Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

Charleston Harbor waiting authorization from Congress for deepening.

Hello, I am Megan. I'm ANAMAR's Environmental Technician/Field Technician/Blogger.

Apr
02

ANAMAR Environmental Consulting Announces: Michelle E. Rau as President and Chief Executive Officer

Gainesville, Florida, April 2, 2019 – ANAMAR Environmental, a woman-owned small business (WOSB) offering a variety of environmental services to government, industry, and private enterprises, announced today that Michelle Rau has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Kathryn Thomas, who has been acting CEO for the last 17 months, will move into a business development role and Ross Thomas, who has been ANAMAR’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will move into the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Michelle Rau has been an integral part of ANAMAR’s success since 2002 and will be applying her first-hand knowledge and collaborative skills to her role as CEO and President. “I am honored to serve as ANAMAR’s CEO and excited to continue learning from my experience and to building my knowledge to better expand services for our clients.” Michelle holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and an M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida. As CEO of ANAMAR, she will continue delivering excellent service to clients, building partnerships, and working as a senior project manager.

Ross Thomas has been acting as ANAMAR’s CFO since November 2017 and will take over Ms. Rau’s former position of COO. Prior to his role as CFO, Ross came from serving on active duty as a Naval Officer flying maritime strike helicopters. During his time in the Navy, Ross gained significant experience in process improvement and risk management. As COO, he will continue improving procedures for the organization, including financial matters, technology, and contract management. Ross is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in National Security Policy and Business Administration from Georgetown University and the University of Florida, respectively.

Kathryn Thomas will shift from CEO to Vice President of Business Development. Since starting with ANAMAR in November 2017, Kathryn has seen the need for matching the best person to the job and feels that Michelle will better serve ANAMAR as CEO. “I am proud of the work I achieved during my time as CEO, and I am excited for the future. Michelle has been part of ANAMAR for 17 years. She has seen the company grow and has been in close contact with our clients since 2002.  She is the best person for the job." Being able to focus on business development will empower Kathryn with time to apply her skills collaborating with private businesses and governmental agencies.

“ANAMAR has built a strong reputation for performing high quality environmental compliance work and has become nationally recognized for its key services related to dredge material testing, management, and monitoring. The shift in job titles will not change the important work we do," stated Nadia Lombardero, founder of ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc.

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Mar
07

Bird vs. Reflective Window Tint: A Two-Year Experiment Exploring Methods to Break the Cycle of Bird Collisions with Reflective Windows

Introduction:

(Written in October of 2017)

Bird v. Reflective Window

It was a regular morning, just like every other morning in the office, until THUD--a bird flew into my office window.  Disoriented, the bird flapped its wings trying to get a grasp on what had just happened, only to find itself unable to orient.  Exhausted and stunned, the bird gave up and lay on its side under the nearest shrub.  I could see that its pulse was rapid, so I knew it was still alive.  Knowing there wasn’t much I could do, I decided to just keep my eye on it from a distance.  Within minutes, I began to hear the call of another bird.  Sure enough, two young birds swooped in to check on the disoriented bird.  After about 15 minutes, I went back outside to check on the bird and noticed that it’s breathing appeared to have significantly slowed and I began to wonder if it was still alive. I decided to investigate within a little closer proximity. 

This is when I became aware of the critical situation happening with birds and my office windows.  Upon approaching the shrubbery beneath the office windows, I noticed other bird carcasses in different stages of decomposition, all appeared to have died intact and in close proximity to the office’s reflective windows.  At this moment, all of the mysterious window thuds I had heard throughout the years began to make sense.  I thought to myself, there is a problem here, something is attracting these birds.

