25 years!…that’s how long Ecological Associates, Inc. has been open for business. Our founders, Bob Ernest and Erik Martin, officially hung out their shingle on January 31, 1994. Since then, EAI has been continuously providing ecological consulting services throughout Florida and beyond. EAI began with Bob and Erik and has grown to a staff of 45!

EAI Founders Bob Ernest (left) and Erik Martin (right) with Stan DeForest, EAI’s current President and CEO

Our roots in sea turtle conservation remain as deep as ever and we’ve been fortunate to bring our sea turtle expertise to projects on Florida’s Gulf coast and recently to Mississippi. Our staff works diligently to provide high quality and cost-effective services to address management and regulatory needs for a wide variety of coastal, aquatic, and terrestrial resources.

Some icing on the cake this year was a nomination for the Environmental Stewardship Award from Keep Martin Beautiful. On April 23, Samantha Pessolano and Niki Desjardin accepted the award on behalf of EAI at the 25th Keep Martin Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Awards. We are very grateful to Keep Martin Beautiful for their consideration and thank them for all they do to enhance the quality of life in our community!

Niki Desjardin (left) and Samantha Pessolano (right) accept EAI’s Environmental Stewardship Award