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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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Dr. Mark S. Laska: Most Admired CEO Award Finalist

We are thrilled to announce Great Ecology President & CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska, is recognized as a Most Admired CEO Award Finalist by the San Diego Business Journal. This annual awards program recognizes outstanding CEO’s in the San Diego region who contribute to the company’s financial success and growth through innovative leadership practices, demonstrate exceptional community involvement and philanthropic contributions, maintain a positive work environment, and empower and inspire others.

SDBJ Most Admired CEO

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Great Ecology Featured in Green Build & Design Magazine

Great Ecology is proud to be featured in the recent issue of the  Green Build & Design Magazine. The article, Ground Swell, highlights the new Corktown Common Waterfront Park, a post-industrial site along the Toronto waterfront. Collaborating with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. Great Ecology supported the restoration of the native habitat and ecology. The project creates wetland and upland wildlife habitats infused with a cultural and ecological public space along the Toronto waterfront.

Corktown Common Waterfront Park

A Glimpse at Corktown Common Waterfront Park in Toronto. The new public space supports wetland and upland wildlife habitat along Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront.

 

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Great Ecology: A SmartCEO Future 50 Company

Great Ecology is honored to be recognized as one of the 2015 Future 50 companies by SmartCEO. This program acknowledges the success of 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies in the New York region. Based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth, Great Ecology has made the list with a growth rate of 194% and the creation of 21 new jobs. Founder & CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska shares, “it is an honor to accept this prestigious award alongside some of the top companies and CEOs in New York.”  Dr. Laska is featured in the January/February edition of the SmartCEO publication along with New York’s other award-winning entrepreneurs.

SmartCEO Future 50

 

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Great Ecology Makes Another Splash

Nick Buhbe, Great Ecology’s Director of Ecology and one of the ecologists involved in the restoration of Lake San Marcos, summarized the progress of the current data collection efforts at a recent public meeting. The project involves multiple stakeholders and numerous complexities due to a variety of suspected sources, and is heading toward development of a remediation strategy. Mr. Buhbe described the importance of monitoring and the subsequent computer modeling that will help to determine the most effective restoration strategy for the lake: “the modeling effort is the key to understanding what the [nutrient] excess is, and what can be done about it.” This approach toward a long-term strategy was echoed by Laurie Walsh of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, who expressed an appreciation for the investigation and the speed of progress toward a solution.

Read the full U-T San Diego article.

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