GLWQD Staff & Board

OUR STAFF

Nick Banish, District Manager 

FullSizeRNick hails from the Great Lakes State and arrived in Montana for an undergraduate education in Geology. He obtained his M.S. degree from the University of Montana in Ecosystem Ecology in 2017 after conducting research on the Upper Clark Fork River. He has worked on river ecosystems across the Intermountain West on projects varying from assessments of streamside avian habitat on Federal Wildlife Refuges and floodplain cottonwood recruitment along the Wild and Scenic designated Lower Missouri River, to examining the role of nutrient pollution and biogeochemical conditions that fuel nuisance algal blooms in the Upper Clark Fork River Ecosystem. He enjoys fishing for trout in Southwest Montana and looks forward to receiving the State Historical Society’s quarterly publication.

He can be reached via email at nick.banish@gallatin.mt.gov.

Meggie Olson, Hydrogeologist

website-photoMeggie landed in Montana with the GLWQD after earning her Geosciences B.S. from Colorado State University in 2021. In addition to her academic focus on the subjects of Hydrogeology and Watershed Science, she developed an interest in community building through her role as a Recruitment and Engagement Ambassador for the Warner College of Natural Resources. Time spent on the Colorado and Arkansas rivers inspired her to pursue a water-related career. Meggie’s passion to keep our waters clean and drinkable aligns with our mission here at the district. In her time spent outside of work you can find Meggie enjoying the outdoors with a book or a board!

Meggie is a Certified Ground-Water Sampler (CGWS) and you can email her at meggie.olson@gallatin.mt.gov with questions about local groundwater quality and quantity, or for more information about our groundwater monitoring activities.

Drew Shafer, Temporary Field Technician

drew-bio-pic-1 Drew came to Bozeman shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree in Biology and Geology from Hanover College in 2018. He has worked on long-term projects with The Ohio State University, sampling the health and diversity of fish communities in agricultural waterways and worked with Colorado SNOTEL, preparing sites and collecting valuable snowpack data around the state. When out of the office, he enjoys fishing, rockhounding, and exploring Montana’s backcountry.

 

 

 

 

OUR BOARD

Name Representing
Glen Clements Manhattan Town Council
Dr. Doug Chandler City of Bozeman “At-Large”
John Edwards Gallatin County Board of Health
Cyndy Andrus Bozeman City Commission
Jim Lovell Town of Manhattan “At-Large”
Bri Schultz Gallatin Conservation District
Alan English City of Belgrade “At-Large”
Kristine Menicucci Belgrade City Council
Zach Brown Gallatin County Commission