Claudia Listopad

Professional Expertise

Stormwater masterplanning

Environmental Management

Natural Resource Project Management

GIS Analysis & Remote Sensing

Water Resources Modeling

Multivariate, Univariate & Spatial Statistics

Professional Affiliations

American Water Resources Association

Florida Stormwater Association

URISA

GIS Certification Institute Certified GIS Professional #91249

Selected Publications

Claudia Listopad, M. Köbel,A. Príncipe, P. Gonçalves, and C. Branquinho. (2018) The effect of grazing exclusion over time on structure, biodiversity, and regeneration of high nature value farmland ecosystems in Europe.  Science of The Total Environment 610-611: 926-936.

 

Claudia Listopad, J. Drake, R. Masters, J. Weishampel, C. Branquinho (2015) Structural diversity indices based on airborne LiDAR as ecological indicators for managing highly dynamic landscapes.  Ecological Indicators 57: 268-279.

 

Claudia M.C.S. Listopad, J. Drake, R. Masters & J. Weishampel (2011) Portable Small Footprint LiDAR: Validation and Applications for Forest Canopy Structure Estimation. Remote Sensing 3(7): 1284-1307. 

 

 

Brevard County Per-And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Water Sampling

Brevard County NRMO

Brevard County, Florida

2018

Analysis of Onsite Wastewater-treatment Systems (OSTDS) Potential Loading Impact to the Indian River Lagoon and Connected Waterways in Brevard County

Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2018-ongoing

Groundwater Sampling and Model for the Breeze Swept Subdivision Septic System Connection

City of Rockledge

Rockledge, Florida

2017-ongoing

Groundwater Pollution: Engaging the Community in Solutions

Marine Resources Council for Brevard County/FDEP

Brevard County, Florida

2017-ongoing

 

Surface Water Quality Sampling for TMDL Prioritization

City of Indian Harbour Beach

Brevard County, Florida

2017-ongoing

C. W. B Young Regional Reservoir

Environmental Seepage Assessment Services Arcadis for Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Area, Florida

2017-ongoing

Tampa Bay Water Business Management Plan for the Maintenance of the Recovery Assessment ArcGIS Online Map

Water & Air Research, Inc. for Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Area, Florida

2017-ongoing

 

Indian River Lagoon TMDL

Refinement and Allocation Tool Development

Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2016-ongoing

 

Indian River Lagoon Watershed Load Development for 3D Numerical Model

Florida Institute of Technology for Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2015-ongoing

NPDES Phase II MS4 Permit Compliance Support

City of Indian Harbour Beach

Brevard County, Florida

2015-ongoing

Indian River Lagoon Ecological Health Assessment

Marine Resources Council

Indian River Lagoon, Florida

2016-2018

 

State of the Indian River Lagoon Web Application and Ecological Gap Analyses

Indian River Lagoon Natural Estuaries Program

Brevard County, Florida

2017-2018

 

City Infrastructure Database Development, GIS System Setup, and Web Application

City of Rockledge

Brevard County, Florida

2017-2018

Tampa Bay Water Environmental Monitoring Permitting Database Development

Brian Ormiston, Ph.D. for Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Area, Florida

2014-2018

 

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Survey and GIS Mapping

Allen Engineering for the USAF 45th Space Wing

Brevard County, Florida

2016-2018

 

Groundwater Source Study Leading to Muck Accumulation in Turkey Creek

Florida Institute of Technology for Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2016-2018

SOIRL Stormwater Project Grant Support

City of Cocoa Beach

Brevard County, Florida

2017

Huntington Lakes II Water Quality Monitoring

City of Rockledge

Brevard County, Florida

2016-2017

 

Model-based Basin Prioritization Effort for the City of Titusville

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. for the City of Titusville

Brevard County, Florida

2015-2017

Custom SWIL-based prioritization model for Military Bases

MSE Consultants, Inc.

 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Mobile District

Brevard County, Florida

2015-2017

 

City of Largo Comprehensive Stormwater Asset Management Plan – Phase 1

GPI, Inc. for the City of Largo

Largo, Florida

2015-2016

Indian River Lagoon Storm Event Monitoring and Load Characterization

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

SJRWMD, Florida

2015-2016

Inventory Mapping and Model Development

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

City of Titusville, Florida

2015-2016

Lowry Park Zoo Utility Mapping

Greenman Peterson, Inc. for the Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, Florida

2015

Land Cover Development and TMDL Spatial Modeling for the Malabar Annex

3E Consultants, Inc.

 for USAF 45th Space Wing

Brevard County, Florida

2015

 

Model Development for Water Quality Masterplan

Allen Engineering for City of Rockledge

Rockledge, Florida

2015

 

SWIL 3.0 Development and Outfall Prioritization Model 2.0 Update

Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2015

 

Tampa Bay Water Recovery Assessment ArcGIS Web Application

Greenman Peterson, Inc. for Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Area, Florida

2014-2016

 

SWIL 2.0 and Outfall Model Development

 Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2014

 

GIS Support and Training for the Water Quality Masterplan

Allen Engineering, Inc.

for City of Cape Canaveral

Brevard County, Florida

2014

 

Lake Hooker Historic Photointerpretation, Brandon Wellfield

VHB, Inc.

