Senior Biologist and Regional Director
Keith Gazaille is an aquatic ecologist for SOLitude Lake Management who serves as the regional leader of the New England region based in central Massachusetts. Keith has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 1998 and has been responsible for the design, permitting and implementation of hundreds of management programs across the Northeast. His direct project experience includes fisheries and wildlife habitat improvement, aquatic, wetland, and upland invasive species control, water quality enhancement, nutrient management, aeration, dredging and watershed management to name a few. Keith is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and also holds Mosquito/Biting fly and Right of Way pesticide certifications in Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively. He is also a Certified Invasive Species Manager by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and is experienced with feasibility assessments and regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting.
Keith has served as the lead project manager for many of SOLitude’s larger and more sensitive projects in the Northeast, having developed and performed invasive species control programs and rare and endangered species habitat management for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, MA Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage Program, US Army Corps of Engineers, The Audubon Society, RI Fish and Wildlife, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. He is active in a number of professional organizations such as the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and the North American Lake Management Society. Through his involvement with these organization and other continuing education programs, Keith stays current with the latest technologies and management protocols.
Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Wildlife concentration from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA in 1995. Prior to beginning his lake management career with Aquatic Control Technology, Keith worked under a state grant to collect data on the nesting and fledging habits of federally threatened piping plovers on Martha’s Vineyard. He also served as an operations manager for an area property management company that provided landscape maintenance, turf management and invasive species control services.
In his spare time, Keith hobbies and interests include saltwater fishing, waterfowl hunting, woodworking and boating. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Environmental Scientist & Senior Business Development Consultant
John Phelps is an environmental scientist with over a decade of experience in water and land management throughout the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey area where he serves as Regional Director.
After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in environmental planning, John went on to serve as the environmental wetland specialist for Mercer County New Jersey's Mosquito Control Division. While there, John managed the division's water-management program undertaking multiple stormwater management enhancement projects, including fish stocking and beaver-control projects with NJDEP Fish and Wildlife and working with various homeowners associations to resolve poor drainage issues.
In 2006, John moved on from his civil servant duties to become an environmental scientist with the Pennsylvania Sewage Enforcement Office in the private sector. John furthered his professional training by completing the Rutgers University Wetland Delineation Program and the Penn State hydric and advanced soil courses. John worked on major land-development projects involving stream realignments, which required United States Army Corps of Engineer joint permits, macro invertebrate studies and wetland mitigation. John has also been a team member for rare, threatened and endangered species surveys, like the bog turtle and spadefoot toad, and has conducted many wetland delineations as well as local, state and federal environmental-impact permit applications.
Just prior to joining SOLitude, John managed stormwater facility compliance programs for JCM Environmental and then for Landmark Engineering, two leading environmental and engineering companies in Delaware. John's ability to facilitate remediation, enhancement and retrofitting needs for stormwater facilities is a valuable asset to clients. Coordinating with local and state agencies, teaming with expert engineers and relationships with experienced contractors reduces project costs, simplifies the process for clients and provides superior results. Spotlight projects include sediment forebay installation to modify an existing basin, sand filter and bio-retention basin remediation and two-acre mitigation installation.
John is a devoted father and husband and enjoys spending any spare time hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing the Potomac and fishing his favorite honey hole. John is an active community leader in London Grove Township in Pennsylvania where he lives with his family, chairing the township's environmental advisory council and serving as president of his own homeowners association. John's passion for the outdoors combined with his professional experience improving water quality creates a synergy of invaluable proportions.
Business Development Consultant
Shane Edwards is a business development specialist serving many of SOLitude’s Mid-Atlantic clients. He is responsible for helping the team build relationships with new partners as well as maintaining already existing relationships with current customers.
Shane graduated from William Paterson University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. His start in sales began right out of business school, joining an organization in the tire industry in Boulder, Colorado where he was awarded sales person of the year in 2013. Prior to joining SOLitude, Shane worked in the corrugated packaging industry and spent over two years as a sales representative. His responsibilities included targeting and generating new business, as well as fostering healthy business relationships within the manufacturing industry around the northern New Jersey and Lehigh Valley territory. Shane was most recently a member of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and stays involved with alumni programs at his business school.
Shane played golf for his university team where he earned the university’s lowest scoring average for Men’s Golf. He continues to be an avid golfer year round with a passion for golf course architects, particularly the ones around the turn of the century. Along with golf, Shane spends many days outdoors with an intense adoration for fly fishing. Much of his free time is spent exploring the rivers and streams of the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire Mountains as well as local rivers close to Hackettstown.
Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader
J. Wesley Allen is an environmental scientist who joined the SOLitude Lake Management team after 12 years of experience working in the Stormwater, Wetland, and Aquatic Management fields. During his career, he has been responsible for managing over 450 ponds, wetlands, and environmentally-sensitive areas. From small stormwater ponds to large development projects, Wesley applied his experience and technical expertise to ensure client goals are met while following all applicable state, local, and federal regulations. He also permitted and completed multiple shoreline stabilization and wetland restoration projects.
Wesley spent most of his life in Milford, Delaware and received his B.A. in Environmental Science from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He continued his professional training by completing the Advanced and Basic Wetland Delineation Course at Environmental Concern, ASTM Phase 1 and 2 training, Delaware Certified Construction Review Course, Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Course, Filtrexx Green-Technology Best Management Practices Training, and various other continuing education opportunities. Wesley is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. He has also completed AquaMaster fountain and aerator field service technician training and is a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Wesley managed an Environmental Consulting firm and was responsible for significant growth in their overall business during his tenure. Wesley’s diverse knowledge base and focus on customer service makes him an asset to any organization.
A native of Delaware, he developed a love and respect of the outdoors while spending his youth hunting, fishing, and hiking all over the Mid-Atlantic Region. While not at work, Wesley can be found in the wetlands, waters, and fields of Delmarva with his Labrador retriever. Waterfowl has been his passion since first introduced to a goose pit at the age of eight. Wesley has spent time volunteering for Ducks Unlimited and Habitat for Humanity and plans to focus his charitable efforts on habitat enhancement and restoration projects in his home state of Delaware. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, and boating with his friends and family.
Greg Blackham is an aquatic specialist who has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 2006. He has extensive experience in all aspects of lake and pond management with a special interest in Integrated Pest Management strategies for nuisance vegetation control.
Greg spent his early career in the landscaping and horticulture industries and has been an integral part of projects involving ecological assessment, aquatic landscaping, tidal invasive phragmites and species identification. He has successfully completed projects for golf courses, homeowner associations, commercial and industrial sites, as well as municipal, state and federal agencies, the Nature Conservancy, and the US Fish & Wildlife service.He is also a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Greg worked on US Army Corp of Engineer wetland mitigation projects involving nuisance invasive grass control. He also heavily exercised his stormwater inspection certification following Hurricane Sandy. Following the disaster, he was able to identify structural deficiencies, recommend remedial services and execute repairs which brought compromised facilities back to compliance standards.
Greg volunteers his spare time planting grasses along the Delaware Coastline with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, cleaning trash from the Brandywine River with the Brandywine Valley Association and clearing hiking trails for various DE & PA parks. Greg is a dedicated husband and father of two lovely girls and passes along his love for the environmental to his family and friends through his enthusiasm and outstanding work ethic.
As an ecologist and field technician, Gavin Ferris has a keen understanding of the organisms and processes that allow a healthy ecosystem to function. He enjoys consulting with clients and using his knowledge of freshwater ecology to develop effective remedies to help control invasive vegetation and manage waterbodies.
Gavin joined SOLitude in January 2010. He has a Master’s degree in Entomology and maintains an array of industry licenses and certifications in many states across the south and Mid-Atlantic.Throughout his industry career, he has conducted several notable studies on aquatic wildlife, including projects on aquatic community ecology and behavioral biology, as well as invasive plant ecology and nutrient management within streamside forests. Gavin was also involved with Harvard Forest and Mountain Lake Biological Station, where he studied the impact of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid invasion on stream ecosystems and the behavior of cannibalistic dragonfly larvae.
