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Personnel

Our staff routinely collaborate to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to the problems facing our clients. Key members of our staff are listed in alphabetical order below, along with available bio information. To send an email, click the employee's name.


John W. Brawley, Ph.D., Senior Marine Systems Ecologist

Dr. Brawley is a Senior Marine Systems Ecologist at the Woods Hole Group. He has more than 20 years of experience working in marine aquatic sciences. He earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Vermont, a M.A. in coastal hydrology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in marine and estuarine systems ecology from the Univerity of Maryland. His background includes applied technical work, project management, and business development responsibilities. His research has focused on marine systems ecology, modeling of coastal/marine ecosystems, and aquaculture. His technical and project management experiences include marine and estuarine water quality and habitat studies, shellfish aquaculture, hydrologic studies, total maximum daily load (TMDL) analyses, marsh/wetland restoration, shellfish pathogen studies, watershed modeling, hazardous waste site assessment, development of water quality monitoring programs, international development projects, and various public and private engineering projects. Dr. Brawley has served as both senior scientist and operations manager for nationally known environmental consulting firms and was co-owner of a small consulting practice, Saquish Scientific, prior to joining Woods Hole Group in 2012. He started a shellfish farm in Duxbury, MA in 2006 that continues to grow oysters and bay scallops under the Island Creek Oyster brand name. Dr. Brawley is part of a research team that has designed and constructed a working shellfish hatchery in Zanzibar, Tanzania and is responsible for developing shellfish nursery and growout methods in a series of small coastal villages there. He has also designed and constructed a shellfish hatchery in Duxbury, MA where he is working with colleagues to develop disease-resistant shellfish for local and regional aquaculture production. Dr. Brawley has published a number of peer-reviewed articles covering various aspects of coastal biogeochemical processes and systems ecology, and he collaborates with colleagues at research universities, governmental agencies and scientific societies. He is President-Elect of the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS). He lives and works in Duxbury, MA where he is an appointed member of the Duxbury Bay Management Commission and the Duxbury Shellfish Advisory Committee.Brief Bio Sketch

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Heidi J. Clark, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist

Ms. Clark is an independently employed scientist with experience in coastal ecology, environmental research, and project management. She has twenty years of experience in environmental consulting, with a focus on careful project planning and quality control. Her projects have ranged from remediation investigations for CERCLA Sites in New England to damage assessments for coastal areas in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia following the first Gulf War. Ms. Clark has worked on stormwater management, seagrass restoration, habitat assessment, shellfish bio-remediation, and a host of coastal construction projects on Cape Cod. Ms. Clark is currently active in a number of erosion control projects including dune and berm stabilization, and beach nourishment. She is working on a stormwater project aimed at assessing the effectiveness of rain gardens and conventional catch basin systems in sequestering nitrogen and coliforms bacteria. Her continued work in the field allows Ms. Clark to stay current with field sampling, quality assurance planning, coastal restoration and construction methods.
Prior to working at Woods Hole Group, Ms. Clark was a guest scientist at the Woods Hole oceanographic Institution. She currently works part-time in landscape construction, and assists the Woods Hole Group and other clients with coastal projects on an as-needed basis. Recently she has worked on a number of government-sponsored projects on contaminated site remediation and restoration, and with private firms on ensuring compliance with international standards on biodiversity and the environment. Ms. Clark has a unique perspective regarding the goals and operations of both private industry and the public sector. She has a proven ability to listen carefully to clients, work out the best approach to solving problems, and provide clearly written technical documents. She holds a BA degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
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Jerome J. Cura, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Scientist

Dr. Cura is an ecological risk assessor, and a Licensed Site Professional in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is an expert in the area of ecological risk analysis. He has conducted ecological risk analyses in various freshwater systems, in marine and estuarine habitats, and in terrestrial environments. He has developed guidance for conducting risk assessments at dredging sites for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and he chaired the International Navigation Association's (PIANC) workgroup that developed international guidance. Dr. Cura's experience includes conducting assessments at CERCLA and RCRA sites (industrial and government facilities), providing technical advice on the design and execution of human health and ecological risk assessments, and providing expert testimony for law firms. Industry and Government organizations frequently invite him to lead or participate in environmental conferences or symposia. Dr. Cura works as a member of The Science Collaborative, a resource network of senior environmental scientists from the consulting industry and academia. He was a founding partner of Cura Environmental and Menzie-Cura & Associates, Inc. Dr. Cura has published over 30 peerreviewed book chapters, technical papers, journal articles, and conference proceedings in the areas of risk assessment, environmental decision making, marine ecology, and dredged material disposal evaluation methods. He is a frequent contributor to Scientific Symposia. Dr. Cura is currently an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College where he teaches a course in Fundamentals of Oceanography. Brief Bio Sketch

