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Aquatic Ecologist Steve Layman Joins Geosyntec Consultants

Release Date: 07/17/12

Steve Layman, Ph.D., an aquatic ecologist and fisheries biologist with diverse experience on water resource projects throughout North America, has joined the water and natural resources practice at Geosyntec Consultants. 

Dr. Layman is a technology leader in applying fish biology, aquatic ecology, and ecosystem management principles to complex water resource projects.  He has more than 22 years of experience leading ecological assessments and managing project delivery for Clean Water Act permitting, National Environmental Policy Act review, facility siting and permitting, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower licensing, and Endangered Species Act compliance.  He works collaboratively with integrated teams of client personnel, engineers, biologists, planners, and attorneys to achieve compliance objectives in a cost-effective manner while minimizing risks and meeting the expectations of regulatory agencies.  Dr. Layman also assists companies in assessing water use and risks relative to facility/site operations and in documenting management strategies that promote water resource sustainability.

Dr. Layman and Geosyntec practitioners have maintained a long professional relationship, often partnering on regulatory programs impacting electric utilities and other industrial operations during the past decade. He has joined Geosyntec's team of water practitioners to help support the firm's growing business in the power industry, urban water resources, watershed assessment, and ecological services. He has published several peer-reviewed papers on freshwater fishes, including a recent scientific description of the bluemask darter, an endangered fish species in Tennessee.

Dr. Layman earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1994. He earned his M.S. in ecology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1984 and his B.S. in biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1981.

For more information on Steve and other members of our water resources practice, contact Steve Layman at 678-202-9602 or