Eco Logic Staff


Spencer Goehl, Principal
Executive Director

Spencer Goehl was one of the founding members of Eco Logic, LLC in 1999. He began his career in the green industry over 16 years ago as an I.S.A Certified Arborist. His initial love of native trees and shrubs has turned into a career installing and managing native plant communities. He has designed and managed numerous public works projects utilizing native plants as well as numerous government and private projects involving invasive plant management.

Spencer has played an instrumental role as the lead project manager for Eco Logic’s multi-year land stewerdship contract with Indy Parks. He helps write prescriptions for restoring degraded ecosystems throughout the Indy Parks service area, and oversees the implementation of restoration projects by Eco Logic field crews. He has also created an Early Detection and Rapid Response program to help Land Stewardship deal with new invaders. Spencer recently wrote a best management practice for the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves on the control of Reed Canary Grass at state dedicated nature preserves. Spencer has gained the reputation as one of the most experienced invasive plant practitioners in the state of Indiana.

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Richard Ciasto, Principal
Director of Operations

In 1999, Richard Ciasto was one of three founding members of Eco Logic LLC.

As Eco Logic’s Director of Operations he is responsible for day to day project management, maintenance, and human resource management. He has provided project management for a variety of ecological restoration projects on many of Indiana’s state dedicated nature preserves including dune and swale, oak savannah, wet prairie, and woodland habitats. His unique approach to large scale invasive species removal is accomplished with minimal disturbance to the native vegetation. This has allowed Eco Logic to provide their clients with cost effective management and control options to accomplish their restoration goals.

His 16 years of experience operating a wide variety of equipment facilitates Eco Logic’s successful completion of many challenging projects from large biomass removal (Baseline Barrens Nature Preserve in Washington County for the Indiana Department of Nature Preserves) to delicate stream bank stabilization(Crooked Creek in Indianapolis for Cold Spring School).

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Phillip Oser
Project Manager, GIS

Phil Oser has a strong background in ecological restoration, installing, and maintaining native plant communities. Phil holds a bachelor of science in Natural Resource Management from Indiana University. He gained experience in ecological restoration and native plant installation working for a small nursery in Middle Tennessee. Phil managed restoration projects for park departments across Tennessee and also assisted with commercial native plant installation projects. He has also worked to produce pre-vegetated modular green roof systems for installation on residential and commercial buildings.

While at Eco Logic, Phil has completed many wetland management projects, from invasive plant removal for Sycamore Land Trust and Red Tail Conservancy, to mitigations for Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services and for the Indiana Department of Transportation. He oversaw and completed a forestry mowing project to remove undesirable woody species over 150 acres at Kankakee Sands, a Nature Conservancy property. Phil also supervises the invasive species management and prairie seeding that Indianapolis Parks contracts with Eco Logic. Phil’s passion for the environment, strong organization skills, ability to adapt, and attention to detail make him a superb project manager.

In addition to his field duties, Phil is also the lead GIS analyst at Eco Logic. He has played an instrumental role in mapping and consulting projects for the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, CRANE Naval Base, Hoosier National Forest, along with various state forests and other municipalities.

Phil enjoys spending time with his wife at their home, where they work to produce local food, with economical and efficient practices that benefit the overall health of our ecosystems. Phil is also actively restoring 17 acres of woodland and 5 acres of prairie at his home in Greene County. Recently, he has started to collect seed locally, and produce plant material for his personal restoration projects.

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Matt Fox
Ecological Restoration Supervisor

Matt Fox has acquired 10 years of experience working in the field of ecological restoration. Matt studied biology at the University of Northern Kentucky. He began his experience in 2001 as a crew leader with AmeriCorps working with the Santa Clara Open Space Authority in California. Here he helped organize efforts to monitor and manage invasive species such as French Broom and Pampas Grass.

Matt then served as an Ecologist’s Assistant for the California State Parks – Northern half of Big Sur. Here he attained a love for turnkey ecological restoration. His responsibilities at Big Sur included seed collection/propagation/planting, flora/fauna monitoring, and vegetation surveys for woodland restoration. Matt also executed various forms of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from hand cutting to using a backpack sprayer to mechanized removal. After meeting his wife he transferred to the Monterey Bay district where he performed similar tasks that focused on dune restoration.

In 2006, Matt and his wife moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he worked on the woodlands restoration crew for Olmsted Parks Conservancy as a Biological Technician. Here he was responsible for trail maintenance, vegetation surveys, and IPM.

