Fisheries Biologist and Director of Fisheries
David Beasley is a fisheries biologist leading the fisheries division for all of SOLitude’s service areas. David has an extensive background in progressive management techniques related to water quality, plankton management, fish species management and population dynamics, and is highly experienced in the creation and maintenance of both balanced and trophy fisheries. His expertise includes the management of ponds and indoor facilities for aquaculture purposes, and the development of more than 27 species of forage and predator fish, including warm, cool and cold water species.
Dave is also a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, as well as an AquaMaster and Aqua Control trained service technician and a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
In 2004, David graduated from the State University of New York in Cobleskill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture. For nearly five years following graduation, David worked as a fisheries manager at the private fish and game preserve "Savannah Dhu" in upstate New York. The property consists of 450 acres of water, broken down into 4 lakes, 60 ponds and an indoor culturing facility. Throughout his industry career, David guided hundreds of fishing outings, aiding in his overall understanding of fish behavior and successful fisheries management.
In his spare time, David enjoys taking part in many outdoor activities, including his two favorites: whitetail archery and ice fishing. He enjoys all types of hunting, fishing, camping, water sports and just relaxing in the outdoors.
Paul Dorsett is a fisheries biologist for SOLitude Lake Management in Texas. Paul has nearly 30 years of experience in aquatic ecosystems development and restoration, including fish production, aquatic plant management and water quality. He is licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture as a commercial aquatic herbicide applicator and a member of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Paul also serves on the board of directors and is past president for the Texas Aquaculture Association as well as the Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society.
Paul holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University (TAMU). His involvement with aquaculture and business management began in 1989. In 1994, while working as the manager for TAMU Aquaculture Research and Teaching Facility, Paul took on a weekend job working for Bob Lusk of Pond Boss magazine managing private ponds. Private pond management in Texas proved to be his passion and in 1998, Paul and his wife Dawn purchased the southern portion of Bob's business, renaming the business Total Lake Management. They ran the business for 18 years before merging with SOLitude in 2016.
When not watching his kids play whatever sport is in season, Paul enjoys hunting and ranch work. He particularly enjoys time spent improving habitat for wildlife on his property through controlled burns.
Vic DiCenzo is a member of the fisheries team at SOLitude Lake Management. As a fisheries biologist, Vic is experienced to design and implement studies to collect fisheries data from lakes and ponds, and to make recommendations to clients for the long-term management of their aquatic resources. He takes a quantitative approach to fisheries management, often estimating rates of recruitment, growth, and mortality and uses these rates to simulate populations under various management strategies.
Vic received his undergraduate degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA in 1991. He earned his Master of Science Degree in Biology from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN in 1993. Vic’s graduate research fostered a passion for lake and reservoir management as he studied the effect of environmental variables on the recruitment of age-0 black bass in a Tennessee reservoir. After graduating from Tennessee Tech, Vic then worked as a research associate at Auburn University studying exploitation and population dynamics of sauger, population characteristics of Alabama spotted bass and gizzard shad, and the effects of aquatic vegetation on largemouth bass population dynamics in Lake Guntersville.
After four years of university research, Vic served as a district fisheries biologist in Texas and Virginia for 17 years (15 for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VDGIF). As a state fisheries biologist, he managed public fishing lakes, reservoirs, and large rivers. In Virginia, Vic was fortunate to have managed Briery Creek Lake, Lake Gaston and Buggs Island Lake and gained experience managing largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, striped bass, white bass and sunfish.
To better understand the human dimensions of fisheries management, Vic returned to Virginia Tech in 2012 to begin his PhD. His doctoral research involved taking a human dimensions approach to evaluating Virginia’s stocked trout management program by assessing angler preferences, motivations, and satisfaction and ultimately making recommendations for the long-term management of the program. Vic received his PhD from Virginia Tech in May 2016.
