MEET OUR TEAM

Education

Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Applied Track, UCF, 2011

M.S. Ecology, Florida Tech, summa cum laude, 2001

B.S. Ecology, Florida Tech, magna cum laude, 1999

B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Tech, magna cum laude, 1999

Professional Expertise

Stormwater Masterplanning

Environmental Management

Natural Resource Project Management

GIS Analysis & Remote Sensing

Water Resources Modeling

Multivariate, Univariate & Spatial Statistics

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

American Water Resources Association

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

GIS Certification Institute Certified GIS Professional #91249

Highlighted Skills

Water Quality Monitoring

Geodatabase Design & Management

Advanced ArcGIS Mapping & Training

Custom Scripting & Software Development

ArcHydro

ArcNLET

Remote Sensing Tools for Visible/IR

Multi & Hyperspectral Imagery & LiDAR

ENVI

Spatial Analyses (Spatial, Geostatistical, & 3D Analyst)

Advanced Statistical Analyses & Modeling

Claudia Listopad, Ph.D., GISP

President and Principal Scientist

Claudia Listopad | LinkedIn

Dr. Claudia Listopad has 22 years of specialized experience in geospatial project management, remote sensing, and statistical analyses for resolving a multitude of environmental problems. As a trained marine biologist, ecologist, and conservation biologist, Dr. Listopad worked in the private consulting world for over eight years prior to founding Applied Ecology, Inc. Claudia Listopad has combined geospatial analyses and ENVI remote sensing skills with over six years of in-depth use of LiDAR for water resources and ecological studies. Her interest focuses on the application of cutting-edge remote sensing technology and advanced modeling to conservation and natural resource management.

Dr. Listopad specializes in the application of GIS, modeling, database development, statistical analyses, and remote sensing to complex data sets, particularly those related to stormwater, utilities, water resources, natural resources, and consumptive permitting. Since founding AEI, Dr. Listopad has provided stormwater, surface and groundwater quality monitoring, statistical analyses, and modeling services directly as a prime or subconsultant for Brevard County NRMD, City of Indian Harbour Beach, City of Cocoa Beach, City of Cape Canaveral, City of Titusville, City of Rockledge, and the US Air Force, among many others.

Dr. Listopad has been and is continuously involved in several projects funded by the State Legislature related to water quality of the Indian River Lagoon, including several groundwater source studies, which include large-scale monitoring, geospatial modeling, and statistical analyses. Additionally, she is actively involved in both the research and public consulting world for water resources. She presents at domestic and international conferences on a variety of ecological and remote sensing topics and participates in public workshops for water resources issues and their implementation.

Education

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 1982

Professional Expertise

Embedded Software Development

Custom Applications for Natural Resource Management

Project Management

Stormwater

GIS Modeling

Toolset Development

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

DEP SOPs for Surface & Groundwater Sampling

ArcGIS Model Builder/Geodatabase Schema

Highlighted Skills

C/C++ Programming

Object Oriented Analysis & Design (OOA/OOD)

Visual Basic/Python Custom Tool Development

Unified Modeling Language (UML)

Embedded Software Development

Real-Time Processing/Experienced Debugging In-Lab Environment

ArcObjects

Advanced ArcGIS Mapping & Training

ArcHydro

ArcNLET

MODFLOW

Advanced QGIS Mapping

William “Bill” Paton, B.S.

Vice President, Senior GIS Modeler and Software Developer

Bill Paton | LinkedIn

Mr. Paton has 36 years of technical and project management experience in software design, implementation and integration for a multitude of purposes. Prior to joining AEI in 2012, he worked in the Defense Industry for over two decades, where he managed multimillion-dollar projects with several staff engineers. He has extensive experience in estimating large-scale software design estimates, planning and meeting milestones, designing and meeting requirements, and integrating the final product. Projects have ranged from real-time detection and identification of targets using compact 3-D laser radar (LADAR) to custom watershed loading models for TMDL implementation, groundwater modeling, and web application development.

