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About Us



About

EDC is headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, a hub for ecological research in the Pacific Northwest. Corvallis is also home to Oregon State University, US EPA Western Ecology Division, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Forest Sciences Lab, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Corvallis Research Lab.

Our facilities include GIS hardware & software, a large format plotter, and an insect and algal identification laboratory. We own and operate an 18’ shallow draft jet boat, a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), recording water quality (CTD) probes, and sub-meter GPS.


Who We Are

Earth Design Consultants, Inc. (EDC), an Oregon corporation, was founded in 1996 by scientists specializing in ecological assessment and conservation planning. EDC is known for its application of geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing tools to solve natural resource management issues around North America, with a particular focus in the Pacific Northwest.

Drawing from a large group of highly respected collaborators, we build multidisciplinary teams uniquely suited to the specific needs of individual client’s projects. We have a strong track record of successfully completing projects on or before the given deadline, and pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with clients to ensure that our research and products meet their desires and expectations.

Our work focuses primarily on projects involving freshwater and estuarine wetland ecosystems. Our diverse projects range from primary research in nutrient cycling and invasive plant control to working with watershed groups to develop restoration and monitoring plans. We have designed and executed a number of watershed-level analyses and our study results are often published in the scientific literature.

Our past and present clients include Federal, State, Tribal, and Non-Governmental groups, including seven Oregon Watershed Councils.

Our studies range from individual wetlands to regional landscapes, from molecules to biological communities. We specialize in an array of ecological methods and emerging technologies. Our areas of expertise include: Watershed Assessment, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Landscape Ecology, Limnology, Aquatic Invertebrates and Stream Monitoring, Wetland Restoration and Assessment, and Plant Community Assessment and Monitoring.

The team behind the science

We assemble teams of specialists uniquely suited to solve real-world problems in wetland and watershed assessment and management.

RALPH GARONO

Aquatic Ecologist/Pilot

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BECKY HILL

Wildlife Biologist

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JILL BARTLETT

Remote Pilot/Photographer

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GEORGE STAFF

Pilot

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JIM GOLDEN

Remote Pilot/Photographer

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Jackie Dixon

Natural Resource GIS Analyst

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COLLABORATORS

Our partners in science

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We have been providing scientific assessment and mapping for ecosystems for more than two decades.