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Personnel

Our staff routinely collaborate to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to the problems facing our clients. Key members of our staff are listed in alphabetical order below, along with available bio information. To send an email, click the employee's name.


Thomas Allen, A.A., Marine Technician

Mr. Thomas Allen has experience with the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS), covering installation, operation, repair, and periodic maintenance of monitoring stations. His educational credentials include Associates Degrees in Avionics, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Networking. In addition to his current experience with PORTS, he has 24 years of electronics maintenance work and training with the United States Air Force. His Air Force experience includes computerized test station operation and maintenance, avionics and electronics maintenance, corrosion control, and quality assurance programs.Brief Bio Sketch
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Eric Aronchick, B.S., Oceanographic Field Technician

Mr. Aronchick earned his B.S. in Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2010. Following graduation, Mr. Aronchick was hired as a private consultant to aid in deep water sampling in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Upon completion of the offshore sampling program, Mr. Aronchick was hired on as a primary marine field technician working with NOAA/NOS NWLON, PORTS and short term vertical datum systems. Following two years of extensive coastal and nearshore work with NOAA/NOS NWLON and PORTS programs, Mr. Aronchick returned offshore, working as a hydrographic survey technician, partaking in large scale sea floor mapping, early object (hazard) detection studies in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and coastal Texas waterways. Since June 2013 Mr. Aronchick has been working with the Woods Hole Group as the local oceanographic field technician for the Gulf of Mexico region. He has participated in numerous mooring deployment and recovery operations, both offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as well as internationally. With his growing experience in offshore operations, Mr. Aronchick has been appointed the primary Party Chief for WHG offshore operations, leading deployment, recovery, and servicing operations of the WHG Watch Dog Real Time Metocean Mooring (RTMM) as well as the maintenance and servicing of all WHG rig based, real time current meter launch and recovery systems located on various Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) throughout the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Aronchick has also continued to assist the Woods Hole Group team with the maintenance and servicing of the JMTX/NOAA/NOS PORT system, and the real time current meters mounted on aid to navigation (ATON) buoys in the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL. Brief Bio Sketch

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David G. Aubrey, Ph.D., Senior Scientist/Engineer

Dr. David G. Aubrey, founder of the Woods Hole Group, provides overall scientific and engineering guidance. He performs high-level QA/QC on many WHG projects while managing many projects on his own. Prior to founding the Woods Hole Group, Dr. Aubrey was for 22 years a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). While at WHOI, Dr. Aubrey served as Director of the Coastal Research Center where he oversaw and performed many studies in the area of the coastal environment and climate change. Dr. Aubrey has more than 90-refereed publications and numerous technical documents, and is co-author on several books. Dr. Aubrey specializes in international environmental projects including science, engineering, policy, legal, regulatory, and management. His most recent projects focus on coasts, rivers and their basins, terrestrial environments, and marine environments, for physical, chemical, biological, and information technology applications. Dr. Aubrey has developed international environmental programmes in diverse places such as the Black, Caspian, and Yellow Seas, Gulf of Honduras, West Indian Ocean, Guinea Current region of West Africa, and in the Middle East. He has directly assisted countries in the implementation of environmental policy, legal, regulatory, and integrated management regimes. Dr. Aubrey has performed many environmental impact analyses, health impact analyses, and audits to evaluate the impacts of proposed projects on both the environment and human health, for various sectors including intergovernmental bodies (UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, International Development Bank), national governments, local governments, commercial firms, and private individuals.Brief Bio Sketch

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Trevor Ball, B.S., Mechanical Engineer

Trevor Ball has 7 years of design, assembly and fabrication experience working as a mechanical engineer. He is experienced with a variety of CAD packages including AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ProE, and Mechanical Desktop. Mr. Ball earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMASS Lowell in 2011. He spent 5 years drafting, assembling and designing for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as an engineering assistant. Now, at Woods Hole Group, he has been responsible for mechanical design and development on a number of oceanographic measurement systems for oil and gas production facilities; including the development of the Woods Hole Group Watchdog and Watchdog V2 buoys. In addition, he has been involved with the design and layout of a number of the NOAA PORTS sites serviced by Woods Hole Group, primarily the Jacksonville St. Johns River PORTS system. Trevor has experience with design and development of mechanical systems and regularly collaborates with scientists and machinists in the development of project components. Brief Bio Sketch

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Justin Bickett, B.S., Marine Field Technician

Mr. Justin Bickett has experience in maintenance of real-time monitoring systems, including the deployment of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), tidal, and meteorological equipment. He is responsible for routine and emergency maintenance for all stations in the Chesapeake Bay, New York/New Jersey Harbor, and the Delaware River PORTS systems. His education includes a B.S in Communications from East Carolina University and A.A.S in Marine Technology from Cape Fear Community College. He completed five oceangoing research training cruises aboard the R/V Cape Hatteras where he deployed CTDs, Niskin bottles, sediment samplers, and various sonar devices. He has a U.S. Coast Guard OUPV Captainís License as well as NAUI Open Water dive certification. Brief Bio Sketch

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Kirk F. Bosma, P.E., M.C.E., Team Leader/Coastal Engineer

Kirk F. Bosma, PE, is a Senior Coastal Engineer and Team Leader of the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group. His areas of expertise include numerical modeling of coastal and estuarine processes, coastal engineering design for shore protection, wave propagation and transformation, sediment transport and littoral processes, hydraulics for marsh restoration, climate change vulnerability assessments and engineering adaptations, and data collection and implementation of coastal engineering projects. Mr. Bosma earned his Masters in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1997 and his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1994. He has extensive experience in habitat restoration, shoreline protection, analysis of nearshore wave conditions, evaluating hydrodynamics of estuarine systems, and climate change planning projects for a diverse client base. He specializes in applying numerical models to optimize engineering designs and reduce overall project life cycle costs. This includes developing and employing numerical models for marsh restoration, sediment transport, nearshore spectral wave transformation, particle transport, bathymetric evolution, two- and three-dimensional hydrodynamic processes.
Mr. Bosma also has designed and implemented technically advanced data collection programs and analysis techniques to assess the estuarine, coastal, and oceanographic environment and help develop engineering solutions. He has also designed a number of coastal engineering structures and erosion mitigation solutions. Recent types of coastal projects Mr. Bosma has managed include: beach nourishment plans, wave, current, and sediment transport modeling, beach nourishment design, marsh restoration projects, coastal engineering design, and borrow site impact assessment. Mr. Bosma has been the project manager for both large coastal restoration and marsh restoration projects that have included implementation of a comprehensive data collection, physical processes modeling programs, evaluation of a variety of restoration alternatives, and engineering design.
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John W. Brawley, Ph.D., Senior Marine Systems Ecologist

Dr. Brawley is a Senior Marine Systems Ecologist at the Woods Hole Group. He has more than 20 years of experience working in marine aquatic sciences. He earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Vermont, a M.A. in coastal hydrology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in marine and estuarine systems ecology from the Univerity of Maryland. His background includes applied technical work, project management, and business development responsibilities. His research has focused on marine systems ecology, modeling of coastal/marine ecosystems, and aquaculture. His technical and project management experiences include marine and estuarine water quality and habitat studies, shellfish aquaculture, hydrologic studies, total maximum daily load (TMDL) analyses, marsh/wetland restoration, shellfish pathogen studies, watershed modeling, hazardous waste site assessment, development of water quality monitoring programs, international development projects, and various public and private engineering projects. Dr. Brawley has served as both senior scientist and operations manager for nationally known environmental consulting firms and was co-owner of a small consulting practice, Saquish Scientific, prior to joining Woods Hole Group in 2012. He started a shellfish farm in Duxbury, MA in 2006 that continues to grow oysters and bay scallops under the Island Creek Oyster brand name. Dr. Brawley is part of a research team that has designed and constructed a working shellfish hatchery in Zanzibar, Tanzania and is responsible for developing shellfish nursery and growout methods in a series of small coastal villages there. He has also designed and constructed a shellfish hatchery in Duxbury, MA where he is working with colleagues to develop disease-resistant shellfish for local and regional aquaculture production. Dr. Brawley has published a number of peer-reviewed articles covering various aspects of coastal biogeochemical processes and systems ecology, and he collaborates with colleagues at research universities, governmental agencies and scientific societies. He is President-Elect of the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS). He lives and works in Duxbury, MA where he is an appointed member of the Duxbury Bay Management Commission and the Duxbury Shellfish Advisory Committee.Brief Bio Sketch

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Mitchell A. Buck, P.E., M.C.E., Coastal Engineer

Mitchell A. Buck, P.E., is a Coastal Engineer at Woods Hole Group with a broad base of experience in various phases of coastal projects. His primary expertise is developing and implementing a wide range of field data collection programs, analysis of collected data, and then the application of the data within numerical models for coastal management and design projects. He received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and a M.C.E. from the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research in 2007 where he investigated beach erosion under storm conditions in a wave flume. Mr. Buck has experience developing and employing a wide range of models for coastal processes and nearshore hydrodynamics. Recent types of coastal projects in which Mr. Buck has participated include: coastal structure design, beach nourishment, sediment transport, inlet stability, water quality, marsh restoration, and dredging. Extensive experience utilizing software packages and programming languages (MATLAB, ArcGIS, etc.) to analyze, solve, and present engineering and scientific problems and their solutions. Mr. Buck conducts numerous topographic and bathymetric surveys using Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning Systems (RTK GPS), total stations and echosounders. He has experience with a variety of oceanographic instrumentation including tide gauges, CTDs, and ADCPs. Mr. Buck has also lead and supported environmental monitoring programs for the US Army Corp of Engineers projects that involve sediment coring, surface water and groundwater sampling, and biological sample collection. Mr. Buck is a certified OSHA HAZWOPER Site Supervisor.Brief Bio Sketch

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Edward H. Burger, M.A., Marine Scientist

Mr. Ned Burger has over 30 years of experience with marine physical and biological data collection and analyses; including design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of shallow and deep water real-time monitoring systems in estuaries, with 20 years experience using real-time oceanographic and meteorological measurement systems. He has worked as a member of diverse research teams in the establishment of permanent water quality monitoring stations on moored coastal buoys and other fixed platforms in and around the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Mr. Burgerís work with Woods Hole Group has focused on meteorological and physical oceanographic measurements, including both surface and bottom mounted ADCP systems that telemeter data in real time. His academic credentials include a M.A. in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, where he specialized in physical oceanography and environmental engineering and a B.S. in Biology from St. Maryís College of Maryland, where he specialized in estuarine systems. In his role with the Woods Hole Group, he has acted as a Local Operator and Marine Technician for the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River and Bay and Jacksonville PORTS (NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real Time Systems) programs. His responsibilities include on-site service and maintenance, reporting, and project management.Brief Bio Sketch

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Robert A. Catalano, M.B.A., V.P. Science Operations/Team Leader

Mr. Robert A. Catalano has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of marine instrumentation, coastal and physical oceanographic data collection, project management, and general business management. Mr. Catalano specializes in Project Management for large-scale hydrographic and marine geophysical data acquisition surveys, physical oceanographic data acquisition, and marine data acquisition instrumentation systems and has extensive experience in international and domestic projects for both government and private sector clients. As the Vice President of Scientific Operations, Mr. Catalano is responsible for the scientific operations for the consulting business of the Woods Hole Group, monitoring the financial, quality, and schedule performance of all field programs. In this role, Mr. Catalano is responsible for implementation and compliance with all internal and external HSE requirements. Mr. Catalano earned his M.B.A. at Northeastern University in 1996 and his B.S. in Geology at the University of Connecticut in 1976.Brief Bio Sketch

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Heidi J. Clark, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist

Ms. Clark is an independently employed scientist with experience in coastal ecology, environmental research, and project management. She has twenty years of experience in environmental consulting, with a focus on careful project planning and quality control. Her projects have ranged from remediation investigations for CERCLA Sites in New England to damage assessments for coastal areas in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia following the first Gulf War. Ms. Clark has worked on stormwater management, seagrass restoration, habitat assessment, shellfish bio-remediation, and a host of coastal construction projects on Cape Cod. Ms. Clark is currently active in a number of erosion control projects including dune and berm stabilization, and beach nourishment. She is working on a stormwater project aimed at assessing the effectiveness of rain gardens and conventional catch basin systems in sequestering nitrogen and coliforms bacteria. Her continued work in the field allows Ms. Clark to stay current with field sampling, quality assurance planning, coastal restoration and construction methods.
Prior to working at Woods Hole Group, Ms. Clark was a guest scientist at the Woods Hole oceanographic Institution. She currently works part-time in landscape construction, and assists the Woods Hole Group and other clients with coastal projects on an as-needed basis. Recently she has worked on a number of government-sponsored projects on contaminated site remediation and restoration, and with private firms on ensuring compliance with international standards on biodiversity and the environment. Ms. Clark has a unique perspective regarding the goals and operations of both private industry and the public sector. She has a proven ability to listen carefully to clients, work out the best approach to solving problems, and provide clearly written technical documents. She holds a BA degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
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Peter Collins, B.S., Oceanographic Field Technician

Specializing in the installation, support and maintenance of oceanographic monitoring equipment in oceanographic settings. Skilled in the use and configuration of sensors for measuring meteorological and oceanographic data. System level and component level electronic circuit troubleshooting and repair, malfunction trend analysis, and quality control inspection. A specialist in the area of customer training of electronic system integration for oceanographic systems. A motivated team leader, dedicated team player, and an enthusiastic teacher and communicator. Brief Bio Sketch

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Alexis Crouch, B.S., Marine Field Technician

Alexis Crouch has a background in marine biology, physical oceanography, computer systems and computer programing. She has experience with oceanographic data collection programs, including the operation and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems in ports and harbors. Her academic credentials include B.S in Marine Science and a B.S. in Computer Science from Jacksonville University. Ms. Crouch is the marine field technician for the NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) program in Jacksonville, Florida. In this capacity she is responsible for the day-to-day management, oversight, client communications, reporting and overall maintenance of the Jacksonville PORTS program. Her experience covers the maintenance of water level sensors, current meter systems, meteorological sensors, visibility sensors, and air gap systems. Ms. Crouch is also a part of a team that maintains and deploys the Real-Time Current Measurement Systems for BP in the Gulf of Mexico.Brief Bio Sketch

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Jerome J. Cura, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Scientist

Dr. Cura is an ecological risk assessor, and a Licensed Site Professional in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is an expert in the area of ecological risk analysis. He has conducted ecological risk analyses in various freshwater systems, in marine and estuarine habitats, and in terrestrial environments. He has developed guidance for conducting risk assessments at dredging sites for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and he chaired the International Navigation Association's (PIANC) workgroup that developed international guidance. Dr. Cura's experience includes conducting assessments at CERCLA and RCRA sites (industrial and government facilities), providing technical advice on the design and execution of human health and ecological risk assessments, and providing expert testimony for law firms. Industry and Government organizations frequently invite him to lead or participate in environmental conferences or symposia. Dr. Cura works as a member of The Science Collaborative, a resource network of senior environmental scientists from the consulting industry and academia. He was a founding partner of Cura Environmental and Menzie-Cura & Associates, Inc. Dr. Cura has published over 30 peerreviewed book chapters, technical papers, journal articles, and conference proceedings in the areas of risk assessment, environmental decision making, marine ecology, and dredged material disposal evaluation methods. He is a frequent contributor to Scientific Symposia. Dr. Cura is currently an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College where he teaches a course in Fundamentals of Oceanography. Brief Bio Sketch

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Zachary Dukenfield, Marine Technician

Mr. Zachary Dukenfield has experience in preparation, installation, and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems, including the deployment of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), tidal and meteorological equipment. Regular quality-control of data for all stations in the Delaware River and Bay, Chesapeake Bay, New York / New Jersey Harbor, and Jacksonville PORTS systems. He is Certified in OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER, in accordance with Federal OSHA regulations and has participated in the Newtown Creek Superfund sediment sampling project. Brief Bio Sketch

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Daniel Duval, Coastal Engineer

Mr. Daniel Duval uses field and laboratory data to resolve and evaluate hydrodynamic and geologic processes within coastal, estuarine, and oceanic environments. His primary specialty is utilizing instrumentation, such as ADCPs, to examine sediment transport in coastal areas, including estuaries and marshes. He is proficient in the use of Matlab to analyze data, including time-series and quantitative analyses. In addition, Mr. Duval has extensive field experience in instrument deployment and maintenance, discreet water sampling and processing, and sediment coring. His field experience ranges from river and ponds to estuaries and open water. Mr. Duval received an M.S. in Oceanography (geological) from the University of Delaware in 2013, an M.S. in Oceanography (physical) from Stony Brook University in 2008, and a B.S. in Marine Science in 2006. As a coastal scientist, Mr. Duval works in concert with coastal engineers to collect and analyze the oceanographic and geophysical data necessary for the development of hydrodynamic models and the satisfaction of permitting requirements in various coastal environments. Brief Bio Sketch

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Joseph Famely, M.E.M., Environmental Scientist

Mr. Joseph Famely is an environmental scientist with experience in ecological risk assessment, sea level rise and storm surge vulnerability assessment, greenhouse gas inventory, sustainability reporting and metrics, land use planning, shoreline change analysis, environmental impact statements, and geospatial analysis. Joseph earned a M.E.M. degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Urban Ecology and Environmental Design. He has managed terrestrial and aquatic ecological risk assessments for hazardous waste sites under state and federal cleanup guidelines. He has conducted numerous coastal climate change vulnerability assessments considering sea-level rise, land subsidence, and storm surge for communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. He has also led greenhouse gas assessments for the New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process, university operations, and various industrial clients and non-profit groups. He has conducted numerous shoreline change analyses to inform development decisions and regional sediment management planning. Mr. Famelyís experience provides Woods Hole Group with in-house expertise to support sustainability consulting and climate change adaptation plans.Brief Bio Sketch