Typical tasks include custom toolsets for ArcGIS users to streamline repetitive and complex tasks, and custom applications to enhance data analysis needs when dealing with large datasets. As a lead software team engineer with decades of federal project experience, Mr. Paton can independently define and design the requirements and software architecture, as well as implement and test these systems. Mr. Paton also specializes in database design and custom interfaces for the user, both on desktop and web platforms, as well as technical reporting (software documentation, test plans, and data analysis reports).

Mr. Paton is often involved in developing custom tools to increase the productivity of large-scale mapping efforts, reduce human error, and provide user-friendly validation tools, both in the office and field settings. He is the lead ArcGIS Online web application developer for Applied Ecology and uses a variety of programming and scripting skills to achieve custom functionality. He is also involved with water quality sampling and quality assurance, and is certified by the University of Florida’s DEP SOPs for Surface and Groundwater Sampling.

Education

Ph.D. Conservation Biology, Unviersity of Central Florida, December 2012

M.S. Nonprofit Management, University of Central Florida, August 2005

B.S. Biological Sciences, Minor in Interdisciplinary Scients, Florida State University, May 1991

Professional Expertise

Water Quality Assessment

Project Management

Integrated Socio-Ecological Research

Communications & Facilitation

Scientific & Technical Writing

Operations Director

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lead Brevard

Forbes Nonprofit Council

NAUI Scuba Certified

Highlighted Skills

Business Administration

Strategic Planning

Grants & Contracts Management

Program Evaluation

Technical Writing & Communications

Socio-Environmental Research

Urban Ecology Linked to Nutrient Dynamics

Environmental Assessment & Source Allocation

Data Collection & Analysis

Shoreline & Wetland Restoration

Facilitation & Conflict Resolution

Leesa Souto, Ph.D.

Director of Operations

Leesa Souto | LinkedIn

Dr. Souto has been working for Florida’s water resources for over 30 years in many different capacities, providing her a comprehensive understanding of the complex environmental issues facing our state.

During her career, she has done water and soil chemistry testing and analysis; groundwater and surface water assessment and remediation; environmental education and behavior change; shoreline restoration and land management; policy support and advocacy; program design and evaluation; environmental and socio-ecological research; grants and contract administration; and business development and management. She has successfully administered over $15M in grant-funded environmental projects in her career and has managed successful nonprofit and for-profit businesses. She is an urban-ecology researcher and award-winning lecturer conducting and sharing actionable research to solve Florida’s water quality problems. Some of her accomplishments include initiating an international fishing line recycling program (MRRP, 2001), creating the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council structure (2002-04), chairing Florida’s Stormwater Education Task Force (2001-2012), creating and distributing the Stormwater Education Toolkit (2003-04), launching the Cocoa Beach and Orlando Green Business Programs (2007-2011), producing the Indian River Lagoon Report Card (2017-2021), and conducting over one hundred charettes, assemblies, and conferences to reach consensus on critical issues.

Dr. Souto received a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Minor in Interdisciplinary Sciences from Florida State University. She also holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Doctorate in Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida.

Education

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Lousiana Tech Unversity, 1996

A.S. Engineering, Shepherd College University, 1993

Professional Expertise

Water Quality

Hazardous Waste/Hazardous Materials Management

Restoration/Remediation & Emerging Contaminants

Air Quality & Toxics

Tank Management (SPCCs, FRPs, etc)

Natural/Cultural Resources

Environmental Impact Analysis Process

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Certified Acquisition Professional, Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 Facilities Engineering

Highlighted Skills

Program Management

Contract Development & Execution

Permitting

Technical Reports

Senior Leader/Local Community Briefings

Asbestos

Lead-based Paint

Radon

PCBs

Stormwater, Drinking Water, & Wastewater

Spill Response

Community Planning

Environmental Impact Analysis Process

Environmental Management System

Asset Management

Qualified Recycling Program

Andrea Bishop

Senior Environmental Compliance Manager

Andrea Bishop | LinkedIn

Andrea Bishop has 26 years of technical, project, and contract management experience in environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and restoration programs for the Department of Defense. Ms. Bishop has managed multimillion dollar environmental compliance and restoration projects and programs for multiple military installations (CONUS and overseas) in senior level positions and supervised staffs of 25+ scientists and engineers. She has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental program and project management with proven aptitude to analyze/mesh environmental requirements with military mission requirements. In her leadership positions, Ms. Bishop developed, initiated, and evaluated new procedures, policies, and internal controls to assess and resolve complex operational problems while ensuring environmental compliance.

