Danielle Huffner

Professional Expertise

Data Collection and Management
Access Database Design
GIS Database Design, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis
Statistical Analyses
Groundwater Quality Sampling

Surface Water Quality Sampling
R programming language

Certifications

DEP SOP’s for Water Sampling and Meter Testing
Intro to DEP SOP’s for Groundwater Sampling

Professional Affiliations

Florida Stormwater Association
URISA
Wild Florida Rescue

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 Natural Resource Management Office
Brevard County, Florida
2018-ongoing

Surface Water Quality Sampling for TMDL Prioritization
City of Indian Harbour Beach
Brevard County, Florida
2017-2018

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

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


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

Indian River Lagoon Natural Estuaries Program
Brevard County, Florida
2017-2018

Citrus Park Cumulative Impact Study
Earth Resources, Inc. for Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida
2017-2018

Indian River Lagoon Ecological Health Assessment
Marine Resources Council
Indian River Lagoon, Florida
2016-2018

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Survey and GIS Mapping
Allen Engineering for the USAF 45th Space Wing
Brevard County, Florida
2016-2018

Tampa Bay Water Environmental Monitoring Permitting Database Development
Brian Ormiston, Ph.D. for Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Area, Florida
2014-2018

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

Indian River Lagoon Watershed Load Development for 3D Numerical Model
Florida Institute of Technology for Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida
2015-2016

Danielle Huffner, M.S.
Environmental Scientist II
Applied Ecology, Inc.

Education

• M.S. Conservation Technology, Florida Institute of Technology, summa cum laude, 2016
• B.S. Conservation Biology and Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology, magna cum laude, 2014
• A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics and Sciences, Corning Community College, cum laude, 2011

Summary

Danielle Huffner received her Master of Science Degree in Conservation Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Huffner’s area of study 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 resources 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 strict standard operating procedure (SOP) established by FDEP, in which Ms. Huffner has received her certification.

Additionally, Ms. Huffner is also very involved with Wild Florida Rescue, Inc. She assists in the capture, transportation, and rehabilitation for a variety of injured wildlife throughout Brevard County.

Highlighted skills include: Data collection, organization, and statistical analysis; Access, geodatabase, and ArcGIS Online database management; R; communications; groundwater and surface water sampling; wildlife rehabilitation, pollen morphology, surface soil collection, aquatic invertebrate sample collection.

Selected Recent Project Experience

Environmental Field Technician. 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. Ms. Huffner assisted in sample collection following strict SOP.

Environmental Scientist. 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 was a community-based prioritization effort based on 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 groundwater transport 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. Additionally, these modeling efforts were used to identify communities/individual parcels of interest by ranking the potential of contamination to groundwater from these septic sources. Ms. Huffner was responsible for GIS mapping, quality assurance, statistical and spatial analyses, and reporting.

Environmental Field Technician. 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. Ms. Huffner is involved in field data collection and surface water quality sampling.

Environmental Field Technician. Applied Ecology provided support in gathering input dataset, customizing a groundwater model, and comparing results to peer reviewed data for the removal of 280 septic tanks in the Breeze Swept subdivision in Rockledge. In addition, the selection and installation of 5 shallow groundwater wells and monitoring will be used to field verify nitrogen loading potential from septic tanks and calibrate the customized ArcNLET model run. 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. This is a critical monitoring project that will inform the prioritization of the funding from the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. Ms. Huffner is involved field data collection and groundwater water quality sampling.

GIS Technician and Environmental Field Technician. 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. AEI’s responsibilities include spatial data
acquisition and assessment, groundwater modeling and respective calibration
based on field collected data, and statistical analyses and reporting. Ms.
Huffner is involved in groundwater quality sampling.

Environmental Scientist, Database Specialist. The C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir (Reservoir) has been in operation since 2005 and is in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (EPCHC). 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. Applied Ecology is the lead in the ecological analyses and photointerpretation tasks of this four-year monitoring project. Ms. Huffner is the database development lead and assists in the statistical analyses, remote sensing (visual interpretation), and annual reporting for this project.

Environmental Scientist. 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. Ms. Huffner assists in data management and database maintenance.

Environmental Scientist. 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.

Environmental Scientist. Development of watershed nutrient input data to incorporate in the circulation and salinity model developed by Florida Institute of Technology 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. Ms. Huffner is responsible for the GIS data development, including rainfall, soil, and land use datasets, along with data analysis and report development.

Environmental Scientist, GIS Application Designer. 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 was developed to be 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, analyeses to assess gaps in research and data collection efforts to prioritize future research efforts were performed. Ms. Huffner was the lead project scientist coordinating data collection and database population with additional responsibilities including GIS mapping and ArcGIS Online application design.

Environmental Scientist. Hillsborough County proposed an extension to Citrus Park Drive located in the Tampa Bay Watershed and the Double Branch basin. A cumulative impact assessment was prepared to determine the local environmental impacts of the road extension. Land use changes over time were also taken into consideration. Ms. Huffner was responsible for GIS mapping, data analysis, and report development.

Lead Project Scientist, Database Specialist. 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 developed a web-based application to translate scientific data using linear graphs, charts, maps and other info-graphics. Ms. Huffner was the lead project scientist responsible for coordinating data collection and database design and population, initial screening for outliers and trends, statistical and spatial analyses, and ArcGIS Online Web Application development.

GIS Technician. 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 and other infrastructure. Ms. Huffner assisted by incorporating large datasets by using custom in-house developed batching tools into an existing database.

Database Specialist, Environmental Scientist. 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. Ms. Huffner was involved in database design, population, and management, in addition to the creation of training materials.

Database Specialist, Environmental Scientist. 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 is a large wet detention facility that was partially funded using a 319 grant, where AEI is correctly monitoring for efficiency. Ms. Huffner was responsible for the database development, data entry, and reporting components of this project.

Environmental Scientist. 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. Ms. Huffner was responsible for GIS mapping, layer creation, analytical statistics, and report development.

Environmental Scientist. This project encompassed model both bases predicted pollutant loads using the FDEP’s Pollutant Loading Screening Model (PLSM) and AEI’s SWIL-based prioritization model. Input data from in situ field data collected baseflow and stormwater samples were analyzed and incorporated in the custom watershed loading models, which will allow planning for most effective stormwater treatment within both military bases. Ms. Huffner was responsible for the GIS rainfall dataset development and data analysis.

Environmental Scientist. Development of watershed nutrient input data (SWIL 4.0) to incorporate in the circulation and salinity model developed by Florida Institute of Technology in an effort to allow best muck management decisions. Annual funding from the State Legislative request has allowed subsequent temporal expansions of the original 3.0 Indian River Lagoon SWIL model from 1995 through 2015. In addition, 2015 funding further enhanced the model by expanding the spatial boundary of the original SWIL 3.0 boundary from Ponce Inlet to Fort Pierce Inlet. Three model condition years – years 2000, 2004, and 2015- were incorporated in this model update, providing a more refined output of the changes occurring in the Indian River Lagoon watershed. Ms. Huffner was responsible for the GIS data development and mapping, including soil datasets, along with data analysis and report development.