Marilou Montemayor, Master of Environmental Studies, P. Ag.
Marilou joined SEAWA as its Executive Director on April 1, 2016. Marilou has worked in Alberta since 2007, and with Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) since 2009. Prior to joining SEAWA, Marilou worked with three other WPACs: North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Athabasca Watershed Council, and the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. She has considerable experience in implementing WPAC projects such as: State of the Watershed Report, Integrated Watershed Management Plan, Communication Plans and public consultations, and riparian areas restoration. She has experience in building volunteer organizational capacity and helped in the formation of the Vermilion River Watershed Alliance. Marilou completed Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Resource Sciences) from Trent University. She has scientific and field experience in peatland restoration; wetlands and riparian areas ecology, hydrology, and management; and surface water quality assessment. She has published in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals. Marilou has deep admiration and passionate interest in the ecology of Alberta’s five natural regions, and has worked in all but one: Boreal, Foothills, Parkland, and Grasslands. Marilou also has overseas degrees in agriculture, and agricultural development work experience in developing countries.
Montemayor, M. B., Price, J., Rochefort, L. 2015. The importance of pH and sand substrate in the revegetation of saline non-waterlogged peat fields. Journal of Environmental Management, 163: 87-97.
Montemayor, M. B., Price, J., Rochefort, L, Boudreau, S. 2010. Temporal variations and spatial patterns in saline and waterlogged peat fields: II. Ion accumulation in transplanted salt marsh graminoids. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 69: 87-94.
Montemayor, M. B., Price, J., Rochefort, L, Boudreau, S. 2008. Temporal variations and spatial patterns in saline and waterlogged peat fields: I Survival and growth of salt marsh graminoids. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 62: 333-342.
Nabi, G., Mullins, C. E., Montemayor, M. B., Akhtar, M. S. 2001. Germination and emergence of irrigated cotton in Pakistan in relation to sowing depth and physical properties of the seedbed. Soil and Tillage Research, 59(1-2): 33-44.
Montemayor, M. B. 1995. The effect of soil compaction during planting on cotton emergence. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 61(2): 129-136.
Sutherland, J. A. and Montemayor, M. B. 1991. A note on the retention of water-soluble dyes by cotton foliage. Tropical Pest Management, 37(2): 132-133.
Community Engagement and Office Facilitator
Brooklyn Neubeker is a Medicine Hat local who has returned home after obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) at the University of Calgary. She has volunteered with several organizations around Southern Alberta, including SEAWA. These volunteer experiences have helped Brooklyn grow skills in public interaction and outreach, as well as develop a deeper connection with her community. Brooklyn is dedicated to sharing information about local plants and wildlife, and increasing community knowledge and involvement in sustainability. Brooklyn is excited to learn more about watershed management and apply these skills in the Medicine Hat region.
Amy is currently an undergraduate at the University of Calgary working towards her Bachelor of Science in Ecology. Originally from the Drumheller area, Amy is familiar with prairie landscapes and river valley ecosystems. With a farm background and an interest in aquatic ecology, she is looking forward to seeing how these fields can work together to develop sustainable water management practices. Amy is eager to gain experience restoring riparian areas and learn new techniques that will help create and maintain healthy watersheds.
Summer Restoration Assistant
Ben is a student in the Environmental Reclamation program at the Medicine Hat College. Having grown up in Redcliff, he is quite interested in the unique landscapes and ecosystems found in the Medicine Hat area, and especially its native plant communities. Ben is studying reclamation to learn about some of the different ways in which Alberta’s ecosystems can be preserved and restored, and he hopes that his time with SEAWA will give him experience putting some of this knowledge into practice.