Ms. Bishop’s most recent position was with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center as the Environmental Operational Chief for the Offutt Installation Support Section where she directly supervised 17 personnel and supported the environmental compliance and restoration programs regionally for four Air Force installations (Ellsworth, Grand Forks, Minot, and Offutt). In addition, Ms. Bishop served as the Deputy for the Midwest Branch Chief providing direct environmental compliance and restoration support for 18 Air Force installations and 10 Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) facilities. Ms. Bishop is also a proud military veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer.

Education

M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001

B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1998

Professional Expertise

Site Assessment & Remediation

Due Diligence Investigations

Treatment System Design & Installation

Operation, Maintenance, & Monitoring

Groundwater Modeling

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

American Society of Civil Engineers

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Professional Engineer, Florida (63579) and California (C62492)

40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER

8-hour Supervisor of Hazardous Waste Workers

8-hour OSHA Confined Space Entry Course – Entrant and Attendant

OSHA 30-hour Construction

First Aid / CPR / AED

Highlighted Skills

Site Assessment & Remediation

Groundwater Flow & Contaminant Transport Modeling

MODFLOW

RT3D

MT3D

High Resolution Site Characterization

Innovative Remediation Technologies

Remedial Optimization

Regulatory Closure

Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments

Emergency Response

UST Closure

Asbestos Abatement

Catherine Soistman, P.E.

Principal Engineer

Catherine Soistman | LinkedIn

Catherine Soistman, P.E., is a principal engineer with 21 years of experience in the various phases of site remediation, including site investigation, feasibility studies, treatment system design and installation, in-situ chemical oxidation, operation, maintenance, and monitoring, optimization, and site closure. She also has experience in modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant fate and transport, underground storage tank (UST) closures, Phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESAs), asbestos abatement, building demolition, due diligence investigations, and landfill closure. Ms. Soistman performs assessment and cleanup of a variety of contaminants, including petroleum products, chlorinated solvents, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, metals, and PFAS. Ms. Soistman has provided services to a variety of clients, including defense contractors, pharmaceutical companies, the federal government, state and local governments, and small businesses.

In the early stages of her career, Ms. Soistman was responsible for the operation, maintenance, and monitoring of remediation systems at Navy bases undergoing Base Closure and Realignment in northern California. For several years, she was the Project Manager on a continuing services contract for environmental services with Orange County, Florida. She has also provided several years of environmental site assessment and remediation services for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center.

As an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for more than 15 years on both the local and national levels, Cathy has won multiple awards, including Florida Section Young Engineer of the Year, Regional Outstanding Young Engineer in the Private Sector, Regional Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activities, and Nominee for E-Week Young Engineer of the Year. She is currently chair of the national ASCE Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Communications Council, and editor of the EWRI Currents newsletter, which is published nationally.

Education

M.S. Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University, 2007

B.S. Biology, Willamette University, 1990

Professional Expertise

Geospatial Analysis

Ecology, Biology & Fisheries

Climate Change & Resiliency

Natural Resource Management

Spatial Planning

Marine Debris

Business Management

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

NAUI SCUBA Instructor

Highlighted Skills

Research Design

Data Collection & Data Analysis

GIS Data Management & Model Building

Climate Change Impacts

Environmental Restoration

Communications

Recreational & Commercial Fisheries

Statistical Analysis

Accounting & Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions

Access & SQL

GIS Analysis & Modeling (Marxan, Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration (SLAMM), & Natural Capital InVEST Models)

Michael Thompson, M.Sc.