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Gavin has always been fascinated with forests, streams, ponds and the organisms within them since childhood. The study of ecology became his life's focus while participating in the national Envirothon academic competition through high school, and has continued to fuel his desire to develop and promote stewardship practices that are beneficial to both people and the environment. Should you find Gavin indoors, it is likely not by his choice. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening and raising chickens.
Kirk McDannell is an aquatic specialist at SOLitude servicing the lakes, ponds and fountains of many clients along the Mid-Atlantic. As an aquatic specialist, Kirk works with clients to develop treatment plans with a special interest in fountain services, buffer treatments and nuisance vegetation management. He enjoys helping clients understand the benefits of a maintenance plan for their waterbodies and turning their plans in to a reality though thorough and personalized treatments.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Kirk studied at the University of Delaware before spending nearly two decades in customer relations, service and construction industries. He continues to build on his industry expertise through continuing education seminars with AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators, SePRO Corporation and AirMax. In addition to being a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in several states, Kirk holds several certifications, including a safety certification through the BoatUS Foundation.
Kirk grew up in a rural area near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he first found a love for the outdoors, splashing around in the creeks and exploring nature in the woods by his home. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, biking, boating, and golfing. His favorite winter outdoor activity is rolling around in the snow with his Siberian Husky, Kuna. Kirk’s perfect setting is a private log cabin nestled in the woods with a fireplace.
As an aquatic specialist, Brandon Tindley provides clients with sustainable, ecologically-balanced solutions for the management of their aquatic resources. He educates his clients on the importance of environmentally-friendly management approaches and helps them determine their goals and objectives. In addition to being aliicensed aquatic pesticide applicator, Brandon is professionally trained through AquaMaster and Otterbine Fountain and Aeration Service Schools.
Prior to joining the SOLitude team in May 2016, Brandon worked at an environmental consulting firm for ten years servicing the entire Delmarva Peninsula. During his career, he advanced from a Service Technician to a senior field crew leader and gained valuable knowledge in all aspects of pond, stormwater and wetland management.
As a Delaware native, Brandon has a passion for the outdoors and loves to fish and camp. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is also a volunteer coach for pop warner football, little league and travel baseball.
Todd Prater is an aquatic scientist at SOLitude with more than a decade of industry experience. Todd serves clients in SOLitude’s Mid-Atlantic market with a special focus on implementing sustainable and environmentally sound pond and lake management programs. Todd has an extensive background in the crop protection industry, and has worked in the research and development of many herbicide and insecticide products offered on the market. He is also a certified pesticide applicator in multiple Mid-Atlantic states where his diverse knowledge base in the herbicide market makes him an asset in the treatment of ponds and environmental safety.
A native Delawarean, Todd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from the University of Delaware. While not at work, Todd can be found hunting, fishing or crabbing near or on the Chesapeake Bay. He enjoys spending time camping, hunting and hiking with his wife Lindsey and his two Brittany Spaniels Dottie and Travis.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Kelly Wilson joined SOLitude as a regional administrator. Kelly is based out of the Georgetown, Delaware office and assists staff with contract writing, proposals and scheduling. She is one of the first points of contact for clients, and is focused on providing exceptional customer service.
Kelly spent over ten years working with Kent Conservation District as an Urban Conservationist, where she performed stormwater inspections of residential and commercial practices in Kent County, Delaware. Kelly also supported staff administratively and was the initial point of contact for property owners. Her regulatory knowledge and industry experience, coupled with her excellent communication skills, make her a valued member of the SOLitude team.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys going on many adventures with her nieces and nephews. At home, she loves walking her Shih Tzu dogs, Dewey and Sasha. Her other hobbies and interests include traveling, the outdoors, running and photography.
Aquatic Biologist and Territory Leader
Bob Schindler is an aquatic biologist and project manager for over two-hundred SOLitude clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He has an extensive background in lake management, aquatic and wetland plant management, fisheries biology, limnology and mapping, and more than a decade of experience in fountain and aeration system installation, maintenance and repair, permitting completion and compliance, project guidance and site safety programs.
Bob has a special interest in nuisance and invasive species management projects, including aquatic, terrestrial and invasive fish species, and is involved with many fisheries management projects, including scientific collection and population studies, lake restoration and stocking programs. He is also experienced in wetland and terrestrial habitat restoration on mitigation and remediation sites, and has assisted with many ecosystem restoration projects including the improvement of a rattlesnake habitat to reduce human interaction and the management of the only known occurrence of water soldier in North America.