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M. Leslie Fields, CFM, M.S., Coastal Geologist/Marine Environmental Analyst

Ms. M. Leslie Fields has over 23 years of experience in multi-jurisdictional environmental studies of coastal and marine projects. Her approach is to apply the best available technical information to assess potential environmental impacts in defensible fashion as the basis for securing regulatory approvals on behalf of her clients. She specializes in analyses of shoreline change, geomorphic evolution of coastal systems, coastal hazard evaluation and mitigation, coastal wetland delineation, sediment transport analyses, and permitting (local, state, and federal). Projects are focused on activities in the coastal zone including coastal structures, flow control devices, beach nourishment and dredging/dredged materials management.
At the local level, she has worked with most Conservation Commissions on Cape Cod to obtain Orders of Conditions, and she also has experience with Zoning Boards and Boards of Health. At the County Level, she has worked with Cape Cod Commission to obtain regulatory approvals. State permitting is Massachusetts is complex, requiring MEPA Certificates, DEP Water Quality Certifications, DEP Chapter 91 Permits and Licenses, MESA approvals when there are endangered species concerns, and CZM Consistency Statements. The particular order of regulatory process must be adhered to, and Ms. Fields has the relationships with agency personnel and familiarity with procedures to understand what projects are feasible, and what can be done to modify projects to meet performance standards. She also has experience combining various agency reviews to streamline the process for all involved. At the federal level, Ms. Fields has supported and gained approval for NEPA EIS Certificates, and she also has extensive experience with USACE Program and Individual Project Permits.
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Adam Finkle, M.S., Coastal Scientist

Mr. Adam Finkle is a coastal scientist with experience in coastal resiliency, ecological restoration projects, and environmental permitting. Mr. Finkle earned a Masterís in Sustainability Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied a systems-approach to climate change and aquatic sustainability and social, ecological, and economic aspects of coastal resiliency. He is experienced in managing large-scale ecological restoration and site remediation projects throughout New England, and implemented coastal bioengineering, beach nourishment and native planting projects to stabilize vulnerable coastal resource areas. He works effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including project engineers, consultants, and state and municipal officials. He is familiar with the local Conservation Commission permitting process, as well as conducting monitoring and compiling associated reports to meet Conservation Commission Order of Conditions monitoring requirements.Brief Bio Sketch

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Beth Gurney, A.A., Environmental Permitting Specialist

Mrs. Beth Gurney is an experienced professional in coastal and marine permitting. She has a strong knowledge and understanding of wetlands and waterways regulations and by-laws regarding permitting requirements and interpretations, and has attended training on filing applications for ecological restoration projects and combined licenses/permits for waterways and water quality certification. Mrs. Gurney assists the engineers and geologists in formulating, developing and prioritizing the work to ensure a full understanding of agency requirements and project deadlines. She also assists in plan and grain size analysis review, monitoring and mitigation reporting, shellfish and eelgrass surveys, field data collection, site evaluations and construction progress inspections.
Mrs. Gurney has excellent organizational and coordinating skills ensuring timely and accurate application filings within prescribed deadlines. She has established close working relationships with program regulators at various local, state and federal regulatory agencies, and attends meetings with these individuals to assist in coordinating project actions. She also has extensive experience in performing Registry of Deeds research for the engineers and reviews various recorded documents for any potential issues that may impact a project, (i.e. ownership, restrictive easements, takings, etc.).
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Dawn Guthrie, Accounting Assistant

Robert P. Hamilton Jr., M.C.E., President/Coastal Engineer

Mr. Hamilton is a Civil/Coastal Engineer and President of the Woods Hole Group. Heís been with the Woods Hole Group since 1994, and has previously served as Coastal Engineer, Business Unit Director, V.P. for Scientific Operations, and V.P. for Business Development. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and a M.S. from the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research. He has experience managing large and small contracts, including a 5-year $15M USACE New England District IDIQ that included several task orders in support of EPA Region I, most notably related to the New Bedford Superfund Site. He is focused on development of business relationships and multi-disciplinary project and client management. His market and contracting experience includes government agencies, architectural/engineering partners, offshore oil and gas producers, private owners/developers, power utilities, and manufacturing industries. He has strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills combined with an effective leadership, communication, negotiation, and personnel management approach.
His technical expertise is on solving problems related to shoreline erosion, coastal structures, water quality, environmental impact assessments/permitting, and the transport and dilution of thermal discharges and contaminants released into the marine environment. He also has multi-jurisdictional regulatory experience, including preparing EIS documents under NEPA, and has served as an expert witness. Mr. Hamiltonís technical skills include numerical modeling, field data collection, and technical writing/editing. He is responsible for developing technical approaches to complex projects, and for ensuring the technical teams within Woods Hole Group proceed in a logical manner aimed at producing high quality work products on-time and within prescribed budgets. Recent types of projects in which Mr. Hamilton has participated are related to shore protection, salt marsh restoration, environmental sampling and testing, dredged material management, and environmental resource impact assessment and management planning.
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Clinton Hare, Ph.D., Mid-Atlantic Operations Manager/Oceanographer

Dr. Clinton Hare has a broad background in biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. He is experienced with oceanographic data collection programs, including equipment configuration and installation, as well as operation and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems in ports and harbors, coastal, and offshore environments. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Oceanography, M.S. in Marine Studies, and B.A. in Biological Sciences all from the University of Delaware. Dr. Hare is the Project Manager for eleven NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) programs. In this capacity he is responsible for the day-to-day management, oversight, planning, client communication, reporting, and overall maintenance and operation of the programs. His expertise covers the installation and maintenance of tidal gauges, current meters systems, meteorological sensors, visibility sensors, and air gap systems.Brief Bio Sketch

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Arden Herrin, M.S., Coastal Engineer