Sr. GIS Analyst

Michael Thompson | LinkedIn

Michael Thompson is an ecologist and geospatial analyst with professional experience in coastal and marine ecology, fisheries, coastal hazards, community risk and resiliency, spatial planning, and climate change. He received his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Biology while focusing on terrestrial and marine ecology. After receiving his degree, he worked as an outdoor education instructor on Catalina Island in California, a dive master and rescue diver on the Turks and Caicos Islands, and a fisheries observer onboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska. Due to a family illness, he eventually became President and Owner of a manufacturing corporation in Oregon before selling it and returning to graduate school.

He received his Master of Science degree in Marine Resource Management from the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, where his thesis focused on seafood traceability and product quality in the albacore tuna industry. His work as an ecologist and spatial analyst covers much of the U.S. coastal zone, where he has been integral in designing and implementing GIS analytical and predictive models to inform coastal zone management.

In addition to his scientific expertise, Mr. Thompson has over 10 years of business management and marketing experience, providing him with a unique and valuable perspective when it comes to working on critical natural resources and ecological issues. During his career he has worked and collaborated with a wide diversity of stakeholders including University scientists, non-governmental organizations, federal/state agencies, and business interests. These diverse experiences have provided him with the requisite knowledge and skill to tackle the most challenging of issues.

During his free time, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors surfing, cycling, hiking, diving and playing the occasional game of golf.

Education

Ph.D. Geology, University of Georgia, 1979

M.S. Geology, University of Rhode Island, 1975

B.S. Geology, University of Rhode Island, 1970

Professional Expertise

Continental Shelf Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

Tidal Inlet Hydraulics

Sediment Transport Mechanics

Hydrodynamics of Nearshore & Estuarine Environments

Statistical Analysis

Remote Sensing

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

American Geophysical Union

Society for Sedimentary Geology

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Professional Geologist, State of Florida (No. 1038)

Licensed Geologist, State of North Carolina (No. 1001)

 

Highlighted Skills

Geology of Shallow Marine, Coastal, & Estuarine Environments

Physical Sedimentology

Coastal Sediment Dynamics

Tidal Inlets

Hydrodynamic & Morphologic Modeling

Water Quality Modeling

Sampling & Monitoring of Coastal Environments

Geotechnical Project Management

Coastal Resiliency Planning

Gary Zarillo, Ph.D., PG

Coastal Oceanographer and Principal Geologist

Gary Zarillo | LinkedIn

Dr. Gary Zarillo has over 40 years of experience in coastal processes, marine geology, and physical oceanography. He has conducted more than 75 sand source projects ranging from reconnaissance to permit level field investigations of shallow marine sand bodies and upland sand and gravel deposits. Dr. Zarillo is experienced in combining the interpretations of acoustic sub-bottom data with core borings to develop three-dimensional (3D) lithologic models to quantify volumes of beach quality material. Dr. Zarillo has extensively published on the application of geologic models for identifying and quantifying sand and gravel resources. He has conducted applied and basic research on continental shelf sediment dynamics, tidal inlet hydraulics, dynamics of barrier island systems, sediment transport mechanics and the hydrodynamics of nearshore and estuarine environments. Dr. Zarillo also has extensive experience in the application of statistics and time-series analysis to environmental studies and the application of remote sensing methods in coastal and terrestrial environments.

Dr. Zarillo’s area of research interests are in the physical and sedimentary processes of estuarine, coastal, and continental shelf environments. Dr. Zarillo conducts studies of estuarine hydrodynamics and salinity regime, sediment dispersal from dredge spoil disposal sites, long-term wave climate, sand sources for beach nourishment, wave-driven sand transport on the barrier island shoreface and inlet sediment dynamics. Current research projects include: Hydrologic and Water Quality Model for Management and Forecasting within Brevard County Waters of the Indian River Lagoon for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (2014-2019); State of the Inlet: An Assessment of Inlet Morphologic Processes, Shoreline Changes Local Sediment Budget and Beach Fill for the Sebastian Inlet District; and Evaluating Cross-Shore Sediment Grain Size Distribution, Sediment Transport, and Morphological Evolution of Nearshore Placement Sites for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

Education

Highschool Diploma

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

 Professional Utility Locator

Keith Brimmer

Sr. Field Technician

Keith Brimmer worked for Tampa Electric for 30 years. He started working in the power plant as a fuel handler and moved up to apprentice electrician during his time there. Mr. Brimmer left the electric company working with the distribution department as an electrical locator.