Tampa Bay Water, Florida

2013

 

TMDL Assessment and GIS Training and Support for the City of Rockledge

Allen Engineering for City of Rockledge

Rockledge, Florida

2012-2015

 

Stormwater Infrastructure Database Design, TMDL Support and Training

City of Cocoa Beach, FL

Cocoa Beach, Florida

2012-2014

 

Development of Hydrologically Connected (Flow-Through) EMPs, Special Condition 8 

Brian G. Ormiston, Ph.D.

Tampa Bay Water, Florida

2012-2014

 

Integration of Behavior and Social Data in the surrounding Water Quality using GIS and Statistical Analyses

Stormwater Management Academy, UCF

Wekiva, Orange/Seminole Counties, Florida

2012

Water Use Permitting Statistical Analysis Support

Brian G. Ormiston, Ph.D. SWFWMD, Florida 

2011-2016

 

Residential Stormwater Quality Evaluation for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Pinellas County, Florida

2011-2014

 

Refining the Indian River Lagoon TMDL

Bussen-Mayer Engineering Group, Inc.

 for Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2011-2013

 

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve Wellfield   GPI/VHB, Inc.

Sarasota County, Florida

2002-2009, 2011-2013

 

Spatial & Statistical Analyses of Behavior Data and Nutrients in the Rivendell Community

Stormwater Management Academy, UCF

Rivendell, Sarasota, Florida

2011-2012

Stormwater Inventory Data Conversion and Mapping

Stormwater Solutions, Inc.

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

2011-2012

 

Stormwater Inventory Data Conversion and Geodatabase Development

Bussen-Mayer Engineering Group, Inc.

Brevard County, Florida

2010-2014

Stormwater Quality Masterplan Update

Stormwater Solutions, Inc.

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

2010-2011

 

Breakline Development for LiDAR Enhacement Study

Aerial Cartographics of America, Inc.

SWFWMD, Florida

2010

 

Digital Elevation Model Mapping and Contour Extraction

Northprop, LLC

Brevard County, Florida

2009-2010

 

GIS and Remote Sensing

 Support for a Stormwater Utility Development

Stormwater Solutions, Inc.

Martin County, Florida

2009

 

Hydration Plan

Hernando County

Utilities Department

Hernando County, Florida

2008-2009

 

Tsala Apopka Vegetation Survey

PB Americas

 for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Citrus County, Florida

2008

 

Objective-based Vegetation Management

FFWCC

Southwest Region, Florida

2007-2010

 

Statistical Characterization of Hydroperiods for Integrated Model Calibration

Tampa Bay Water

Hillsborough County, Florida

2007

 

WAP Zonation Study

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Pasco, Hillsborough, Sumter,

& Lake Counties, Florida

2006-2007

 

C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir

Tampa Bay Water

Hillsborough County, Florida

2005-2009

 

Water Supply Plan

 Hernando County

Utilities Department

Hernando County, Florida

2005-2008

 

Integrated Water Resources Project, Orange County Task Authorization # 38

 PB Water

Orange County, Florida

2005-2006

Orange County Utilities Consumptive Use

Permit Renewal

Impact Assessment

PB Water

Lake, Orange, Osceola, & Seminole Counties, Florida

2005

 

Normal Pool Index Study Tampa Bay Water

 Hillsborough & Polk

Counties, Florida

2005

 

Application of Remote Sensing Tools for Restoration & Conservation of Southeastern Pine

Forest Structure

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

2004-2011

Spring Hill and West Hernando Wellfields

Hernando County

Utilities Department

Hernando County, Florida

2004-2008

 

Five-Year Wetland Assessment

 Southwest Florida Water Management District

Northern Tampa Bay

Region, Florida

2004

 

Integrated Characterization of Hydrology, Wetland Vegetation Communities, and Hydric Soils in Four River Systems

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Hillsborough County, Florida

2003-2006

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Long-Term Rainfall Characterization

South Florida Water Management District

Okeechobee, Florida

2003

Cone Ranch Property Environmental Monitoring

Tampa Bay Water

Hillsborough County, Florida

2002-2009

Claudia Listopad, Ph.D., GISP
Principal Scientist
President of Applied Ecology, Inc.

