About Us

We are highly motivated individuals who have come together for work that we find challenging, enjoyable, and purposeful. Our backgrounds include private sector, government, and non-profit work, with a focus on land use planning, design, and conservation. Our work has contributed to land being set aside in perpetuity for conservation, the restoration of public and private properties, and the creation of sustainable land use policy.

Learn more about our work in Conservation, Regional Analysis, Site Assessments, Web Geography, and Cartography.

Clients Include:
City of Austin – Office of SustainabilityCity of San AntonioThe Contemporary Austin (@ Laguna Gloria)Cullinan Park Conservancy • Devils River Conservancy • Hill Country Land TrustHill Country ConservancyHill Country AlliancePease Park ConservancySustainable Places ProjectTexas Land ConservancyTexas Land Trust CouncilTrust for Public Land Victor Emanuel Nature ToursWilbarger Creek Conservation AllianceWimberley Valley Watershed AssociationThe Meadows Center for Water & the EnvironmentKaty Prairie Conservancy

Our Team

Jonathan Ogren, Principal, Ecological & Conservation Planner

Jonathan founded Siglo Group in 2006 to help clients integrate natural systems into land planning and design. He specializes in environmental assessment, regional analysis, conservation planning, mapping, and land use feasibility studies. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an M.A. in Geography and the Environment and a B.A. in Biology. He is now on the faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture, where he teaches graduate students to integrate geographic analysis into their research. One of his first professional jobs was with NASA. The experience changed his direction through the realization of how valuable and irreplaceable natural systems are here on this planet. Jonathan also worked at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Sequoia National Park and has served on the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan Advisory Task Force. Outside of work, Jonathan can be found running around Lady Bird Lake or hiking the Hill Country with his sons.

Haley Wagoner, Ecological Designer

Haley joined Siglo Group in 2018 shortly after receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Her background includes a B.S. in Regional Development with minors in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spanish from the University of Arizona as well as a Certificate in GIS from Portland State University. Before moving to Austin for graduate school, she worked in Portland, Oregon where she was involved in restoration efforts for the endangered juvenile salmonid population passing through the Lower Columbia River Watershed. Her academic and professional experience includes GIS analysis, cartography, environmental design, planning, land survey, on the ground restoration, community engagement and environmental education. Haley loves to spend time outside getting her Vitamin D fix whether she is biking, hiking, running, skiing, or most importantly, floating a beautiful Hill Country River.

Clare Coakley, Conservation Planner

Clare joined Siglo Group in 2014, when she returned home to Austin after 9 years in Vermont. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology from Middlebury College and an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Clare’s academic and professional experience includes ecological assessment, invasive plant inventory and management, geographic analysis, cartography, teaching, and communication and outreach. Beyond work, she spends as much time outside as possible, whether volunteering as a Capital Area Master Naturalist, trail running, camping, or hiking with her dogs and family.

Jade Florence, PhD, Ecological Planner

Jade joined Siglo Group in 2019, following 9 years of professional experience in sustainable land use, which included ecological planning, landscape design, and sustainable agriculture. Jade’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioenvironmental Science in 2010, completion of a PhD in Botany & Plant Pathology in 2016, and winning a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship in 2016. Jade’s skills include technical writing, ecological surveying, statistical analysis, field data collection, and landscape design. In her free time, Jade enjoys long afternoons outdoors and can often be found running, paddleboarding Lady Bird Lake, hiking, camping, picnicking, or painting.

Laura Brusson, Ecological Designer

Laura joined Siglo Group in 2020, after receiving her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also awarded the ASLA Award of Honor. She holds a B.S. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is passionate about bringing the science of ecology to the spatial human experience. Her natural curiosity and interests have taken her from restoring prairies around the country, to studying and banding birds in the Pacific Northwest, to working as a Wilderness Ranger in Wyoming, and to researching water infrastructure and architecture in Denmark. Her skills include ecological design, invasive species management, restoration and land management recommendations, cartography, and communication. She spends her free time discovering the natural world around her through hiking, birdwatching, drawing, swimming, or taking a walk around her neighborhood.

Karina Gonzalez, GIS Associate

Karina joined Siglo Group in 2018 while acquiring a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Natural Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Concerned with the intersection of natural resources and the built world, Karina’s academic experience includes studies in ecology, hydrology, physical and human geography, GIS analysis, cartography, energy based policy, and sustainable development. She has professional experience as a laboratory assistant analyzing soil particle size texture and distribution as a means to identify patterns in geomorphic response to extreme weather events in the Carribean. Her personal interests center on the spatial analysis of physical geography, climate change, and development through spatial statistical methods and pattern recognition. Karina likes to spend her free time looking at memes about philosophy and the economy, consuming sci-fi media, and learning obscure trivia.

Michael Eason, Botanist & Ecologist

Michael is a conservation botanist with previous work experience with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Millennium Seed Bank Project. He volunteers his time for organizations like the Wildflower Center, the Native Plant Society of Texas, and the Nature Conservancy.

Dave Pietruszynski, Planning Associate

Dave joined Siglo in 2019 after graduating from the Duke University’s Nicholas School with a Master of Environmental Management degree. Prior to 2016 he was a high-tech entrepreneur in communication and consumer electronics, founding and growing companies. He transitioned to environmental sustainability and land use by initially working along the Texas Coastal Bend bays and estuaries focused on restoration, coastal sustainability, carbon markets for coastal wetlands, and education. In his academic work, he concentrated on GIS-based analysis of the ecosystem services value provided by restored oyster reefs in Texas. Dave’s love of the outdoors—hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting, and sailing, drives a passion for finding ways that technology can support good stewardship and help us sustain the earth for future generations.

Ben Labay, Conservation Planner

Ben has worked as a biologist and conservation scientist for over 10 years. He received a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Aquatic Resources and Biostatistics in 2010. Ben’s academic and professional experience started in stream fish ecology and has transitioned to studies involving spatial patterns and modeling species occurrences and distributions. Over the last few years, his research has focused on systematic conservation assessments at regional and national scales, with an emphasis on communication and mainstreaming of planning products for effective conservation implementation among diverse stakeholders and priorities. Having spent many years in Austin, Ben now splits his time between Austin and France; inspiring jealousy and awe among his coworkers.