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I decided to do some research as to why birds fly into windows.  I wanted to do something to prevent more bird injuries.  It didn’t take much research to learn that reflective glass confuses birds by showing them a reflection of the landscape, thus fooling them into thinking they are flying into a natural setting rather than into a piece of mirrored glass.  This made perfect sense to me, so now I needed to find a way to interfere with the reflections so birds would be less likely to fall victim to this deception.  I found information on reflective prey-bird decals and other methods claiming to be the solution to the ‘bird flying into the window’ phenomenon, but for a more immediate fix, I decided to tape a sheet of white copy paper to each of the office windows where the bird carcasses were found. bird 3 

 

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I decided to keep checking the shrubs for more carcasses, but remained hopeful that this method would help eliminate the bird fatalities by breaking up the reflective illusion in the glass. 

Updates:

(Later that day)

The bird that hit the window managed to fly away.

(One week later)

I ordered hawk decals from a company called Window Alert and positioned the decals on either side of the white copy paper I displayed the previous week.  

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Conclusion:

I am pleased to report that it has now been two years since the reflective prey-bird decals and white copy paper were hung in the windows and I haven’t observed one bird/window collision or noticed any bird carcasses in the shrubs.  I think it would be fair to conclude that either the white paper or the reflective prey-bird decals or a combination of both have served as a reliable way to help deter birds from flying into our reflective windows.

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Jan
15

We are Hiring!

Job Description:  Controller

 

Reports to:  Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Classification:  Non-Exempt

Department/Division:   Accounting

General Scope:  The Controller is responsible for overseeing the calculating, posting, verifying, and typing duties to obtain and record financial data and related files for use in maintaining accounting and statistical records.  

Essential Functions

  1. Oversees the provision of records of assets liabilities, and financial transactions.
  2. Coordinates accounts and records in areas such as disbursements, expenses, and taxes and preparation of income and balance sheets or other consolidated statements.
  3. Confirms operation of the accounting systems, including gathering and reporting correct financial information to management.
  4. Establishes accurate labor rates for proposals and clients.
  5. Invoices clients and works closely with client accounting representatives. Responsible for accounts payable and receivable.
  6. Applies a working knowledge of applicable laws and regulations; verifies documents for completeness and compliance with government and private agencies.
  7. After employees are enrolled in benefit plans, setup employees for payroll deduction and maintains employee records pertaining to employees’ financial and benefit status.
  8. Handles all aspects of payroll.
  9. Assists with contracting and serves as point of contact to clients in financial- and contractual-related tasks.
  10. Assist (as needed) with proposal pricing and preparation.
  11. Uses various software applications to perform the controller’s duties (Ajera, Excel, Word)
  12. Maintains business insurances (liability, vessel, auto, workers comp)
  13. Maintains vehicle and vessel registrations.
  14. Maintains business insurances, occupational licenses
  15. Maintain Project costing records and reconcile the Work in process accounts and prepare project profit and loss reports
  16. Assist CFO and prepare annual budgets

Nonessential Functions

  1. May assist in administrative duties assigned by the company office manager/‌president/‌vice-president.
  2. Other duties as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of 4 years experience in accounting; minimum Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration; Master’s degree in accounting preferred. 

Special Skills

Able to use Microsoft Office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

None

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and occasionally required to stand and/or walk; regularly use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; occasionally stoop, crouch; regularly talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  The Controller must be able to communicate effectively with staff, clients, and vendors.

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent works in a typical office environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually mild.

 ** ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

*** TO APPLY: 

Please send resume and cover letter to: 

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May
25

Saving Sea Turtles

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This is 1 of 6 sea turtles successfully relocated from near an active dredging project off Brazos Island TX on #WorldTurtleDay. Thanks to the efforts of Coastwise Consulting, @USACEGALVESTON and @ANAMAR_Env biologist Jason Seitz. Great job team! #EnvironmentalStewardship

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Mar
28

International Dredging Review Article:  New ANAMAR Owners Plan to Continue Strong Dredging Industry Presence

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The January-February 2018 edition of International Dredging Review featured an article about ANAMAR. Check it out!