Mr. Arden Herrin received a M.S. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Civil Engineering from the same institution in 2010. His coursework focused on littoral processes, estuarine physics, water wave mechanics, fluid dynamics, groundwater flow, protective structure design, and beach nourishment design. From 2008 through 2011 at the University of Florida, Mr. Herrin conducted research on predicting scour rates and developing scour formulae of cohesive soils and erodible rock using both the Soil Erosion Rate Flume (SERF) and the Rotating Erosion Testing Apparatus (RETA). In addition to his research, Mr. Herrin developed and analyzed RMA2 models throughout South Florida in support of the Florida Department of Transportationís (FDOT) Phase 2 Bridge Scour Assessment as an intern with Ocean Engineering Associates, Inc. As a coastal engineer with Woods Hole Group, he has helped to develop beach management plans for the towns of Sandwich, and Dennis in Massachusetts, Palm Beach County in Florida, and a regional plan for the state of New Jersey in support of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Also in support of the USACE, Mr. Herrin updated and refined the regional wave and sediment transport model for Saco Bay, Maine using the most recent Lidar data and digital elevation models. Other wave and sediment transport models Mr. Herrin has developed include: preliminary model for Goshen Cove, CT, the town of Ogunquit, ME, and a county wide model from Fairport Harbor, OH to Ashtabula, OH in Lake Erie. He has developed and implemented analytical models for wetland remediation projects in support of MADER in Falmouth, MA, Saugus, MA and Truro, MA. Mr. Herrin has conducted detailed analyses of the 2013 FEMA flood mapping results and methodology in support of the Duxbury, Scituate, and Marshfield municipalities in Plymouth County, MA and various sites in Barnstable County, MA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) appeal process. Mr. Herrin has also developed, implemented, and analyzed the results of water quality models in Boston Harbor, MA (EFDC), Lake Erie, OH (CORMIX), and Great Egg Harbor, NJ (potential flow analytical model and particle tracking).Brief Bio Sketch

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Matt Hodge, M.S., Engineer

Matt Hodge, PE, is a Water Resources Engineer in the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group. He is experienced in many aspects of water resources engineering. Matt specializes in surface water modeling which includes water quality modeling, hydrological studies, hydrodynamic modeling, hydraulic modeling, and coastal modeling. He has performed studies evaluating: thermal and chemical mixing zones from industrial facilities, water quality impacts related to proposed shoreline development, water quality impacts related to municipal discharges, flood risks associated with partial dam removal, and non-point source impacts to rivers and streams. Matt has a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science and a Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Brief Bio Sketch

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Brittany Hoffnagle, M.S., Environmental Scientist

Ms. Brittany Hoffnagle is an environmental scientist with experience in coastal tidal creek morphology, ecology, environmental management, geospatial data collection and analysis, and long-term water quality monitoring. Ms. Hoffnagle received a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Marine and Environmental Biology from Millersville University, and a M.S. in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University. She has experience in a variety of technical instruments and techniques, including RTK and HYPACK surveying software, ESRI ArcGIS, water quality meters and data loggers. At Woods Hole Group, Brittany supports ecological risk assessments, sea-level rise vulnerability assessments, and various coastal projects. Brief Bio Sketch

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Eric Holmes, M.S., Coastal Scientist

Mr. Eric Holmes was awarded his M.S. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2010 after receiving his B.S. in physics in 2008 at the same institution. During his time as a masters student his focus was on fluid dynamics and physical oceanography. He has expertise in hydrodynamic and wave modeling as well as coding and high performance computing. His experience has largely applied these skills to coastal applications, including environmental impact studies, marsh restorations, scour analysis, and sediment transport analysis. He is skilled in a variety of computer operating systems and software packages. Mr. Holmes has also been involved in the creation and administration of Woods Hole Groups Beowulf cluster, Tsunami. He has been involved in the testing and development of new software to further Woods Hole Group's modeling capabilities.Brief Bio Sketch

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Leonid I. Ivanov, Ph.D., Oceanographer

Dr. Leonid I. Ivanov has more than 30 years of experience worldwide in open-ocean and coastal oceanography. He specializes in the collection, process-oriented analysis and interpretation of oceanographic data as well as in the integration of field data into project design, including the design of multi-disciplinary field studies to measure currents, water level, and seawater properties in various environments. Dr. Ivanov has conducted field studies and research in various regions of the ocean focusing on the studies of physical mechanisms driving seasonal and meso-scale ocean variability, as well as baroclinic and barotropic tides and inertia-gravity waves. He is the author (or co-author) of 30 peer-reviewed publications.Brief Bio Sketch

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Elise Leduc, M.E.M., Coastal Scientist

Ms. Elise Leduc is a coastal scientist with experience in coastal environmental management, geospatial analysis, wetland delineation and restoration, shoreline change analysis, climate change and sea level rise planning, field and water quality sampling, and ecological risk assessments. Ms. Leduc earned a Masterís in Environmental Management from Duke Universityís Nicholas School of the Environment where she studied coastal environmental management, geospatial analysis, wetland ecology and restoration, and coastal and environmental law and policy, and has since completed a wetland delineator certification course. She is experienced in ecological field studies, including conducting eelgrass, shellfish, and aquatic macro-invertebrate surveys and wetland delineations and evaluations, and has provided guidance for various wetland restoration projects, such as a thin layer deposition salt marsh restoration in Rhode Island, and an estuary restoration project in conjunction with a culvert redesign in coastal Massachusetts. She has conducted multiple shoreline change analyses in support of coastal erosion assessments and regional sediment management plans, has been an integral part of the ecological risk assessment team working on the Newtown Creek CERCLA environmental risk assessment, and has utilized geospatial analyses and LiDAR to evaluate FEMA Flood Hazard Zones and evaluate potential climate change and sea level rise impacts on coastal flooding for cities and towns throughout coastal Massachusetts.Brief Bio Sketch

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Ruiping Ma, Ph.D., Software Engineer

