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Scientist Profiles

BDY’s scientists have earned a solid reputation for combining rigorous scientific principles and a thorough knowledge of federal, state and local regulations to solve complex environmental problems.

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David E. Jackson

David E. Jackson

Principal Geologist

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David Jackson is a consulting geologist with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Jackson’s technical interests include characterizing the geological context of stream hydrology, perched water, and groundwater occurrences with regard to site uses, regulatory permitting and agency enforcement.

Chris Fleming

Chris Fleming

Senior Project Scientist

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Chris Fleming 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.

Dave Cour

Dave Cour

Senior Project Scientist

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Dave Cour is a consulting scientist with over 11 years of experience. His field of practice includes stream assessment, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, water quality permitting, site restoration, and geographic information systems analyses. Mr. Cour received his Master of Environmental Management degree in Resource Ecology from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Mr. Cour’s technical interests include the ecological restoration of streams and wetlands. He has conducted morphological stream surveys and wetland investigations for a range of prospective and existing clients, including corporate, not-for-profit and governmental clients.

Sam Parish

Sam Parish

Senior Project Scientist

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Sam Parish is a Professional Geologist and Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control with over 9 years of experience. His fields of practice include erosion and sediment control inspections; planning, permitting, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan preparation for construction projects; preparation of technical reports supporting water quality permitting and enforcement matters; hydrologic studies; water quality permitting; site restoration; wetland delineations; stream determinations; Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; site monitoring and report preparation for remediation sites; and geographic information systems (GIS) analyses.

Silas Mathes

Silas Mathes

Project Scientist

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Silas Mathes is a project scientist with over 10 years of public sector environmental experience focusing on water quality permitting, rare, threatened and endangered species management, and spatial analysis.  He has performed regulatory work involving stormwater quality, hydrologic determinations, and aquatic resource alteration for both Metro Nashville’s NPDES stormwater program and the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Matt Reed

Matt Reed

Staff Scientist

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Matt Reed recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in geology. His fields of practice include wetland delineation, environmental monitoring and sampling, erosion and sediment control inspections, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and geographic information systems (GIS) analyses.

Sara Samoray

Sara Samoray

Project Scientist

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Sara Samoray, M.S., is a biologist with experience consulting since 2005. Her fields of practice include habitat assessments, capture, and acoustic monitoring of threatened and endangered bats; raptor and bald eagle nest surveys; herpetological survey and anuran call counts; vegetation surveys and Invasive Pest Plant removal; wetland delineations; Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; preparation of reports, and geographic information systems (GIS) analyses. She has conducted rare species surveys for a range of prospective and existing clients, including corporate, not-for-profit, and governmental clients.