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Nov
10

Press Release: ANAMAR Environmental Consulting Grows Staff

New Owners Bring Fresh Management Perspectives

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We are pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2017, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc. welcomed Kathryn M. Thomas, Michelle E. Rau, and Ross J. Thomas to its management team.

Kathryn most recently founded Yoga 4 Change, a not-for-profit corporation, after 7 years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy where she served as a Naval Aviator. With Kathryn’s leadership, vision, and keen understanding for the needs of disabled veterans like herself, Yoga 4 Change served over 20,000 individuals in 2016. As ANAMAR’s new Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn will be applying her first-hand knowledge and skill collaborating with private and governmental agencies.

Michelle has been an integral part of ANAMAR’s success since 2002 and is expanding her role as the incoming Chief Operating Officer. Michelle holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and an M.S.  in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida. As ANAMAR’s COO, Michelle will continue delivering excellent service as client liaison, staff supervisor, and senior project manager.

Ross recently left active duty after serving 10 years as a Naval Officer flying maritime helicopters. During his time in the Navy, he gained significant experience in process improvement and risk management. Ross is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in National Security Policy and Business Administration from Georgetown University and the University of Florida. He is joining the ANAMAR team as Chief Financial Officer.

ANAMAR has built a strong reputation for delivering high quality environmental compliance work and has become nationally recognized for its key services related to dredged material testing, management, and monitoring. The new management and ownership team will enable us to expand our services while maintaining the high level of excellence our clients have come to expect.
Nadia Lombardero, Founder.

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Sep
22

The HMS Challenger; One of the Earliest Scientific Expeditions That Changed the Course of Scientific History

 

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"Anatomy of Penguins" The Voyage of HMS Challenger

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The HMS Challenger set sail on December 21, 1872, from Portsmouth, England, containing an impressive crew of physicists, chemists, biologists, artists, and expert navigators, all of which shared the common goal of circumnavigating the globe while studying the flora and fauna that live within our oceans. On its 68,890-nautical-mile-voyage, the Challenger obtained 492 deep-sea soundings, 133 bottom samples, 151 open-water trawls, and 263 serial water temperature readings. It is estimated that on this voyage nearly 4,700 new species of marine life were discovered. Among some of the instruments used during this voyage were a shallow-water dredge, a deep-sea trawl (that had no closing device), specimen jars containing alcohol for preservation, thermometers and water sampling devices such as the Buchanan water sampler, 144 miles of Italian hemp rope, and 12.5 miles of piano wire for sampling gear, as well as many microscopes and instruments for the on-board laboratories. The ship contained a natural history laboratory where specimens were examined, identified, dissected, and drawn, and a chemistry laboratory containing a (then) state-of-the-art boiling device called a carbonic acid analysis apparatus, used for analyzing carbonic acid contained in samples.

References:

  1. Oceanography: An Introduction to the Marine Environment (Peter K. Weyl, 1970)
  2. Rice, A.L. (1999). "The Challenger Expedition". Understanding the Oceans: Marine Science in the Wake of HMS Challenger. Routledge. pp. 27–48
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_expedition

 

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Sep
05

New Cruise Terminal Design Underway in Port Canaveral

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A 2-year, $1.2 million effort is underway in Cape Canaveral to build a state-of-the-art cruise terminal able to serve vessels with up to 8,000 passengers.  Cape Canaveral is recognized as the second busiest cruise port in the world.

More information concerning this amazing feat can be found on the Port Canaveral website.

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Aug
25

25 Confused Homonym Pairs

(This blog is an excerpt from Daily Writing Tips. For the full version, follow the link at the bottom of this blog.)

By Mark Nichol

Dozens of homonyms, words that sound like other words but are spelled differently, are sometimes confused for their near doppelgängers. This post lists and defines twenty-five frequently confused word pairs, in which the first word is usually used mistakenly in place of the second one. (Definitions for words are simplified and not comprehensive.)