Dr. Ruiping Ma is a Met-Ocean System Software Engineer at the Woods Hole Group. She received her B.E. degree in Computer Science from ZhengZhou University, China, in 1996. She earned a M.S. in Computer Science from the Second Academy of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp., Beijing, China in 1999. In 2013 she was awarded a Ph. D. in Computer Engineering by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Dr. Ma joined the Woods Hole Group in April 2014. Before joining Woods Hole Group she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth working on a NASA-funded research project relating satellite ocean color imagery to ship-based radiometric measurement in optically complex coastal waters. She also developed software for biogeochemical and physical oceanographic and fisheries applications. Her degrees and experience include fault intrusion tolerant computing, networking, software development, data analysis, web development, and underwater vehicle control. At the Woods Hole Group, she is applying her skills towards software development for data acquisition, display, quality control, and management for ocean meteorological observation systems in the Gulf of Mexico and other locations.
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Bruce A. Magnell, Ph.D., Senior Scientist/Senior Oceanographer

Dr. Bruce A. Magnell has more than 30 years of experience in applied science and ocean engineering for a wide range of commercial and government clients. He is a recognized expert in the field of physical oceanography in industry, government, and academia. His fields of expertise include physical oceanography, electrical engineering, coastal ocean dynamics, oceanographic instrumentation design and evaluation, signal processing, data analysis, data acquisition, real-time telemetry, processing system design and implementation, technology evaluation, business management and business development. He has extensive experience in the analysis of coastal ocean dynamics, especially wind-driven circulation and mixing on the continental shelf. Specifically, Dr. Magnell has collected, analyzed, and reported on numerous deepwater current measurement programs worldwide, including some of the first observations of the loop current in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past few years, he has been the Principal Investigator for oceanographic data collection programs in the USA, offshore Brazil, offshore West Africa, offshore Australia, and offshore Indonesia. He also has participated in and directed large-scale oceanographic measurement programs for the MMS, such as the Northern California Coastal Circulation Study and the New England Outer Continental Shelf Physical Oceanography Program. Brief Bio Sketch

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Tara P. Marden, M.S., Coastal Geologist

Ms. Marden has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of coastal geology and coastal process evaluation. During the past five years, her focus at Woods Hole Group has been managing and implementing regional dredging and beach nourishment programs for local municipalities and private homeowners, often forging effective public-private partnerships. Ms. Marden works closely with the clients, regulators and contractors to ensure that every facet of the project, from the initial site assessment through design and permitting and ultimately construction, is successfully and seamlessly implemented. Ms. Marden is also involved in long-term monitoring for many of these projects.
During her tenure at Woods Hole Group, Ms. Marden has specialized in many projects related to tidal inlet and sediment transport processes, sand resource investigations for beach nourishment as well as design, permitting (local, state, and federal) and construction oversight for a myriad of coastal structure and bio-engineered projects. She is experienced with all facets of environmental impact analyses, ranging from the collection of field data to engineering design, alternatives analyses, and design for mitigation. Ms. Marden also has experience in the use of GIS technology to display and analyze spatially-related data for coastal and marine mapping projects.
Ms. Marden will serve as the Project Manager for the proposed work. Ms. Marden has been managing projects on the Vineyard and specifically in Edgartown during her entire tenure at Woods Hole Group. Ms. Marden has worked on dozens of projects for private homeowners in Edgartown as well as many dredging and beach nourishment projects for the Town of Edgartown. Ms Marden was responsible for securing the Townís Army Corp of Engineers Comprehensive Permit as well as amending that permit twice to included regional nourishment projects on Bend in the Road, Cow Bay and Fuller Street Beaches. Ms. Marden has a long and positive working relationship with the Town of Edgartown, the Dredge Advisory Board and the Conservation Commission. Ms. Marden also has a excellent reputation with the regulators at the State and Federal level.
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Catherine A. Morey, B.S., Project Management & Marketing Coordinator

Ms. Morey provides company-wide project management support to the managers and engineers on a variety of technical projects. Specifically, for the USACE-NAE Contract, Ms. Morey has primary responsibility for task order/contract administration, financial tracking and invoicing, and developing subcontract documentation with Woods Hole Group's teaming partners. Additionally, she helps conceive, design, organize and execute corporate marketing events and programs, manages tradeshow and conference logistics, and website content. Ms. Morey implements and designs new database structures to enable the company wide sharing of leads and information. She also is the editor, publisher, and distribution manager for the Woods Hole Group external newsletter. Brief Bio Sketch

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Archie Todd Morrison III, Ph.D., O.E., Senior Ocean Engineer

Dr. Todd Morrison is a Senior Ocean Engineer at the Woods Hole Group. He graduated from Harvard University in 1981 with a B.A., cum laude, in Engineering and Applied Science / Electrical Engineering. He earned an M.S. in Ocean Engineering and an O.E. in Oceanographic Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, both in 1994. In 1997 he was awarded a Ph. D. in Oceanographic Engineering by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Dr. Morrison joined the Woods Hole Group in the summer of 2009. Before joining Woods Hole Group he developed instrument systems and software for biogeochemical and physical oceanographic investigations and fisheries and medical research for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, several private oceanographic instrumentation companies, and as an independent consultant. His degrees and experience have focused on instrument development, the design of oceanographic systems, and underwater vehicle control. At Woods Hole Group he applies over 30 years of experience with electrical and electronic systems and design, mechanical systems, materials science, and software development to the design, fabrication, and installation of complex oceanographic instrument systems to address the needs of our clients.
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Mara Orescarin, Ph.D., Coastal Engineer

Mara M. Orescanin, Ph.D., is a Coastal and Ocean Engineer in the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group. Her areas of expertise include numerical hydrodynamic and wave modeling, field data collection, and data analysis of nearshore processes including waves, tides, and inlets. Currently, she is working on several salt marsh restoration projects which include both fieldwork and hydrodynamic modeling of the sites. Dr. Orescanin earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering. During her Ph.D. she completed a multi-year field investigation near Edgartown, Marthaís Vineyard, MA, and incorporated numerical and analytical modeling of the nearshore hydrodynamics of this complex tidal inlet system. She also holds two Master of Science degrees in Geology and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelorís degree in physics from Carleton College. Brief Bio Sketch

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Rafael Ramos, Ph.D., Senior Oceanographer