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

Summary

Claudia Listopad has 18 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 8 years prior to founding Applied Ecology, Inc. Claudia Listopad has combined geospatial analyses and ENVI remote sensing skills with over 6 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 NRMO, City of Indian Harbour Beach, City of Cocoa Beach, City of Cape Canaveral, City of Titusville, City of Rockledge, and the US Air Force.

Dr. Listopad is often involved in agency negotiation and is currently working closely with the SFWMD, SJRWMD, SWFWMD, and FDEP, among other public agencies. She has designed and implemented several large infrastructure geodatabases for municipalities, including custom reporting and portable collection forms, which streamline NDPES, inspection, and maintenance efforts. In addition, she focuses on data management of spatial and non-spatial datasets, impact detection, spatial and geodatabase design and development, and ecological and hydrological field assessments.

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.

Highlighted skills include: Water quality modeling, geodatabase design and management, advanced ArcGIS mapping and training, custom scripting and software development, ArcHydro, ArcNLET, remote sensing tools for visible/IR, multi- and hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR, ENVI, spatial analyses (Spatial, Geostatistical, and 3D Analyst), advanced statistical analyses and modeling.

Selected Recent Project Experience

Project Manager. As part of an investigation into potential concerns regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office contracted with Applied Ecology, Inc. to determine the level of emerging contaminants throughout the County. Applied Ecology staff collected samples from 50 locations distributed county-wide from shallow ground water wells, shallow irrigation wells, deep irrigation wells, lagoon water from the Indian River and Banana River, and muck from the bottom of the lagoon. The County also contracted to sample three shallow irrigation wells in South Patrick Shores for the full suite of federally listed priority pollutants, carcinogens, volatile and semi-volatile organics, pesticides, heavy metals and radionuclides due to community concerns about cancer rates in that area.

Project Manager, GIS Modeler and Spatial Analyst. In response to the deterioration of the health of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) along Florida’s east coast, Brevard County residents approved a sales tax referendum in 2016 to fund the Save our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Project Plan. Solutions to restore the IRL include pollution prevention measures, many implemented through local ordinances. This project includes a community-based prioritization effort using geospatial modeling to estimate groundwater pollution potential, and distance to nearby utilities for residential communities on septic within Brevard County’s IRL watershed. Extensive predictive modeling efforts utilizing the ArcNLET based groundwater transport (an ArcObjects model) with site-specific information for the watershed was undertaken to determine the minimum buffer required to effectively protect the IRL from nitrogen loads from septic systems. Recommendations based on the GIS analysis were statistically validated with Monte Carlo simulations and used to support a new septic ordinance within Brevard County. Subsequent spatial analyses were performed to provide the County with an estimate of level and distribution of impact of the ordinance on future development. Analysis using a combination of spatial tools and modeling, including groundwater transport predictions and optimized Hotspot Analysis, is underway to identify communities/individual parcels of interest by ranking the potential of contamination to groundwater from these septic sources.

Project Manager. Critical modeling and monitoring project that compares groundwater quality in a septic to sewer conversion site in the North Indian River Lagoon watershed, critical to prioritize funding from the Save our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. The project included an initial custom model run and comparison of results to peer reviewed data, well siting and installation of 5 shallow groundwater wells, monitoring, and model calibration using hydraulic head and nitrogen concentration data. This is the first project to design sampling to quantify the potential reduction of ammonia and nitrate-nitrite loads into an impaired waterbody by connecting a community from septic to sanitary sewer.

Project Manager and Modeler. The legislative-funded groundwater pollution modeling 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. Dr. Listopad designed this long-term study and is currently leading the GIS spatial data acquisition and modeling efforts, as well as implementing the groundwater data collection tasks. Dr. Listopad has initiated statistical analysis and reporting of the field collected water quality nutrient and isotopic datasets with the first two completed quarterly sampling efforts.

Project Manager. Development and implementation of a surface water quality sampling plan to prioritize the implementation of additional projects (BMPs) to improve the water quality of the Banana River and Indian River Lagoon. The focus on the sampling will be on nutrient data, since the current TMDL is based on seagrass impairment caused by eutrophication. The project includes site and parameter selection, sampling of in situ parameters and laboratory parameters using FDEP approved SOPs, data analysis and reporting.