  1. add: increase
    ad: abbreviation for advertisement

  2. aid: help
    aide: one who helps

  3. block: area bounded by streets, or an obstacle or a solid object
    bloc: group with ideas or ideology in common

  4. cannon: piece of artillery
    canon: collection of works, or regulation, or standards or rules or a collection of them

  5. canvas: durable, heavy protective material
    canvass: debate, examine, or go out in search of responses

  6. chomp: bite down
    champ: bite down (same meaning, but idiom is “champ at the bit”)

  7. compliment: praise
    complement: complete or enhance

  8. conscious: aware
    conscience: adherence to or regard for fairness or moral strength

  9. council: deliberative or legislative body
    counsel: legal adviser

  10. discrete: separate
    discreet: modest, prudent, unobtrusive

(Visit the site for the full list)

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/25-confused-homonym-pairs/

 

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Jul
11

ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Nadia Lombardero

 

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Ms. Lombardero is ANAMAR's owner and President. She has been working with various governmental agencies and managing a variety of large, complex environmental projects since 1991. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology from the University of Florida. Her areas of expertise include sediment chemistry and toxicology, organic chemistry, QA/QC protocols, business administration and business development, project management, laboratory and field audits, and analytical data interpretation. 

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • Since 2000

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Owner, President

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • Helping people

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • Field surveys- I enjoy the outdoors and the challenge

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • Being Donald Duck

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • A veterinarian

Q: Finish this sentence: "Something you may not know about me is...."

  • I love climbing trees and playing arborist.

Q:  Describe what you were like at the age of 10.

  • Way too serious and studious

Q:  Who is your favorite musician or band?

  • Too many to name, depends on the day and my mood

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • Just lost my beloved kitty of 20 years...Bianca

Q:  If you could take a free vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • Tibet

Q:  What are 3 of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

  • Cooking
  • Climbing (almost any type of climbing)
  • SCUBA diving

Q:  If you could be an ocean dweller for a day which type of sea creature would you be?

  • Dolphin

Q:  What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • Establish scholarship funds and help educate people about the need to sustainably protect our environment.

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Jun
30

ANAMAR Biologist, Jason Seitz’s Publication on Taxonomic Resolution of Sawfish Rosta Published in Endangered Species Research (ESR)

 

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A synopsis of Jason Seitz and Jan Jeffrey Hoover’s evaluations of two large private collections of sawfish rosta (saws) has been published in the latest issue of ESR, an online-only international and multidisciplinary open-access journal on endangered species research.

Click here to read the article.

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Apr
04

Word of the Day: Intexticated

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Intexticated is a term coined to refer to an individual who is distracted by texting or composing an email on a handheld device while walking or driving, and is therefore unaware of the surroundings. As a result, this person may move and/or react as if intoxicated, which is why the term combines the words "texting" and "intoxicated."

The definition above is verbatim from an article published on Techopedia and can be found here.

In other words:

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive While Intexticated.

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Mar
24

Plastic Consumption in Burrow-Nesting Seabirds

 

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Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS) the “Dinnerbell”

Research conducted at the University of California offers new evidence as to why burrow-nesting seabirds are driven to consume plastic. During these studies, scientists began to focus on DMS, a highly sulfuric infochemical formed during the enzymatic breakdown of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in marine phytoplankton. Scientists noted that in pelagic ecosystems, the amount of DMS increases while zooplankton are grazing on phytoplankton, which in turn triggers foraging responses throughout the marine food chain.

Marine Exposure on Plastic

Through a series of analyses, scientists tested the sulfur signature of the three most common types of plastic beads before and after marine exposure: high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and polypropylene (PP). Using solid-phase microextraction (SPME), gas chromatography (GC), and a sulfur chemiluminescence detector (SCD), scientists concluded that plastics that weren’t exposed to saltwater had no DMS (sulfuric) signature; however, a DMS signature was detected on every sample that had been exposed to saltwater for 1 month.

