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Environmental Business Journal Winner

Great Ecology is thrilled to be the Environmental Business Journal’s Achiever of the Week!

Each week the EBJ highlights one of the 2014 Business Achievement Award Winners. Great Ecology was recognized in the for our 21% growth rate and year end revenue of $4.6M in 2014. This is Great Ecology’s second year as a Business Achievement awardee, receiving the Bronze Medal for Small Firms in 2013.

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Great Ecology’s Dr. Jill McGrady to Present at the SERCAL Conference

Associate Ecologist, Dr. Jill McGrady joins the 2015 SERCAL Conference as a presenter in the Urban Restoration session on Wednesday, May 13. Dr. McGrady’s presentation, Innovative Remediation and Habitat Restoration Approaches on Corporate Lands, uses a case study of the Woodbridge Waterfront Park in New Jersey, one of Great Ecology’s signature projects.

Her discussion highlights how corporate landowners can successfully manage complex remediation and restoration projects on contaminated sites using best industry practices that focus on connectivity to the habitat, partnership with the community and stakeholders, and innovative ecological approaches. The presentation will also include a look at Great Ecology’s innovative mitigation design which saved the client millions of dollars in compensatory regulatory charges and returned public connectivity to the Raritan River.

SERCAL 2015, “Restoration for the Next Generation” is the 22nd annual conference of the California Society for Ecological Restoration, which will focus on industry topics such as urban restoration, mitigation banking, wetlands restoration, grasslands, restoration for special-status plant species, and expanding restoration.

Join Great Ecology’s President and Founder, Dr. Mark S. Laska and Dr. Jill McGrady at the 2015 SERCAL Conference this week in San Diego, CA.


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Great Ecology Recognized as one of San Diego’s Healthiest Companies

We are thrilled to announce that Great Ecology is recognized as one of San Diego’s Healthiest Companies by the San Diego Business Journal! Great Ecology placed third in this highly competitive competition. Great Ecology’s Wellness strategy is comprised of health and fitness challenges tailored to the specific interests and geographical constraints of each office including 5k color runs, plank challenges, and guest nutritionist speakers. With strong leadership support from the Executive Team and the creative use of a small business budget, Great Ecology’s Wellness Program provides our staff with the resources, programs, and incentives to empower them to reach new milestones in their own health goals. The firm feels strongly about the health and well-being of employees, and understands that healthy living means going above and beyond just physical exercise.
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San Diego Mobilizes for 13th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

San Diego citizens, communities, and corporations will come together this Saturday, April 25th at 106 different locations around San Diego County to address the dilemma of marine debris at the source – the creeks, rivers, and watersheds that flow to the ocean. The 13th annual Creek to Bay Clean Up, is organized by the I Love a Clean San Diego organization, a local non-profit dedicated to the conservation and preservation of natural resources through activism and community education.

Come join Great Ecology staff and friends this weekend as we try to beat last year’s record of 100 tons of trash collected! With over 100 different locations you won’t have to travel far to participate in this community event.
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Urban Ecological Restoration – Challenges & Opportunities

Great Ecology is excited to announce that Senior Ecologist, Dr. David J. Yozzo, will be chairing a session on Ecological Restoration this Sunday, April 19th, at the Northeast Natural History Conference.

In addition, Dr. Yozzo will be presenting, “Ecological Restoration in New York City: Challenges, Opportunities, and Experimentation.” He will address some of the unique challenges facing densely populated and industrialized urban settings, such as the New York City metropolitan area, and how ecologists, environmental engineers, and restoration practitioners can respond to create innovative, resilient ecosystems.

The Northeast Natural History Conference, now in its 15th year, is an interdisciplinary forum for individuals to present the current best practices and latest research on applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada.

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Dr. Petrisor Keynote: Spilled Oil CSI

We are excited to announce our Senior Biochemist, Dr. Ioana G. Petrisor will be a Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Used Oil/HHW Conference on April 8, 2015.  Dr. Petrisor will present new, state-of-the-art fingerprinting techniques, applications, and recent research. She will share techniques to help track sources of illegal dumping as well as how to evaluate and distinguish used (“fake”) motor oil.

