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.
GMI's professionals have extensive hands-on, working knowledge of federal, DoD, and state regulations and guidelines relative to natural resources management. This experience reflects extensive knowledge of ecosystems and analysis techniques and the ability to work within diverse regulatory environments. GMI collects and presents data with agency coordination in mind to provide regulators with the information needed for regulatory determinations and in a well organized, understandable format that also meets the client’s needs. GMI has experience providing:
- Biological assessments
- Biological opinions
- Section 7 consultations
- Wetland jurisdictional determination consultation
May 29, 2012
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently issued a permit to GMI for boat-based surveys on marine mammals and sea turtles. This permit is pursuant to the regulations governing the "taking" of marine mammals and endangered and threatened species (provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, respectively). The permit authorizes GMI to "take" a specified number of protected species for scientific purposes. The main objective of the permitted activity is to assess the distribution, abundance, behavior, and migration of marine mammals and to record sightings of sea turtles in nearshore waters from southern New Jersey to North Carolina. This is a region of significant potential offshore wind farm development.