Vic is a member of the American Fisheries Society and North American Lake Management Society. He has published numerous research articles and presented research results across the country. In his spare time, Vic enjoys hunting, backpacking, and visiting national parks, especially in the western US.
Stan Smith is a member of the fisheries team with SOLitude Lake Management in Texas. As a fisheries biologist, Stan is experienced in formulation and implementation of complete lake management programs and strategies to include trophy bass production, electrofishing, aquatic plant management, water quality assessment, and water quality enhancement. Stan enjoys giving presentations and demonstrations to those interested in understanding proper management of their aquatic systems. He is a licensed commercial aquatic applicator in Texas and Louisiana.
Stan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology from Auburn University. Shortly after receiving his Master’s degree from Auburn, Stan began his fisheries management career in 1986 with the formation of Aquatic Management Services. He operated that business for 30 years from the Tyler, Texas location. He built a strong relationship with his clients through sound fisheries management built on scientific data collection and the implementation of appropriate strategies to meet clients’ goals and expectations. He is a member of the Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society (TAPMS) and currently serves on the board of directors.
Stan enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, fishing, hunting, and shooting. His passion is spending time on the farm with his wife Kathy enjoying and managing the land, cattle and wildlife.
Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist and Environmental Scientist
Aaron Cushing is an environmental scientist and fisheries and wildlife biologist at SOLitude. He assists with the coordination of SOLitude’s fisheries management programs and takes a special interest in water quality restoration projects, trophy fisheries monitoring and the development of comprehensive management plans that focus on long-term, ecologically responsible solutions. Aaron is also a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, as well as an AquaMaster trained service technician.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Aaron spent four years working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission outside of Portland, Oregon. There, he played key roles in an Army Corps of Engineers study designing the logistics involving the release of thousands of tagged salmon smolts in the largest acoustic studies ever conducted. He completed his master's degree as part of the Arkansas Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Unit at The University of Arkansas where he received a Master of Science in Biology. His master's thesis and research focused on the impact of catch-and-release on the movement and survival of rainbow trout in Arkansas tailwaters. Aaron has presented his research at many state, regional and national meetings of the American Fisheries Society and to many interested angler groups.
Before attending graduate school, he spent a year studying northern pike and muskellunge on the St. Lawrence River for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. He completed his undergraduate education at The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) at Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Forest Biology focusing on fisheries and aquatic science.
Aaron entered the environmental field after high school graduation where he worked for the Buffalo Museum of Science Tifft Urban Nature Sanctuary, leading and presenting nature workshops to children and adults.
Aaron enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and venturing outdoors. He is a member of both the American Fisheries Society and Trout Unlimited. His other passions include traveling to new places and spending time with his wife, family and two rescued dogs, Vancouver and Charlotte.
Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist
Logan Cowan is a fisheries biologist working out of SOLitude’s Texas office. Logan helps develop individualized lake, pond and fisheries management plans for new and existing clients, and has a special interest in analyzing fisheries data from electrofishing surveys.
Logan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and is certified in Aquatic Pest Control in the state of Texas. After graduation he gained experience as a wildlife removal specialist in the greater Houston area before joining SOLitude in 2014.
Growing up along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Logan acquired a great appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of the aquatic environment. He has enjoyed many years fishing the pristine flats of the Lower Laguna Madre and hunting the waterfowl of the lower Texas Coast. Logan is married to his wonderful wife Kelsey with whom he enjoys spending time, walking with along the beach, camping and fishing. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys pursuing better management through science as he seeks to steward our most precious natural resources.
Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist
Dylan Kwak is a wildlife and fisheries biologist at SOLitude. He is responsible for the ecologically minded management of aquatic vegetation in lakes, ponds and fisheries, and has a special interest in the identification of aquatic plant species. Dylan also works with clients to develop effective, long-term fisheries management plans using fisheries data analysis and sampling.
