Wild Ginger Field Services
Phone: +1-708-704-7162
Email: wildgingerfieldservices@gmail.com

Core Staff

Nicola McGoff, Director & Aquatic Ecologist

Nicola is the primary project manager for Wild Ginger Field Services. She advises clients on the specific requirements of their projects, directs the field services, and finalizes the written products. Prior to starting Wild Ginger Field Services she worked with the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund at The Nature Conservancy to restore streams and wetlands throughout Virginia. Nicola has a diverse background in wetland and riparian science, with past experiences including managing projects investigating nutrient dynamics and sedimentation in floodplain forests in the southeast US, researching Irish soils to assess their physical properties and quantify the carbon stocks, and classifying vegetation communities of Virginia. She is a certified Urban Nutrient Management Planner, Professional Wetland Scientist, and Licenced Pesticide Applicator. She received a MSC from the University of Virginia Department of Environmental Sciences for her work investigating the role of herbivory and nutrient dynamics in salt marsh ecosystems on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.   

Barry Hofman, Invasive Species Management

Barry is a licenced pesticide applicator with years of experience in managing pests in various landscapes. He maintains the treatment records, works with the landowners to understand their needs and explain our constraints, and manages field technicians in herbicide application. In his free time he runs a small garlic farm, likes to bow hunt, and is an avid outdoorsman.

Heather Eggleston, Field Services Specialist

Heather conducts field services, enters data, and innovates tools for field monitoring. She earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from University of North Carolina, Asheville. She presented her published research on the Liana Distribution Along an Elevational Gradient in Western North Carolina at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Heather first became interested in field work while gathering data to monitor the affects of land management on stream and riparian habitats of Pacific Anadromous Fish and Inland Fish for the PACFISH/INFISH Biological Opinion Monitoring Program (PIBO) in Idaho. She enjoyed two field seasons monitoring stream and wetland restoration in Virginia with Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund at the The Nature Conservancy. A third monitoring field season for The Nature Conservancy was spent on the Eastern Shore of Virginia monitoring oyster restoration.

Steven Beaty, Invertebrate Taxonomist

Steve is an aquatic biologist with over 15 years of research in streams ecosystems and taxonomic experience with stream macroinvertebrates. His primary taxonomic focus is on eastern North American fauna, particularly Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera and Chironomidae. In addition to those groups Steve has extensive experience with all other freshwater macroinvertebrate groups including Odonata, Coleoptera, Oligochaeta and freshwater Mollusca and Gastropoda. His extensive experience includes research on invasive freshwater species, sediment effects on macrobenthos, benthic macroinvertebrate resource heterogeneity in arctic lakes, insect rearing, and fish and mussel surveys. He received his MSC in Aquatic Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Steve currently keeps his feet wet by conducting stream bioassessments for North Carolina Division of Water Quality.

Andrew Henry, GIS Analyst

Andrew has an in depth knowledge of ArcMap and extensions, particularly Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst and Spatial Statistics Tools. He has ample experience developing data analysis solutions, methodologies and databases for specific research projects, and developing and documenting standards for data analysis and management. His research experience includes the National Monuments database for the Department of the Environment in Ireland; the VISQUE project for the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization; and an EPA funded diatom database in Sweden. Most recently Andrew has worked as a GIS Analyst on the European Union funded WISER project at the Institution for Water and the Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He attained his MSC in Geographical Information Science at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis work examined the potential of extending the capabilities of contemporary 3D geobrowsers for use in bespoke Internet GIS.