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Chris Fleming, Senior Scientist


Chris Fleming, M.S., is a consulting scientist with over 10 years of experience.  His field of practice includes wetland delineation and restoration, botany, water quality permitting, site restoration, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, erosion and sediment control inspections, and geographic information systems (GIS) analyses.

Mr. Fleming’s technical interests particularly include rare plant and animal surveys, wetland restoration, GPS technology, and mobile app development. He has conducted wetland investigations, morphological stream surveys, biological stream assessments utilizing standardized protocols, and created GIS maps for a range of prospective and existing clients, including corporate, not-for-profit and governmental clients. Mr. Fleming has extensive experience in botanical research resulting in the publication of several journal articles and technical reports that document floristic surveys, vascular plant species surveys, and surveys for invasive species.

Mr. Fleming’s work has supported water quality permit applications and includes negotiating state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) water quality permit parameters for various projects. His work on water quality permitting has also included conducting alternatives analysis and socioeconomic analysis in accordance with state and federal antidegradation policy, development of mitigation plans, and overseeing mitigation implementation and monitoring.



  • 2003- Present – Senior Project Scientist, BDY Environmental, Nashville, TN
  • 2000 – 2003 – Botanical Researcher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


  • BA, Berea College, Biology, 1999
  • MS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Botany, 2003


  • Nashville crayfish permits for surveys, sweeps, and relocations
  • Association of Southeastern Biologists
  • Southern Appalachian Botanical Society
  • Society of Wetland Scientists


  • Estes, D. and C. Fleming. 2006. Clematis morefieldii (Ranunculaceae) new to Tennessee. Sida 22(1):821-824.
  • Thompson, R.L. and C.A. Fleming. 2004. Vascular flora and plant communities of the John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest State Nature Preserve (Anglin Falls Ravine), Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Castanea 69:125-138.
  • Fleming, C.A. and B.E. Wofford. 2004. The vascular flora of Fall Creek Falls State Park, Van Buren and Bledsoe Counties, Tennessee. Castanea 69:164-184.
  • Thompson, R.L. and C.A. Fleming. 2004. Vascular flora of five reservoirs in the Berea College Forest, Madison and Jackson Counties, Kentucky. Ky. Acad. Sci. 65:116-131.
  • Campbell, T.S., C. Fleming, and J. Shaw. 2003. A Survey of Exotic Plants in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Prepared for the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, Agreement No. 1443CA500099007.
  • Campbell, T.S. and C. Fleming. 2002. A Survey of Exotic Plants from Jett Bridge to Obed Junction, Obed Wild and Scenic River. Prepared for the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit.