Tom has been actively involved with habitat/wildlife programs and projects for over 35 years. His current and past responsibilities have included the supervision of a staff of professionals actively involved in the analysis of biotic resources; design and implementation of vegetation/wildlife ecology field studies; design, development, and the maintenance of a computer information system. Tom authored several Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington, Atlas of Oregon Wildlife, and The Salmonid Field Protocol Handbook – Data collection methods for status and trends in salmon and trout populations. He has recently developed one of the first comprehensive biodiversity accounting system that evaluates species, habitats, and functions to determine the value of habitat quality. This tool is being used by several resource agencies to assess environmental benefits and is also the foundation for determining baseline conditions and evaluating alternative scenarios for the Ecosystem Restoration & Flood Risk Management project. The habitat value system approach serves also as an accounting of debits and credits for impact, mitigation, and conservation banking projects. A hydrology-geomorphology component has also been developed so that a complete above and below ground of habitat restoration actions can be assessed and valued.
Andy is the Institute's senior project manager he holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University with a minor in Earth Information Science and Technology. Previous to his work at NHI, Andy led field crews researching the natural regeneration of Ponderosa Pine and was a part of various ecological studies working for the OSU College of Forestry. In his early days at NHI, he coordinated the field mapping efforts for the Willamette Valley Oak and Pine Habitat Conservation Project, which has field-identified thousands of polygons of one acre or more within the Willamette Valley as to their vegetation class, canopy closure, tree size and structure. He also produced the range maps and did the format editing for the recent NHI educational outreach publication A Guide to Oregon and Washington's Wetland Wildlife and their Habitats. Now in his 10th year at NHI, Andy's focus has shifted to the implementation of NHI's CHAP habitat evaluations. He has worked extensively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers implementing CHAP and developing economic outputs for complex restoration studies in California and New Mexico; as well as being a part of several CHAP projects with various agencies in the Pacific Northwest. Andy is also currently taking over an extensive effort mapping special habitats on BLM lands using Lidar remote sensing techniques developed at NHI. His professional interests include valuing ecosystem services and spatial mapping of natural resources.
Kathleen H. O'Neil
Kathleen is our California-based strategist of environmental communications. She manages and executes the Institute's development planning processes for addressing complex and ascending environmental issues. Kathleen also hires and supervises NHI's interns. With more than 10 years of experience in management and communication, Kathleen is committed to helping our employees and clients achieve their goals through proven methods of the Institute. Her strategic planning is designed to achieve or enhance long-term natural resource sustainability. Kathleen works with government agencies in an effort to transform existing policies with new and improved policies addressing ecosystem functions and services. Her focus is on the implementation of Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) for ecosystem restoration, natural resource damage, environmental benefit analysis, conservation framework planning, advance mitigation, and habitat assessments.
Laura is our international intern based in San Francisco, CA. Originally from Estonia, Laura graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Biology and Environmental Science. Laura's personal interest has been to learn about sustainable practices to preserve and restore native habitat. At NHI, she is working on transforming aspects of NHI's online applications as well as furthering her experiences with habitat evaluations and advanced mitigation.
Cory is a subcontractor at NHI. He has 19 years of experience in geospatial technologies with a primary emphasis on GIS, remote sensing, and technical support. Cory is working with the Institute on identifying special habitats and Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) support.