Beth Markhart joined WEST as a senior restoration ecologist in the Golden Valley, Minnesota office. Beth is certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist and completed the Targeted Grazing Certification for the Society of Range Management. She obtained a B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado and a M.S. in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota.
Beth initially conducted research on freshwater ecosystems at the University of Minnesota Gray Freshwater Biological Institute. She moved into the private sector for regulated wetland services, threatened and endangered species, and National Environmental Policy Act documents. Beth’s varied technical work has included field data collection to prepare chapters for a number of transportation Environmental Impact Statements in Minnesota and Wisconsin; wetland delineations in the Upper Midwest; listed plants, the Karner blue butterfly, and listed turtle habitat assessments; federal and state wetland permitting and mitigation plans; natural community and comprehensive wetland plans at various landscape scales; private lands habitat management plans; and detailed restoration design and cost estimating. She has served as a board member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and Minnesota Native Plant Society and spoken to many professionals and interest groups.