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Brittany Hoffnagle, M.S., Environmental Scientist

Ms. Brittany Hoffnagle is an environmental scientist with experience in coastal tidal creek morphology, ecology, environmental management, geospatial data collection and analysis, and long-term water quality monitoring. Ms. Hoffnagle received a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Marine and Environmental Biology from Millersville University, and a M.S. in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University. She has experience in a variety of technical instruments and techniques, including RTK and HYPACK surveying software, ESRI ArcGIS, water quality meters and data loggers. At Woods Hole Group, Brittany supports ecological risk assessments, sea-level rise vulnerability assessments, and various coastal projects. Brief Bio Sketch

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Joseph Famely, M.E.M., Environmental Scientist

Mr. Joseph Famely is an environmental scientist with experience in ecological risk assessment, sea level rise and storm surge vulnerability assessment, greenhouse gas inventory, sustainability reporting and metrics, land use planning, shoreline change analysis, environmental impact statements, and geospatial analysis. Joseph earned a M.E.M. degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Urban Ecology and Environmental Design. He has managed terrestrial and aquatic ecological risk assessments for hazardous waste sites under state and federal cleanup guidelines. He has conducted numerous coastal climate change vulnerability assessments considering sea-level rise, land subsidence, and storm surge for communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. He has also led greenhouse gas assessments for the New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process, university operations, and various industrial clients and non-profit groups. He has conducted numerous shoreline change analyses to inform development decisions and regional sediment management planning. Mr. Famely’s experience provides Woods Hole Group with in-house expertise to support sustainability consulting and climate change adaptation plans.Brief Bio Sketch

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Elise Leduc, M.E.M., Coastal Scientist

Ms. Elise Leduc is a coastal scientist with experience in coastal environmental management, geospatial analysis, wetland delineation and restoration, shoreline change analysis, climate change and sea level rise planning, field and water quality sampling, and ecological risk assessments. Ms. Leduc earned a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment where she studied coastal environmental management, geospatial analysis, wetland ecology and restoration, and coastal and environmental law and policy, and has since completed a wetland delineator certification course. She is experienced in ecological field studies, including conducting eelgrass, shellfish, and aquatic macro-invertebrate surveys and wetland delineations and evaluations, and has provided guidance for various wetland restoration projects, such as a thin layer deposition salt marsh restoration in Rhode Island, and an estuary restoration project in conjunction with a culvert redesign in coastal Massachusetts. She has conducted multiple shoreline change analyses in support of coastal erosion assessments and regional sediment management plans, has been an integral part of the ecological risk assessment team working on the Newtown Creek CERCLA environmental risk assessment, and has utilized geospatial analyses and LiDAR to evaluate FEMA Flood Hazard Zones and evaluate potential climate change and sea level rise impacts on coastal flooding for cities and towns throughout coastal Massachusetts.Brief Bio Sketch

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Catherine A. Morey, B.S., Project Management Coordinator

Ms. Morey provides company-wide project management support to the managers and engineers on a variety of technical projects. Specifically, for the USACE-NAE Contract, Ms. Morey has primary responsibility for task order/contract administration, financial tracking and invoicing, and developing subcontract documentation with Woods Hole Group's teaming partners. Additionally, she helps conceive, design, organize and execute corporate marketing events and programs, manages tradeshow and conference logistics, and website content. Ms. Morey implements and designs new database structures to enable the company wide sharing of leads and information. She also is the editor, publisher, and distribution manager for the Woods Hole Group external newsletter. Brief Bio Sketch

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Theodore Wickwire, M.F.S, Senior Environmental Scientist

Mr. Wickwire focuses on solving complex environmental problems using risk assessment, casual analysis, vulnerability assessment and weight-of-evidence approaches. He has applied his expertise to evaluating spills, legacy contamination, claims of loss or damage, environmental stressors and developing new methods to advance the evaluations. Mr. Wickwire has prepared numerous aquatic and terrestrial ecological and human health risk assessments in New England and around the United States. He has managed the development of models that incorporate wildlife behaviors and habitat suitability to increase the realism of exposure modeling. Using multiple types of evidence, he applies the causal analysis framework to provide a transparent and defensible path to identifying a probable cause and ultimately managing it to reduce impact. Mr. Wickwire also uses relative risk model approaches to understand the potential vulnerabilities of different alternative approaches to environmental management. These methods are applicable to diverse environmental challenges such as introduction of species or climate change vulnerabilities. Brief Bio Sketch

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