Innovate, Technical Experts

Meet the Verdanterra Team

Celebrating Five Years of Success Jonathan Ryan

It’s been five years since I left my position at a large, international consulting firm to start my own environmental consulting company in Madison, Wisconsin – Verdanterra. My team and I have learned many lessons over the past five years—some the hard way—and have gained good friends and experiences along the way. When reflecting back on where we started, we have a lot to be proud of.

Verdanterra initially was focused on the Oil & Gas industry, but in the last few years we have steadily added electric transmission, renewable energy, and land development clients. We have also grown geographically, adding offices in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis to meet the demands of our clients in the Midwest and in Appalachia. In addition to environmental consulting, we now provide civil engineering and land survey services.  

In the next five years, we look forward to increasing our involvement with current clients by providing more operations and maintenance support. Also, we intend to increase our geographic footprint further south, and to continue to adapt to our clients’ changing demands. These objectives are secondary to the most important area of growth – hiring hardworking, intelligent, and innovative employees who strive to make a difference in how our clients execute their projects. Truthfully, that is how we’ve achieved our success so far and it will be how we will fuel our growth in the future.

Throughout my life, I have always loved learning and challenging myself. I have been fortunate to learn from and grow with my colleagues at Verdanterra over the last five years – more than I could have imagined. I am excited to see what the next five years will bring. I hope they will be filled with opportunities to grow and offer more challenges to learn from.

Jonathan Ryan - President

Our Management Team

Jonathan Ryan, President

Jonathan Ryan

President

Jon leads Verdanterra, where he is primarily responsible for providing strategic direction, building partnerships with clients and complementary firms, and supporting our technical staff. Jon is also responsible for establishing quality control and for assuring the quality of deliverables executed by the company. Jon’s technical expertise lies in resolving complex regulatory situations for clients, both in support of projects in development and for compliance issues identified while in operation.

Prior to founding Verdanterra Jon worked for a large consulting firm where he quickly rose from permitting local water resource projects, to managing development for the company’s environmental services practice in New England, to managing the company’s national oil & gas pipeline program. He came to consulting after five years of private law practice, with brief stops building wooden boats and playing competitive golf between different, office-based professional positions. Jon has a J.D. and an M.A. in Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University, and a B.A. from Colgate University. Jon lives in the Madison area with his wife and three daughters.

Andy Selk, GISP, Director of GIS and Data Management

Andy Selk, GISP

Director of GIS and Data Management

Andy is Verdanterra’s Director of GIS and Data Management. This responsibility includes assuring consistent data collection, and developing spatial analysis methods and cartographic standards across the organization. He works closely with clients as well as internal staff to assure seamless integration of GIS into project workflow.

Andy has worked in the field of GIS for both the public and private sectors during his long career. Before launching Verdanterra Andy worked both for an international architecture and engineering firm and a private wind energy development firm. Andy started his career in the public sector with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he served as a GIS coordinator on multiple statewide projects including in support of the FEMA Flood Insurance Program, the Source Water Assessment Program, as well as the Wisconsin 1:24,000 Scale Hydrography project. Andy holds an MS in GIS Science from Northwestern Missouri State.

Daniel Tersteeg, Director of Water Resources

Daniel Tersteeg

Director of Water Resources

Dan directs Verdanterra’s environmental field staff. This role includes managing day-to-day field operations, coordinating staffing needs, and managing projects across the United States. He also is responsible for technical review and quality assurance of environmental field data, as well as preparing environmental reports and assessments. Dan works closely with our staff and our clients to ensure that we provide exceptional service and quality.

Before starting up Verdanterra, Dan worked for a large consulting company as an environmental field scientist, where he conducted environmental assessments and provided environmental inspection services. He has worked with a wide array of federal, state, local, and private stakeholders throughout the United States on projects as varied as single parcel developments to linear projects spanning multiple states. Dan joined the private sector after finishing his graduate degree and work with the United States Forest Service. He has an M.S. in Soil Science and B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota. He is a Certified Wetland Delineator and Professional Soil Scientist In-Training. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering on his house in Minneapolis and training for the occasional marathon.

Craig Swope, CWB, Director

Craig Swope, CWB

Director

Craig is primarily responsible for directing day-to-day operations across the company and managing the growth of Verdanterra’s Pittsburgh service area. Craig is also actively engaged in project coordination, strategic planning, business development and client management. He has successfully provided project management for numerous oil & gas projects in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays including oversight of civil survey, engineering, and environmental services. Craig understands the multiple disciplines involved with pipeline route development, right-of-way acquisition, surveying and mapping, environmental permitting, natural and culture resource survey design and agency coordination for a wide range of projects throughout the United States.

Craig has enjoyed a 15-year career in natural resources. Most recently, Craig was a Principal with an international engineering and environmental services consulting firm, where he was responsible for developing and managing midstream oil & gas projects in the Northeast. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and FAA Qualified Airport Biologist with experience in Migratory Bird Treaty Act, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, hazard/damage assessments, wetland delineation, environmental compliance, agency consultation, and wildlife management. Craig is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, distinguished expert marksman, sports enthusiast and successful professional.