Staff

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 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.

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.

Ben White

Stewardship and Communications Assistant

Ben is a graduate of Medicine Hat College’s Environmental Reclamation Technician program. Having lived in the Medicine Hat area his whole life, he is very interested in the unique natural features of Southern Alberta, and sees the importance of conservation and restoration in the region. He enjoys learning about environmental sustainability, as well as restoring native plant communities, and is excited to have opportunities to pass this knowledge on to the public.

Alexi Nelson

Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Ecosystem Management

Riparian Restoration and Research Assistant

Alexi recently completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecosystem Management Degree at Lethbridge College. She has lived in Medicine Hat for most of her life and has developed a strong interest in grassland conservation and restoration through previous field experience in the area. She is looking forward to gaining more experience in riparian restoration techniques and assisting in research on riparian vegetation management. Alexi is excited to be involved in improving the health of riparian habitat while connecting and working with the community.

Ian Mahon

Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Ecosystem Management

Riparian Restoration Assistant

Ian grew up in Calgary and has spent a fair amount of time in Southern Alberta. A love of the outdoors from his time in Scouts and an interest in science led him to pursue an education in Ecosystem Management from Lethbridge College. Ian’s work background includes student jobs with Parks Canada, and several maintenance and landscaping jobs.

Recent Summer Students and Interns

 Eco Canada - Student Work Placement Program recipients:

  • Alexi Nelson (May to August 2020)
  • Hannah Sabatier (May to August 2020)

Canada Summer Jobs program recipients: 

  • Chris Beck (August to October 2020)
  • Ben White (July to December 2020)