Mr. Brimmer then worked at Teco in a field engineer position designing lighting and distribution system.

After leaving Teco, Mr. Brimmer worked the next 17 years as a locator for several companies locating electric, cable and water.

Mr. Brimmer has more than eight years of specific experience providing utility locating services for the City of Tampa. His expertise includes using the IRTHNET system and print reading for water systems. He is certified by NULCA and Utility Training Academy as a Professional Utility Locator.

Education

M.S. Conservation Technology, Florida Institute of Technology, summa cum laude, 2016

B.S. Conservation Biology & Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology, magna cum laude, 2014

A.S. Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Sciences, Corning Community College, cum laude, 2011

Professional Expertise

Data Collection & Management

Access Database Design

GIS Database Design, Mapping, & Spatial Analysis

Water Resource, Ecological & Statistical Analyses

Groundwater Quality Sampling

Surface Water Quality Sampling

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Wild Florida Rescue

DEP SOP’s for Water Sampling & Meter Testing

Intro to DEP SOP’s for Groundwater Sampling

Highlighted Skills

Data Collection

Organization & Statistical Analysis

Access, Geodatabase, & ArcGIS Online Database Management

Communications

Groundwater & Surface Water Sampling

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Pollen Morphology

Surface Soil Collection

Aquatic Invertebrate Sample Collection

Danielle Huffner, M.S.

Environmental Scientist III

Danielle Huffner | LinkedIn

Danielle Huffner received her Master of Science degree in Conservation Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. Her area of study was focused on understanding how to approach problems within the field of ecology and conservation biology based on various disciplines and through the application of new technologies. Her interests focus on the application of conservation technologies to improve the health of ecosystems while increasing public awareness.

Ms. Huffner specializes in data collection, database management, and statistical, ecological, and spatial analyses. She is heavily involved in several of Applied Ecology’s data management and database development projects, including the Indian River Lagoon Ecological Health Assessment, State of the Indian River Lagoon Web Application (SIRLAP), and the TBW’s Access-based Environmental Monitoring Permitting tracking database. Ms. Huffner has learned many of her organizational and data management skills while working as a research professional at Florida Institute of Technology, focusing on the reconstruction and enhancement of an existing neotropical pollen database. She has extended her skills into database development for various platforms, ArcGIS Online applications, statistical and spatial analyses, report development, as well as stakeholder engagement at Applied Ecology working on a variety of natural resource management projects.

Ms. Huffner is involved in various water quality monitoring projects such as the groundwater monitoring for the City of Rockledge, the county-wide groundwater monitoring project for Brevard County, surface water quality monitoring for the City of Indian Harbour Beach, and most recently the county-wide PFAS sampling for Brevard County. All of the aforementioned projects follow the strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) established by FDEP, in which Ms. Huffner has received her certification. Many of these projects involve water resource nutrient modeling using in-situ data, which Ms. Huffner performs load calculations and other various data analyses.