Plastic Ingestion in Seabirds

Scientists began to compare plastic ingestion in seabirds that are DMS-responsive and seabirds that are nonresponsive to DMS and noted that DMS-responsive seabirds have a significantly greater plastic ingestion rate than birds that are nonresponsive to DMS. Scientists also studied plastic ingestion rates in both burrow-nesting seabirds and surface-nesting seabirds and noted that burrow-nesting seabirds illustrated a significantly higher frequency of plastic ingestion. In turn, the data combined suggest that burrow-nesting seabirds (such as the procellariform seabirds or the albatross) have a higher frequency of plastic ingestion because they are DMS-responsive.

More information concerning this study can be found in Science Advances Magazine at http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/11/e1600395.full

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Mar
08

In Celebration of International Women's Day, ANAMAR Commends The ‘Black Mamba’ (an All-Female Unit Working in South Africa) For Their Successful Anti-Poaching Efforts

 

Getting to Know the Black Mamba

The Black Mamba is a private anti-poaching unit (APU) founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa with initial duties to protect the Olifants West Region of South Africa’s Balule Nature Reserve. It has since expanded to protect all of the Balule Reserve. The Balule Reserve is on the western side of South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, a park that is home to many protected species such as rhinos, elephants, lions, zebras, pangolin, buffalo, giraffe, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, and many more. The Mamba consists of 26 women from disadvantaged communities bordering the park. They have undergone 6 weeks of paramilitary training and wildlife education and now work alongside 23 armed guards and an intelligence team to protect 40,000 hectares (approx. 154 sq. miles). Typical tasks include walking several miles a day patrolling perimeter fences, searching for signs of poachers, reporting animals that have been poached, searching for and dismantling traps, installing wildlife tracking collars, and helping care for animals that have been injured or were separated from their mothers. Typical working conditions can be physically demanding, with temperatures typically reaching upwards of 100°F. The Mambas also work among potentially dangerous wildlife and hostile poachers. Their job doesn’t stop when they leave the Reserve Mambas also conduct the Bush Baby Environmental Education Program, an environmental awareness program that is currently integrated into several local primary schools that reach several hundred students. The program’s objectives are to educate the youth about their surrounding ecology and give them a better understanding of conservation by raising awareness of their environment and instilling better environmental problem-solving skills that will serve them well as environmental caretakers for South Africa’s future.

 

The Black Mamba Success Story

Six months prior to formation of the Black Mambas APU, 16 rhino fatalities occurred within the Balule Reserve. Within 12 months after the Mambas began patrolling, the reserve had only three rhino fatalities. Since this APU formed, the Balule Reserve has reported a 76% decline in snaring and poisoning activities. The success of the Black Mambas has not gone unnoticed. Last year the Mambas received the Champions of the Earth award , the UN’s highest environmental honor awarded to those showing tremendous courage in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. This year the Mambas will receive the Innovation of Conservation award from the UK charity Helping Rhinos. The award is given in recognition of the Mambas’ “inspiring and innovative approach” that has yielded such positive results in protecting the rhino. The UN and Helping Rhinos aren’t the only organizations to recognize the Mambas’ success. South Africa’s National Parks Authority is planning to replicate the Black Mamba model, with plans for another team of six female rangers.

 

Why Has Poaching Become a Problem?

In an article with The Guardian, Felicia Mogakane, a Mamba member, states:  

“Firstly, poaching was for bushmeat. People say ‘we don’t have jobs so we must go inside the reserve and poach some impala so that we can sell it and get some money to buy groceries for our family’. In most cases now, people come in for rhinos, because they want to get rich, drive some fancy cars, and build a nice house.”

In the same article with The Guardian, Siphiwe Sithole, another Black Mamba member, states:

“Some of the people who are doing these things went to school with us … you come to ask yourself ‘why are they doing this? Why has this person turned his mind to become a killer? To destroy our nature?’ It feels very sad and what they are doing is very wrong.”

“Before we started it, people were not aware, but now we teach the kids and they go back home and send the messages to their parents. They might know now that if they continue to do this we might end up without any rhino.”