This year’s theme focuses on “The Reduced, The Reused and The Recycled” detailing innovative approaches and best practices for waste management from oil spills to hazardous household waste.

The annual CalRecycle conference unites nonprofit agencies, federal and state agencies, private businesses, and others who are involved in used oil recycling and concerning resource conservation and the appropriate management of used oil, household hazardous waste, pollution prevention, and other toxins.


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Great Ecology Presents Cutting Edge Forensic Techniques at AEHS Conference

Great Ecology’s Senior Biochemist, Dr. Ioana G. Petrisor directed a workshop this week on “Classic and Emerging Environmental Forensics Techniques and Applications” at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) conference in San Diego. This workshop reviewed classic and emerging forensic techniques used for age-dating, source identification, and cost allocation, emphasizing on effective strategy building from both scientific and legal perspectives.

Cutting-edge forensic techniques such as chiral fingerprinting, position-specific isotopic analysis (PSIA), mineralogical fingerprinting and dendroecology (tree-ring fingerprinting), were discussed and presented through several international case studies including:
• Evaluating the source of gasoline samples through focused fingerprinting (combining information from chemical and isotopic fingerprinting);
• Distinguishing between closely related crude oils by targeted fingerprinting focused on n-alkanes, Pristane, Phitane and certain biomarkers (isomer pairs);
• Establishing site specific clean-up limits at an historical foundry in France using mineralogical fingerprinting (combining scanning electron microscopy with chemical elemental analysis);
• Determining the occurrence and age of middle distillate releases at a historical gas station in the U.S.
Ioana G. Petrisor, Ph.D.
Dr. Ioana Petrisor - Senior EcologistDr. Petrisor is a biochemist with 21 years of experience, specializing in environmental forensics and litigation support. She is a member of the AEHS Scientific Advisory Board and a forensic instructor for the organization. Dr. Petrisor has served as an expert witness in California, testifying on issues associated with environmental contamination.

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Great Ecology Environmental Business Journal Award

Great Ecology is proud to receive the 2014 Business Achievement Honorable Mention from the Environmental Business Journal. The award cites rapid growth, the expansion of client work and services, and the firm’s core value of providing excellence in ecology and design as outstanding characteristics of the company. Great Ecology’s president and CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska comments, “it’s exciting to receive this recognition and to witness Great Ecology’s continued growth; 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for the firm.” Dr. Laska will be attending the Environmental Industry Summit this week in San Diego along with other top executives and professionals in the environmental industry.

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Great Ecology’s President and Founder Dr. Mark S. Laska with fellow Environmental Business Journal Award Winners.


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Great Ecology’s Local Project Featured in La Jolla Light

Great Ecology is featured in the La Jolla Light Newspaper highlighting conceptual designs created for the La Jolla Whale View Point Shoreline Enhancement project.

Great Ecology’s interdisciplinary team of designers and ecologists were excited to develop conceptual restoration plans for the 20-year coastal restoration project in La Jolla, CA. The La Jolla Light Newspaper featured the Whale View Point Shoreline Enhancement initiative and Great Ecology’s ecological approach to managing the problem of coastal erosion. Great Ecology was engaged by the non-profit, La Jolla Parks and Beaches (LJPB) foundation to examine on-site urban stormwater capture and management, coastal erosion, public access, and interpretive signage.




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Great Ecology at EUEC

Great Ecology is excited to join the Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference (EUEC) this week, February 16-18 in our hometown, San Diego.

President, Dr. Mark Laska is leading a session, Remediation, Ecological Design, & Mitigation, and the panel promises to present interesting ideas and approaches. The panel presentations include:

  • Framework For Ecological Re-Use Of Disturbed Ecosystems
  • A Greener Shade Of Brownfields – A Corporate Perspective
  • A Case Study Of Wetland Mitigation In A Heavily Industrialized Waterfront
  • Private Capital Investment In Large Scale Restoration
  • Restoration Of Impaired Ecosystems: An Ounce Of Prevention Or A Pound Of Cure

EUEC attendees, come meet our local San Diego team  – we’ll be at booth 507!

EUEC 2015 Panel & Staff

Great Ecology staff members and panel comprised of representatives from Chevron, Kinder Morgan, and Ecosystem Investment Partners.













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