Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
John Lortie is a Professional Wetland Scientist, a Certified Wildlife Biologist, an accomplished botanist, and an experienced ecological risk assessor. He has directed numerous projects involving complex environmental regulations at hazardous waste sites and marine facilities, and has taught short courses at international environmental conferences on ecological risk assessment protocols, field methods, and restoration design. For the Housatonic River Project, Mr. Lortie serves as the lead ecologist for the G.E./Housatonic River Site Ecological Risk Assessment, with particular responsibility for the Ecological Characterization and in evaluating risks to amphibians. In his previous position as President of Woodlot Alternatives, Inc. (now part of Stantec), Mr. Lortie was responsible for many aspects of the site investigations, including the field studies program, and was the lead investigator for the Ecological Characterization of the site.
In addition to managing significant habitat restoration projects and ecological risk projects, he has also led large-scale ecological inventories to search for rare animals and plants, directed coastal migratory bird studies, and evaluated complex natural communities throughout the northern Atlantic region. A former National Wildlife Refuge manager, he also offers special expertise in migratory bird studies. As a Professional Wetland Scientist, Mr. Lortie also specializes in interpretation of wetland regulations, and wetland identification, evaluation, mitigation and restoration.