Project Manager, Statistician, Remote Sensing Scientist. The C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir (Reservoir) has been in operation since 2005 and is in compliance with the FDEP and Hillsborough County EPC. As part of the compliance requirements, ecologic and hydrologic monitoring of the surrounding environment is necessary to document any adverse effects and implement management options as deemed necessary and prudent. AEI is the lead in the ecological analyses and photointerpretation tasks of this 4-yr monitoring project. Seasonal trend testing of wetland affinity scores, species richness and vegetative cover changes are analyzed statistically, reported, and interpreted along with remote sensing data and hydrological changes.

Project Manager. After the original Recovery Assessment web application was developed, maintenance and support were critical issues, particularly as the application become essential for the recovery assessment effort. This project focuses on the development of a business management plan that provides specific guidance on critical issues for the maintenance and improvement of the application, the implementation of some immediate application upgrades, and monthly support and maintenance effort.
Project Manager. Applied Ecology is continuing the work with Brevard County and all stakeholders in the refinement of the Indian River TMDL process to implement new proposed target loads in the North and Central IRL, and the Banana River. This task includes working with FDEP to provide an easy to use tool to allocate loads across the stakeholders in an equitable and scientifically defensible manner.

Project Manager and Model Developer. Development of watershed nutrient input data to incorporate in the circulation and salinity model developed by Florida Tech to allow best muck management decisions. Annual funding from the State Legislative request has allowed subsequent temporal expansions of the original 3.0 SWIL model from 1995 through 2015. In addition, 2016 funding further enhanced the model by expanding the spatial boundary of the original model from Ponce Inlet to Fort Pierce Inlet. SWIL 5.0 further expands the model spatially to include the St. Lucie watershed and temporally to December 2017.

Project Manager. Since 2015, Applied Ecology has supported the City’s permit compliance efforts, including assistance during the annual inventory, infrastructure mapping, and reporting of best management practices. In addition, specific and measurable minimum control measures and holistic best management practices were integrated during the City’s last Notice of Intent (NOI) to use Generic permit for Discharge of Stormwater from Phase II MS4.

Project Manager, Geostatistical Scientist. Technical Characterization study that compiled and synthesized available data to understand problem areas, data gaps, and conditions over time. The IRL Health Assessment tasks included collecting and synthesizing water quality; habitat, fisheries, and wildlife data; conducting spatial and time-series analyses to understand trends and complex interactions; and facilitating the input of the STEM committee to reach consensus on benchmark setting and restoration goals. As part of the IRL Health Assessment, the AEI team also developed a web-based application to translate scientific data using a variety of visualization tools.

Project Manager. Development of a web application (State of the Indian River Lagoon Application or SIRLAP) to house key water quality and habitat indicators within the Indian River Lagoon. This application enhanced the understanding of the lagoon’s ecological health by providing a visualization tool that interprets key water quality and habitat indicator data. The tool is an easy to use, open access web application which will provide lagoon stakeholders easy access to critical datasets to enhance communication, facilitate scientific inquiry, and guide adaptive management as well as engage and educate the public with lagoon ecological health information. Additionally, an analysis was performed to assess gaps in research and data collection efforts to prioritize future research efforts.

Project Manager. The project for the City consisted of two main tasks: 1) ArcGIS installation and setup and 2) Web Application Development. Applied Ecology installed ArcGIS for Server version 10.5.1 ArcGIS Desktop software on the City’s Microsoft Server 2012 and provided the City with a multiuser, versioned Enterprise geodatabase in a Microsoft SQL database for their existing infrastructure (stormwater, sanitary sewer, and reuse). AEI also completed a web application development effort to provide the City with an editable, fully functional application for the City’s internal use.

Project Manager. Development and population of a custom Access-based that focused on both the Environmental Management Plan and Recovery Assessment processes. The goal of the database was to assist in data collection, site status tracking and reporting associated with both these processes, including outlier events, wellfield influence tests, investigative reports and associated conclusions, recovery assessment studies and associated outcomes, site information updating and reporting. The designed database streamlined tabular inputs, queries, data entry forms, and reporting to meet Tampa Bay Water’s goals. In addition, an easy-to-use interface to the database was developed and implemented, allowing specific users appropriate read-write permission levels on different portions of the Access database. The project was extended to integrate recent recovery analysis data and create training materials.

Project Manager. Large-scale infrastructure survey project of aboveground utilities, facilities and infrastructure at CCAFS. The survey included water, wastewater, electric, stormwater, gas, fuel systems, buildings, antennas/towers, pavement, among others. Data were acquired using high-accuracy Terrestrial LiDAR and extracted to be incorporated in a custom designed geodatabase. Custom tools were developed to allow batch processing of large data imports, quality control data acquisition and guide efficient data collection. The project also includes topology consistency checks, manual data processing and mapping to guide field verification efforts.

