The Team

AllStar Ecology, LLC relies on an experienced, well-trained, and knowledgeable staff with a diversity of skills to meet the needs of our clients.  ASE employs over thirty different environmental scientists with specialists in wetlands, streams, botany, endangered species, forestry, regulatory/permitting, archaeology, and general biology/natural resource management.  ASE further invests in its employees by providing top-notch training and professional development opportunities to ensure staff  have the most up to date skills and knowledge to perform at a high level of excellence.  Attached are the resumes of the company owners and key personnel.

 

Walter Veselka, Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

M.S. WILDLIFE RESOURCES, WVU
WETLAND SPECIALIST
TERRESTRIAL SPECIES INVENTORIES
CONSTRUCTION MONITORING
GIS MAPPING & ANALYSIS

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304-906-5536

Walter Veselka is an owner in AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the United States with focuses on industry consulting and environmental research. Mr. Veselka specializes in wildlife biology and wetland issues with specific focus on the ecological and functional assessment of wetlands for regulatory purposes and mitigation. Mr. Veselka is an experienced wetland scientist and has worked on projects for oil/gas, coal, and residential/commercial development.

 

Sarah Veselka, Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

M.S. FISHERIES RESOURCES, WVU
WATER QUALITY MONITORING
STREAM BIOASSESSMENTS
MACROINVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION (NABS FAMILY CERTIFIED)
FRESHWATER MUSSEL SURVEYS

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304-282-9493

Sarah Veselka is an owner of AllStar Ecology and specializes in stream ecosystems. She has over twelve years of experience working within aquatic research laboratories and for not-profit organizations conducting stream water quality monitoring, and fish and macroinvertebrate community assessments. Ms. Veselka has also served as an environmental consultant in Colorado, Georgia, and West Virginia. Her skill include southern and central Appalachian freshwater fish, mussel, and aquatic benthic macroinvertebrate identification.

 

Ryan Ward, Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

M.S. WILDLIFE RESOURCES, WVU
STREAM AND WETLAND MITIGATION PLANNING
STREAM AND WETLAND ASSESSMENT AND DELINEATION
NATURAL STREAM CHANNEL DESIGN
STORMWATER PERMIT MONITORING

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304-692-7477

Ryan Ward is an owner of AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the United States on various projects with an emphasis on wildlife research. Mr. Ward has studied in environments in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma. He also has extensive regulatory experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, especially in West Virginia and Virginia where is is a Certified Professional Wetland Delineator. Mr. Ward specializes in stream and wetland issues including delineation, compensatory mitigation, permitting, natural stream design, and wetland restoration.

 

Gregory Short Jr., Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

A.S. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE, GCC
THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES SURVEYS
CERTIFIED TRAINED WETLAND DELINEATOR
FLORISTIC INVENTORIES
LAND AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PLANS

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304-216-5690

Greg Short is an owner in AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the eastern United States conducting vegetation surveys and threatened and endangered species surveys. Mr. Short has conducted floristic inventories in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey. He has been affiliated with various private, state, and federal agencies conducting threatened & endangered species surveys for plants and mammals throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mr. Short is an experienced wetland delineator and has worked on projects for oil/gas, coal, and residential/commercial development.

 

James R. King, Soil / Environmental Scientist

M.S. SOIL SCIENCE, WVU
STREAM AND WETLAND DELINEATIONS
SOIL SCIENCE
STREAM AND WETLAND CONSTRUCTION
PERMITTING

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304-816-3490

Jim King joined the AllStar Ecology team in 2011. Mr. King has extensive experience in mining reclamation and significant wetland experience within the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. King has worked extensively on mining projects and oil and gas projects delineating and assessing streams and wetlands for permitting and avoidance for the construction of well pads, frac pits, freshwater impoundments, access roads, and pipeline routing. Mr. King plays an important role in overseeing many of our mitigation construction projects.

 

Nathan Greene, Landscape Architect

B.S. Landscape Architecture, WVU
Professional Landscape Architect (WV, PA)
Stream & Wetland Mitigation Planning
Natural Stream Channel Design
Erosion & Sediment Control Permitting

Nathan Greene, PLA joined the AllStar Ecology team in 2013.  Mr. Greene is a Professional Landscape Architect registered in  West Virginia.  Mr. Greene has extensive permitting experience for the Oil and Gas Industry in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  He also has experience delineating streams and wetlands in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Mr. Greene specializes in stream and wetland issues including mitigation, natural stream design, and wetland restoration.

 

Jesse L. De La Cruz, Wildlife Biologist / Bat Specialist

M.S. Wildlife Resources, WVU
Bat Acoustic and Mist Netting Presence/Absence Surveys
Wildlife Resource Use and Selection
Wildlife Habitat Assessments/Conservation Plans
Forest Inventory
Advanced GIS

Jesse De La Cruz is an Environmental Scientist at AllStar Ecology and has worked primarily in West Virginia with a focus on environmental research and natural resource industrial activities. He has participated in both forestry and wildlife related research and specializes in wildlife biology, natural resource, and forestry related issues with a specific focus on wildlife habitat availability and selection. He has been affiliated with various private, state, and federal agencies conducting surveys for invasive plants and trees, forest inventory, small mammal surveys, big game home-range monitoring, and Indiana bat habitat assessments in the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mr. De La Cruz is an experienced wetland delineator and has worked on projects primarily for the oil and gas industry.

 

Steven A. Stathakis, Principle Investigator, Archaeology

M.A. Anthropology, SIU
Cultural Resources Management
Registered PI in WV, OH, PA, KY, VA & MD
All Phases of Section 106 Compliance and Reporting
Specialization in prehistoric pottery analysis

Steve Stathakis is the Lead Archaeologist at AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the United States on various projects with an emphasis on prehistoric archaeology. Mr. Stathakis has over 25 years experience on prehistoric and historic-period archaeological sites and cultural resource management surveys in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Mr. Stathakis specializes in management of cultural resource surveys and archaeological site testing and mitigation projects, artifact distribution analyses, and data synthesis and interpretation.

 

Anna Hathaway, Environmental Scientist II / Permitting

M.S. Ecology, USF
404/401 Permitting Compliance
Project Management
Editorial Quality Control and Database Management
Advanced GIS

Anna Hathaway is a Project Manager and Environmental Scientist at AllStar Ecology. She has worked throughout the United States on various projects with an emphasis on wildlife research, including projects centered on endangered and threatened avian, reptile, and mammalian species in Utah, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Florida. Ms. Hathaway specializes in report writing, permitting analysis, project management, wildlife conservation, data management, data analysis, and ArcGIS, as well as vegetation sampling and identification.

 

Brian Carlson, Environmental Scientist II / Aquatic Biologist

M.S. Fisheries Resources, WVU
Freshwater Fauna Specialist
Genus Certified Macroinvertebrate Taxonomist
Freshwater Mussel Surveys and Reporting
Fish Community Surveys

Brian Carlson is an Environmental Scientist for AllStar Ecology specializing in stream ecosystems.  Mr. Carlson is a genus level macroinvertebrate certified taxonomist through the Society for Freshwater Science. He has used his expertise in benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and taxonomy to help complete biological assessment reports for the US Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Surface Mining as well as watershed nonprofit groups. He has experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting environmental data to state and federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Fieldwork experience also includes conducting water chemistry and bacteria monitoring, stream habitat assessments, and fish assemblage surveys throughout West Virginia.

 

Warren E. Knotts, Stream Restoration Specialist

B.S. Geology, WVU
Professional Geologist
Rosgen Level IV Graduate
Stream Restoration and Natural Channel Design
Watershed Management and Mitigation Planning
Cumulative Hydrogeologic Impact Assessments

Mr. Knotts has over twenty years of continuous professional, postgraduate experience in engineering geology, stream restoration and natural channel design and holds professional geologist licenses in the states of Florida and Alabama with licensure reciprocity in 30 states.   Mr. Knotts has received extensive training in natural stream design and has completed Level 4 of Dave Rosgen’s natural stream design courses.

 

Ernest Smith, Environmental Scientist II / Permitting

M.S. Biology, WVU
Project Management
Stream and Wetland Delineations
Aquatic Impact assessments
Regulatory Compliance 

Ernie Smith is a project manager with AllStar Ecology, LLC.  Mr. Smith has an accomplished background in ecology and plant physiology.  Mr. Smith's academic career focused on Aluminum tolerance in poplar species in relation to mine reclamation. Mr. Smith is experienced in stream and wetland delineation, plant identification, as well as regulatory interaction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agengy (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Mr. Smith is also involved in mentoring employees at AllStar Ecology in regards to field work methodology, regulatory guidance and ArcGIS analysis. Mr. Smith is highly effective in synthesizing field data and producing documents for government agency regulatory guidance. Presently, Mr. Smith is specializing in post impact delineations for compliance with government agencies.

 

Terry Burhans, Environmental Scientist II / Permitting

M.S. Forestry, WVU
404/401 Permitting Compliance
Soil Science
Forest Inventory Analysis, Hydrology & Pest Management
Advanced GIS

Terry Burhans, AllStar Ecology, LLC. has worked in various locations in the Southwestern and Northeastern Regions of the United States. He has supported a range of projects for the U.S. Forest Service and various educational institutions specializing in Forestry, Entomology, Natural Resource Management and Landscape Level GIS Projects. Mr. Burhans has studied environments broadly in Southern California and West Virginia, focusing on Watershed Management, Soil Taxonomy and Classification, and Forest Resource Management. Currently, Mr. Burhans focuses on stream and wetland issues including delineations and specializes in GIS Analysis, Wetland and Moist Soil Management and CWA permitting with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and various State Regulatory Agencies.   

 

Leah K. Webster, Environmental Scientist II / Stormwater Specialist

A.A. Forestry, PSC
Stream and Wetland Assessment and Delineation
Environmental Inspector
Construction Monitoring

Leah Webster is an Environmental Scientist and Environmental Inspector for Stormwater Projects for AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout West Virginia and Ohio in the natural gas and coal industries. Ms. Webster has studied in environments in Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. Ms. Webster specializes in stream and wetland issues including delineations, benthic sampling and identification, Erosion and Sediment Control Inspections and Oversight, and CWA 404/401 permitting.