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Senior Environmental Scientist

Years of Experience: 12

Education/Training

  • B.S., Geography and Environmental Systems, 2004
  • Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS), Benthic Sampling, 2006-2012
  • MBSS, Fish Sampling, 2006-2012, 2014-2016
  • Wetland Delineation Training, Eastern Mountains & Piedmont Regional Supplement, 2010
  • Wetland Delineation Field Training, Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain Supplement, 2009
  • Hydric Soils Workshop, Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists, 2009

Registrations

  • DNR Forest Conservation Qualified Professional, 2013
  • MBSS Fish Taxonomist Certification, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Environmental Compliance & Awareness Training (ECAT), 2007

Highlights of Experience

Heather is an Environmental Scientist with 12 years of experience. She leads a variety of field studies and environmental assessments for the public and private sector. She is proficient in GIS and uses it to create maps to support environmental documentation. She has worked as an In-House Consultant for the MD SHA’s Environmental Programs Division and as an MDE Consultant Reviewer. Highlights of Heather’s experience include:

Field Studies

Performs a wide variety of field studies including:

  • conducts wetland delineations, forest stand delineations, and rare plant surveys
  • collects benthic macroinvertebrates, fish, water quality, and aquatic habitat data
  • performs data entry and analysis
  • uses GPS and GIS technologies to support technical field work and reporting, including preparation of resource mapping
Document Preparation
  • compiles and researches environmental data for technical reports, Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments and Natural Environmental Inventories
  • delivers experience using GIS programs to support environmental assessments, inventories, and impact analyses
Mitigation
  • conducts mitigation site searches, including infrared photo interpretation, soil evaluations
  • conducts monitoring of completed mitigation sites for successful establishment of wetland, vegetation, soils and hydrology
In-House Consultant for the MD State Highway Administration, Environmental Programs Division
  • provided environmental permit preparation, permit coordination and tracking
  • coordinated task orders for services from other consultants and provided comment on deliverables
  • conducted wetland delineations, prepared delineation reports and GIS mapping, and prepared wetland permit applications
  • participated in coordination meetings to identify permitting and agency coordination requirements
  • assists in monitoring of completed mitigation sites for successful establishment of wetland, vegetation, soils and hydrology
Maryland Department of the Environment Consultant Reviewer
  • reviewed Joint Permit Applications and completes field reviews
  • prepared required documents for permitting by MDE
  • prepared Maryland State Programmatic General Permits required by the USACE