 

How Can We Help?

Each Mamba receives a salary but also relies on donations from organizations such as Sponsor a Black Mamba for compensation. There are also other donation campaigns as well as several sponsors and partners that aid in keeping proper funds available for the Black Mambas to continue having necessary equipment in the field and enough funds to continue offering their environmental education courses to the youth. Giving money is one of many ways to support these trail-blazing women with their efforts in conservation. Perhaps simply sharing their inspirational story may give rise to other courageous conservation efforts.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.blackmambas.org/

http://balule.krugerpark.co.za/Balule_Travel_Guide-Travel/Balule_Travel_Guide.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/26/the-all-female-patrol-stopping-south-africas-rhino-poachers

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Mar
03

ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Paul Berman

 

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Mr. Berman has a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Florida. He worked in an environmental laboratory from 1986 until 2008, when he joined the staff at ANAMAR full time. He has extensive knowledge and experience in physical and chemical analyses in water quality testing, data review and validation, quality assurance/quality control, laboratory standard operating procedures, laboratory auditing, project management and environmental regulations. 

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • 10 years

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Quality Assurance Officer

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • Knowing that it is beneficial to a lot of people, helping both economic development and the environment.

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • Charleston Post 45 Widening and Deepening, since it was a very big and important project.

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • I only had one other real job before ANAMAR, I was an analyst, QA Officer and Project Manager at an Environmental Laboratory in Gainesville.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • An astronaut

Q:  Finish this sentence: “Something you may not know about me is…”.

  • I was in the Gator Marching Band in college.

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • Cat-Brian
  • Cat-Setzer

Q:  If you could time travel, to what place AND time would you go and why?

  • July 20, 1969, to see the moon landing of Apollo 11.

Q:  If you could own a plot of land anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  • I already own it in High Springs, FL., where I live.

Q:  If you could be an ocean dweller for a day which type of sea creature would you be?

  • A dolphin or maybe a kraken, depending on the day!

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • I would pay off my house!

Q: What's your favorite childhood memory?

  • High school band competition my sophomore year.
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Feb
16

ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Tessie Cake

Tessie Cake is the Chief Canine Officer at ANAMAR. She specializes in the development of visitor relations with office guests and diligently enforces routine employee exercise breaks. Although Tessie is a buddy to all she takes her job very seriously and shows no favoritism when tasking out commands for idle hands periodically throughout the day; especially, during faculty meetings.

Q: How long have you been hanging around ANAMAR?

  • Papa has brought me in to work daily since about 2008, when I ran away from his house near Gainesville and ended up about 60 miles away near the ocean in Cedar Key.

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • CCO (Chief Canine Officer)

Q: Which ANAMAR employee belongs to you?

  • They all do!

Q: What breed are you?

  • Something black and white, possible border collie except that I have no herding instinct whatsoever and I see no reason why I should try to catch a Frisbee.

Q: How old are you?

  • No one really knows how old I am but the vet thinks I am about 13.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do while in the office?

  • Sleep
  • Demand to go out
  • Check for handouts in the kitchen
  • Sleep
  • Demand to go out
  • Check for handouts in the kitchen

Q: Finish this sentence: “Something you may not know about me is…”

  • I’ve been shot before and I have a piece of buckshot lodged in my abdomen.

Q: Describe what you were like as a puppy?

  • I wandered around lost in Arizona where I broke my front shoulder and got shot before some nice lady found me in a grocery store parking lot, took me home, nursed me back to health and brought me to Florida.

Q:  What are some of your favorite hobbies in your down time away from the office?

  • Exploring new places so far from home that papa has to come find me and bring me back.
  • Chasing those evil squirrels.

Q:  What treat should someone bring as an offering to strengthen your buddy ship?

  • Salmon is my favorite but anything that isn’t a vegetable product will do!

Q:  How do you think your papa would describe you in 6 words?

  • She who doesn’t listen to me.

