Biological Impact Assessment

The relationship between contaminants and potential biological impact is challenging to evaluate on contaminated sites - GSI has the tools and the experience to address your needs.

The “measurement” of biological response to the presence of a contaminant or reduction in water quality is challenging. At GSI we work toward quantitative impact assessments that provide clarity, utilizes appropriate biological metrics, and are properly contextualized with the physics and chemistry governing environmental processes on the site. This grounds the assessment into a conceptual site model and provides a robust framework onto which we align our quantitative evaluation – be it for surface water dwelling organisms or benthic triad assessments.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

Regional Impacts Associated with Oil Drilling and Exploration

Designed and performed a meta-synthesis of environmental monitoring data collected during and after exploration drilling activities. Under an NPDES general permit, assembled multiple rounds of environmental monitoring data sets for use in the evaluation of potential impacts to the surrounding regional marine ecosystem. Curated chemical, physical, and toxicological data to address baseline and post-drilling conditions for surface water, sediment, benthic community  structure to show that any potential drilling impacts were isolated in a near field area while all other changes related to natural baseline.

Regional Impacts Associated with Oil Drilling and Exploration

Oriente Region, Ecuador

Designed and performed a meta-synthesis of environmental monitoring data collected during and after exploration drilling activities. Under an NPDES general permit, assembled multiple rounds of environmental monitoring data sets for use in the evaluation of potential impacts to the surrounding regional marine ecosystem. Curated chemical, physical, and toxicological data to address baseline and post-drilling conditions for surface water, sediment, benthic community structure to show that any potential drilling impacts were isolated in a near field area while all other changes related to natural baseline.

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Kenia Whitehead,
PhD

Senior Aquatic Scientist

Brandon Sackmann,
PhD, GISP

Senior Aquatic Scientist