Dr. Rafael Ramos has more than 25 years of experience working in many aspects of ocean engineering, marine, and atmospheric sciences for government entities, research institutions, and the offshore oil industry. He earned a Masterís Degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate Degree in Applied Marine Physics at the University of Miami. He also completed a Post-Doctorate appointment at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advance Remote Sensing of the University of Miami. He has been involved in multiple aspects of design and requalification of fixed offshore platforms, and managed several related projects including the generation and implementation of risk-based design and assessment criteria and recommended practices for offshore platforms in Bay of Campeche. Dr. Ramos has been also involved in several field experiments focused on further understanding atmospheric, oceanographic, and air-sea interaction phenomena, ranging from internal waves to momentum and heat transfer on the ocean surface. He is author or coauthor of more than 13 peer-reviewed technical articles and more than 10 conference proceedings papers dealing with modeling and interpretation of data collected by shore-, vessel-, and satellite-based remote sensing systems as well as moored and non-moored buoy instrumentation. Brief Bio Sketch

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Alex Shaw, M.S., Coastal Engineer

Mr. Alex Shaw received a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Ocean Engineering from the same institution in 2014. His background includes evaluating hydrodynamics within marine environments, wave mechanics, coastal structure design, data analysis, and coastal numerical modeling. From 2014 to 2016 Mr. Shaw conducted research on the effect of erosion during flooding from storm surge and inlet basin dynamics. Also during this time period Mr. Shaw took part in other projects, such as the Narrow River Dredging project for the Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and another project for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which looked at the sustainability of coastal roadways in Rhode Island. During this time Mr. Shaw was also involved in recreating the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps in Washington County, Rhode Island using ADCIRC and STWAVE modeling. Brief Bio Sketch

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Matthew Shultz, P.E., Senior Coastal Engineer

Matthew F. Shultz, PE, is a Senior Coastal Engineer in the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group. He has over 13 years of experience in coastal studies involving the evaluation of coastal hazards, coastal restoration, and mitigation solutions for future resilience. His areas of expertise include the design of structural and non-structural shoreline protection and restoration alternatives and in the modeling of coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics, waves, and sediment transport processes. Experience has included the management of large-scale coastal modeling studies, the development of models for assessment of coastal hazards and adaptation measures, as well as large-scale marsh restoration and the assessment of hydraulic structures. His background also includes software development and engineering, which has led to proficiency in advanced modeling technologies, and in developing technical solutions for engineering and scientific problems. Mr. Shultz is an active member of numerous organizations including Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Matthew has a Masterís Degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in MA, CT, and LA. Brief Bio Sketch

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James Spilsbury, B.S., Marine Field Technician

Mr. James Spilsbury has experience with oceanographic data collection platforms, including integrating, testing, installing, operating and maintaining real-time oceanographic and meteorological monitoring systems in near shore and offshore environments. Prior to joining Woods Hole Group, he was a key resource for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS), helping to deploy, operate, maintain and repair buoys, sensors, equipment and moorings for the system. His credentials include a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Maine, a USCG 100-ton Inland Captainís License, HAZWOPER 40 Hour training, and offshore certification for oil and gas rigs. His responsibilities at Woods Hole Group include installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting all monitoring systems for the Narragansett Bay, New London, New Haven, and New York/New Jersey Harbor Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS). In addition to his field expertise, Mr. Spilsbury is also responsible for planning maintenance activities, preparing documentation and monthly progress reports, and performing daily quality control of NOAA real-time oceanographic systems. Mr. Spilsbury also has experience with and has participated in multiple mooring deployments both offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and in coastal environments. He also is experienced with the configuration, assembly, deployment, and retrieval of short-term and long-term current meter systems in a variety of marine environments.Brief Bio Sketch

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Zach Stromer, M.S., Coastal Scientist

Mr. Zachary Stromer is a coastal scientist at Woods Hole Group. He received a B.S. in environmental geology and chemistry from Northeastern University in 2014 and a M.S. in geology from University of Massachusetts Ė Amherst in 2016. For his masterís work Mr. Stromer focused on evaluating the risk of extreme flooding in the Boston area using both long-term geological and historical data. His primary specialty is the collection and analysis of sediment from a variety of coastal environments, but is also proficient in the use of MATLAB and GIS software to analyze and display a variety of data.Brief Bio Sketch

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Nadine A. Sweeney, Executive Assistant

Ms. Sweeney has been with Woods Hole Group since 1993, and has a complete understanding of the corporate management systems and procedures. She also is primarily responsible for the publication of high-quality deliverables, including layout, formatting, and production. She has a wide range of publication software skills, including expertise with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as graphics software experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. For operations management support, Ms. Sweeney is a MS Project specialist, including applications for individual project scheduling and planning, as well as program roll-ups for resource tracking across multiple projects, clients, and departments within Woods Hole Group. She also helps define and track work breakdown structures in support of Project Managers for individual projects. In support of financial management, Ms. Sweeney acts as the Project Managerís liaison with the Woods Hole Group accounting and finance department. Ms. Sweeney creates project and client files within the Vision corporate financial management system, including entry and tracking of budgets for individual tasks and subtasks. With her experience and knowledge of management processes, Ms. Sweeney also has the intangible ability to effectively encourage Project Managers in their duties. Specifically, she helps Project Managers review and produce monthly (at minimum) project budget update reports, client invoices, and progress reports as required.Brief Bio Sketch

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David Szabo, M.S., Manager Houston Office/Senior Oceanographer

Mr. David Szabo has more than 45 years of experience in metocean sciences and has worked with a wide range of government, education, and oil industry clients. He earned his M.S. in oceanography at Florida State University in 1978 and his B.S. in meteorology and oceanography at New York University in 1970. Through his work experience Mr. Szabo has developed a broad practical knowledge of the application of metocean research in engineering applications. His experiences range from design and management of major oceanographic measurement programs to validation of numerical wave and current models for engineering use. He has both participated in and developed joint industry and speculative metocean programs. Mr. Szabo also has over 20 years of experience in business development and management. Brief Bio Sketch

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Minhchau Hung Vu, B.S., Chief Engineer/Production Manager