Dylan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, in 2015. During his undergraduate studies, Dylan worked as a summer technician at the Colorado State University Fisheries CO-OP Unit. His job there involved researching the effects of excessive woody debris on high elevation streams and rivers in the Rocky Mountains. Dylan also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he performed data entry using TRACS (Tracking and Reporting Actions for the Conservation of Species). Before joining SOLitude, he had a job with Colorado Parks and Wildlife as an Aquatic Database Technician performing data entry.
Growing up in Colorado Dylan was always outside and enjoying the mountains and remarkable views. In his free time Dylan enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, and racing motocross.
Tyler Meighan is a fisheries scientist and a member of the Fisheries team at SOLitude. He has a special interest in promoting the growth of a variety of game fish, while helping to maintain and enhance the natural beauty of aquatic habitats through a range of management services including fish stocking, electrofishing, fish cover enhancement, aeration installation and water quality management. Throughout his industry career, he has worked on several notable projects, including studies on the stomach contents from Smallmouth Bass on the New River and the propagation of freshwater mussels for release in to the Clinch river. He is also a member of the American Fisheries Society.
Prior to joining SOLitude in October 2016, Tyler earned his degree in Fisheries Conservation from Virginia Tech and served as a Fisheries Biologist at EnviroScience Inc.
Tyler has long had a passion and appreciation for the outdoors. Outside of work, Tyler stays busy kayak fishing, hunting and hiking throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic. His love for kayak fishing has led him to volunteer and partake in events which benefit Heroes on the Water, an organization that helps disabled veterans relax and rehabilitate through kayak fishing.
Jason Emmel is a fisheries biologist at SOLitude. Jason works directly with clients to help determine their goals, and then develops and implements customized fisheries management plans that meet their specific needs, budget and timeframe.
Jason began his career path in fisheries as an American Fisheries Society Hutton Junior Fisheries Scholar, a program designed for recent high school graduates. While working towards his undergraduate degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech, Jason served various seasonal roles as a research field technician in the Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Department. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has worked on a wide range of projects including studies on Brook Trout populations in Appalachian streams, trotline use in the New River, and mutualistic interactions of stream fish communities. Jason also spent time as a summer intern with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as a Research Fellow in the Maryland Sea Grant REU program.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he remained at Virginia Tech to assist with an intensive field study focused on assessing the ecological role of introduced catfish in Virginia’s Tidal Rivers. While wrestling catfish, Jason also completed courses as a part-time Master’s student and began his thesis on food habits and population dynamics of Flathead Catfish.
When he’s not working on the water, he’s out playing on the water. Jason enjoys bowfishing at night for various fish species throughout Virginia. He also enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three boys, cooking over a fire, looking for bugs and learning about nature.
Ben German is a Fisheries Biologist based out of SOLitude’s Shrewsbury, MA office. He specializes in fisheries management, water quality monitoring and analysis, aquatic plant identification and the study of invertebrate communities. Ben earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill, as well as a Master of Science degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta.
As part of his thesis, Ben designed a comprehensive lake management plan for a well-known lake management association in New York. His plan included two years of targeted biotic and abiotic monitoring to gain insights in to the health of the waterbody. Ben also collaborated with the lake association to identify and implement best management practices to help position the lake for optimal ecological function and recreational opportunity.
Throughout his educational career, Ben gained extensive experience assisting with invasive species projects. He routinely inspected boats for invasive organisms as a launch steward. Prior to joining SOLitude, Ben spent a few years as a visiting professor at SUNY, teaching fisheries and environmental courses. Additionally, he volunteered in various invasive species removal projects throughout New York, including a NYS DEC project focused on the removal of oriental weatherfish (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) from the Schoharie Creek watershed in upstate NY.
In his spare time, Ben is an avid traveler. He has visited 15 countries on 6 continents, and traveled to both poles and the equator. During his travels, he enjoys learning about local wildlife, culture and cuisine. He’s also an avid fly-fisherman and outdoor enthusiast and can often be found spending time with his wife and their pets.
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