Project Manager. Applied Ecology worked with Florida Tech to develop a methodology for identifying groundwater sources of nutrients contributing to muck accumulation in Turkey Creek. Dr. Listopad and the Applied Ecology team were responsible for groundwater data collection in four select study sites in the Turkey Creek area to calibrate and refine pollutant load models. Temporary and permanent wells were installed to understand groundwater levels, flows, hydraulic head, and nitrogen concentrations. The groundwater model used field collected data for model calibration and validation.

Project Manager. The City of Cocoa Beach submitted and received funding to implement several LID stormwater retrofit projects (e.g. BMPs) from the recently approved Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. AEI provided support services to allow the best possible completion of this funding request within the allotted timeline. Services included estimating stormwater input volumes and nutrient loads (TN and TP) based on the most appropriate watershed model for the Banana River Lagoon for the proposed treatment basin. In addition, removal efficiency was estimated based on project type using BMPTrains and compared to approved standards by the FDEP and the SOIRLPP. GIS mapping support for the grant applications was also included as part of this project.

Project Manager. As part of the BMAP for the North IRL, the City of Rockledge has been proactively planning and implementing BMPs to reduce overall loads to the Lagoon. The Huntington Lakes II project was partially funded using a 319 grant and involved the monitoring of a large wet detention facility for efficiency of nutrient removal. Applied Ecology was responsible for following strict SOPs to collect stormwater water quality samples at three inflow sites and one outflow, data analyses, and reporting.

Project Manager. Applied Ecology, Inc. developed a custom model which included an adaptation of the Spatial Watershed Iterative Loading Model (SWIL 3.0). The model was used to look at site specific conditions of basins, land use, soils, and rainfall to determine future retrofit project placement for the City of Titusville. Estimated reductions in volumes, TN, and TP loads were provided for each potential BMP along with total estimated cost, allowing a comparison of cost per pound of nutrients removed to prioritize projects.

Project Manager. This is a multi-task project included fieldwork for ecosystem mapping, photointerpretation, extensive statistical analyses of hydrological and water quality data, and incorporation of these field collected datasets in custom programmed watershed loading models. Future efforts will include using the model outputs to update the Compliance Masterplans to include most effective stormwater treatments for both Patrick Air Force and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Dr. Listopad managed the project successfully, lead the hydrological and water quality analyses, statistically validated the watershed loading model. A comprehensive report of methodology, results, and discussion was provided to the USACE with no comments received from satisfied client.

Project Manager. The City of Largo wanted to develop a framework for achieving sustainable stormwater management, operations, maintenance, and capital improvement programs. Phase 1 included the development of a stormwater asset inventory (hard and natural assets), condition assessment and state of the system report. Tasks include defining information and data needs, geodatabase development, development of field SOPs, data collection, quality assurance, and reporting. Future capital needs and recommendations for Phase 2 are also critical outcomes of this Phase 1 project.

Project Manager. As part of a new watershed model effort led by the SJRWMD, stormwater and baseflow data were collected from 4 sites from the Central to the Northern IRL. This project, funded by the SJRWMD, included collecting event driven water quality data using autosamplers at four sites and calculating annual load data. AEI supported ECT in field data collection, maintenance, and analyses of the Vero Beach field site. Strict SOP in field data collection, equipment decontamination, and reporting were maintained throughout the project.

Project Manager and Model Developer. GIS data development for the city infrastructure and photointerpretation of aerial photography for creation of land use land cover detailed layers for the years of 2000 and 2004. Other GIS data development included soils and stormwater treatment coverages as inputs for modeling. A custom spatial model was developed based on the SWIL to prioritize the City’s outfalls for future retrofit and meeting TMDL targets.

Project Manager. As part of a comprehensive Water Resources Master Plan for Lowry Park Zoo, AEI was selected to assist with the utility mapping and geodatabase development. Available data, in the form of hardcopy maps, CAD datasets were being analyzed for data gaps and data quality and subsequently converted to a GIS system. Geodatabase development took current and future data collection efforts into account and custom field forms were created to seamlessly complete the utility inventory with minimal in-office data entry effort.

Project Manager. The Malabar Annex, part of the Patrick Air Force Base, was photointerpreted for land use classification (using a minimum of a level 2 FLUCCS codes), ready to be used as input in a spatial watershed loading model. Field validation was performed prior to final product development. In addition, a pollutant loading model custom tool was developed to examine best available treatments for BMAP compliance.

