Lesley Brotkowski is an ecologist at TRC Environmental, specializing in the performance of wetland and upland habitat assessments, natural resource management projects, and endangered species surveys. She handles restoration and natural area management planning, botanical and wildlife surveys, and habitat quality assessments. As a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Assured Wetland Delineator, Ms. Brotkowski specializes in wetland delineations, functional assessments of wetlands and wetland mitigation.
Ms. Brotkowski received an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Ecology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has expertise in plant and animal identification, recognizing habitat associations, conducting surveys and population assessments, and locating and characterizing viable habitat for rare species of plants and animals, including the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana).
Ms. Brotkowski also works closely with the WDNR and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) on wetland verification and permit applications. Lesley is a part of the Wetland Delineation Professional Assurance Initiative of the WDNR. She is one of the few wetland professionals in Wisconsin with this distinction. This means her work is assured for purposes of State of Wisconsin wetland delineations. As an Assured Wetland Delineator, wetland boundary review and concurrence from WDNR is not needed when Lesley performs a delineation of a wetland boundary. This greatly speeds up project approval processes.