Forrest is the founder and owner of FB Environmental. In this capacity, he oversees all company operations. As Principal-In-Charge and a Project Manager on FBE projects, Forrest coordinates closely with clients and FBE project and task managers to ensure that the required capacity, optimal staff and associated skill sets, and other resources are available to support successful completion of project tasks.
Forrest is a regional leader in managing watershed restoration and assessment projects. He has directed more than 400 successful environmental planning, assessment, monitoring and restoration projects since 1991 for clients including federal and state natural resource agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. Forrest founded FB Environmental in 2001 while assisting the Maine DEP with lake water quality assessments and impaired lake TMDL reporting, and has since developed a consulting team that includes several highly qualified environmental scientists and planners. Forrest is a skilled presenter and facilitator, embracing the challenge of presenting the complexities of land and water resources to New England’s communities. Forrest received his BS in Geography from the University of Southern Maine and completed his Master’s coursework at the University of New Hampshire in the Natural Resources Management program.
Laura rejoined our team of scientists in 2014 after starting with FBE in 2011 and leaving over a year later to complete an M.S. in Soil and Water Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire. Her research at UNH focused on understanding biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in fire-impacted, boreal streams of Central Siberia. She received a B.A. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine in 2010 and gained valuable research and writing experience by assisting resource managers through the National Park Service, developing reports on organic waste management at New England Organics, conducting salt marsh water quality and vegetation monitoring at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, and developing conservation initiatives through The Nature Conservancy. At FB Environmental, Laura manages our lake and river water quality monitoring and assessment projects and supports our work in watershed planning, stream restoration, GIS mapping, nutrient loading modeling, wetland delineation, and climate change adaptability.
Kevin joined FB Environmental in March of 2013, shortly before finishing his Ph.D. in the Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Maine. His research dealt with the movement patterns, terrestrial habitat selection, and conservation of New England’s two rarest amphibians: the blue spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale) and the eastern spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii). Kevin earned an Associate’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology in 1999 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management in 2001, both from SUNY Cobleskill. Kevin’s experience includes monitoring loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting for the Georgia DNR, and serving as field herpetologist, budget manager, and general office manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Metropolitan Conservation Alliance. At FB Environmental, Kevin conducts natural resources inventories, wetland delineations, reptile and amphibian field surveys, municipal build-out analyses, and assists with water quality monitoring projects, watershed/open space planning, technical writing, and GIS mapping.
Caitlin Cleaver joined FB Environmental in 2018. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Colby College, a Master’s in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and dual Masters’ Degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy from the University of Maine where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science focused on the potential for integrating aquaculture and commercial fishing. Cait has over five years of experience working with coastal communities and in marine resources. Through her work, she has identified tools to preserve working waterfronts, facilitated community participation in the regional ocean planning process, and designed and implemented cooperative fisheries and aquaculture research. Much of her marine research has utilized scientific diving methods as well as social science approaches, including surveys and interviews.
Margaret Burns joined FB Environmental in 2015. She has a B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine at Orono and a Master’s Degree in Geography with a concentration in Hydrology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. At Colorado, she used fluorescence spectroscopy to identify changes in dissolved organic carbon cycling during snowmelt. In 2011, she completed an internship at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH. She returned to Hubbard Brook research after completing her graduate work to work on a collaborative project examining nitrogen cycling in a forested watershed. Margaret is an important addition to the FB Environmental staff, where she contributes to projects involving lake and stream water quality monitoring, climate change, GIS mapping, and hydrologic flow analysis.
Cayce joined FB Environmental in 2008, having received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in economics from the College of William and Mary, and worked in the environmental sciences for seven years. In positions with the Maine Conservation Corps, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Town of York, he worked closely with volunteers and citizens to track sources of bacterial pollution, measure salt marsh eutrophication, draft and enforce municipal environmental ordinances, and conduct outreach and education on a wide variety of environmental issues. At FB Environmental, he conducts GIS mapping, lake nutrient modeling, pollution load reduction, stream and lake monitoring using data sondes and equipment, and technical writing.