Project Manager and Model Developer. GIS data development for the city infrastructure and photointerpretation of aerial photography for creation of land use land cover detailed layers for the years of 2000 and 2004. Other GIS data development included soils and stormwater treatment coverages as inputs for modeling. A custom spatial model was developed based on the SWIL to prioritize the City’s outfalls for future retrofit and meeting TMDL targets.

Project Manager and Model Developer. This project encompassed the development of the third version of the SWIL (Spatial Watershed Iterative Loading Model) for the Indian River Lagoon and Banana River. This model version addressed comments provided by FDEP on the previous model versions (SWIL 1.0 and 2.0), improvements in calibration, and reduction in run-time. Additionally, SWIL 3.0 allowed users to have more control over input and output data for future modifications and applications.

Project Manager. As part of the implementation of the Consolidated Permit Recovery Assessment Work Plan, to provide a common framework, Tampa Bay Water has committed to develop an internet-based GIS application to facilitate interaction with other agencies. This project is took place in two Phases: Phase 1 the geodatabase design and Phase 2 Geodatabase and ArcGIS Online application development, which culminated in an efficient and functional multipurpose custom ArcGIS online map.

Project Manager and Model Developer. This project encompassed the development of an updated version of the SWIL (Spatial Watershed Iterative Loading Model) for the Indian River Lagoon and Banana River. In addition, a custom Outfall prioritization model was also developed to yield both tabular and graphical loading results for all drainage outfall areas in Brevard County.

Project Manager. Responsible to make an assessment of the coverages and methodology used in the PLSM model, develop updated land use, soils, basins and BMP GIS coverages for the City of Cape Canaveral. In addition, a custom GIS toolset was developed to produce watershed loading volumes and loads for the City’s jurisdictional area draining into the Indian River Lagoon.

Project Manager and Remote Sensing Specialist. In anticipation of the establishment of a new minimum flow level (MFL), AEI reviewed the historic changes and current condition of Lake Hooker. This project included acquiring five sets each of historic and current aerials (starting from the 1930s), georeferencing the historic aerials, and photointerpreting land use land cover for the Pembroke watershed. Other tasks included a change detection summary report and mapping.

Project Manager. Responsible to make an assessment of the coverages and methodology used in the PLSM model, used for stormwater pollutant modeling for BMAP implementation and TMDL compliance. The specific tasks included mapping, spatial analyses and reporting of volumes and loadings, and the detection of gaps and incongruencies. Intensive custom training sessions of ArcMap and custom developed toolsets was also included in this project.

Project Manager, GIS Analyst and Geodatabase Designer. Citywide Inventory Assessment, Geospatial Data Conversion, Geodatabase Design and Implementation for the City of Cocoa Beach, FL. Additional tasks included TMDL support and GIS training.

Project Manager and Geospatial Analyst. This project was initiated by a scope development Phase I, where ecological standards and measures of adverse impact for process were selected and a plan for EMP scope implementation submitted to SWFWMD for approval. Phase II of this project included the implementation of the EMP development in a selected number of flow-through sites. Specific tasks led or co-led by AEI included: geodatabase development, preparation of field data collection, data analyses and methodology validation and reporting.

Project Manager, Geostatistical Analyst. Pilot project for integration of behavioral data in the BMAP process, such as in a modification of a watershed loading model based on socio-behavioral characteristics of communities. This project examined the relationship between both types of data, behavioral social data and water quality taking geospatial and, potentially, temporal distributions into account. This task involved database development, impervious area extraction using remote sensing, geostatistical analyses and multivariate analyses and reporting.

Project Manager and Geostatistician. Development of standardized statistical analyses for use in evaluating water resource and environmental data within the water use permitting program. Specific tasks include assessment of water resource data, development of parametric and non-parametric standardized tests, manual creating, and training of staff in statistical and geostatistical analyses. Training including three separate sessions, including multi-day onsite training with District staff using hydrologic datasets.

Project Manager. Responsible for leading a team of interdisciplinary scientists (UCF, UF, and ECT) to determine effectiveness of fertilizer ordinances by determining which, if any, of the ordinances are successful at reducing nitrogen pollution in area waterways, and to what extent. Task included initial community selection among three counties of interest (Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee), development of a QAPP, behavioral and water quality (surface, groundwater, and stormwater) collection and analyses, and statistical and geostatistical analyses and reporting.

