October 18, 2017
Great Ecology is pleased to announce that Laurel Glass Lees has joined our San Diego office as Western Regional Director. Laurel comes to Great Ecology from the County of San Diego, where she was a Land Use/Environmental Planning Manager. Laurel has provided environmental planning services throughout her career; her professional certifications include Urban Planning & Development and Grant Writing. She serves on the board of the San Diego Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter as Vice President of Membership and is a member of the American Planning Association.Leave a comment
August 30, 2017
Great Ecology is pleased to announce that President & Founder of Great Ecology, Mark S. Laska, Ph.D., will be one of the panelists at Mega-Superfund Site Symposium on September 7, 2017, held in Philadelphia, PA. This symposium is co-sponsored by AIRROC and the Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA).
The symposium will address challenges that arise with mega superfund sites, such as Portland Harbor, the Lower Passaic River, and similar contaminated sediment sites that have remediation costs in the US$ billions. Dr. Laska will be part of the panel called Liability Defenses and Natural Resource Damages, alongside Loren Dunn and Ira Gottlieb.Leave a comment
June 12, 2017
Great Ecology is pleased to announce that Mitchell J. Hart, P.E. is expanding his role at Great Ecology and joining us as Senior Managing Engineer. This is big news for Great Ecology, as Mitchell is our first on-staff engineer! Mitchell has more than 35 years of experience in mined land reclamation and remediation, including historic and legacy mining sites, and will be continuing to perform mining work with Great Ecology. Mitchell will be based in Idaho.Leave a comment
May 8, 2017
This week, President & Founder of Great Ecology, Mark S. Laska, PhD, will be facilitating a session at the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference, in Sacramento, CA. The session will be called: “NRDA Policy, Practice & Opportunities” and will occur on Thursday, May 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The panelists will be:
Jill McGrady, PhD and Associate Ecologist at Great Ecology will be presenting at the conference on Wednesday, May 10th, during Session 6: Science, Technology & Tools. In her talk, titled “The Use of HEA to Determine Mitigation Needs: A Case Study of Idaho Phosphate Mine Impacts,” Dr. McGrady will present a case study to discuss a novel use of Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) as a tool to quantify injury, determine mitigation requirements, and compare mitigation alternatives.
Great Ecology will also have a booth (#11) at this conference, so if you’re able to attend, please stop by to say hello!Leave a comment
April 17, 2017
During the first quarter of 2017, Great Ecology employees attended a variety of conferences across the country. Were you there, and hoping to connect? Now’s the chance!
Our Director of Design, Linda Gumeny attended the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association conference.
Nick Buhbe, Director of Ecology, attended the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) Conference in the Netherlands.
Multiple members of the Denver office attended the Central Rockies chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s conference, where Vice President of Technical Services, Randy Mandel, gave two presentations.
Nick Buhbe presented at the 27th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air for the Association of Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation in San Diego, CA.
Liz Clift, Copy Editor, attended the Colorado Coalition of Land Trust’s annual conference in Denver, CO.
Dr. Laska also attended the 46th Spring Environmental Conference of the American Bar Association in Hollywood.
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March 22, 2017
Mark S. Laska, PhD, Founder & President of Great Ecology, will be presenting at the Law Seminars International Sixth Annual Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages in Washington, DC on March 24th at 9:30am. He will present a case study on “The Future of Restoration: Update on New Approaches for Developing the Most Effective Restoration Strategy.” His ideas for future restoration of NRD injuries involves “banking” and upfront restoration projects drawing from his expertise in mitigation banking and recent policy developed by five federal agencies.
The conference will provide the chance to explore successes, challenges, and opportunities of the Natural Resource Damages (NRD) legal regime, including the effectiveness of NRD as a remedy for environmental damage. In addition, the conference will include information on the latest developments in NRD science and restoration, and how to prepare an NRD case for trial.
If you’re unable to make it to DC, the conference proceedings will also be available via paid webcast.Leave a comment
March 20, 2017
Nick Buhbe, M.S., Great Ecology’s Director of Ecology, will be presenting at the 27th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air for the Association of Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation in San Diego, CA. The workshop, “More than a Blank Slate: Increasing Value at Cleanup Sites Through Sustainable Repurposing for Renewable Energy Production and Habitat Restoration” will be co-presented with June Yi, of Project Navigator. The workshop will explore ecologically oriented approaches to create or enhance habitat and wetland resources, incorporate reuse strategies for Brownfield sites, and identify when and where solar energy-generation facilities can be incorporated into end-uses.
Nick and June will present on Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm.Leave a comment
March 17, 2017
Last week several Great Ecology staff members attended the 2017 High Altitude Revegetation Workshop & Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (HAR-CeRSER) Conference in Fort Collins, CO.
Great Ecology’s Vice President of Technical Services, Randy Mandel, provided two presentations: (1) an oral presentation on “The Use of Ecotypic Plant Collections for Restoration Design to Benefit Pollinator Habitat”, and (2) a poster presentation on the Colorado Water Conservation Board Restoration Plant Matrix the was compiled in response to Colorado’s 2013 Front Range Floods, as well as the closing remarks at the conference.. Other presentations included:
There were many additional engaging and important talks, and dozens of posters, all of which helped convey important trends, new research, and strategies for restoration success.
Great Ecology was proud to be a sponsor for this event. Great Ecology was especially proud of the students who presented their research. Congratulations to the winners of the student poster and presentation awards!Leave a comment
March 15, 2017
Dr. Jill McGrady, California Office Lead, will present the latest research and thinking about Rigs-to-Reef this afternoon at 1:30 PM CDT at DecomWorld GoM 2017 in Houston, TX. Her talk is titled: “Reefing’s New Frontiers: An Update on Global Development & Reefing in Deepwater.” She will lead a panel regarding developments in the Rigs-to-Reef program as the industry considers reefing in deeper waters as well as how oil structures are being adapted for eco-tourism in Malaysia and marine parks in west Africa.
DecomWorld GoM focuses on “decommissioning, well plugging and abandonment, and late life strategies” which are undergoing significant disruption due to low oil prices, regulatory changes, and rapidly improving technologies. This year, the conference offers three tracks: Wells, Structures, and Strategy & Finance.Leave a comment
March 13, 2017
Great Ecology is pleased to announce that Kay Wiseman has joined our Denver office. Kay is an ecologist with more than eight years of experience, which include research on the impacts of invasive species; botanical surveys and habitat assessments; and noxious weed identification and management. Her expertise in ecotypic plant materials collection, revegetation, and ecological management planning will be a huge asset to the work being done in our Denver office. Kay holds a BS in Ecology from University of Louisville, and is a qualified supervisor for pesticide application, in the State of Colorado.Leave a comment