As a water quality research scientist, Rich has extensive experience leading scientific and environmental inquiry in the field, in the laboratory, and in the classroom. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, taught graduate and undergraduate courses, and led research and environmental stewardship projects in a variety of environments, from the rainforests of Puerto Rico to the temperate forests of New Hampshire. Prior to FBE, he gained valuable research and writing experience through the University of New Hampshire Water Quality Analysis Laboratory, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, the National Science Foundation Critical Zone Observatory Network, and the Puerto Rico Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. As a project scientist at FBE, his responsibilities involve assisting with fieldwork, technical writing, data organization, data analysis, water quality and land-use modeling, GIS mapping, and scientific reports.
Antonia Sohns is a Project Manager at FB Environmental focused on climate change, resiliency and water resources projects. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Geography Department at McGill University in Montreal. Her PhD research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine what factors influence drinking water access in Arctic households. Her fieldwork has focused on water security in Alaska. Before starting her doctoral degree, Antonia was a water and energy analyst/consultant at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and an intern at the White House under President Obama. She has an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford where she studied how energy companies recycle produced water in hydraulic fracturing operations on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming, and a BS in Earth Systems, Oceans track from Stanford University where she researched cancer clusters along the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and phytoplankton populations aboard the Robert C Seamans in the Pacific Ocean. Her work and research have focused on climate change impacts, community resiliency and adaptation, and stakeholder engagement. Antonia will be working to build the Climate Change and Resiliency Division at FB Environmental over the next several years.
Amanda Gavin joined FB Environmental in 2018. She has a B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine at Orono. Amanda’s M.S. degree focused on surface water chemistry changes in Maine’s high elevation lakes in response to climate change and recovery from acidification and the controls on cold-water refugia in lakes. Before completing her M.S. degree, Amanda spent five years in the Intermountain West, where she worked for a fish habitat monitoring project with the US Forest Service. She also worked as a botanist in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and taught environmental education on Orcas Island in Washington.
Christine joined FB Environmental in April of 2018, after graduating early from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Christine has worked as laboratory research technician in both a water microbiology and toxicology lab, as well as a soil microbial ecology lab, and has participated in field and research projects ranging from source tracking fecal pathogens in the Oyster River, NH, to a long term population survey of Hochstetter’s frogs (Leiopelma hochstetteri) in New Zealand. At FB Environmental, Christine assists project managers with fieldwork and project task completion, including water quality sampling, data sonde deployment and maintenance, data organization and analyses, GIS mapping, land-use modeling, and technical writing.
Maggie Kelly joined FB Environmental as a project assistant in 2018. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Biology from St. Lawrence University. Maggie assists project managers with completing various project tasks including GIS mapping, scientific literature reviews, and field work such as water sampling. She worked previously for Squam Lakes Association as a conservation intern, monitoring water quality and removing aquatic invasive species. As an undergrad, Maggie worked at the marine ecology lab and biology preparatory lab and studied marine policy and ecology through the Williams-Mystic Marine Studies Program.
Deb joined FB Environmental in 2007 to assist with project administration in the Portland office where she provides exceptional client and business management support. Her background in Human Resources accentuates her role as Office Manager and administrative support for staff. Deb was formerly the District Manager for the York County Soil and Water Conservation District where she gained considerable natural resource assessment and restoration experience. Deb provides assistance to FBE staff for lake and stream monitoring and has been involved in several area watershed surveys as a technical leader assessing waterfront properties for stormwater management and erosion control needs and implementation of Best Management Practices.
Jeff is an environmental and water resources engineer with over 10 years of experience in environmental consulting and specializes in hydrologic and water quality data analysis and modeling, watershed management, and non-point source pollution. He has worked for numerous federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and private firms on projects across the country. Jeff is experienced in numerous modeling approaches and software platforms for both surface water and ground water systems, and is known for his strong skills in data visualization and software development, as well as for his innovative research on interactive web applications for environmental datasets and models. Jeff received a B.S. in Science of Earth Systems from Cornell University, a Master of Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University.
Rachel Bouvier assists FBE with economic analyses. She is founder and principal of rbouvier consulting, a woman-owned consulting firm specializing in environmental and natural resource issues, climate change, and community economic development. Rachel earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she focused on the relationship between economic development and environmental quality. She also holds a Master’s degree in Resource Economics and Community Development from the University of New Hampshire. Before embarking upon her independent consulting journey, she was Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure) and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Southern Maine from 2005 – 2014. She still teaches courses on environmental economics and community economic development at the University of Southern Maine and the University of New Hampshire. Rachel is also a skilled facilitator and public speaker, and earned her Envision Sustainable Professional designation from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.