Project Manager and Geodatabase and Model Developer. This project encompassed two Phases: Phase 1 (initial layer development and direct runoff preliminary model) and Phase 2 (baseflow and impoundment modeling and reporting). The combined project has yielded the custom development of a higher resolution spatial and temporal model alternative SWIL (Spatial Watershed Iterative Loading model) as an alternative to the Pollution Load Screening Model (PLSM), based on year 2000 data. Specific tasks included: base layer creation or update (land use, treatments, soils, impoundments), custom coding in VB and Python for the development of a spatial model, baseflow model development and allocations of baseline loadings among stakeholders.

Project Manager. Responsible for the ecological data analysis and presentation as part of the annual WUP compliance report (2002-2009, 2011-2013). Ecological data analysis, along with hydrological and hydrogeological analyses, allow early detection of potential groundwater withdrawal effects to protect regional water and environmental resources. Assistance with database management, GIS Mapping, and statistical data analysis for ecological data in preparation of annual reports.

Project Manager, GIS Analyst and Statistician. Geospatial and soil chemistry data collection, and spatial analyses of soil type, chemistry, as well as some key behavioral data. This study aimed to understand the relationship between behavioral data, soil type, and resulting soil chemistry (nutrients). Specific tasks include the data collection of geospatial and numeric datasets, mapping of spatially interpolated variables, statistical analyses of correlations, reporting, and training.

Project Manager, GIS Analyst and Geodatabase Designer. Citywide conversion of hardcopy and CAD Stormwater Inventory Data to a Geospatial database and inventory identification mapping for the City of Indian Harbour Beach, FL.

Project Manager, GIS Analyst and Geodatabase Designer. Countywide stormwater Inventory Assessment, Geospatial Data Conversion, Geodatabase Design and Implementation for Brevard County, FL. Specific tasks for this project consisted of spatial and tabular data quality, completeness and accuracy assessment, data conversion, geodatabase design and implementation, and custom ArcPAD forms development. Additional as-needed services have included mobile device selection and training, database support and training.

Project Manager, GIS and Report Analyst. Implementation of the Banana River BMAP using the PLSM model for the City of Indian Harbour Beach and support for the completion of the Stormwater Water Quality Masterplan Update for the City of Indian Harbour Beach. Specific tasks for this project included AutoCAD to GIS conversion, Geodatabase design, geospatial and data analysis, FDEP data submittal, pollutant loading modeling, Masterplan revision and update, and BMAP data submission.

Project Manager and LiDAR Analyst. Development of LiDAR Breaklines (soft and hard breaklines) and hydroenforcement using LP360 (Geocue) in order to enhance the modeling capability of airborne LiDAR data.

Project Manager, GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst. Converted raw LAS files to a Digital Surface Model (DSM) and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) creation of aesthetic pleasing one-foot contour for graphical and mapping purposes in Fleming Grant, Brevard County.

Project Manager, GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst. Geospatial and Remote Sensing Project Management and Analyses in Support of development a Stormwater Utility for Martin County, FL. Specific tasks for this project consisted of geospatial data quality assessment, remotely feature extraction analyses of impervious area, design and implementation of an ArcGIS Geodatabase, spatial and statistical analyses, report writing, and on-site support

Geodatabase Designer, GIS Analyst, and Statistical Analyst. Participation in a countywide ecological and hydrological study, which focused on the ranking and prioritization of candidate sites and the development of a hydration implementation plan. Specific tasks included: historical and current aerial photointerpretation, development of candidate sites of potentially impacted sites, ranking and prioritization report and hydration implementation plan.

Remote Sensing Analyst. Diagnostic survey of the distribution and characteristics of sediment and vegetation within the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes in Citrus County. Responsibilities included the compilation and review of spatial data for vegetation analysis, including historic aerial photography and LIDAR topographic data; the production of a Digital Terrain Model from LIDAR and bathymetric survey data for use in tussock volume and area calculations; coordination with ecologists and surveyors to maintain and update vegetative survey datasets; quality assurance; map production; and report preparation.

Database Manager, and GIS Analyst. Participation in field assessments at thousands of sample points across eleven central Florida Wildlife Management Areas for the purpose of measuring plant response to scheduled treatments (e.g., controlled burns, herbicides, roller chopping, etc.). Certification by FFWCC to assess vegetative data at sandhill, scrub, and mesic flatwoods habitats. Field evaluations included the following vegetative parameters: longleaf pine basal area; non-pine density; overstory cover; subcanopy counts and dbh measurements; shrub stem counts, height, and dbh measurements; saw palmetto density and cover; and herbaceous species, wiry graminoid, exotic, and weedy species cover. Field assessments required utilization of various forestry supplies including: Haglof DME 201 Cruiser, concave spherical densitometer, 10x basal area prism, compass, measuring sticks, dbh calipers and dbh tape. Sample points were located using Trimble GPS units and vegetative data were collected in-situ via database dictionaries developed using ArcPad software. Additional tasks included spatial and non-spatial quality control and data submittal.

