Wildscape Engineering Services started out as a small engineering firm founded in 2008 by Carol Beahan, PE specializing in river restoration and water quality work. Carol’s professional network and expertise continued to grow in the years following and helped shape how we manage projects today. Our approach is to work collaboratively and holistically with our clients, contractors, biologists, planners, landscape architects, geomorphologists and other professionals. This helps us capitalize on multiple project benefits and maximize the value of ecosystem services. We all share Carol’s passion for environmental engineering and ecological restoration with each team member’s expertise allowing us to deliver even greater value to our clients.
With offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, our engineering expertise is enhanced by our local knowledge. We have been serving federal and state agencies, counties, cities, nonprofits, private companies, and individual landowners since our founding.
We’re looking for a talented Storm Water Drainage / Restoration Design Engineer to join us.
Carol Beahan, PE, QSD/QSP has been providing civil engineering, environmental planning, and construction management services since 1998. With a previous career in zoology and wildlife education she began work as an engineer at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, providing drinking water treatment design and pilot testing. Within a couple of years, she moved into restoration engineering and has specialized in watershed, river, and wetland restoration work ever since. Carol has led multiple teams assessing and designing for water quality, drainage, fish passage, wildlife habitat, transportation, and recreation improvements. In addition to her expertise in watershed, river, and wetland restoration planning, design and implementation, she also specializes in: drainage and erosion control design; SWPPP services, construction and storm water monitoring; beaver management related to restoration; community outreach; and plan set development. She has provided construction oversight on several successful river and wetland restoration projects, coordinated and led public and stakeholder meetings and community workshops.
Susan Mortenson, PhD is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner who specializes in ecological restoration assessment, prioritization, design, and implementation with a focus on aquatic and wetland ecosystems. As a graduate student she studied the riparian landscape ecology of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and other major rivers in the southwest U.S. Her research is published in Restoration Ecology, Diversity and Distributions, Wetlands, Global Ecology and Biogeography, and Journal of the Nevada Water Resources Association. Since 2010 she has been involved in every aspect of ecological restoration projects with the primary goal to move restoration and conservation projects forward efficiently and with the highest quality to increase ecosystem resilience and create or enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. At Wildscape Susan collaborates with our restoration engineers and clients to conduct watershed assessments and associated surveys, support restoration design, lead revegetation design development and implementation, and oversee regulatory permitting.
David Thompson, Ph.D., PE, PH, an associate with Wildscape started working on hydrology and hydraulic projects more than 40-years ago. He served as a scientist/engineer with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Water Resources Division, and provided support, consulting, and training to USGS district personnel in hydrology, hydraulics, and hydrodynamic modeling. He worked for a number of consulting firms over the decades, again providing technical hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, modeling, and designs. He has experience with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) risk mapping and is an expert in Letters of Map Change associated with FEMA regulation of floodprone areas. Dr. Thompson was a university professor at Texas Tech University for 14 years where he led teams of researchers and students in the conduct of hydrologic and hydraulic research projects. He oversaw the graduate work of students at the MSCE and Ph.D. levels as well as taught classes, served on national technical committees, and coordinated teams of researchers located at separate research institutions. Dr. Thompson brings a wide variety of analytic and design skills to Wildscape Engineering projects. He has significant experience in the application of a variety of numerical models and statistical tools to find solutions to hydrologic and hydraulic problems.
Stephen Cook, PE, brings his passion for protecting and restoring vulnerable ecosystems to the Wildscape Engineering team. Stephen studied Environmental Engineering at LSU, graduating in 2018, and has since nurtured an interest in hydrology, stormwater management, and water quality. Prior to joining Wildscape, Stephen accrued valuable experience as a Project Engineer at Louisiana’s Coastal Protection Restoration Authority (CPRA), where he was instrumental in the execution of various large-scale wetland restoration projects involving confined dredged materials, working with local and federal partners. His contributions encompassed all project phases, from initial planning to construction and post-construction monitoring. In addition, he has experience with ArcGIS and Civil 3D for detailed data analysis and effective project visualization. Stephen’s devotion to conserving and restoring ecosystems in an era of climate change fuels his interest in ecological restoration and environmental engineering.
Brooke Ahmed, EIT has a broad range of experience in water resources and environmental planning, design, and implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Davis (2018), and has professional expertise in ecological restoration, stormwater, hydrology, water quality, water and wastewater treatment, recycled water, and pipeline conveyance. She has completed conceptual design reports and design plan sets and has experience leading interdisciplinary teams. She has experience working in the field, conducting inspections and water quality monitoring. Prior to her role at Wildscape, Brooke worked as a civil engineer in water and wastewater treatment design consulting. During this time, she worked on progressive projects for a variety of different clients in an array of subjects including condition assessment, construction, detailed design, program management, hydraulics, and water distribution. In addition, she worked as a docent at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, educating the public about how to protect the Lake Tahoe watershed and improve the lake water quality and habitat. Brooke is excited to apply her engineering repertoire to impactful projects at Wildscape!
John Alexander has been in the construction field since 2010. He began working as a Water Quality Field Inspector for Wildscape Engineering in 2015 where he has developed a passion for preserving the environment. He enjoys his current work in and around Tahoe and the Sierras, advising contractors how to effectively implement best management practices and maintain permit compliance on their construction sites.
Stefan Goodman is a detail – oriented worker with 4 years of experience in agricultural research and operations. He has recently transitioned into restoration planning to pursue his passion for the preservation of our ecosystems. He is eager to work for a company that prioritizes moving the world towards a more sustainable future. Stefan started a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on restoring and conserving unique ecosystems called the Whetstone Conservation Corps. His organization plans restoration projects to repair the watershed and bring back native plants and wildlife.
Jamie Allec wears many hats at Wildscape, serving as both an administrative assistant and field technician. Jamie has years of experience in human resources, administration, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. She has also completed courses in water quality monitoring and sampling. These business, accounting, and water quality skills converge in her role here at Wildscape Engineering. When she is not in the office, you will often find her helping with various SWPPP and water quality monitoring efforts in the Lake Tahoe area.