wetlands

About Me

I was born in Seattle, WA in 1971 and grew up in an academic family in the midwestern college town of Iowa City. I attended Grinnell College as an undergraduate, and was awarded an undergraduate Fulbright award to study tropical ecology in North Queensland, Australia, in 1994. During this time I studied with Dr. Steve Turton at James Cook University of North Queensland and earned a Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Tropical Geography.

Morgan Robertson in the field
I earned my M.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 1998, writing the thesis "No Net Loss:" The Political Ecology of Wetlands Policy in a Suburban Watershed, with Dr. Eric Sheppard, and my Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 with Dr. Matt Turner, writing a dissertation on entrepreneurial wetland banking entitled Drawing Lines in Water: Entrepreneurial Wetland Mitigation Banking and the Search for Ecosystem Service Markets.

I am a professional consulting botanist and have worked in the past as a monitoring technician for the engineering firms Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates in Rosemont, MN, Emmons & Olivier in Lake Elmo, MN, and Applied Ecological Services in Brodhead, WI. I am available by request to conduct floristic inventories in the Gleason & Cronquist zone and to advise on wetland restorations in recently-glaciated palustrine settings.

During my time at the Headquarters office of the Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Division, I was one of the the staff-level authors of what became known as the "Wetland Compensation Rule" issued in April 2008 jointly by the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The regulation resides at both 40 CFR 230.1-9 and 33 CFR 232.91-99, and was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004. It is the first modification to federal wetland mitigation regulations since the original publication of the 404(b)(1) Guidelines on December 24, 1980. It sets nationally-consistent requirements for all forms of compensatory mitigation for impacts to wetlands, streams, and other Waters of the United States.