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Congratulations to Dr. Susan Mortenson, a senior restoration ecologist at SWCA, on becoming a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) through the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). She is now one of three CERPs in the state of Nevada and joins a growing group of CERPs at SWCA across the U.S.

The certification encourages a high professional standard for those who are designing, implementing, overseeing, and monitoring ecological restoration projects throughout the world – an initiative SWCA has supported from the very beginning as a founding sponsor of SER’s CERP program. Obtaining the CERP stamp of approval requires experience, education, foundational knowledge, references, and more.

“The CERP program is becoming an essential qualification for restoration professionals, and we are beginning to see regulatory agencies requiring the CERP stamp on project plans,” comments Mickey Marcus, CERP #0001 and Business Development Director at SWCA. “We’re pleased to see yet another teammate put in the time and effort to receive this certification. Welcome, Susan, to the CERP team, across the nation at SWCA and the worldwide network!”

Susan in the field during an SWCA project in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near Tubbs Spring, one of many projects restoring warm desert springs in southwestern Nevada. Photo by Steve Zipper.Susan has pursued restoration ecology ever since discovering her calling during an undergraduate biology class, receiving her Ph.D. in Ecology, and continuing her professional development through the CERP program. With 12 years of restoration project experience, Susan particularly enjoys building project teams and collaborating across disciplines to create the best solutions.

“I want to encourage others to get involved with SER and get certified,” Susan emphasizes. “I became more familiar with the principles and standards of SER that have been carefully developed to help guide restoration projects. Looking ahead, I’m excited to be a part of this professional group and engage with SER’s continuing education credit opportunities.”