Bob is a certified applicator in aquatics and is licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont. He also maintains certified applicator licenses in Forest Pest Management, Turf and Ornamental Pest Control, and Fish Control within several states and is a SePro Preferred Applicator. In 2013, Bob received his Rotenone fish control certification from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for fisheries management and restoration projects. Additionally, he received his Wetland Delineation Certification through the Rutgers University certification program. Bob maintains his 40-hour and 10-hour OSHA construction certifications and is an AquaMaster Certified Technician. His professional memberships include NALMS (North American Lake Management Society), PALMS (Pennsylvania Lake Management Society), NEAPMS (Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, the Mapping Network and QDMA (Quality Deer Management Association).
Bob graduated from Penn State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management and minors in Watersheds and Water Resources as well as Wildlife and Fisheries Science. During his collegiate time, he was a member of Delta Theta Sigma, a professional and social agricultural fraternity. Bob was able to contribute to numerous social and philanthropic organizations, including participation in THON, the largest student run philanthropic event in the world which raises funds and provides sponsorship for children fighting cancer. He also has knowledge in white-tailed deer management and biology from his experience at the Penn State University White-Tailed Deer Research Facility.
Bob is a husband, father of two boys and enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and golfing. When he is not in the woods or on the water, he can be found spending time in his garden or working on projects around his home.
Certified Lake Manager and Environmental Scientist
Glenn Sullivan, environmental scientist and Certified Lake Manager at SOLitude, has been working in the aquatics industry since 1993 and was President of Allied Biological in New Jersey from 2004 to 2014. Glenn continues to focus his time and energy on developing new and larger projects in SOLitude’s NJ and NY offices. Glenn’s field experience has led to expertise in aquatic and wetland plant control, aeration system design, nutrient inactivation measures, littoral zone re-vegetation and water quality improvement.
Glenn proudly attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies in 1987. He had a multi-disciplinary course load, with a mixed focus on Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies and Geology. After college, Glenn spent a few years working as a Land Surveyor and Environmental consultant, before a stint managing a skiing, boating, hunting and fishing business. After joining Allied Biological, Glenn took additional courses in Management from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
In the field of wetland invasive plant control, Glenn has helped develop successful Common Reed (Phragmites) control programs through specialized ground applications and mechanical controls. He has also designed numerous lake assessment programs and has worked to shift lake communities’ focus from aquatic plant removal to restoration of an ecological balance of aquatic plants and animals. Glenn is active in the aquatics industry, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society since its inception in 1999, with terms as President, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. He also helped organize the lobbying group New York State Aquatic Managers Association, and acts as President when the group is active. Over the years, Glenn has received several awards from the SePRO Corporation, including Aquatic Environmental Stewardship Award (2003), Best Management Practices Award (2005), Sustainable Leadership Award (2008), and, most recently, the 2015 Applicator of the Year.
When not working, Glenn is home with his wife Alison, and their teenage children Maggie and Will. The family loves to boat and ski, and whenever possible, Glenn can be found in the Adirondack Mountains.
Water Quality Program Supervisor, Certified Lake Manager and 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, and 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.
Aquatic and Forestry Specialist and Operations Manager
Jeff Horn joined SOLitude as an aquatic and forestry specialist and operations manager, and has worked in the lake management industry since 1991. Jeff supervises and oversees daily field operations to ensure the highest quality work and provides instruction in the proper methods of equipment use and application techniques to all employees. He maintains licensing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Delaware with annual recertification training programs through Cooks College Rutgers U., Cornell U., Focus on Training USA, Pennsylvania LMS and the Northeast APMS. He received recognition for Safety Accomplishment from NJ’s Public Service Electric and Gas’s Estuary Enhancement Program in South Jersey. He currently holds 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification and attends Annual Refreshers on OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Investigation.
Jeff studied forest technology at Williamsport Area Community College in Williamsport, PA. Over the years, his field experience and continued education has led to expertise in aquatic and wetland plant control, aeration system design, nutrient inactivation measures and water quality improvement. Jeff has developed numerous successful invasive vegetation management programs. He is extremely self-motivated and a leader in the field.
