Right Whale Paper Published
A paper by GMI marine scientists Amy Whitt, Kathleen Dudzinski, and Jennifer Laliberté has been published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The authors summarize right whale sightings and acoustic data collected from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New Jersey’s nearshore waters.
Cultural Resources TxDOT Win
The Cultural Resources group of the GMI Environmental Services Division was awarded an Archeological General Services contract by the Texas Department of Transportation in February. One of four awardees, GMI will be involved in archeological survey, test excavations for National Register eligibility determinations, and data recovery projects across the state of Texas.
Biological Inventory Study for Melrose AFR
GMI wildlife biologists, in conjunction with Cannon AFB and Melrose AFR, initiated surveys for a Biological Inventory Study of a 10,968 acre area of land gifted to Melrose AFR by the state of New Mexico.
GMI to Support Fishermen's Energy with Environmental Impact Efforts
As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, GMI will support the Fishermen's Energy team with R&D for the advancement of traditional thermal and video imaging systems related to the assessment of nocturnal animal (bird, bat) occurrence, strikes and behavior around offshore wind turbines.
GMI Researchers Contribute to Texas Archaeological Literature
Nancy Kenmotsu is a co-editor and author of a new book published by Texas A&M University Press: The Toyah Phase of Central Texas: Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes. The volume is about the hunter-gatherers living in central Texas from AD 1300 – 1700.
Estabrook Heads Cultural Resources Dept.
Following 20+ years working as a Project/Program Manager for several of the largest cultural resources firms in Florida, Rich Estabrook has joined GMI as Cultural Resources Program Manager in the Plano corporate office.
Through GMI's work in numerous archaeological and historical studies, our staff has gained significant experience in developing documents that are oriented to a non-technical audience. GMI recognizes the potential public relations/educational opportunities available in cultural resources projects. Products such as kiosks, building entrance display cases, free-standing exhibits, short brochures, interactive CD ROMs, websites and illustrated books provide companies and government agencies with a positive source of interest and public attention.
With on-staff expertise including historic archaeology, Cold War era studies, military history, Native American studies and archival research, Geo-Marine has the ability to create products which can demonstrate a company’s longevity, the history of a facility or property, the design and craftsmanship associated with a historic building or local archaeology. Our team has experience in:
- Heritage tourism concepts
- Museum exhibits and displays
- Documentary films and videos
- Reports, brochures, pamphlets, and books
- Public signage
- Web-based compliance documents
- Bronze Telly Award for Best Documentary Video of 1998
- E. Mott Davis Award for Excellence in Public Outreach
- Preservation Texas Award
GMI produced a pamphlet and an electronic web page describing GSA’s historic preservation program. The pamphlet and web page highlighted all 35 properties listed on the NRHP. GMI conducted site visits to numerous courthouses within Southwest Region 7 to obtain photographs and documentation of those buildings used in the pamphlet; existing information was used also. The web page is in an html format and is downloadable and printable.
GMI was contracted to conduct several tasks that would complete Texas Department of Transportation obligations under the Antiquities Code of Texas (Antiquities Permit #991) for investigations conducted at Freedman’s Cemetery. GMI contracted to complete the analysis and to develop a final product that was geared to public education and outreach rather than just scientific research.
The remaining and new tasks contracted to GMI included:
- Interpreting and producing a technical report on the archaeological investigations
- Conducting archival research on and oral histories about Freedman’s Town
- Designing a museum exhibit, including a video, that could be used in a variety of locales for the African American Museum
- Preparing all artifacts, records, and photography for final curation at the African American Museum
- Editing and preparing the technical osteological report previously written by Southwestern University Medical School personnel
- Developing a number of educational materials for use by the museum
- Preparing a Master Plan that would include future educational, informational, and public outreach programs
- Developing a concept for a public-oriented book
The work, though funded by TxDOT, was in cooperation with the local Dallas African American community and, in particular, Black Dallas Remembered and the African American Museum.