Marilou Montemayor, Master of Environmental Studies, P. Ag.

Executive Director

Marilou joined SEAWA as its Executive Director on April 1, 2016. Marilou has worked in Alberta for ten years now, seven of which were with Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs). 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. 



Selected Publications:

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.



Natasha Rogers

Restoration Intern

Natasha Rogers is a recent graduate from the Ecosystem Restoration program at Niagara College. She received her Honours Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University in Environmental Studies and Physical Geography, focusing on social sustainability, biogeography, and geospatial analysis. She has contributed to various restoration projects, involving stream erosion prevention, tree and shrub planting, sand dune restoration, and invasive species management. She has worked with not-for-profit community-based organizations in the past, where she has learned the importance of public communication and partnerships. Although new to the province, she is eager to share her knowledge while learning about watershed management and Alberta’s natural landscape. Natasha’s role is to assist with the Riparian Areas Assessment & Restoration Project, as well as to help implement a collaborative study between SEAWA, Medicine Hat College, and the City of Medicine Hat.




Brooklyn Neubeker

Stewardship Intern

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.  





Former staff:


Seline Solis

Summer Outreach Facilitator 2017/2018

Seline Solis worked with SEAWA in 2017 and 2018 as a summer student. She has now returned to Calgary to continue her studies in Environmental Science at the University of Calgary. Seline applied to become a Community Outreach Facilitator because she is passionate about promoting sustainability and stewardship, and wanted to learn more about watershed management practices in Southern Alberta. She gained experience interacting with the public, especially the youth, through various community events. She is a strong believer in the importance of education and outreach efforts because she knows that learning and understanding paves the way for positive impact. 




Patrick Jablkowski

Watershed Coordinator 2017-2018

Patrick worked with SEAWA as their Watershed Coordinator from 2017 to 2018. He is a M.Sc. graduate from the University of Calgary (2017), where he studied riparian plant ecology. He also holds a degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia’s faculty of Forestry. Patrick has worked with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations, the Aleza Lake Research Forest, as well as a Fisheries Observer of the BC ground fishery. He is passionate about evidence, and process based environmental management. We wish Patrick all the best with his future endeavors in the environmental field!