Jeff resides and still operates a 40-acre farm in Pennsylvania with his wife Becky. He is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys all outdoor activities.
As a field biologist for SOLitude, Carl Cummins is passionate about the impact he makes on natural resources as well as the clients he serves. Carl enjoys helping clients identify the most ecologically responsible solutions for their waterbodies by providing a range of aquatic management services. Carl is also passionate about biological vegetation and is a licensed pesticide applicator.
During his undergraduate education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, he conducted a research project that evaluated the density and health of Shagbark Hickory trees in the university’s 50-acre nature preserve. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Carl also worked for a county mosquito commission to monitor lowland areas for mosquito larva and test adult mosquitoes for West Nile Virus before joining SOLitude in March 2015.
Carl is a native of northwestern New Jersey. He has always had an interest in the outdoors and biology. In his free time, he enjoys working out, hiking, bird hunting, watching movies and spending time with his friends and family.
Kevin Shank is an aquatic specialist serving SOLitude’s Mid-Atlantic market. As a large lake project manager, Kevin works with clients to develop effective and sustainable approaches to their waterbody goals. He has worked in a variety of settings, including large lakes and wetlands, and takes a special interest in upland invasive plant control, electrofishing, bathymetric mapping, aeration services and water quality monitoring and testing.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Kevin graduated from Penn State University and East Stroudsburg University, gaining degrees in History and Geography before serving in the United States Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Kevin has always enjoyed being out in nature, spending his youth in western Pennsylvania outdoors. He also enjoys spreading his love of the outdoors with his wife, Spring, sons, Marshall and Grayson, and dogs, Duke and Daisy.
Todd Schramm is an aquatic specialist with SOLitude. Todd works closely with clients to help them meet their goals by developing and implementing sustainable lake and pond management solutions, and he takes a special interest in servicing and treating larger lakes across the mid-Atlantic.
Todd began his career working in the timber industry as a climber and line man. He then worked in the retail and wholesale service industries, and has nearly 20 years of customer service experience. After finding his renewed interest in the outdoors and desire to improve our natural world, Todd shifted to lake management and wetlands restoration and has been in the industry since 2011.
Todd lives in rural Northwest New Jersey with his wife and son. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Todd loves to watch football and root for his favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks. He’s also a fan of supercross and motocross racing, a sport in which he competed in for four years.
Vincent Giordano is an aquatic technician providing a range of lake and pond management solutions that help restore and maintain aquatic resources for clients. Vincent is experienced in aquatic and terrestrial management, and takes a special interest in maintaining and repairing field equipment for the most effective use in the field.
Vincent graduated from Warren County Community College with a degree in Environmental Science. Prior to joining the lake and pond management field, Vincent worked in the forestry, construction, farming and mechanical industries
Vincent was raised in Warren County, New Jersey, where he grew up surrounded by trout stocked streams. Throughout his youth, he could be found in the streams or woods gaining an appreciation for the environment. Vincent’s hobbies and interests include camping, hiking, boating and fishing. He also enjoys spending time working on his truck and volunteering with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni. Vincent was an active member of the Warren Hills Regional High School FFA Chapter, and served as past Chapter Officer.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Deborah Mills joined the SOLitude team as regional administrator for the northern New Jersey office. Deborah brings more than 30 years of managerial, bookkeeping and customer service experience with her. In addition to responsibilities for the overall administration of the New Jersey office, she is also the clients’ go-to person for support, contracting, fountain sales, New York permitting and general inquiries. Deborah works above and beyond the stated roles of her position to continually ensure that clients are 100 percent satisfied.
Deborah and husband, Bill, live in the area and spend their time with friends and family including two granddaughters. They like to work around their house, travel when they can, and go to dinner with friends at favorite restaurants..
