EAI staff includes specialists in the
areas of ecology, marine biology, coastal ecosystems, sea turtles,
submerged aquatic vegetation, fish, ichthyoplankton, meroplankton,
benthic macroinvertebrates, marine
mammals, terrestrial flora and fauna, environmental impact
assessments, environmental permitting, and protected species management.
trawls are used to characterize fish and shellfish populations
shallow benthic habitats in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.
|ROBERT G. ERNEST,
B.A., Zoology, University of South
Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1968.
Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1979.
30 years of professional environmental consulting experience, including
technical and management responsibilities. Formal training in marine
with emphasis on population biology and community ecology.
experience in biological inventories, invertebrate taxonomy,
impact assessments, protected species conservation, resource
technical writing. Responsible for personnel management,
project planning, and business development.
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cone penetrometer is used to measure sand compaction on a recently
sea turtle nesting beach in southeast Florida.
|R. ERIK MARTIN, Scientific
Director and Vice-President
B.S., Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee,
30 years of professional experience in the field of marine
Formal training in biological science with emphasis on marine
Technical experience in sea turtle ecology and conservation, benthic
environmental impact assessments, marine mammal protection,
taxonomy, and sedimentology. Provides technical guidance to all
of EAI’s lab and field operations. Responsible for personnel training,
scheduling, and project management.
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species are censused to characterize coral reef assemblages along a
pipeline route in the Bahamas.
|MATTHEW D. GOFF, Senior Project
B.S., Marine Biology, Florida
Atlantic University. Boca Raton, Florida,
M.S., Biological Sciences, Florida
Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida,
10 years of multidisciplinary professional experience in the
consulting industry. Technical experience in environmental permitting,
resource management, wetlands delineation, environmental site
aquatic and terrestrial resource surveys, environmental policy and
protected species monitoring, and GIS applications for natural resource
management. Responsible for project planning and development, technical
writing, and proposal preparation.
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Porewater is collected at different
depths under the substrate and analyzed for nutrients and other
|MARK S. MOHLMANN,
Senior Scientist II
B.S., Biological Sciences,
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1994.
Ph.D. Candidate, Zoology,
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 1995-2004.
biologist with a focus on ichthyology and marine biology. Manages
programs: oversees field and laboratory operations; designs/modifies
gear and implements sampling protocols for impingement and entrainment
programs; develops Quality Assurance Plans, Standard Operating
Health and Safety Plans; trains personnel in sampling protocols;
data collection, data management and client reporting. Serves as
Health and Safety Officer and Technology Officer.
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transect surveys are conducted aboard EAI’s 25-ft. Parker research
document sea turtle utilization of nearshore hardbottom in the Atlantic
offshore of Ft. Pierce, Florida.
|NIKI DESJARDIN, Senior Scientist I
University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, 2000.
M.S., Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 2005.
years experience conducting sea turtle research in South Florida.
training in marine science with a focus on behavioral ecology and GIS
analysis. Diverse biological background, including marine
avian ecology, animal behavior, and resource management. Specializes in
turtle conservation, shorebird surveys, data management, and
analyses. Manages field operations for all of the firm’s sea
research and monitoring programs in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin
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are used to conduct early morning surveys of sea turtle nesting beaches
south Florida. Biologists encounter a
rare daytime nesting event by an endangered leatherback turtle.
B.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2004.
biologist responsible for managing laboratory operations: develops
processing protocols; conducts training, scheduling and quality control
sorting staff; coordinates activities of sorters and taxonomists to
project deadlines are met; manages data to meet deliverable
orders lab equipment and supplies. Field
responsibilities include biological sampling
for 316(b) power
plant studies and sea turtle monitoring, including nesting surveys,
relocations, and nest excavations and evaluations.
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ATV's are used to aid in surveying large stretches of beach for sea
turtle monitoring and reproductive success excavations.
|GRACE W. KWONG, Biologist II
B.A., Marine Biology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 2000.
M.S., Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 2006.
biologist with diverse biological background, including marine
molecular biology, and developmental biology. Technical experience
turtle research and conservation, beachfront light management,
data management and analysis, and invertebrate taxonomy. Conducts
lighting evaluations of beachfront properties to assist coastal
with implementation of light management programs. Assists with field
in support of 316(b) power plant studies and identifies meroplankton
of plankton samples.
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in freshly deposited sea turtle nests is sometimes necessary to locate
so they can be precisely marked with protective barriers, as required
Volusia County, Florida’s Habitat Conservation Plan.
|AMBER BRIDGES, Biologist I
B.S., Wildlife Ecology, University
includes wildlife management, wildlife ecology, marine biology, and
ecology. Formal training in environmental management with an
marine conservation and behavioral ecology. Specializes in sea turtle
conservation, sea turtle rehabilitation, gopher tortoise surveys,
surveys, and database management. Serves as lead Field Biologist
sea turtle protection program in Volusia County, Florida providing
staff responsible for managing the County’s Habitat Conservation Plan
Incidental Take Permit for beach driving.
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EAI employs a number of full- and part-time technicians to assist
senior staff with a variety of field and laboratory activities.
Additionally, EAI has established a broad and diverse network of
associate scientists whose expertise can be drawn upon as project
demands dictate. EAI also has excellent working relationships
with a number of state-certified laboratories that can perform a broad
spectrum of chemical analyses on ground water, surface water, and