Hands-On Wetlands Restoration Workshop Instructor & Speaker Bios


Tom Biebighauser

Tom has restored over 1,700 wetlands in 21-States, in Canada and across New Zealand. He has studied drainage for 32-years, learning from contractors who spent their lives destroying wetlands. Tom teaches practical, hands-on workshops where participants learn how to restore wetlands by becoming involved in the design and construction of naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. He has written 3-books about wetland restoration, and instructs online college and field courses on the topic. Visit www.wetlandrestorationandtraining.com to see photos of the wetlands he has restored, and for information on the techniques he is using.

Ian Ives, Director of Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Ian leads the Mid and Upper Cape Sanctuaries conservation projects aimed at protecting our local biodiversity and rare natural communities. Through a combination of conservation, education and advocacy, these programs connect people and nature and inspire action. Ian is currently leading the pioneering Eastern Spadefoot Toad (Scaphiopus holbrooki) and Wetland Restoration Project at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary. Now in its 5th year, this project involves spadefoot headstarting and translocation, comprehensive field monitoring, educational outreach, and habitat restoration.

Bryan Windmiller, PhD Biology & M.A. Environmental Policy

He has worked as a consulting wildlife ecologist since 1987 and was the founder of an independent ecological consulting firm, Hyla Ecological Services, Inc. In 2006 – 2007, Bryan was a visiting scholar at James Cook University in Australia, where he studied the epidemiology of a fungal disease that has caused the extinction of amphibian species worldwide. Since then, he has work as an independent consulting ecologist, specializing in rare species conservation management and is currently the President of Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, a non-profit environmental and educational organization engaging citizens of New England in hands-on efforts to monitor, enhance, and protect rare or threatened populations of wild animal and plant species.

Guest Speaker

Eric Hutchins, Gulf of Maine Habitat Restoration Coordinator for the NOAA Restoration Center, Gloucester MA

In this capacity he has provided technical and financial assistance to over 300 habitat restoration projects throughout the Gulf of Maine including dozens of dam removals and fish ladders. He has been employed by the National Marine Fisheries Service since 1993. Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and Masters degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.