Environmental Scientist and Regional Administrator
Krista Michniewicz joined SOLitude's Mid-Atlantic Region as an environmental scientist and regional administrator. As a lake services specialist, she is able to work with clients to develop management strategies and consult on various lake management techniques. Krista is also responsible for pesticide permitting and licensing, and has extensive experience in regulatory compliance having worked with numerous state environmental agencies on permitting lake treatment programs. She is also part of SOLitude’s Geographic Information Systems team, and collaborates with lake managers, pesticide applicators and clients to prepare and refine aquatic plant management programs.
Krista graduated from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Agronomy. While she focused on land based studies, it was the one limnology class her college offered that sparked her interest in aquatics and she’s never looked back. Krista has 19 years of experience in the lake and wetland restoration industry and worked for Allied Biological in New Jersey before joining SOLitude.
Krista resides in northwest New Jersey with her husband and two children. On the weekends you can find her hiking around Oxford Furnace Lake, gardening or horseback riding.
Aquatic Biologist and Territory Leader
Brad Bowers is an aquatic biologist and territory leader focused on creating healthier ecosystems in lakes and ponds. As a member of the fisheries management team, Brad is dedicated to helping clients understand that a lake is a dynamic system and enjoys working with them to identify long-term waterbody goals.
Brad graduated from SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill with bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture. During his undergraduate studies, he gained valuable experience in aquatics and fisheries management through his studies in limnological monitoring and hydroacoustics. At Cobleskill, classes were generally held outside in waist deep water, and it was here that Brad decided he wanted to pursue a career in improving water bodies.
He then went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Environmental Science & Policy with a focus in Hydrology at Plymouth State University in 2013. As a graduate student, his research focused on the spatial distribution of stream water aluminum and the factors that influence the variability in stream water concentrations. This research was applied to improving forest management practices for the U.S. Forest Service in an effort to reduce the amount of toxic aluminum affecting aquatic organisms.
Brad’s professional experience includes working as a fisheries biologist and water chemist at Lochow Ranch Pond and Lake Management in Bryan, Texas, where he dedicated his time to fisheries management and water quality improvement.
Brad currently resides in Oneonta, New York, where he spends much of his time with his young family. In his spare time, he enjoys working on an organic dairy farm, gardening and hunting. Brad has also begun hiking all the trails in the Catskill Mountains and would like to hike the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.
Lake Management Scientist, Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist and Certified Lake Manager
Jason Luce is a lake management and fisheries and wildlife scientist at SOLitude. He also holds the official title of Certified Lake Manager, a national certification through the North American Lake Management Society, and joined the SOLitude Lake Management team shortly after completing his master’s from SUNY Oneonta, where he received one of the first Master of Science degrees in Lake Management. Prior to graduate school, Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cazenovia College in Upstate New York.
Jason has monitored numerous lakes and ponds across the Northeast, including Lake Ontario, Cayuga Lake, Otsego Lake and Onondaga Lake. He ensures that systems are functioning properly and that water quality and environmental standards are met. Jason also conducted several notable projects throughout his industry career, including a study to better understand the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of Hatch Lake and Bradley Brook Reservoir basins. After completing his research, he developed a management plan to improve both lakes through nuisance aquatic weed and algae control, fisheries enhancement, septic system reform and nutrient management.
Jason grew up in Central New York where his passion for the outdoors and environmental science began and evolved. He is also a nationally certified SCUBA diver and enjoys diving in freshwater lakes, tributaries and quarries. Jason is a very passionate outdoorsman and loves to fish, hunt, and snowboard with family and friends.
Tim Schnaufer is an aquatic biologist at SOLitude. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.
Tim works on many NYS permitted projects and specializes in a full range of aquatic services, from large lake applications and aeration installation to fisheries work. Before joining SOLitude in January 2016, Tim was involved with conservation education through Walt Disney World and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where he gained aquatics and fisheries management experience by conducting sampling in the Buffalo-Niagara River and designing life history boards for fish hatcheries in the region. He also took part in the department’s “I Fish NY” education program, which allowed him to teach children angling best practices and environmental awareness.
Tim grew up in Western New York where his passion for the outdoors and environmental science began and evolved since he was a young boy. Tim loves to spend his free time outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking throughout New York’s beautiful country and continues to develop his love and appreciation for the outdoors and everything New York has to offer. Tim is also a nationally certified SCUBA diver and looks forward to diving in the Finger Lakes of New York.
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