Meet The Eai Team
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.
Other Staff And Associates
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 sediment samples.
STANLEY F. DeFOREST, President/CEO
M.B.A., General Management. Queen's University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Specialty, Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, 1995.
Specialties and strengths include: Organizational strategy and effectiveness, contract negotiation, new ventures, angel investing, business valuation, collaborative relationship building, opportunity assessment, bioacoustics, process optimization, entrepreneurship, green technologies, polymeric materials engineering, and industrial quality.
ROBERT G. ERNEST, Founder/ Senior Scientific Advisor
B.A., Zoology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1968.
M.S., Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1979.
Over 30 years of professional environmental consulting experience, including both technical and management responsibilities. Formal training in marine science with emphasis on population biology and community ecology. Technical experience in biological inventories, invertebrate taxonomy, environmental impact assessments, protected species conservation, resource management, and technical writing. Responsible for personnel management, budgeting, scheduling, project planning, and business development.
ERIK MARTIN, Founder/Senior Scientific Advisor
B.S., Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1972.
MARK MOHLMANN, Project Manager
Ph.D. Candidate, Zoology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 1995-2004.
NIKI DESJARDIN, Project Manager
M.S., Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 2005.
Fifteen years experience conducting sea turtle research in South Florida. Formal training in marine science with a focus on behavioral ecology and GIS analysis. Niki’s work focuses on evaluating impacts to sea turtles and shorebirds from coastal construction projects in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. She is responsible for hiring, training and coordinating all field staff; database management and QA/QC; reporting data to agencies; data analysis and report writing; and coordination with clients. Niki is also involved in habitat conservation planning, management of depredation of threatened and endangered coastal species, and coastal lighting management.
GRACE BOTSON, Senior Scientist I
M.S., Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 2006.
Professional biologist with over 10 years of practical experience in sea turtle research and conservation, shorebird monitoring, protected species surveying, coastal lighting management, 316(a) and 316(b) power plant field sampling, and meroplankton taxonomy. Responsibilities include data management and analysis, report writing, and marketing. Serves as the firm’s Quality Assurance Officer.
AMBER STEVENSON, Biologist II
Over 10 years of professional experience in sea turtle research and conservation. Formal training in wildlife ecology with an emphasis on protected species and environmental management. Technical experience in sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and conservation, shorebird surveys and nest monitoring, gopher tortoise surveys, scrub jay surveys, marine mammal stranding response and necropsy, and database management. Serves as lead Field Biologist for EAI’s sea turtle protection program in Volusia County, Florida providing training for nesting surveyors and support to staff responsible for managing the County’s Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take permit for beach driving.
CARRIE GOETHEL, Biologist II
Over 10 years of professional experience with polychaete taxonomy, water quality monitoring, turbidity monitoring, 316(a) and 316(b) plankton and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and processing, sediment grain-size analysis, gopher tortoise surveying, sea turtle monitoring, manatee observing, and environmental assessments. Responsibilities also include assisting with data management, report writing, development of EAI taxonomic guides, biological characterization studies, water temperature monitoring, submerged aquatic resource surveys, and wetland delineation. Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent. Serves as the firm’s Laboratory Manager, Health and Safety Officer, and Hazardous Waste Officer.
JOSEPH SCAROLA, Biologist I
Professional biologist with experience conducting sea turtle research in Cape Verde, Barbados, Western Australia, Georgia, Texas, and South Florida. Specializes in sea turtle conservation, shorebird surveys, beachfront lighting management, data collection using decimeter accurate GPS Systems, and statistical analyses. Member of the International Sea Turtle Society and International Dark-Sky Association, and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approved Endangered Species Observer for Dredge and Disposal Projects.
Keith Dawson, Biologist I
Five years of experience conducting sea turtle research and conservation in south Florida. Formal training in geographic information systems (GIS) with a focus on biological science. Diverse environmental background including water quality sampling, seagrass surveys, benthic sampling, and oyster spat recruitment. Serves as Field Team Leader for firm’s 316(b) programs and horseshoe crab relocation and tagging projects. Serves as the firm’s GIS specialist, providing data analysis and geospatial modeling.