Mr. Minhchau H. Vu earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Boston University in 1992. Mr. Vu's 16 years of expertise include designing, engineering and writing firmware for embedded microprocessor of the current meters, wave gauges, tide gauges, meteorology systems; integration, installation and testing of the oceanographic measurement systems, data acquisition systems, data logger and real-time data telemetry systems; trouble-shooting and repairing of these systems in the field and laboratory. He is an accomplished field engineer, having successfully deployed and maintained oceanographic systems in South America, West Africa, Indonesia, and the Gulf of Mexico. Brief Bio Sketch

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David R. Walsh, M.S., Coastal Scientist/Field Oceanographer

Mr. David Walsh received his M.S. in Oceanography in 2004, and a B.S. in Geology in 1999. His educational and work experience backgrounds have helped to formulate a multifaceted skillset for Woods Hole Group, as he leads projects for both the CSEP (coastal) and OMS (oceanographic) Divisions of the Company. As a Coastal Scientist, Mr. Walsh uses field and laboratory data to resolve and evaluate geologic processes within coastal, estuarine, and oceanic environments. His primary specialty is the spatial and temporal quantification of shoreline and bathymetric change using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other geospatial software packages to map and define geomorphological processes. In addition, Mr. Walsh has extensive field experience in the acquisition, processing, groundtruthing, and interpretation of bathymetric, side-scan sonar, and sub-bottom sonar surveys in order to investigate subaqueous sedimentary environments on a regional scale. In his role as a Field Oceanographer, Mr. Walsh specializes in oceanographic data collection program management and operational logistics. He is well versed in coastal and deep-water mooring system instrumentation and deployment techniques for both surface and subsurface systems. Mr. Walsh is one of the company's primary field operations managers responsible for logistics, efficiency, safety, and shipboard deck operations - both domestically and abroad. Before holding a management position, he was responsible for instrument programming, maintenance, and data analysis of oceanographic instruments including the ADCP, CTD, acoustic modems, and remote telemetry systems. Brief Bio Sketch

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Daniel R. Weirauch, M.S., Field Oceanographer

Mr. Daniel Weirauch has experience with oceanographic, hydrodynamic, and water quality data collection systems, including equipment configuration and installation, as well as operation and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems in rivers, ports and offshore environments. His academic credentials include a M.S. in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Geosciences from the Pennsylvania State University. His expertise is focused on the configuration, assembly, and deployment of ADCP systems, meteorological equipment, and data collection systems for the NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS) program and other environmental studies. His responsibilities include installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting all monitoring systems for the Delaware River & Bay, New York/New Jersey Harbor, Chesapeake Bay, and Jacksonville PORTS programs. He is experienced in digital geodetic leveling; including surface and deep rod benchmark installation, field surveying, and data processing. In addition to his field experience, Mr. Weirauch is also responsible for day-to-day scheduling, preparation of monthly progress reports, and quality control of NOAA real-time oceanographic systems.Brief Bio Sketch

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Lee L. Weishar, Ph.D., PWS, Senior Scientist/Coastal Engineer

Dr. Lee Weishar has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of oceanography, coastal engineering, sediment transport, and nearshore processes. For the past 20 years he has focused on coastal engineering and wetland/marsh restoration. His coastal engineering work includes beach nourishment, coastal structures, soft solutions for shoreline protection including living shorelines, as well as dredging and sediment management. Dr. Weishar also specializes in the integration of biological, ecological, and hydraulic data to develop wetland restoration designs and to ensure that the design will meet the restoration objectives. He has been involved in the design, permitting, and construction phases of restoration projects for more than two decades. During the design phases of large-scale projects, Dr. Weishar spearheads the preliminary hydraulic design and hydrodynamic analyses that prove to the client that a large-scale restoration is feasible. Dr. Weishar has worked to perform critical examinations of the marsh restoration performance through frequent on-site visits and analytical analyses. Dr. Weishar helped pioneer the applications of Ecological Engineering and Adaptive Management in the field of marsh restoration. Additionally, Dr. Weishar has extensive experience in evaluating the potential impacts of proposed restoration projects on existing wetlands and adjacent transitional, buffer, and upland areas. Dr. Weishar has permitted a wide variety of projects that include beach nourishment, revetments, and wetland restoration. He is familiar with environmental policy at local, state, federal and international levels. Brief Bio Sketch

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Theodore Wickwire, M.F.S, Senior Environmental Scientist

Mr. Wickwire focuses on solving complex environmental problems using risk assessment, casual analysis, vulnerability assessment and weight-of-evidence approaches. He has applied his expertise to evaluating spills, legacy contamination, claims of loss or damage, environmental stressors and developing new methods to advance the evaluations. Mr. Wickwire has prepared numerous aquatic and terrestrial ecological and human health risk assessments in New England and around the United States. He has managed the development of models that incorporate wildlife behaviors and habitat suitability to increase the realism of exposure modeling. Using multiple types of evidence, he applies the causal analysis framework to provide a transparent and defensible path to identifying a probable cause and ultimately managing it to reduce impact. Mr. Wickwire also uses relative risk model approaches to understand the potential vulnerabilities of different alternative approaches to environmental management. These methods are applicable to diverse environmental challenges such as introduction of species or climate change vulnerabilities. Brief Bio Sketch

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Long Xu, P.E., CFM, M.C.E., Coastal Engineer

Long Xu, PE, CFM, is a Coastal Engineer of the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group. He received a Masterís degree in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delawareís Center for Applied Coastal Research. Mr. Xu has more than 12 years of diverse professional experience in the fields of coastal science and engineering, specializing in the areas of numerical modeling, coastal processes, and FEMA coastal flood hazard study. His areas of expertise include numerical modeling of tide, wave, current, storm surge, sediment transport, and water quality. Mr. Xu has extensive experience utilizing software packages and programming languages to present, analyze, and solve engineering and scientific problems. He also has extensive experience in FEMA coastal flood hazard studies, including storm surge modeling, overland wave modeling, and coastal floodplain mapping. Brief Bio Sketch

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