Tyler King, Principal Biologist

Mr. King, the principal biologist for DexBender joined the firm in 1988 and has over 35 years of experience working in Florida’s upland and wetland environments. His responsibilities includes project management, oversight of all environmental permitting, environmental studies, permit compliance, and preparation of mitigation, maintenance, and monitoring plans for the firm. Procures environmental permits (local: city and county, state: WMD, FDEP, FFWCC, and federal: USACOE, USEPA-NPDES, USFWS). Conducts mitigation analysis, design, construction plans, contract management, conservation easements, inspection, obtains official jurisdictional determinations from the USACOE, WMD, and FDEP; conducts protected species surveys; prepares due diligence reports and maps. Obtains protected species incidental take and relocation permits.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Major; Biology/Zoology – Northeast Louisiana University, 1981

Affiliations

  • Coastal Conservation Association
  • Real Estate Investment Society

Craig Smith, Ecologist

Mr. Smith joined the firm in 2003 bringing over 25 years of experience as an environmental consultant in South Florida. He has mapped and evaluated more than 276,000 acres of land since 1987. This mapping includes detailed vegetation community mapping (i.e. FLUCFCS levels IV and V) and more general plant community mapping (i.e. FLUCFCS level II and III) of wetlands and uplands and the mapping of current and historic conditions based on photo interpretation. Individual properties ranged in size from less than five acres to more than 5,000 acres located in Polk, Hardee, Sarasota, Charlotte Lee, Collier, Brevard, Martin, and Dade Counties. Mr. Smith currently provides an array of environmental studies and services related to land development and property evaluation in south Florida. These activities, performed for private landowners and public entities, include vegetation mapping, binding and informal state and federal wetland jurisdictional determinations, wetland functional assessments using UMAM, WRAP, and MWRAP, habitat evaluations, establishing seasonal high water elevations for wetlands using biological indicators, threatened and endangered species surveys, and wetland (COE, FDEP, and WMD) permit applications. Additional services include threatened and endangered species relocation and management plans, wetland mitigation (creation, restoration, enhancement, and preservation) plans, and the design and implementation of wetland monitoring plans.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • Master of Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1987

Certifications

  • Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America
  • Professional Wetland Scientist (No. 238), Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Permit Number GTA-09-00011F)
  • Provisionally Certified Wetland Delineator by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland
  • Certified Arborist (N0. FL-6255A) International Society of Arboriculture

Dan Underhill, Ecologist

Mr. Underhill is an ecologist with over 16 years of experience in permitting, preparing management plans, and coordinating with local, state and federal environmental agencies in Southwest Florida. His experience includes performing agency wetland jurisdictional determinations, benthic surveys, and protected species assessments and permitting. The preparation of environmental resource permit applications for docks, bridges, and dredge and fill to state and federal agencies. The preparation of mitigation plans, indigenous preserve management plans, protected species management plans, and environmental impact statements. Prior experience includes marine resource sampling techniques and the design and implementation of educational programs relating to coastal and wetland resources.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Natural Resource Conservation/Zoology, University of Florida, 1994

Certifications

  • Florida Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) Short Course, Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands, University of Florida, 2005
  • Environmental Permitting, South Florida Water Management District, 2007
  • ePermitting User Training, South Florida Water Management District, 2008
  • Florida Marine Contractors Workshop, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2009
  • Smalltooth Sawfish Critical Habitat Workshop, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, 2009
  • Certified Arborist (N0. FL-6323A) International Society of Arboriculture

Parke Lewis, Biologist

Mr. Lewis has worked for over 28 years as an environmental consultant in Florida.  His work involves extensive environmental permitting, site analysis, and long term monitoring and management of preserve areas.  Mr. Lewis is experienced in permitting and enforcement policies for wetlands, mangroves, and listed species at local, state, and federal levels. He is a qualified expert witness for the Lee County Hearing Examiner, Town of Fort Myers Beach, Village of Estero, and Collier County.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Mount. St. Mary’s College, 1988

Certifications

  • Florida Statewide (62-340 FAC) Wetland Delineation Training Program, 1996
  • Unified Mitigation Assessment Method Training – South Florida Water Management District, 2000
  • Florida Hydric Soils Workshop – Florida Association of Professional Soil Classifiers, 1995

Christian Casey, Ecologist

Mr. Casey is involved in the environmental process for land development in Southwest Florida. Activities include protected species assessments, specific listed species surveys including Burrowing Owl, Gopher Tortoise, Florida Bonneted Bat, and Audubon’s Crested Caracara, as well as biological observations, general site inspections, environmental resource permit applications, vegetation/land use maps (FLUCCS maps), and development suitability reports.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science – Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2019

Certifications

  • Registered Burrowing Owl Agent (Permit No. RAG-20-00003), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (Permit No. GTA-20-00087), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Richard Chinn State and Federal Wetland Delineation Training, 2020

Ashley Kneram, Ecologist

Ms. Kneram provides an array of environmental services related to land development and property evaluation in Southwest Florida. These activities, performed for private landowners and public entities, include the following: all aspects of environmental permitting, environmental studies, preparation of mitigation maintenance and monitoring plans, protected species assessments, threatened and endangered species surveys (RCW, burrowing owl, gopher tortoise, & FBB), preparation of vegetation and land use maps (FLUCCS maps), preparation of wetland functional assessments, development suitability reports,  and biological observations.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Marine Science/Ecology/Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2016

Certifications

  • Environmental Permitting Florida Environmental Network, 2017
  • FWC Registered Burrowing Owl Agent

Eddie Allegretti, Ecologist

Mr. Allegretti works for private landowners and public entities to prepare protected species assessments, development suitability reports, threatened and endangered species surveys including Burrowing Owl, Gopher Tortoise, Bald Eagle, Florida Bonneted Bat, Florida Scrub Jay, and Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, as well as species relocations, biological observations, and general site inspections since August 2021. In addition to working as a Gopher Tortoise Agent to obtain FWC Gopher Tortoise Permits and relocate gopher tortoises, Mr. Allegretti is an award-winning film and music producer, as well as a 3rd degree black belt and world champion karateka.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Ecosystem Stewardship & Restoration Ecology, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021       

Certifications

  • Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (Permit No. GTA-21-00090), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Brittney Auchmuty, Ecologist

Ms. Auchmuty joined the firm in 2021 after graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University. Her previous experience covers Florida’s natural ecosystems and native plant communities through environmental restoration projects, wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and endangered species research. Ms. Auchmuty has gained experience and fulfills duties in preserve monitoring, protected species assessments, specific listed species surveys, general site inspections, environmental resource permit applications, and development suitability reports.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2021    

Certifications

  • Registered Burrowing Owl Agent (Permit No. RAG-22-00002), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation