Who we are

EAI staff includes specialists in the areas of biology, benthic macroinvertebrates, coastal ecosystems, ecology, environmental permitting, ichthyoplankton and meroplankton taxonomy, protected species management, submerged aquatic vegetation, terrestrial flora and fauna, vegetative restoration, and wetlands management and mitigation.


EAI employs a number of full and part-time technicians to assist senior staff with a variety of field and laboratory activities. Additionally, EAI has established a broad and diverse network of associate scientists whose expertise can be drawn upon as project demands dictate. EAI also has excellent working relationships with a number of state-certified laboratories that can perform a broad spectrum of chemical analyses on ground water, surface water, and sediment samples.

Stan DeForest

President/CEO Ecological Associates, Inc.

MBA Business Management, Cornell University,  S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University

Stan serves as the President and CEO of Ecological Associates, Inc. He has over 20 years’ experience and a wide ranging and diverse background of technical and general management in large and small companies. It is Stan’s personal belief that being socially and environmentally responsible and being a successful business can go hand-in-hand. Stan is heavily involved in identifying new ways in which emerging technologies can be adapted and applied to the services EAI provides.

Niki Desjardin

Senior Project Manager

M.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University
B.S. Biology, University of Richmond

Niki has 13 years of professional experience in permit-compliance monitoring for protected species.  Her work focuses on evaluating impacts to sea turtles and shorebirds from coastal construction projects in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. She oversees hiring, training and coordinating all field staff for sea turtle/shorebird monitoring projects; database management and QA/QC; reporting data to agencies; data analysis and report writing; and coordination with clients.  Niki is also involved in operations management and business development at EAI, representing the company at industry and scientific meetings.

Mark Mohlmann

Senior Project Manager

B.S. Biology, George Mason University

Senior Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience. Responsible projects including CWA 316(a) and 316(b) projects, turbidity compliance monitoring, taxonomic analysis, seagrass monitoring, biological characterization studies, and marine oriented projects within EAI.  Primary database management developer for the company with over 20 active project databases. Member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) and American Fisheries Society (AFS). Active participant for eight years in the Florida Interagency Calibration Exercise to standardize seagrass scoring and data collection across agencies and universities in Florida.

Christina Macon

Project Manager

B.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University

10 years of professional training and experience in land management principles, wildlife surveys, native flora identification, natural resource impacts, mitigation calculations, environmental resource permitting, mangrove trimming and removal permitting, and compliance inspections for environmental regulations. Specialized experience in proprietary authorizations, lease inspections, conservation land protections, and water quality sampling protocols for multiple State agencies.

Aquatic Sciences

Keith Dawson – Biologist
GIS Specialist and 316b Operations

B.S. Geography, Florida Atlantic University

Kara Muzia – Biologist
Turbidity Coordination and Water Quality Specialist
B.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University

Erica Oliva – Biologist
Laboratory Coordinator and Taxonomist

B.S. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University

Carrie Scarola – Senior Scientist
Laboratory Manager, Health and Safety Officer, Taxonomist

B.A. Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Matt Scripter – Senior Scientist
Lead Taxonomist and Statistical Analysis
Ph.D. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
M.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology

Marine Protected Species

Grace Botson – Senior Scientist
Habitat Conservation Planning, Data and Report Integrity

M.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University
B.A. Marine Biology, Boston University

Ryan Dulfer – Biologist
Nesting Supervisor and IT

B.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University

Samantha Pessolano – Biologist
Nesting Supervisor and Maintenance Officer

B.S. Aquatic and Marine Biology, Stetson University

Joseph Scarola – Biologist
Nesting Supervisor and Lighting Specialist
B.S. Biology, University of California Los Angeles

Amber Stevenson – Biologist
Nesting Supervisor – Volusia County
B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Environmental Resource Management

Laurie Allnatt – Biologist
GIS and Mapping Specialist
B.A. Geography, Broward College

Rob Berretta – Biologist
ERP, ROW Permitting, Water Quality Specialist
B.S. Biology, SUNY Brockport

Katie Grablow – Senior Scientist
ERP and ROW Permitting, Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent

M.S. Biology, University of Central Florida
B.S. Biology, University of Central Florida

Rachel King – Biologist
ERP and ROW Permitting
M.S. Ecology – University of Georgia
B.S. Biology – University of Central Florida

Andrew Luering – Biologist
Field Technician Coordinator and Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent
B.S. Biology, University of North Florida

Cindy Lott – Senior Scientist
ERP and ROW Permitting
Ph.D. Wetlands Management & Hydric Soils, University of Florida
M.S. Environmental Education and Conservation Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
B.S. Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, University of South Florida

Brian Sharpe – Senior Scientist
ERP and ROW Permitting

M.S. Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management, Nova Southeastern University
B.S. Ocean Studies, Nova Southeastern University