Mark Beardsley, M.S.

Mark holds an M.S. degree in plant ecology and B.S. degrees in biology and chemistry from Colorado State University.  His studies also focused on mathematics, statistics and the philosophy of environmental ethics, with ongoing coursework in hydrology and snow science. He has been professionally involved in the field of wetlands and stream ecology for 20 years.  In 2004, he founded EcoMetrics LLC, a small firm that specializes in ecological consulting and research on stream, riparian, and wetland systems in Colorado. 

Through EcoMetrics, Mark’s research has recently focused on quantifying ecological parameters for high-elevation meadow streams and riparian areas.  These studies stem from a long-term monitoring program designed to understand the effects of anthropogenic stressors on these systems and to quantify the effectiveness of restoration and enhancement efforts in an ecologically relevant way.  EcoMetrics’ mission is to use objective scientific findings to improve ecological value and integrity of mitigation, restoration, enhancement and preservation projects in Colorado.

In addition to his ecological consulting and research, Mark has spent the past 15 winters as a professional ski patroller at the Breckenridge Ski Area, where he is in charge of avalanche forecasting, avalanche control, and weather and snowpack reporting.  Mark also has experience teaching biology and chemistry as a college instructor at C.S.U. and Colorado Mountain College, has worked as a conservation biologist helping to protect several rare plants with the Colorado Natural Areas Program, and has been a part time climbing guide for 24 years with certifications from the American Mountain Guides Association.

The FuncTional Assessment of Colorado Wetlands (FACWet) Methodology