ABOUT

STAFF

Learn more about our staff from their profiles. Click here to lean more about MSA.

AMY LEITMAN

M.Sc. Marine Biology - Aquaculture Sciences
Senior Marine Biologist and Owner​
Amy is the founder of MSA, a senior marine biologist, and scientific SCUBA diver specializing in nearshore biological analytical work. She is experienced in all aspects of waterfront and municipal project development from feasibility analysis to planning, permitting, biological monitoring, best management practices, and mitigation planning and reporting. Amy's nearshore consulting experience includes commercial and port facilities, marinas, surveys and biological assistance. She has been the project manager on numerous waterfront projects and the lead biological consultant providing cost-effective solutions to complex environmental problems  for over 15 years. She has worked with a variety of regulatory agencies to help design and finalize many of the biological requirements used to date. 

BILL MATTHEWS

Ph.D. Physiology
Research Consultant ​
Bill is a marine biology consultant in nearshore biological analytical work. He is experienced in all aspects of waterfront and municipal projects - from feasibility analysis to planning, permitting, biological monitoring, best management design, mitigation plans, and reports. Bill's experience includes commercial and port facilities, marinas and biological assistance. He routinely interfaces with many agencies such as Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bill researches, designs, and produces the many biological documents required for the permitting process. He has been working with MSA for 13 years.

JENNY LIOU

Ph.D. English, BS, Biology
Project Manager
Jenny has over fifteen years of experience as a field biologist and scientific communication expert. Before coming to MSA, she worked for Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries as a restoration specialist, focusing on salmonid surveys and topographical surveys to assess the geomorphological results of restoration efforts. She also taught English, technical writing, and natural science at Northwest Indian College. Jenny completed her biology degree at the University of California, Irvine, and then continued her affiliation with the college, working as a restoration ecologist for the University of California Natural Reserve System, building an environmental education outreach program as a collaboration between UCI and Crystal Cove State Park, then completing an interdisciplinary PhD in the history and literature of early modern science.  

MAUREEN GOFF

M.Sc. Biology
Marine Scientist, GIS Analyst
Maureen is a marine scientist with over 15 years experience in offshore oceanographic surveys, nearshore coastal marine research, and intertidal ecology studies. Maureen earned a Master of Science from the University of Washington (UW) Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (2010) through graduate research focused on unique ecological solutions to address urbanized shorelines and decreasing habitat complexity. Most recently she was the Fishery Habitat Specialist with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service for San Francisco Bay, evaluating impacts to fish habitat and developing habitat conservation recommendations for federal, regional, state, and local agencies and stakeholders. At MSA, Maureen provides GIS spatial and statistical analysis, assistance with permitting, biological monitoring, and habitat and mitigation plans and reports.

MEG AMOS​

A.A.S. Forest Technology
Wetland Specialist, Native Plant Designer, & Permit Specialist
Before joining the MSA team Meg spent many years as a field biologist working on wildlife and habitat studies for the US Forest Service. She has continued in the area of field biology with MSA by conducting forage fish surveys, participating in marine mammal monitoring, Marbled Murrelet monitoring and conducting site visits to collect information on plants and wildlife in order to design native planting plans for mitigation. In 2014 Meg earned a Professional Comprehensive Certificate in Wetland Delineation from Portland State University. In addition to field studies, Meg is responsible for working with government agencies to obtain permits and managing a multitude of projects.

GREGORY SMART

B.Sc. Marine Studies & Coastal Conservation
Marine Ecologist
A Seattle native, Gregory comes to MSA with a wealth of field experience, having worked in marine and aquatic sciences and education across the western hemisphere, including many years on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, and several years along the Inside Passage, as well as field seasons in the high arctic and Great Basin Desert. He has worked extensively with salmonids, fisheries, marine mammals, and seabirds. His thesis work involved the creation of conservation strategies for remote biologically significant estuaries on the Sonoran coast of Mexico. 

JAMES IALEGGIO

M.Sc. Renewable Natural Resources
Wetland Ecologist, Professional Wetland Scientist
James has over 7 years of experience as a field biologist and recently obtained his Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) certification from the Society of Wetland Scientists. While working previously as a wetland biologist for state and federal agencies, he gained valuable governmental experience that he now brings to the private consulting world. James has a Master of Science from Louisiana State University with a focus on wildlife biology and wetland ecology, is a published author, and cooks the only decent gumbo north of Shreveport.

ROSANNA HERMAN

Financial Manager
Rosanna is our full charge bookkeeper with over 18 years of experience. She has managed the finances for Marine Surveys & Assessments since 2006. She handles all aspects of the financial management of MSA, ensuring projects stay on budget and task. In keeping with her values of environmental stewardship, Rosanna strives to work with conscientious organizations. Her bookkeeping expertise spans both for profit and nonprofit corporations.

KIMBERLY MCCLURG

B.Sc. Biology, Marine emphasis
Administrative Assistant & Marine Biologist
Kimberly is a graduate of Humboldt State University. While there, she was an intern for the Marine Mammal Education and Research Program on campus where she helped collect field data on marine mammal strandings as well as marine bird strandings. She also assisted in sampling for Dungeness Crab megalopae for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Before coming to MSA, Kimberly interned at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center where she engaged public and volunteer education through the operation and interpretation of the exhibits. Since joining MSA, Kimberly assists with office operations, conducts many of the forage fish surveys as well as marine mammal monitoring, assists with intertidal and SCUBA surveys, and is becoming experienced in shoreline permitting.
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