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Paul C. Heaven, Honours B.Sc., Senior Wildlife Biologist, Principal

Paul has extensive experience inventorying terrestrial and aquatic habitats. He has modelled potentially suitable habitat for Species at Risk (SAR) in the County of Haliburton and District Municipality of Muskoka and has conducted field investigations on a wide variety of Species at Risk. With a comprehensive understanding of GIS, Paul is able to perform desktop analyses such as scoping site specific field investigations or landscape habitat quality assessments. Paul has conducted numerous environmental and fish habitat impact assessments throughout the province and has been qualified in Ontario Municipal Board hearings as a wildlife biologist with an expertise in study design. Provincially, Paul is certified by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as a wetland evaluator, stream habitat assessor, managed forest plan approver and tree marker, and is trained in Ecological Land Classification.

Internationally, Paul was Glenside’s Project Manager and Principal Investigator for the Panama UXO clearance project. He conducted the technical evaluation of the environmental impact associated with the clearance of ordnance from the Panama rangelands and designed an ecological monitoring program to detect any detrimental impacts to the ecosystem resulting from the clearance exercise. He also designed an asset management system to monitor and ensure the efficient and comprehensive clearance of the rangelands.

As a biologist with a need for data management, Paul is fluent in Visual Basic for Applications and proficient at database development. Paul was the principal developer of the Sea Otter Database (SOD) for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and has continued to manage this database its inception in 1999.

Field projects have focused on small and large terrestrial mammals, marine mammals, songbirds, seabirds, raptors, waterfowl and fish, and have ranged from the high arctic where Paul worked with Thick-billed Murres for the Canadian Wildlife Service; to Torres del Paine Parque Nacional, Chile, where he spent 9 months radio-tagging and tracking guanacos for a parental investment investigation. With such a diverse background in the natural environment and available technologies Paul is able to quickly identify the objectives, and design and execute an efficient and effective strategy to complete the project.

Irene E. Heaven, Honours B.Sc., Wildlife Biologist, Principal

Irene has been working in the field of wildlife biology since 1988.  While studying at the University of Guelph, Irene developed a special interest in primate behaviour and tropical ecology. This interest resulted in a number of international field ecology contracts in Central and South America. In Mexico she studied the behaviour of an introduced colony of stump-tailed macaques (a species of old world monkey) and in Belize Irene participated in numerous projects including: a behavioural study of white-collared manakins in the rainforest of the Community Baboon Sanctuary; a conservation management project for the Central American river turtle; and an educational program ensuring nest survival of various species of sea turtles. Irene traveled overland to the Patagonias of Chile, where in Torres del Paine Parque Nacional, she worked on a parental investment study of the guanaco (a South American Camelid)

.Irene has also participated in Canadian wildlife studies in a variety of environments and regions, including the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, the prairies of Alberta and the sub-arctic of Northern Quebec.

Throughout her fieldwork, Irene has increasingly come to appreciate the importance of public interest and education within the realm of wildlife research and management. She strongly believes that it is critical for the general public to understand the importance of continued ecological research. Irene balances her involvement in practical wildlife studies with public education.

Irene manages Out to Learn, a division of Glenside Ecological Services Limited, developing, coordinating and delivering educational programs.  These programs are linked to the elementary and secondary level curriculum and focus on sustainable and wise use of our natural resources.

   
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