 

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Jan
27

Gainesville Hosts 3rd Annual “Great Invader Raider Rally”

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This Saturday, January 28, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the City of Gainesville will host the 3rd annual “Great Invader Raider Rally”. The rally is a 1-day volunteer-powered event to remove trash and non-native invasive plant life from around Gainesville’s city parks. The first portion of the event will be the clean-up effort and will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 am in pre-selected natural areas around Gainesville. The second portion of the event will be the celebration and will take place from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Morningside Nature Center. The celebration will feature live music from local band “Wax Wings” as well as prizes from local businesses to honor the top volunteers of 2016. All volunteers in this event must be registered. Registration ended January 27 with a whopping 913 participants registered! As a thank you, all participants will receive a commemorative Raider Rally t-shirt designed by local artist Molly Kempson and will feel gratified in knowing that local plant life now has a better chance to prosper.

The “Great Invader Raider Rally” is part of the “Gainesville Greenway Challenge” (GGC), a community/volunteer based invasive species removal effort, with participants meeting the first Saturday of every month. GGC funding is provided by a grant from Environmental Solutions for Communities, which is a $15 million 5-year initiative launched in 2012 by Wells Fargo Bank and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

“We are excited to have 913 volunteers to help remove extensive amounts of Coral ardisia tomorrow morning! With this many volunteers we can really put a dent in the invasive species population, which will allow our native ecosystems to thrive once again!”

-Kentucky Costellow

Recreation Leader

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department

City of Gainesville

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Jan
18

ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Terence “Terry” Cake

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Terry Cake is the Senior Engineer and Vice President of ANAMAR. He has been working in the fields of water resources, environmental engineering, and permitting with federal, state, and local agencies since 1992. He has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. His areas of specialization include hydrology, surface water quality, water and wastewater treatment, environmental biology, coastal and estuarine ecology, geology, environmental chemistry, surveying, dredged material management, permitting and compliance, technical writing, data and business management and project management.

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • Since 2003

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Vice-President, Senior Engineer, Project Manager

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • Field work and winning contracts!

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • San Juan 103, because of the added challenge and variety of working in Puerto Rico.

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • Unusual: Chicken farm worker
  • Interesting: Consulting Engineer in Cairo, Egypt

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • An astronaut

Q:  Who is your favorite musician or band?

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • Dog-Tessie the ANAMAR CCO (Chief Canine Officer)

Q:  If you could take a free vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • Antarctica

Q:  What are 3 of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

  • Air boating, travel, fishing/diving

Q:  If you could time travel, to what place AND time would you go and why?

  • Orange Lake, Florida pre-Columbus – just to see what it looked like then.

Q:  What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • A new airboat

Q:  What is your favorite childhood memory?

  • Working on tractors with Grandpa

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Jan
04

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Partner with Fishbrain APP Users to Track Florida Nonnative Freshwater Fish

 

In an effort to utilize the age of technology, FWC has partnered with the U.S. Florida Fish Wildlife Services and Fishbrain app with hopes to invite the 250,000 anglers currently using the app in Florida to help monitor 15 types of nonnative freshwater fish found in Florida waters.

The Fishbrain APP is a $5.99 IOS, Android friendly application designed to allow anglers from around the world to track their catches as well as to share useful intel with other users.

The use of a phone APP to collect scientific data among scientists and ordinary people is becoming increasingly popular and foolproof as inevitably technology only advances in automated recognition while our phones also have the capability to access and store other useful data such as GPS, date, time, tides and even the weather. Although the increase of such technological methods of collecting and storing data will likely benefit conservation, perhaps obsolete will be the old fashioned need to carry a clipboard and nostalgic will be the smell of sharpening a pencil, and gone will be the sloppy jittery jot of a scientist’s handwriting on actual paper.

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife news article can be found here:

http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2016/december/20/fishbrain/

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Dec
21

Happy Holidays

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ANAMAR would like to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!

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