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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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Aug
22

Exciting New Research on the Largetooth Sawfish Reveals the True Range of this Enigmatic Species in the United States

Well ahead of International Sawfish Day (October 17) is this concise paper that Jason, and his colleague John Waters, recently published in Gulf and Caribbean Research on the largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis).  Sawfishes have been in the scientific spotlight for several years now, as populations in many areas are reduced and in need of conservation and research.  Jason and his coauthor attempt to clarify and correct some of the misleading information about the U.S. range of this enigmatic saw-snouted shark-like beasty.  Hopefully, this species will be found to still occur in Texas waters, such as by environmental DNA survey techniques.  If and when this occurs, critical habitat can be designated following implementing regulations 50 CFR § 424.12, provision 5(f). Click here for the PDF: Ppristis-range-in-the-U.S-Seitz-and-Waters-2018 

Seitz, J.C. and J.D. Waters.  2018.  Clarifying the range of the endangered largetooth sawfish in the United States.  Gulf and Caribbean Research 29:15–22.

 

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Apr
24

ANAMAR Senior Biologist Teams with Other Fish Experts in Producing the First Estimates of Age and Growth in Wild Southern Stingrays (Hypanus americanus)

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A 2018 study published in the peer-reviewed journal Gulf and Caribbean Research represents a collaborative effort between ANAMAR biologist Jason Seitz and colleagues at the University of New England and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.  Southern stingrays (Hypanus americanus, previously Dasyatis americana) were sampled and measured at fishing tournaments from 2004 and 2012 in Charlotte Harbor, Florida.  Vertebral centra obtained from the stingrays were sectioned and mounted on slides, and their growth bands were counted by two independent readers.  A total of 18 female southern stingrays, measuring from 412 to 1127 mm disc width (DW) were aged.  Ages ranged from 0 to 17 years.  The results suggest that southern stingrays obtain relatively old ages (17 years) and large sizes (to at least 1127 mm DW).  The results are comparable to other large stingray species such as the brown stingray (Bathytoshia lata; to at least 24 years and 1790 mm DW) and the common stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca; to at least 16 years and 1140 mm DW).  The results are also comparable to size-at-width data from a captive population of southern stingrays (13 years for a 1000-mm DW captive female, compared to an estimated 12 years for a 1005-mm DW wild female in this study).  The age-at-width estimates given in the 2018 study provide a preliminary foundation for future studies on age and growth of southern stingrays for the generation of mortality rates, production rates, and growth models, such as a Von Bertalanffy growth function or a Gompertz function, once ages of each life stage are obtained.  This study is the first investigation of the age-at-widths of wild southern stingrays. 

Here is a link to the open-access paper: Southern-stingray-age-and-growth-FINAL-2018

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Hayne, A.H.P., G.R. Poulakis, J.C. Seitz, and J.A. Sulikowski.  2018.  Preliminary age estimates for female Southern Stingrays (Hypanus americanus) from southwestern Florida, USA.  Gulf and Caribbean Research 29:SC1–4.  DOI:10.18785/gcr.2901.03  

 

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Jan
30

Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point: Army's Primary East Coast Deepwater Port

Many of us probably don’t think about the importance of dredging in relation to national security and maintaining access to our military bases and terminals.  Maintaining access to navigation basins, access channels, and berthing areas is a critical component in our nation’s ability to accomplish its military and national security mission.  When these waterways and berthing areas become shoaled, the immediate capacity of a facility or base to transport materials and personnel is reduced or delays are incurred until full project capabilities are restored through dredging. 

ANAMAR recently sampled and tested dredge material at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), which is one of the largest military terminals in the world.  It is a high-security facility that is constantly patrolled by boats with armed soldiers.  And for good reason—MOTSU is the key ammunition shipping point on the Atlantic coast for the Department of Defense and is the Army's primary east coast deepwater port.  As the world's largest military terminal, Sunny Point ships more explosive cargo and equipment to the nation's armed forces and allies than any other facility.  The mission of the facility is to be prepared to quickly and effectively support the U.S. military and allies through the shipment of munitions, ordnance, or other military materials in response to any global situation or military requirement.  The maintenance of navigation depth at MOTSU is a prerequisite to maintaining a high state of operational preparedness at the facility.

Built in 1951, the terminal serves as a transfer point between rail cars, trucks, and ships during the import or export of weapons, ammunition, explosives, tanks, and military equipment for the U.S. Army.  MOTSU sprawls across 8,600 acres on the west side of the Cape Fear River, near the towns of Boiling Spring Lakes and Southport.  A vast majority of MOTSU’s real estate is longleaf and loblolly pine forest, which provides a barrier between shipping operations and the general public.  To prevent harm to the surrounding community, there is a 2,100-acre buffer zone on Pleasure Island (Carolina, Kure, Wilmington, and Fort Fisher beaches) and a 4,300-acre buffer in Brunswick County.  Despite its isolation, Sunny Point is an impressive facility.  Its three huge docks can handle several ships simultaneously.  Large cranes and 62 miles of tracks within the terminal move military supplies and explosive cargo.  The two most controversial cargoes shipped through the terminal were World War II nerve gas in 1970 and European spent nuclear fuel rods in 1994.

Sources:

Mims, Bryan.  2015.  Secrets of Sunny Point.  Our State Magazine.  May 26, 2015.  https://www.ourstate.com/military-ocean-terminal-sunny-point/.  Accessed 01/02/18.

Wikipedia.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Ocean_Terminal_Sunny_Point  Accessed 01/29/18.

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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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Aug
11

Is “Data” a Singular or a Plural Noun?

 

 

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In modern writing and speech (e.g., newspapers, magazines), the word data is often used with a singular verb.  However, datum is the singular form of this noun and needs a singular verb (e.g., is, was) and data is the plural form, which requires a plural verb (e.g., are, were).  Although this topic has been debated at length, the scientific community tends to prefer the stricter interpretation that data is always to be treated as a plural noun.

 

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