The Mid-Atlantic Chapter serves the geographical area that contains Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Mary Alldred is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Professional Wetland Scientist at the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh. She studies the influence of organisms and ecological communities on ecosystem function. Her research focuses on predicting the influence of wetland plants on denitrification, a microbial process that provides an important ecosystem service by removing excess nitrogen. Her work has also addressed the impacts of coastal management, including invasive-plant removal and coastal marsh restorations, on nitrogen cycling and ecosystem services. Learn more at malldred.github.io
Environmental educator at the Marine Science Consortium, Wallops Island, VA, 1977 - 1980; Biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District 1980 - 1987; Senior staff Biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District 1987 - 2016; Chief of Regulatory Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District 2016 - 2020. Retired May 2020. I have been a member of SWS since January 1980 with PWS certification since 1995.
With a total of 33 years of experience (20 as a manager) working within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Mr. Der is currently executive principal of Andrew T. Der and Associates, LLC practicing in the water resources consulting and contracting industry regionally and nationally since 2013. Before that and since 2000, he was Director of Environmental Services for two civil engineering firms in the Washington DC/Baltimore, MD metro region. Previously, he completed 18 years of service at the Maryland Department of the Environment leaving as a manager. Specialties include regulation and compliance; assessment; watershed studies; advocacy; permitting; feasibility studies; nonpoint source pollution; wetland and stream mitigation; water quality; and Clean Water Act and NEPA, as well as various federal and state pollution and waste programs. He is an Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) by eminence, and also teaches seminars, publishes industry-related and natural resources articles, a member of industry and advisory committees, recipient of numerous awards of recognition, and provides expert testimony and media interviews.
Eugene Fowler Jr
I'm enjoying assessing project sites in the field, i.e., in the thick of the NJ Pinelands year-round! I judge research projects with Sigma Xi and NJ Academy of Science to help students become better researchers!
I implement my undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education in the advancement of science (field work & continuing education). Specifically, I apply my Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) expertise and effectively evaluate wetlands, floodplains, hydrologic and hydrogeologic site data pursuant to local, county, state and federal regulations. Most importantly, adhering to local ordinances and coordinating with stakeholders as I serve the public.
Ms. Gloshinski has extensive experience in the areas of wetland identification and delineation, environmental impact analysis and assessment, and permit acquisition and compliance. She has also provided Expert Testimony to various municipalities regarding environmental studies she performed.
Ms. Gloshinski is responsible for the completion of all projects as well as administrative work involving business development, cost tracking, and coordination of work with clients and subconsultants. She has over 36 years experience in the environmental field. Ms. Gloshinski’s prior experience in the environmental field has included working for consulting environmental and engineering firms , and she has been involved in managing several large highway and private development projects involving wetland delineation, wildlife assessments, environmental impact assessments, environmental permitting and wetland mitigation design.
Ms. Gloshinski is cognizant of the New Jersey Freshwater Wetland Protection Act Rules and Regulations, as well as the U.S. Army corps of Engineers regulations under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. She has the expertise and experience in preparing Letter of Interpretation Applications, General Permits, Individual Freshwater Wetland and State Open Water Fill Permits, and Transition Area Waivers. She has been involved in the preparation of wetland mitigation plans, including site selection, planting design and specifications, as well as preparing Monitoring and Maintenance reports for Wetland mitigation projects. She also has worked with several clients in the due diligence phase of real estate transactions to identify environmental constraints that may impact the development potential and value of the property. Ms. Gloshinski has established contacts with the regulatory community at both the Federal and State Levels through her involvement in various projects over the years.
Projects have involved clients from County and Local governments agencies; private industry; real estate developers; and single family home owners.
Ms. Gloshinski also works with the Land Conservancy of New Jersey where she utilizes her land use background and assists the Land Trust as well as several towns in preserving open space and farmland. This work involves grant submissions to NJDEP Green Acres Program, as well as County Open Space Programs. She has prepared Recreation and Open Space Inventories (ROSI’s) for various towns as part of the grant submissions. She also works with the State Agricultural Development Committee on farmland preservation projects. She has worked with the Highlands Council, obtaining approvals for a Highland Permit 1 for stream restoration and habitat enhancement work, and has helped develop a Critical Habitat and Management Plan for the Borough of Kinnelon.
Key Qualifications: Ms. Greene has worked professionally in the field of environmental impact analysis and protection, environmental permitting wetlands, endangered and threatened species and ecological restoration for over 46 years. She has a Masters in Ecology from Rutgers University and a Bachelors in Biology from Boston University. For over 33 years Ms. Greene was President and Owner of Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc., providing professional environmental services to private and public sector clients on over 4,000 projects throughout New Jersey and in 10 other states. Her She is a long-time member of the Raritan Township Environmental Commission and is also currently a member of the Township Green Team. She is long-time chair of the Raritan Township Open Space Advisory Committee.
She has presented seminars at universities, professional societies, and conferences. She has worked with NJDEP on development of updates to Environmental Regulations. She was is past Board Trustee of The Nature Conservancy New Jersey Chapter and currently co-chair of their Conservancy Council, and a trustee of the NJ Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Chair of the Ride for the River Fundraiser for the Raritan Headwaters Association and co-chair of the Hunterdon Land Trust Dvoor Farm Capital Campaign Committee. She and her firm were recipients of many environmental awards, including the CIANJ Environmental Leadership Champion Award, the NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, The Nature Conservancy NJ Chapter Leadership Award and the New Jersey Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Women and Wildlife Inspiration Award.
Mr. Kunz is a Senior Associate Consultant with Davey Resources Group and a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS). He is highly experienced in performing natural resource field studies for public and private sector clients. Mr. Kunz is an expert in field botany; rare plant ecology; performing targeted rare plant surveys; wetland ecology; vegetation sampling and analysis; floristic quality assessment; and wetland assessment, restoration, monitoring, delineation, and regulation. Mr. Kunz has also worked extensively with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His work with GIS includes compiling and organizing spatial data, digitizing and building vector-based topologies, producing report figures and designing large-format map layouts for public presentations, and creating map books for linear development projects. He is highly skilled at aerial photographic interpretation and has extensive experience mapping vegetation and land cover. Mr. Kunz has led hundreds of field surveys for federal and state-listed endangered, threatened, and rare plant species and has worked on a multitude of projects involving environmental permitting in support of transportation, electrical transmission and natural gas transmission pipeline development and operation in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Over 18 years of experience in natural resource consulting and 12 years of project administration and client coordination. Responsibilities entail conducting natural resource technical investigations and reporting for resources such as streams, wetlands and threatened and endangered species. Experienced in freshwater benthic macroinvertebrate, wetland delineations, wetland mitigation plan development, construction and post-construction wetland monitoring, global positioning system (GPS) survey, and ecological assessments for rare, threatened and endangered species. Experience conducting environmental investigations in Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, West Virginia, and military installations.
I spent 13 years in the private sector as an ecological consultant to the energy , mining, and land development industries. I have a strong background in surface water permits and field delineation of non-tidal freshwater wetlands and streams. My experience in the private sector included compiling permit packages/reports for submission to various state and federal agencies, Threatened and Endangered species and habitat surveys, invasive species surveys, Clean Water Act compliance, and wetland stream mitigation. A large part of my job was educating clients and junior staff on environmental regulations.
I am currently a Biologist for the USACE Pittsburgh District in the Environmental and Cultural Resources Section of the Planning and Environmental Branch. My main duties include planning, coordinating, and conducting site investigations and preparing appropriate documents and reports in response to Federal and State environmental and cultural resource protection statutes. Conducting inventories of project/study area resources, analyzing the potential impacts of proposed actions, and recommending alternatives to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts. In addition, I help ensure that District activities satisfy necessary compliance requirements, such as NEPA and other legislation applicable to more specific resources (wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, cultural resources, etc.).
Mr. Page has over thirty-five years of experience as a Project Manager/Biologist that has worked for the natural gas and environmental/engineering consulting industries, as well as for non-profit organizations performing natural resource investigations (wetland delineations and stream assessments); rare, threatened, and endangered species surveys; wetland and stream mitigation/restoration design; permitting; compliance; site/right-of-way (ROW) restoration; and permit closure activities.
Charles Schutte earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Georgia in 2018. He went on to a postdoctoral scientist position at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany and later returned to the United States as a research scientist at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. He has been an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Rowan University since 2019 where he teaches field methods and oceanography courses. As a biogeochemist, his work is focused on understanding how nutrients and greenhouse gases cycle through aquatic environments and how these cycles are likely to shift in response to global environmental alterations like climate change and sea-level rise.
Matt is a retired federal wetlands ecologist and wildlife biologist. He is the Principal at his firm, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC (WSS), where he provides policy, regulatory and technical advice and assistance for clients seeking to navigate a wide range of regulatory and non-regulatory issues related to wetlands and other aquatic resources. He works throughout the U.S.
He spent nearly 33 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at both its Headquarters office and New England Region office in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to retiring from federal service, he served concurrently as Chief of the New England Region’s Wetlands Protection Program, as Senior Mediator with the Region’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and as the Agency’s representative on the International Joint Commission’s International St. Croix River Watershed Board. During his entire tenure with the New England Region, Matt also served as the Region's Senior Wetlands Ecologist.
He is a nationally recognized expert in the federal Clean Water Act’s Section 404 Program. Matt served on national work groups developing federal guidance and regulations on Clean Water Act jurisdiction, and agriculture and enforcement issues. He also testified before federal grand juries and served several times as an expert witness on wetland regulatory and technical matters at both federal and state levels.
Matt has extensive experience with coastal and inland wetlands and other aquatic resource issues for major projects involving transportation, energy, agriculture, commercial and port development, and hazardous waste cleanup. He has taught courses in wetland regulation, restoration, wetland ecology, and wetland identification and delineation for EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the New England states, Northeastern University, and many other organizations.
Ms. Shearer is a Natural Resources Project Manager. She has a diverse background including conducting rare, threatened, and endangered plant surveys and wetland and stream delineations. She is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), and maintains a valid Pennsylvania Wild Plant Management Permit. She is qualified to conduct running buffalo clover surveys in Ohio.
Ms. Shearer also prepares Pennsylvania Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit application packages, Joint Chapter 105/Section 404 Permit Applications (JPAs), Nationwide Permit application packages, West Virginia Stream Activity Permits, and Critical Issues Analysis. She coordinates with state and federal agencies on projects and facilitates meetings between agencies and clients.
Ms. Shearer is safety-orientated and ensures her team follows all safety procedures, including client-specific requirements.
Jason Smith is a Senior Scientist and Project Manager for Hanover Engineering. He is also certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist. Jason specializes in surface water resource management, including wetlands, lake and watershed management, stream restoration, land preservation, environmental planning, and stormwater management. Jason received his BS degree in Environmental Resource Management from the Pennsylvania State University, focusing on water resource management.
Jason is a Township Supervisor and Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Council in Bushkill Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. He has served terms with the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Education Committee for the North American Lake Management Society, Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, and the Society of Wetland Scientists (currently on the Wetlands of Distinction Committee).
Lorie Staver is an ecologist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory (UMCES HPL). Her focus is on restoration of nearshore and subtidal habitats to promote coastal resilience, estuarine water quality and carbon sequestration. Her work has focused on the role of nutrients in the restoration and sustainability of marsh and submersed aquatic vegetation communities. Current work includes tidal marsh restoration at the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island and studies of the ecosystem services provided by living shorelines.
Dr. Wilcox is a wetland ecologist who retired from the U.S. Geological Survey in 2008 to accept a position at Brockport in his native western New York State. He had also recently retired from his role as Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Wetlands after a 20-year tenure. His research on wetlands has spanned the Great Lakes basin and focused primarily on interactions of wetland plant communities and hydrology, including the role of climate change and the effects of lake-level regulation. He was a major contributor in the International Joint Commission study on regulation of Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River levels and flows. He was the Lake Ontario/eastern Lake Erie lead on a large study funded by the USEPA that initiated a wetland monitoring program for all Great Lakes wetlands. His research also focused on developing wetland restoration methodologies for use in Lake Ontario wetlands and implementing them in the field. He took his second retirement in 2020 and continues work on journal manuscripts relating to his research.
Winter/Spring 2018 Newsletter
Check out the Winter/Spring 2018 MAC Newsletter for chapter happenings, regional updates and events and SWS news!
2016 Student Research Grant
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SWS was offering one $1000 Student Research Grant to graduate or undergraduate students conducting research in wetland science and who was enrolled in an accredited college or university in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia). At this time, grant applications are no longer being accepted.
Mid-Atlantic Student Association/Website
One of the main agenda items for the MAC Officers for the past couple years has been the development of a student-based component for our Chapter. This goal was recently accomplished with a new student group formed for the Mid-Atlantic Region, based out of the University of Maryland.
During 2014, Liza McFarland and Bianca Pier became our first student representatives to the Executive Committee and successfully created an active student group spanning across the Chapter range, as well as between several colleges and universities. A special meeting to engage additional students from Penn State and other schools was held at the 2014 MAC annual conference, with excellent turn-out and involvement of new student leadership for the group. Shauna-kay Rainford of Penn State has replaced Bianca Pier as a student representative to MAC, following Bianca’s graduation and advancement as a professor at Siena College in Loudonville, NY, teaching Ecology and Biology.
The student group created their own website to highlight their ongoing activities. Please visit the website.
MAC/NYSWF Joint 2017 Meeting - Suffern, New York
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the New York State Wetlands Forum, Inc. (NYSWF) held a joint meeting on April 25 - 26, 2017, in Suffern, New York, at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah. Attendees joined to learn, share, improve and discuss wetland science, management, research, policy and related matters. Learn more about the full agenda here.
For more information, check out this promotional flyer!
Field Trip - Great Swamp, New Jersey
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter hosted an educational and fun field trip at the Great Swamp, located in north-central New Jersey on May 21, 2016. The event began at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center, with sessions on wetland vegetation (specifical identification of grasses, sedges, and rushes), wetland hydrology and activities of the Great Swamp Watershed Association. Field trip activities then moved to the field to see some of the special places within the 15-square mile Great Swamp. The event wrapped up with a social and early dinner at Casa Maya.
SWS 2015 Annual Meeting
The SWS 2015 Annual Meeting was held in Providence, Rhode Island on May 31 - June 4. This great international meeting comprised of world-leading wetland experts.
Past Chapter Meetings
The MAC hosted a spring Conference at the Penn State Days Inn Conference Center in State College, PA, on April 4 and 5, 2014. Abstracts and PDFs of the PowerPoint and poster presentations are listed below.
- A.Britson SWS Talk-April 5th
- Beckett SWS.MidAtlantic.2014.pdf1.79 MB
- Broooks SWS poster 2.0.pdf1.73 MB
- c.hanlon credit stacking presentation 4-5-14a.pdf3.97 MB
- GILBERT_PART1_SWSMAC 2014 copy.pdf6.71 MB
- Harris posterfinal.pdf907.15 KB
- Hoover-Rightnour Evolving Role of Constructed Wetlands 4-5-14.pdf6.54 MB
- KKutzler_BROS-PosterPresentation.pdf5.92 MB
- Lawler SWS-MAC poster.pdf1.94 MB
- MidSWSCon14_JulianFinal.pdf451.38 KB
- Nassry MASWS 2014.pdf2.64 MB
- Pierce_SC.PDF2.52 MB
- SitlerEffect of Flooding Shoreline Plants on Water Chemistry.pdf488.94 KB
- SWS 2014 Rachel Hager poster.pdf1.2 MB
- SWS_MAC Presentation_April5_2014_XRiva2.pdf7.15 MB
This group is developed for students in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Our goal is to provide opportunities and support to graduate, undergraduate, and high school students pursuing an interest in wetlands.