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Caloosahatchee River and Estuary Oyster Map Ground-Truthing

The health of estuaries in south Florida is regularly monitored as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.  The Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is a filter-feeding bivalve that provides critical habitats for estuarine animals and cleans the water passing through it.  Oysters can be harmed by poor water quality, freshwater releases, and toxic algal blooms, […]

EAI Employee Happenings

We are always excited to share the advancements of our existing professionals and the addition of new professionals here at EAI. Niki Desjardin was promoted from Senior Project Manager to Director of Operations.  Niki has been with EAI since 2005 and her role has been growing with the company ever since. Allie Lamb, who started […]


In Guyana, a recent boom in oil exploration and discoveries has resulted in associated demand for environmental reporting. As part of an environmental bioassessment of the Guyana marine resources, EAI was contracted to identify the larval fish, zooplankton, and harmful algal bloom (HAB) phytoplankton species present in the near and offshore waters of Guyana. EAI’s […]

EAI Staff In the Community

Several of our EAI employees have recently been volunteering in our community and we’d like to acknowledge their contributions. On November 7, 2019, EAI Senior Scientist Rachel King provided an in-depth presentation to Audubon of Martin County. In the presentation, Rachel covered the life history and legal status of the majestic crested caracara and shared […]

Outstanding Individual – Cindy Lott

Our friend and colleague Cynthia “Cindy” Lott passed away this October, but her exemplary impact and influence on our environmental community will not be forgotten. Cindy was a tenured environmental professional, well-known for her pioneering efforts in the environmental science realm both globally and locally. She studied marine creatures and habitats throughout the Caribbean alongside […]

EAI’s 2019 Sea Turtle Nesting Report

EAI began daily sea turtle nesting surveys on March 1, 2019, covering approximately 50 miles of high-density sea turtle nesting beaches along Florida’s east coast. We are responsible for monitoring beaches in Volusia, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties. EAI also conducted nesting sea turtle and migratory shorebird surveys on Cat Island […]