About Us

AlpineEco is a full service ecological consulting firm focused on projects involving wetland, vegetation, and wildlife studies. We have offices in both Denver and Buena Vista, Colorado and are owned and operated by Andy Herb who founded the company in 2007.

 

Andy Herb

Andy has worked as an ecologist in the Rocky Mountain Region, USA since 1999. His work involves most aspects of field ecology, with an emphasis on wetland assessment and the design and implementation of wetland restoration projects. He is an adjunct scientist at Charles Sturt University in Australia and a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Wetland Scientists, which is an international organization committed to promoting best practices in wetland research, education, conservation, preservation, restoration, and management. He is also the founder of SWS’s Wetland Restoration Section, which brings together professionals from around the world to share information on wetland restoration. His commitment to science and the environment, combined with his practical approach to problem-solving and depth of applied restoration work results in creative and cost-effective projects that strive to restore the processes that sustain healthy wetlands.

Some of Andy's presentations and publications include:

  • Practical Approaches to Improve Wetland Restoration Site Monitoring and Project Outcomes. Invited speaker at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Conference, 2022

  • The FIT Principle: Fundamentals for the Practice of Wetland Restoration. Invited speaker for the Sydney Wetland Institute webinar series, 2021; and the Society of Wetland Scientists Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting, 2022

  • Advancing Wetland Restoration at Ramsar Sites and Beyond: Guidance for Practitioners. 11th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, 2021

  • Wetland Restoration Techniques and Ethical Challenges: Case Studies From the Rocky Mountains, USA. Invited speaker at the Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2021; and invited speaker at Institute for Wetland Research of the Chinese Academy of Forestry in Beijing, 2021

  • Floodplain Restoration: Being More Like Elephants - Making Room and Making it Messy! Society of Wetland Scientists Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting, 2019

  • Is There a Soil Sampling and Analysis Approach That Practitioners and Policy Makers Can Use to Improve Soil Development in Restored Wetlands? Invited speaker for the Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2018

  • Wetland Restoration in the Rocky Mountains, USA: Tips for Practitioners. Invited online seminar for the Society of Wetland Scientists Webinar Series, 2017

  • Wetland Restoration in the Rocky Mountains, USA. Invited Speaker at the Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2017

  • Essentials of Successful Revegetation: A Discussion. Invited speaker at International Erosion Control Association Mtn. States Conference, 2016

  • Successful Wetland Restoration Requires Both Research and Practice, But How Do We Get Both? Invited Speaker at the Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2016

  • Wetland Restoration. Invited Guest Lecture at Colorado State University Restoration Ecology class, 2015

  • Developing a Professional Identity in the Private Sector: More than Just Wetland Science. Invited Speaker at the Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2015

  • Wetland Restoration: Lessons from the Field. High Altitude Revegetation and Society of Ecological Restoration Rocky Mountain Chapter Conference, 2015

  • The Private Sector: Necessary Skills for Consulting in Wetland Science. Invited Speaker at the Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2013

  • Clear Creek: Restoring an Urban Floodplain and Its Wetlands. Presented to Latin American Delegates, Institute of International Education, 2010

  • Restoration and Revegetation of Gordon Creek and Its Floodplain. High Altitude Revegetation Conference, 2010

  • Protected South Korean Frogs: Survey Results and Ecosystem Management Implications at Kunsan Air Base. Ecological Society of America Annual Conference and The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, 2009

  • Restoring a Montane Stream and Its Wetlands. Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference, 2007