Water Quality Program Supervisor, Certified Lake Manager & Director of Biology
As Director of Biology and Supervisor of Water Quality Programs at SOLitude Lake Management, Chris Doyle oversees a staff of field technicians conducting water quality and biological assessments. Chris comes to SOLitude from Allied Biological, where he worked for a decade since 2005. He is a Certified Lake Manager by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a focus on Fishery Science from Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 1994. He has over 20 years of experience as an aquatic biologist, with a focus on invertebrate, algal and aquatic macrophyte taxonomy. Chris is active with several lake management industry organizations. He currently serves as president of the board of directors for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and sits on the aquatic plant technical advisory board for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST). Chris is also an active partner with the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LH PRISM). He has presented the findings of projects via oral and poster presentations at annual conferences for NALMS, NEAPMS, the Aquatic Plan Management Society (APMS) and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA).
Chris is proud to be a New Jersey native and resides in central New Jersey with wife and best friend, Lisa, son Alec and two adopted cats. He is a published freelance fiction author, an avid sports fan and is active in the local 4H Association.
Amanda Mahaney joined the Solitude team as an aquatic biologist, pursuing her childhood dream to work with freshwater ecosystems. Amanda performs aquatic and terrestrial vegetation surveys and water quality monitoring throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. She also specializes in GIS data collection and map preparation using ARCMAPS.
Amanda graduated from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA in 2012, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. She completed her senior internship at Redwood National Park in California where she performed invasive vegetation management in the threatened prairies of the park. Following college, Amanda worked in various branches of the environmental field including horticulture, forestry and in the department of conservation and recreation, teaching children and the visiting public about the importance of preserving the land. She obtained a certificate in wetland delineation from the University of New Hampshire and has volunteered with the New England Wildflower Society. Amanda has a strong passion for vegetation identification and invasive species management with hopes to do her part in eradicating non-native invasive plant species from New England waterbodies.
Amanda’s dream of a career in aquatic ecosystems stemmed from her experiences growing up on a local reservoir in Spencer, Massachusetts. Her hobbies and interests include snowmobiling throughout New England with her family, various water sports, hiking and telling stories around a campfire.
Based out of the Shrewsbury, MA office, Brea Arvidson is one of our Aquatic Biologists. Brea uses her education and interest, applied with experience in GIS data collection and mapping, to provide clients throughout the Northeast with a complete range of ecologically-based water quality and biological management solutions for their waterbodies. She believes it is important to establish and achieve wholesome goals when managing our water resources.
Brea graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology with minors in Wetland Ecology and Music. After graduation, Brea interned for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Sciences (NHDES) Exotic Species Program where she conducted exotic aquatic plant data collection and analysis for waterbodies throughout the state. She also assisted in the coordination of volunteer program activities associated with the control and management of exotic aquatic plant species. Her work with DES united her love of plants with lake management and ultimately brought her to SOLitude.
Outside of work, Brea fills her time botanizing, thinking about botanizing, kayaking, playing and listening to music and contradancing. There’s almost always music going through her head. As a scientist at heart, she also has a particular interest in Nostoc and freshwater jellyfish distribution, and is enthusiastic about finding them during New England’s fall season.
Emily Mayer is an aquatic biologist based out of SOLitude’s office in Hackettstown, New Jersey. She provides clients with an array of lake and pond management solutions to help them prevent water quality problems and maintain a healthy, balanced and beautiful aquatic ecosystem.
Emily discovered her passion for aquatic science during an internship at Allied Biological as a high school student and, following her internship, continued to gain valuable experience with Allied Biological for the next five years. She attended Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science in 2015. At Centenary, Emily served as President for the Biological Honor Society (Tribeta), Chapter Omega Rho. She also attended the 2015 Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) conference and presented a preliminary analysis study conducted on zooplankton and phytoplankton populations, in order to determine if Biomanipulation was a suitable lake management practice. Emily completed her senior internship at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDEP) Charles O. Hayford State Fish Hatchery where she monitored phytoplankton and zooplankton populations. She continues to pursue her educational goal of completing her graduate degree.
Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Emily resides with her family. She enjoys going to the beach, traveling, visiting some of New Jersey’s botanical gardens and spending time with her family and friends.
Water Quality Specialist
Evgeny Burlyaev is a water quality specialist at SOLitude Lake Management. Evgeny serves as a member of the Biology team at SOLitude, and conducts water quality and biological assessments. His experience in ecological design has given him the opportunity to create bioswales and beneficial vegetative buffers as natural solutions to runoff and point-source pollution problems. He hopes that biological solutions become more common in the fight against invasive species.
Evgeny graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015, majoring in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecological Design, and a Green Building and Community Design minor. He worked as an assistant aquatic biologist at Allied Biological while attending college and joined SOLitude shortly after graduation. During his tenure at UVM, he undertook several water resource projects in his service learning courses. Many of these projects focused on reducing nutrient loading in Lake Champlain through a variety of methods, such as implementing Agricultural Best Management Practices.
Evgeny appreciates exploring the natural world, often traveling the East Coast to find new trails and swimming holes. He participates in local volleyball and soccer leagues, and also enjoys snow sports in the winter.
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In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.