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.
Acoustic Monitoring • Desktop Studies • Environmental Compliance • EFH Assessments • Habitat Monitoring • Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Surveys • NRDA • Protected Species • Resource Assessments • Scientific Diving
GMI’s Marine Resources Group is composed of a diverse, experienced team of marine scientists offering expertise in the fields of marine mammal and sea turtle biology, ornithology, acoustics, coral reef ecology, fish and fisheries, and biostatistics. Our scientists specialize in Federally-protected species research, conservation, and management and have served as chief scientists, principal investigators, and modelers on multiple projects.
- Protected species surveys
- Marine mammal and sea turtle surveys
- Acoustics monitoring
- Natural Resource Damage Assessments
- Environmental Compliance
- Resource Assessments
- Habitat Monitoring
- Essential Fish Habitat Assessments
- Scientific Diving
The GMI marine sciences team has a wide variety of experience that ranges from field studies to environmental compliance documentation. Tasks in the marine environment have ranged from management and/or execution of large-scale survey efforts in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico to the development of marine resource documents that cover hundreds of square miles of coastal and ocean areas across the globe.
- Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Letter of Authorization (LOA) applications
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) consultation and documentation
- Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 7 consultations
- Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
- Marine Resources Assessments (MRAs)
- Threatened & Endangered (T&E) species studies
- Line transect surveys for marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds
- Protected species mitigation and compliance surveys
- Density/abundance modeling using line transect data
- Bioacoustics (PAM and sound pressure level monitoring)
- Marine resource mapping
- Geodatabase development
GMI provides its clients with cost-effective environmental solutions based on the application of rigorous science. Our team’s experience allows us to supply our clients with high quality products under difficult budgetary and time constraints.
We have successfully conducted marine resources assessments, marine mammal and sea turtle assessments, shipboard and aerial surveys, density estimations, protected species mitigation and compliance surveys, spatial modeling, NEPA-compliance and documentation, essential fish habitat (EFH) consultation and assessments, Section 7 consultations, take permit authorizations, seagrass restoration, marine habitat characterizations, coastal zone management planning, wetland evaluation and delineation, marine resources mapping, and collection and interpretation of remotely sensed data. Our experience has proven crucial in programs involving marine ecosystem study, conservation and management, and environmental stewardship.