Project Manager, Geodatabase Designer and Statistical Analyst. Personal geodatabase development encompassing all available hydroperiod and independent variable data for the Integrated Northern Tampa Bay (INTB) model domain. Specific tasks included identification and calculation of hydroperiod data for isolated wetlands, geodatabase development, determining hydroperiod basic statistics per basin, exploratory and model-building statistical analyses, inference of hydroperiods for basins without wetland data, report-writing and presentation.

Environmental Scientist. Responsible for data management, GIS and statistical analyses for this follow-up project to the Normal Pool Index study (see below). The purpose of this study was to utilize professionally surveyed sample points to assess plant vertical distribution in relation to Historic Normal Pool in 12 wetlands believed to have relatively natural hydrology.

Environmental Scientist. Responsible for database development, statistical analyses, and report writing for semi-annual and annual monitoring events for the East Pruitt Mitigation Area, Hillsborough County.

Geodatabase Designer, GIS Analyst, and Statistical Analyst. Participation in a countywide water supply plan for the purpose of estimating future water needs and potential environmental impacts related to groundwater production increases and redistribution. Specific tasks included: geodatabase development and GIS analyses to explore the relationships between area wetlands and regional hydrogeology and to assess potential environmental impacts related to increased groundwater production. Also responsible for statistical analyses of cumulative and predicted impacts to wetlands and surface waters from groundwater production and co-authorship of the EMP document.

Geodatabase Designer and GIS Analyst. Geodatabase design and GIS analysis to assist in the projection of water use. GIS analysis included utilization of spatially-referenced County data (parcels, future land use, billings, etc.) and cross-validation and QA/QC of multiple feature classes and their relationships.

GIS Analyst. GIS analysis to identify potential ecological impacts to wetlands and surface waters associated with proposed increases in wellfield production. Specific tasks included utilization of GIS to identify acreage and counts of vulnerable wetlands and surface waters based on the predicted magnitude of surficial aquifer system drawdown, land use/land cover types, and soil permeability classification.

Environmental Scientist. Assessment of plant placement in relation to Historic Normal Pool in 10 wetlands believed to have relatively natural hydrology for the purpose of determining the best zone break elevations for the revised Wetland Assessment Procedure (WAP) methodology developed by the SWFWMD with Tampa Bay Water. For each species, a range of elevations relative to HNP was established as supporting data for a plant list to be utilized in the revised methodology.

Research Assistant. NASA-funded research to assess the cost-effectiveness, accuracy, and applications of multiple remote sensing tools in determining forest structure of longleaf pine ecosystems. Field collections of forest structure data via conventional forestry methods and portable LiDAR completed in the Red Hills Conservation Area (Tall Timbers Research Station, Pebble Hill, and Arcadia). Airborne and portable LiDAR, orthophotos, and historic aerials were analyzed, processed, and compared to field collected data. Applications to management and conservation were derived from remotely sensed data.

Environmental Scientist and Statistical Analyst. Responsible for database development, statistical analyses of hydrologic and WAP datasets, and any GIS support for the annual environmental assessment reports (WY 2004 through WY 2007).

GIS Analyst and Statistical Analyst. Participation in this comprehensive wetland health assessment of over 400 wetlands in the Northern Tampa Bay Region. Responsible for: GIS development; conversion of hardcopy wetland assessment data into spatial layers; wetland site selection; statistical data analyses; and report preparation.

GIS Task Leader and Environmental Scientist. Performance of vegetative assessments to assist SWFWMD in their determination of the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) necessary to prevent adverse impacts to floodplain habitats. Specific tasks included GIS data collection and management for the selection of appropriate monitoring transects and the preparation of field and report maps. Field assessments utilized the Point Centered Quarter method to identify occurrence of shrubs and trees; hydrologic and historic normal pool indicators also were documented. Additional tasks included: data summarization, statistical analysis, and report writing.

Environmental Scientist. Data collection, management, and analysis for the purpose of presenting mean spatial patterns of rainfall distribution in the area of Lake Okeechobee. Specific tasks included: evaluation and analysis of Lake Okeechobee Watershed precipitation data for seasonal and regional patterns; graphical presentation of analyses via histograms; contour graphs; deviation from mean graphs; and spatial analyses using interpolation.

Project Manager. Responsible for the water levels and ecological data collection and analysis. Statistical data analyses, GIS mapping in preparation for reporting, and database management for data assurance and quality control.