Education

B.S. Conservation Biology & Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2016

Professional Expertise

Data Collection & Management

ArcGIS Online Customization

Surface Water Quality Sampling

GIS Mapping & Spatial Analysis

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Brevard Zoo Conservation Department

FDEP Florida Stormwater Erosion & Sedimentation Inspector

American Stormwater Institute Qualified Florida Construction Stormwater Inspector

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER

DEP SOP’s for Water Sampling and Meter Testing

Intro to DEP SOP’s for Groundwater Sampling

Highlighted Skills

ArcGIS Mapping

ArcGIS Online Customization

Data Collection, Integration & Management

Microsoft Office

Surface Water Quality Sampling

Stormwater Quality Sampling

Groundwater Quality Sampling

Animal Care

Community Outreach

Kayleigh Douglass

Environmental Scientist III

Kayleigh Douglass | LinkedIn

Kayleigh Douglass graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with her bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology and has over five years of experience. Her interests include conservation initiatives, implementation of best management practices, and public outreach. Since joining Applied Ecology, she has continued to grow her skill set, expanding her mapping and spatial analysis capabilities, applying her analytical skills to public sector projects, and learning water quality collection SOPs. Ms. Douglass has completed the large infrastructure survey integration of dozens of facility types for the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and the CAD to database conversion in the web environment for the City of Indian Harbour Beach. She also has supported Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office with their GIS data infrastructure collection and management needs, most recently with the development of their catchment basin dataset and outfall inventories. Additionally, she has been providing support to the City of Cocoa Beach regarding their stormwater and wastewater infrastructure datasets through the creation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) documents for field data collection, reviewing existing data, creation of new data layers, performing field data collection, and BMAP support.

Ms. Douglass is the lead environmental field technician for all water quality sampling projects, including surface water sampling for the City of Indian Harbour Beach and groundwater and stormwater sampling for the City of Rockledge. She is involved in site assessment efforts for remediation, environmental dredging projects, and is highly trained in emergent contaminant sampling. She is highly involved in the site prioritization analyses and modeling for a recently initiated large-scale groundwater study in Brevard County. This State-funded project addresses the need to provide a priority plan to identify the critical areas where groundwater contamination is most likely impacting the Indian River Lagoon. She is also involved in the public outreach component of the project, by training and engaging citizen scientists throughout the 3-year long project.

Education

Ph.D. Candidate Geoscience, Florida Atlantic University, 2019

M.A. Geography, Florida Atlantic University, 2016

M.S. Integrated Environmental Science, Bethune-Cookman University, summa cum laude, 2012

B.S. Environmental Science, Dickinson College, 2010

Professional Expertise

Environmental Management

GIS Analysis & Remote Sensing

Multivariate & Spatiotemporal Statistics

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Geological Society of America (GSA)

American Geographical Society (AGS)

Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF)

Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS)

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER

Advanced Open Water & Enriched Air Nitrox PADI SCUBA Certication

Highlighted Skills

Advanced ArcGIS Mapping

Training & Spatial Analyses (Spatial, Geostatistical, & Temporal)

Remote Sensing Tools for Visible/IR, Multi- & Hyperspectral Images with ENVI

Advanced Statistical Analyses & Modeling

Andrew Kamerosky, M.S.

Environmental Scientist III

Andrew Kamerosky | LinkedIn

Andrew Kamerosky has 10 years of academic research in the fields of environmental management, geospatial analysis, and remote sensing in Florida. His work has focused on the use of interdisciplinary approaches to informing collaborative efforts in addressing emerging environmental issues. His interest focuses on the application of satellite remote sensing to enhance wetland and water resource management.

Mr. Kamerosky specializes in the application of GIS, ecological, and hydrological methods. He has extensive training and experience in multidisciplinary data collection, geostatistical analysis, multivariate statistics, conceptual modeling, geodatabase development, and remote sensing of aquatic and terrestrial surfaces. He has applied many of these skills through graduate-level research on the Indian River Lagoon, Lake Okeechobee, and the Everglades. Additionally, Mr. Kamerosky is involved with providing guidance and advice to emerging environmental leaders through the National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders program.

Mr. Kamerosky has been pivotal in initiating an innovative 15-month study of water quality parameters and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) using European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel satellite imagery and drone-based hyperspectral imaging in the Indian River Lagoon for Brevard County. The study will optimize early detection of HABs, determine HAB associations with nutrient concentrations and other parameters, such as benthic type and proximity to canals and point and groundwater discharges, and will provide the tools for managing water resources in estuaries.

