Celebrating Women in ERSED 2023

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Celebrating Women in ERSED 2023


March is the month designated to celebrate women and their achievements around the world. IECA is blessed to have some amazing women achieving amazing things in the erosion and sediment control (ERSED) industry.  In this webinar, you will hear from women in Australia, New Zealand, and America, about their work in the ERSED field, how they came to be in the industry, and their vision for the future of the industry.


Stephanie Kirk - New Zealand


Stephanie is currently the Environmental Manager on a $655 million dollar large scale infrastructure roading project in New Zealand. The area the project is situated in has had its worst rainfall ever recorded during the summer earthworks season from September to February. She will be talking about the challenges of working on a large earthworks project with record breaking rainfall, the innovative weather forecasting software, how their erosion and sediment controls have stood up to the test, some of the tough challenges they have faced along the way and how they have remained on side with the regulatory authorities throughout the process. She will also briefly touch on how she started in the industry and how she would like to see it change and develop.  

Dr Jaime Schussler - USA


Until her graduate studies, Dr. Jaime Schussler had no idea there was so much to learn about erosion and sediment control. Before long, she was sinking herself into research to find performance-based solutions for temporary erosion and sediment control. Jaime’s research has influenced design standards throughout the United States. Following her doctoral work, she was a visiting scholar at the University of New South Wales, where she connected with Australasia IECA members to learn about the industry across the pond. Now, Jaime’s story has come full circle. She uses her position as an assistant professor to mobilize young women to the erosion and sediment control industry and getting involved with IECA. Join us to hear about her journey!

Alison Price - Australia


SoilCyclers Founder and MD Alison Price oversees soil amelioration and remediation on more than 50 sites annually, recycling up to half a million tons per annum and taking around 30,000 truckloads off local roads. From mine sites to infrastructure, subdivisions, and everything in between, Alison has seen what can go wrong when we don't take care of our soil. Practical tips for new engineers, some soil science basics for non-scientists and some funny examples of recycling pitfalls as well as guaranteed recipes for soil recycling success.


Stephanie E. Kirk

Environmental Manager - Takitimu North Link

HEB Construction

Stephanie Kirk works for one of New Zealand's top contractors - HEB Construction. Recently becoming a fully accredited CPESC, she is currently acting as the Environmental Manager for the Takitimu North Link roading project which has over 3 million m3 of earthworks.

Prior to Takitimu, Stephanie spent the last two years looking after the environmental management for construction of Turitea Windfarm and four years as Environmental Advisor on the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway. She has also spent time as a council compliance officer working throughout New Zealand. This has given her a well rounded understanding of erosion and sediment control from the contractor, client and council perspective.

Jaime Schussler, M.S., CPESC-IT

Assistant Professor

Oklahoma State University

Dr. Jaime Schussler is an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Schussler’s research focuses on stormwater management, specializing in erosion and sediment control. Her work aims to find implementable solutions to manage increased stormwater runoff and sediment loads from construction, urban, agricultural, and reclamation sites. Her experience extends to surface water hydrology, water resources engineering, and surface water quality. 

Alison Price

Managing Director


Alison is the Founder and Managing Director of SoilCyclers, mobile soil recycling, decontamination, amelioration and waste reduction contractors working across the construction, waste and mining industries. SoilCyclers is on a mission to create a bigger future with a smaller footprint by transforming waste into safe, reusable materials.

Each year, Alison oversees recycling projects on more than 50 sites, recycling up to half a million cubic metres of material, saving clients more than $5 million, taking almost 30,000 truckloads off local roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 6000 tons.

Alison is also a board member for Austmine, EnviroMETS (Qld) Ltd and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council. She is a former Queensland Chapter President, Director and Vice Chair of the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC).

This webinar is worth One (1) Professional Development Hour. 

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