Elizabeth Moran, PhD


Liz Moran has been the Principal Scientist of EcoLogic since its founding in 1997. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in water resources, with a focus on limnology, water quality, and protecting and restoring lakes and watersheds. She has designed and implemented complex water quality and biological monitoring programs to characterize reservoirs, lakes, streams, rivers, and estuaries. Much of her experience has been directed at defining the interrelationships between land uses, point and nonpoint sources of pollution, water quality standards and the ecological integrity of surface waters. In addition to technical expertise, she has a deep understanding of the roles and concerns of local government in managing land use and infrastructure: she served as Cazenovia as Town Supervisor for two terms, as member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, and as chair of the county’s legislative committee on Planning, Economic Development, Environmental and Intergovernmental Affairs. Liz holds an MS in Aquatic Science and a PhD in Water Resources from Cornell University.
Resume: Elizabeth Moran (PDF).
Contact: lmoran@ecologicllc.com.

Kurt Jirka, MS

Associate Scientist

Kurt Jirka has worked as a biological consultant since 1987, participating in aquatic and terrestrial studies with an emphasis on aquatic macroinvertebrates and fishery resources. An experienced researcher, Kurt has developed expertise in sampling fish and aquatic invertebrate populations from aquatic habitats ranging from small streams to large lakes and rivers. He has supervised and participated in fisheries and macroinvertebrate investigations in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Florida, and has been responsible for associated analysis of data and the preparation of study reports. Kurt is a recognized expert on native freshwater mussels in New York State and has conducted numerous investigations of threatened and endangered mussel species. Kurt holds an MS in fisheries science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is recognized as a Certified Fisheries Professional by the American Fisheries Society.
Resume: Kurt Jirka (PDF)
Contact: kjirka@ecologicllc.com

Michelle McGinnis, MS

Environmental Scientist

Michelle McGinnis joined EcoLogic in 2019, bringing a strong background in water and soil sampling, characterization, and contaminant analysis, as well as experience in statistical analysis and stakeholder outreach. Michelle holds MS in Environmental Sciences from University of California Riverside and a BS in biochemistry from SUNY Cortland. Her previous research focused on the impacts of recycling treated wastewater and solid waste products for irrigation and fertilization of agricultural crops to meet growing sustainability and water needs.
Contact: mmcginnis@ecologicllc.com

Elizabeth Myers, MS

Senior Communications Specialist

Elizabeth Myers has more than 20 years of experience as an editor and writer in the fields of environmental science, academic publishing, and public outreach in higher education settings. Her specialties include technical editing, web content management, planning/evaluation, and information design. She is skilled at translating research for non-experts and can craft messages to reach target audiences successfully. Elizabeth has worked closely with university faculty, government researchers, planners, engineers, designers, and IT specialists, synthesizing individuals’ contributions into appealing, informative, well-structured publications and websites. She holds an MS in Environmental Policy from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a 36-credit Certificate in Project Leadership through a PMI-approved program at Cornell University.
Resume: Elizabeth Myers (PDF)
Contact: emyers@ecologicllc.com

Eileen Randall, MS

Environmental Scientist

Eileen Randall joined EcoLogic in 2015 with more than 10 years of experience conducting various types of aquatic habitat surveys and biological inventories and assessments. Eileen has worked with marine (sea otters) and freshwater (native trout species) resources on the central coast of California. Since coming to New York State, she has been involved with investigations of cold-water fish community dynamics, threatened and endangered freshwater mussels, stream nutrient pathways, and ichthyoplankton entrainment. Eileen’s other areas of expertise include fish aging, biological illustration, and nature photography. Eileen holds a BS in Marine Sciences from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and an MS in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo).
Contact: erandall@ecologicllc.com

A. Thomas Vawter, PhD

Associate Scientist

Tom Vawter has been an Associate Scientist at EcoLogic since 2005 and is a major contributor to the successful completion of many of EcoLogic’s most complex multidisciplinary assignments. A trained ecologist, he conducted research in ecology and evolutionary biology for over 30 years, serving as the Herbert Ives Professor of Biology at Wells College with an adjunct appointment at Cornell University. He is an experienced teacher and has worked closely with biology teachers to develop meaningful teaching modules for aquatic biology and ecology. His recent work has focused on citizen science, especially educating laypersons in water-quality assessment and facilitating the incorporation of their results into policy decision-making. Tom is a skilled writer and has been responsible for reviewing and synthesizing multidisciplinary information into coherent planning documents that meet New York State agency requirements. He holds a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus at Wells College.
Resume: Thomas Vawter (PDF)

Emma Coronado, BS

Field Geologist

Emma Coronado is a staff geologist at EcoLogic and has worked with her colleagues on numerous field investigations, including collecting sediment cores from lakes, mapping aquatic habitat conditions, and characterizing benthic environment of rivers and streams. Emma is a certified diver and has experience in marine and freshwater environments. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with honors, where she was a Presidential Diversity Scholar, an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Minority Scholar, and awarded a Keck Field Program Fellowship.