Education

M.S. Chemical Oceanography, University of South Florida, 2015

B.S. Marine Science, Eckerd College, 2007

Professional Expertise

Water Quality

Water Nutrient Cycling

Data Collection & Management

Surface Water Quality Sampling

Continuous Water Quality Monitoring

Seagrass Monitoring

Phytoplankton Sampling

Laboratory Nutrient Analysis

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Society of Military Engineers Sustaining Member

Florida Lake Management Society (FLMS)

CPR & First Aid Certification

Florida Boating Safety License

PDIC Open Water Diver Certification

FDEP Status & Trend Sampling Certification

Highlighted Skills

Microsoft Office

Remote Data Collection & Management Systems

Field Operations

Operation of Continuous & Discrete Water Quality Instrumentation

Phytoplankton Identification & Enumeration

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Identification

Advanced Boating Skills

Search & Rescue Operations

Ashley Parks, M.S.

Environmental Scientist III

Ashley Parks | LinkedIn

Ashley Parks received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College and received her Master of Science degree in Chemical Oceanography from the University of South Florida. Her 15 years of professional experience has been focused on studying relationships between water quality and harmful algal blooms to determine mitigation and management strategies for improved water quality conditions and overall ecosystem health.

Ms. Parks specializes in field data collection, laboratory nutrient analyses, data quality assurance and analysis, and the deployment of in situ water quality monitoring sensors. She started her career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute where she studied the effects of nutrient dynamics in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on Florida Red Tide and other harmful algae species. Her studies included research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on nutrients and phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past 9 years, as part of the St. Johns River Water Management District, she focused her career on the application of continuous water quality monitoring and seagrass assessments for ecosystem restoration. At AEI, Ms. Parks will continue to expand her skillset in applied ecological and water resource studies, including providing data quality assurance, sensor implementation and integration, plan development, and informing management decisions based on data analyses.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys SCUBA diving, paddle sports, camping, hiking, and spending time with her two children.

Education

M.S. Marine Science, Jacksonville University, 2021

B.A. Coastal Environmental Science, Flagler College, 2018

Professional Expertise

Groundwater Quality Sampling

Surface Water Quality Sampling

GIS Analysis & Data Collection

Listed Species Surveys

Wetland Assessment

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER

PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification 

Highlighted Skills

ArcGIS Mapping

Data Collection

Gopher Tortoise Survey & Relocation

Sea Turtle Monitoring

Microsoft Office

Surface Water Quality Sampling

Groundwater Quality Sampling

Isotopic Analysis

Sediment Core Sampling

Cody Burns, M.S.

Environmental Scientist II

Cody Burns | LinkedIn

Cody Burns graduated from Flagler College with his bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Science and minored in both Mathematics and Business. He has also completed his Master’s degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University where he focused on isotopic biogeochemistry in the Savannah River. He received a research experience for undergraduates (REU) opportunity at Old Dominion University (ODU) where he worked with personnel on projects from ODU, NASA, and NOAA. He has fieldwork experience in soil collection and analysis, marine biological survey, data management, gopher tortoise survey, surface water quality collection and analysis, mapping shoreline stabilization, and monitoring/surveying local species present within Florida’s waterways. Mr. Burns has also assisted with research and worked with OCEARCH. He is a published co-author of High Carbon Accumulation Rates in Sediment Adjacent to Constructed Oyster Reefs, Northeast Florida, USA. His research focused on the determination if the sediment adjacent to constructed oyster reefs are a source of a carbon sink.

Mr. Burns has over two years of professional, ecological experience including wetland delineation, gopher tortoise survey and relocation, sea turtle monitoring, Florida Scrub-Jay monitoring, and fishery assessment and capture. Mr. Burns has over four years of GIS experience and spatial analysis, where he created and maintained the GIS database for his past company. He is self-taught in MATLAB from his time at Old Dominion University.

Additionally, Mr. Burns has been involved in community outreach programs raising awareness for various scientific challenges. His interests include conservation biology, public outreach, and environmental awareness.

