United States. Paul has extensive experience in development and management of GIS databases for large- and small-scale onshore/offshore oil and gas projects. Paul has coordinated data acquisition, designed and managed databases, and analyzed data for a variety of both linear and non-linear oil and gas projects. Paul effectively incorporates GIS to display spatial information that combines data from the key project disciplines to aid and expedite project decision making. His environmental background allows him to understand the context of important key project issues and employ the GIS system to aid in effective planning and decision making.

Don Graika Regulatory Compliance Lead

Health, Safety, and Environmental Compliance

BS, Geology, Oregon State University,   Certified Professional Geologist

For 30 years Don Graika has been involved in the exploration, field development, and production phases of four major Alaska North Slope oil fields and was instrumental in establishing and maintaining their environmental compliance programs. He has been involved from the onset of the initial North Slope development operations for the Pioneer Oooguruk, Eni Nikaitchuq, and Exxon Point Thomson Oil Fields. He was also involved with the early development and startup of the ARCO Alpine Oil Field in the Colville River Delta. Don has extensive experience in both onshore and offshore projects on Alaska’s North Slope and in Cook Inlet. His expertise for Owl Ridge focuses on environmental compliance and safety company-wide.

Zane Henning Health, Safety, and Environmental Compliance

HSE Field Compliance

Alaska Pacific University, business management and economics

Zane has 25 years of oilfield industry experience and has comprehensive knowledge of safety and environmental protection requirements and guidelines. As a project operations manager for major oil industry development, he has been responsible for operations and maintenance of a processing plant, U.S. Department of Transportation- regulated pipelines, Federal Aviation Administration-approved runway, and other remote camp facilities. His experience includes environmental and safety compliance for construction related to oilfield development and exploration projects. Zane has managed and trained spill response personnel to ensure readiness and provided compliance training related to air, land, process safety management, water, waste handling and disposal, and wildlife issues.

Dana Stotsky Senior Analyst

Regulatory Analysis, RCRA/CERCLA, EPA Process, Clean Water Act

JS, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, University of Oregon,   BA, Biology and Environmental Studies, Whitman College, Washington,   Bar Association Member, Colorado

Dana Stotsky has 30 years of experience in environmental compliance, enforcement, and policy. He has led numerous EIA and EIS projects, and has been a NEPA technical advisor and Quality Control reviewer. He provided legal and policy analysis, and was lead trial attorney for the U.S. EPA in civil enforcement actions against air, water, toxics and hazardous waste violators. He has been extensively involved in both civil and criminal enforcement of Section 404 of the CWA. Mr. Stotsky has supported projects in Cook Inlet and Southeast Alaska conducting regulatory risk management and due diligence related to site selection and historical waste management practices for new oil and gas production facilities.

Dana was Adjunct Professor for Navajo Technical College (New Mexico) where he taught part of the “Tribal Advocate” curriculum. He was also Adjunct Professor at University of Colorado Graduate School where he taught portions of “Field Techniques in Environmental Assessment.”

Elizabeth Dickson Senior Scientist

Botanist and GIS Specialist

PhD, Plant Systematics, Cornell University,   MS, Geography, University of Calgary,   BS, Botany, University of California, Davis

Elizabeth Dickson is a botany, remote sensing, and GIS specialist with 20 years of academic and environmental impact assessment experience. She has led vegetation and rare plant surveys and modeled wildlife habitat for environmental impact assessments in Alaska, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories of Canada. In addition to contributing data, analyses, reporting, and editing to environmental assessments, as a third-party reviewer, Elizabeth has evaluated the scientific quality of assessments of oil sands projects in Alberta for aboriginal communities.

Mike Stanwood Senior Analyst

Socioeconomics and NEPA Expert

MS, Mineral Economics, Colorado School of Mines,   BA, Psychology, University of Colorado

Mike Stanwood is a senior environmental, socioeconomic, and NEPA practitioner with 25 years of experience. He has lead more than 100 NEPA projects for both the private and public sector. He has extensive experience in planning and managing complex projects involving natural resource development, environmental planning, and permitting/compliance.

Christopher Milles Regulatory Specialist

Regulatory Compliance

BS, Forest Management, Oregon State University

Christopher Milles was a manager for 30 years with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) in regulatory compliance. He was responsible for ensuring that ADNR's procedures were followed and authorizations were issued consistent with Alaska statutes and regulations. Christopher provides permitting and compliance support for authorizations ranging from land use permits, easements, leases, and material sales, specializing in natural resource development in Interior Alaska, Northwest Alaska, and the North Slope. He is knowledgeable about leasing requirements and procedures and has the technical knowledge necessary to effectively drive regulatory projects while protecting the clients' interests.

Roger Marks Senior Analyst

Socioeconomics

BS, Economics, Brown University,   BA, Accounting, University of Maryland

Roger Marks is an economist with extensive experience as a petroleum economist with the Minerals Management Service for six years, a senior petroleum economist with the State of Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division for 25 years, and a consulting petroleum economist for eight years. Since 2008, Roger has specialized in petroleum, energy, and resource economics, finance, and taxation. This has included economic modeling, feasibility, and due diligence analyses, solving tax problems for clients, and serving as an expert witness in litigation and legislative proceedings.

Craig Moulton Environmental Technician

Data Management and Analysis, Field Investigation

Craig Molton is an experienced environmental technician with extensive knowledge in environmental research data gathering and study techniquies. Craig conducts field sampling and data gathering, recording, and archiving field data. He has participated as a field team member for lake fish sampling and bathymetric studies on Alaska's North Slope. He also provides GIS data management support for field crews.

Jonah Leavitt Field Technician and Protected Species Observer

Jonah Leavitt is a lifelong Alaskan with 25 years of experience in offshore protected species monitoring on Alaska's North Slope. A respected member in the North Slope village of Barrow, he is renowned for his in-field marine mammal identification skills, traditional knowledge, and reliability. He has conducted and managed implementation of many 4MPs required with IHAs and voluntary programs. Jonah also has extensive experience leading and supervising field surveys for nesting waterfowl and waterbirds in Prudhoe Bay. He is trained in USFWS polar bear avoidance and deterrence.