While at Eco Logic, Matt has served as project manager for several long term projects including a restoration project at the TNC property, Prairie Borders, and several invasive species management projects at Hoosier National Forest. He also oversaw the DNR Kudzu eradication contract for the state of Indiana.

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Natalie George
Field Botanist

A graduate of Berea College with a BS in Agriculture, Natalie has worked with native plants for 16 years. Her past experiences were predominately in landscaping that emphasized modeling natural systems and nursery management with native plants. Her work consisted of the installation and maintenance of native landscapes, invasive plant management in prairie plantings, seed collection, and crew supervision.

Prior to moving to Bloomington, Indiana, Natalie was nursery manager at Shooting Star Nursery in Georgetown, Kentucky for nearly 5 years. There, she developed a solid base in native plant identification and cultivation skills. Natalie’s ability to identify hundreds of species of native plants from seed to seedling to maturity makes her a valuable member of the Eco Logic team. She is capable of evaluating and determining the success of a seed installation as well as a plug planting. She is also an expert in distinguishing target species during the process of invasive plant removal.

Having been with Eco Logic for three years now, Natalie enjoys working on familiar sites and observing their transformation from heavily invaded sites to stabilizing native ecosystems.  She continues to lead crews in the field, educate employees on plant identification, and is taking on more consulting projects. Natalie will be instrumental in the formation of Eco Logic’s native plant nursery.

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Brad Weigel
Ecological Restoration Supervisor

Brad Weigel is a very talented member of the Eco Logic team. Brad has a bachelor of science in Natural Resources from Indiana University. He has extensive restoration experience that began with his work at The Nature Conservancy on the Kankakee Sands wetland-prairie restoration of over 7,000 acres. Brad also worked as an ecological restoration steward and stewardship manager for NICHES Land Trust where he focused on restoring the savannas of Northwest Indiana and provided environmental education opportunities for the public.

Over his years at Eco Logic, Brad has completed a number of long term projects including: a two year project for the Division of Nature Preserves eradicating Reed Canary Grass, Phalaris arundinacea, from Suman Fen Nature Preserve in Porter County; a Kudzu, Pueraria montana var. lobata, eradication project that included over 30 individual sites in central and southern Indiana for the Department of Natural Resources; and an eradication project of several invasive species at the Naval Support Activity Crane in Crane, Indiana.

Brad’s botanical knowledge and bird identification are excellent and he always remains focused on the conservation goals of each project. Brad enjoys hiking, skiing, paddling, birding, and botanizing in his spare time.

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Nate Dodson
Ecological Restoration Supervisor

Nate graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Environmental Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He later began his career in ecological restoration as a spring intern with Heartland Restoration in northern Indiana.

Nate began learning about native plants and various methods for eradicating invasive plants while at Heartland. He was involved in several streambank and shoreline stabilization projects and also assisted with the native plant nursery and seed operation.

Since coming to Eco Logic in the summer of 2010, Nate has become a key personnel on several invasive plant eradication projects including treating Japanese Stiltgrass in the Hoosier National Forest, Kudzu throughout southern Indiana, Bush Honeysuckle in Hamilton County, Ohio, Japanese Knotweed with Indianapolis Parks, and Reed Canary Grass with the Sycamore Land Trust and the Red Tail Conservancy.

In addition to working in the field, Nate helps keep us compliant with Indiana Department of Transportation regulations, has redesigned and developed our new website, and assists with our marketing efforts.

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 Russel Boulding Ecological Consulting

Russell Boulding
Soil Scientist and Fluvial Geomorphologist

In 2012, Russell entered into a cooperative arrangement with the Eco Logic team to perform wetland and waters of the U.S. evaluations and provide soil, geologic and hydrologic expertise on ecological restoration projects.

Russell Boulding has a BA in Geology from Antioch College (1970) where his major professor was the eminent fluvial geomorphologist Marie Morisawa, and an MS in Water Resources Management from University of Wisconsin/Madison (1975).  Russell worked on the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service) Soil Surveys of Dubois and Orange Counties in southern Indiana prior to becoming a free-lance consultant when he established Boulding Soil-Water Consulting in 1977.

Russell has written numerous books, chapters, articles and consultant reports including Description and Sampling of Contaminated Soils: A Field Guide (Lewis Publishers, 1994), and Practical Handbook of Soil, Vadose Zone, and Ground Water Contamination: Assessment, Prevention and Remediation (Lewis Publishers, 1995; second edition published by CRC Press in 2004 with Jon Ginn as co-author).  He has performed dozens of wetland and waters of the U.S. assessments for public and private projects.