Education

M.S. Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, 2020

B.S. Marine Science, University of South Carolina, 2016

Professional Expertise

Water Quality

Water & Sediment Nutrient Cycling

Data Collection & Management

Groundwater Quality Sampling

Surface Water Quality Sampling

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Society of Military Engineers – Sustaining Member

CPR & First Aid Certification, 2022

Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification, 2021

Florida Boating Safety License, 2020

SDI Rescue Diver Certification, 2015

AAUS Scientific Diver Certification, 2015

SSI Advanced Adventurer Diver Certification, 2015

SSI Open Water Diver Certification, 2013

Highlighted Skills

Microsoft Office

Data Collection

Field Operations

Technical Writing

Operation of Continuous & Discrete Water Quality Instrumentation

Biogeochemical Processes

Laura Thompson, M.S.

Environmental Scientist II

Laura Thompson | LinkedIn

Laura Thompson graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in chemical oceanography, and later received a M.S. in Oceanography & Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. Laura brings to AEI experience in field sampling operations, water quality, and sediment biogeochemistry.

Early in her career while pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she assisted on her first research publication investigating phytoplankton community composition effects from exposure to the chemical compound triclosan. After graduation, she interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Charleston, SC, supporting scientists in their 2016 Oil Spill Shoreline Cleaner Project and monitoring the greenhouse mesocosm experiment. After, she began her master’s degree in Baton Rouge, LA and studied sediment biogeochemistry in the northern Gulf of Mexico, spending multiple trips at sea to investigate benthic nutrient cycling within recently dredged sand pits. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Florida and began working with FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute where she served as a Water Quality Technician for the Indian River Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors (IRLON). There she was responsible for field operations and maintaining continuous monitoring water quality instruments throughout the IRL and St. Lucie Estuary.

Laura brings these experiences with her to AEI and is excited to continue working on projects involving water quality, stormwater, HABs, and ecotoxicology projects in the Indian River Lagoon and tributary water bodies.

In her free time, she enjoys SCUBA diving, sustainable gardening, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Education

M.S. Marine Science & Oceanography, Florida Atlantic University, 2023

B.A. Coastal Environmental Science, Flagler College, 2020

A.A., St. Johns River College, 2018

Professional Expertise

Granulometric Analysis

Water Quality Monitoring

Aseptic Laboratory Techniques

Data Collection & Analysis

Invasive Species Identification & Removal

GIS Mapping, Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Florida Stormwater Association

Society of Military Engineers Sustaining Member

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce

FAA Part 107 Drone License

NAUI Open Water SCUBA Diver

NAUI Nitrox Diver

NAUI Advanced SCUBA Diver

Highlighted Skills

Technical Writing & Reports

Microsoft Office Suite

R Studio

Trimble Business Center

ESRI ArcGIS

Real Time Kinematic GPS

Photogrammetry

Summer Manestar, M.S.

Environmental Scientist

Summer Manestar | LinkedIn

Summer Manestar graduated from Flagler College with BS in Coastal Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. She completed her MS in Marine Science and Oceanography at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), focusing her thesis research on the use of drone surveys and traditional methods to examine environmental and anthropogenic influences on loggerhead sea turtle nest site selection. At FAU she was part of the Coastal Studies Lab, which provided her with a strong knowledge of remote sensing and geospatial analyses applied to coastal resilience.

She also interned with the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, mapping invasive species and assisting with wetland delineations and water quality monitoring, and worked with St. Johns County Beach Services, where she monitored sea turtle nests and rescued ill or stranded wildlife. During her time at FAU, she completed an internship with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management Department, where she worked in the listed species section and assisted with marine turtle surveys and lighting compliance surveys.

Summer, an FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot, is excited to expand her skillset in remote sensing, geospatial applications, and natural resources management while contributing to a team of individuals that are passionate about the environment.

In her free time, she enjoys SCUBA diving, paddleboarding, yoga, and cooking.

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