Environmental Litigation Support

For two decades, Great Ecology has provided scientific consulting services for both plaintiff and defense environmental litigation across the United States.

As ecologists, we bring a holistic understanding of ecosystems that allows us to comprehensively assess and address environmental injuries while providing ecological remedies.

Our work includes landmark cases like Deepwater Horizon, 20+ Natural Resource Damage (NRD) cases, small site-specific litigation, and everything in between. We maintain a team of subject matter experts with PhDs, Masters, and support staff that consider key issues like climate change and environmental justice throughout our services.

Our Clients:

Great Ecology's scientists have served as both testifying and non-testifying/consulting experts for defense and plaintiffs legal counsel. We leverage our experience to support clients with informed perspectives from both sides of the table. When needed, our experts conduct in-depth data collection, analysis, and interpretation to:
• Understand the environmental context
• Quantify damages
• Convey facts to a non-scientific audience
• Develop effective remedies

Our Litigation Support Focus:

Service Spotlight: NRDA

Natural Resource Damages Assessment (NRDA) provides a process for determining the appropriate form and amount of restoration needed to offset environmental impacts to habitats, wildlife, and communities from oil spills, contamination events, and other unplanned injuries.
NRDA reports, models, and remedies require highly trained scientists with extensive experience - a skill Great Ecology has honed over 20 years.

Great Ecology's Holistic Assessment

The traditional NRDA process uses a "product-based" approach that views ecosystem injury through a singular lens focused only on the impact to human stakeholders (communities). As ecologists, we understand that this method of analysis is incomplete since humans are not the only stakeholders in an ecosystem.
As NRDA practitioners, we integrate this approach by assessing injury holistically and evaluating not just the products of an ecosystem, but also the processes that generate these products as well. By considering human, wildlife, and habitat stakeholders, we generate comprehensive reports that provide a more accurate accounting of lost ecosystem value.

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