Michael P. Gutzmer PhD
Our Principal has a total of 40 years of environmental management-related experience and a national network of available experts. Before starting his own consulting business in 2007, he was an Environment Regional Manager for the Electric Power Research Institute in the Great Plains region for 5 years; he was an Environmental Supervisor in Environmental Services at Nebraska Public Power District where he also served as a Senior and Staff Environmental Specialist for over 13 years. He was responsible for water and waste, facility-siting, auditing, and natural resource permitting and compliance. Dr. Gutzmer, while at NPPD, also served as an environmental sub-consultant in aquatic ecology for 10 years. Before that, Dr. Gutzmer worked for several state and federal environmental agencies including the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, National Park Service in Washington, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Canadian Ministry of Fisheries, Iowa Conservation Commission, Texas Water Commission, and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
Dr. Gutzmer received a BS degree in agriculture and natural resources from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and an MS degree in biology from Texas State University. He completed his PhD in environmental sciences at Lacrosse University. He is a Certified Fisheries Scientist, Professional Wetland Scientist, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Senior Ecologist, and a Certified Environmental Professional and a Technical Service Provider for the National Resource Conservation Service. Mike was nominated as a Board of Director for the Alumni Association at the University of Montana in Missoula in spring 2014.
Over 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 375 consultant reports and 250 environmental subject matter articles published in local, regional newspapers and magazines, elevated awareness of nature and conservation programs throughout Nebraska and Midwest.
•Pioneered efforts with first bio- assessment program in Superfund program in Texas in 1988.
IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES: Almost a thousand flora distribution records, Nelumbo lutea (NE 1997), Un-identified new flora aquatic macrophyte (NE sand hills, 2001), wood frog (SD 2012), Dakota skipper (Roberts County, SD, 2012), black-footed ferret (Corson County, SD, 2012), sicklefin chub, Cheyenne River (1995), smooth green snake, (Roberts County 2013). Northern Long Eared Bat, (Corson County, 2015)
Has a total of 30 years of ecological research and natural resource management experience involving numerous environmental projects in 18 states in the Western, Midwestern and Southeastern US. He has previously worked for environmental consulting firms in Colorado and Arizona. Before entering the ecological consulting field, Tony worked as a Fishery Biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a Fishery & Wildlife Habitat Biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a Fish & Wildlife Technician for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department), and a Laboratory Technician for the Colorado State University Larval Fish Laboratory. His broad background, ranging from fisheries and wildlife management and research to resource litigation support, provides him with considerable knowledge of environmental ecology. As an ecologist, he has extensive training that includes fish and wildlife community assessment, natural resource management plan formulation, research study design, aquatic and terrestrial habitat evaluation and enhancement design, wetland assessment and delineation, angler and hunter survey design and analysis, scientific database management and statistical inference, ecological modeling, and macroinvertebrate community assessment.
Tony has been associated with assessments of impacts to numerous aquatic, terrestrial, riparian and wetland systems; many related to threatened & endangered and rare and sensitive species. These include studying effects from mining, hydropower, industry, transportation, agriculture, and water and wastewater development. Many of these projects involved consultation related to NEPA, CWA, NRDA, ESA and other government environmental programs.
Mr. Byrne received a BS degree in fishery biology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and an MS degree in ecology from the University of Denver. He is active in the American Fisheries Society, The Wildlife Society, the North American Benthological Society, the North American Lake Management Society, Ducks Unlimited and the Mule Deer Foundation.
David L. Jenson
Dave received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (with Emphasis on Wildlife Conservation), from Kearney State College (currently University of Nebraska at Kearney) in August 1978. He received his Associate Degree in Science, (Biology) from Platte Technical Community College (currently Central Community College, Platte Campus), in Columbus, Nebraska in May 1976.
Dave has worked for NCE for 3 winters (2013 – 2015) and has a particular interest and knowledge of composing project reports, floral research/identification, ornithological investigations, fisheries management and wetland mitigation projects. He has co-authored a plant identification book plus a number of technical papers with NCE.
Kurt J. Tooley
Educated at the Universities of Chicago and Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Kurt Tooley is a scientist specializing in research, scientific technique, quantification, and related scientific methods. Tooley has 25 years of experience working for academics, government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs.
Christopher has experience in threatened and endangered Species. Experience includes nocturnal surveying for the Black-Footed Ferret, setting camera surveillance to capture the ferret on film, seining for the Topeka Shiner and evaluating habitat condition on stream stretches for reintroduction of the shiner. Mr. Shank has been an integral part of a Topeka shiner re-introduction plan for a tribe in northeast South Dakota and has regional taxonomy skills. Recently, Mr. Shank has documented the federally threatened northern long-eared myotis by acoustic monitoring in Sioux county, ND.
Brandon has obtained a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a focus on Conservation Biology from the University of Nebraska. In his free time he enjoys mentoring youth hunters and being a youth fishing instructor. He is also an active member of the National Wild Turkey Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
Is a field technician that has worked for NCE over the past 4 years surveying and collecting data for biological studies. He has assisted in game counts and night surveys for the endangered black footed ferret in North and South Dakota. Brandon also has experience helping the Nebraska Game and Park Commission collect broodstock in an effort to restore pallid sturgeon populations.
Brandon assisted in functional assessments and wetland delineation for the Nebraska Department of Roads. While working for the NDOR (under NCE) he was able to use his plant and bird identification skills to assist in data collection. He has also helped with small mammal studies as well as lake quality assessments. Brandon has given creel surveys for the relicensing of Loup Public Power District. Currently Brandon is working on his undergrad at the University of Nebraska in fisheries and wildlife specializing in conservation biology. In his free time he enjoys mentoring youth hunters and being a youth fishing instructor. He is also an active member of the National Wild Turkey Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
Brandon’s future plans include becoming a wildlife biologist and getting his master’s degree in conservation biology.
Is a field technician who has worked for NCE over the past 4 summers collecting data for biological studies. His experience is handling gill nets, electroshocking fish collection and periphyton sampling in Nebraska sand bed streams (Plum Creek). Seth has also assisted with bird diversity and abundance studies for wind farm development in Roberts County South Dakota, nocturnal black footed ferret studies in North and South Dakota for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and has helped with several lake projects doing water quality and fish removal. Seth is 1/8th Native American (Sioux), and attends high school at Scotus Central Catholic in Columbus Nebraska. Seth is a senior and has made the honor roll in all his junior high and high school years of learning in our best local private school.
Seth was a cub scout and has been very active in sports since he was a boy. He has played Mariners baseball, midget football and participated in junior high wrestling and football. Seth was an elementary school All-American in AAU wrestling and participated in Duncan wrestling.
Is a field technician who has worked for NCE over the past 4 summers collecting data for biological studies. His experience is handling gill nets, electroshocking fish collection and periphyton sampling in Nebraska sand bed streams (Plum Creek). Wyatt has also assisted with bird diversity and abundance studies for wind farm development in Roberts County South Dakota, nocturnal black footed ferret studies in North and South Dakota for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and has helped with several lake projects doing water quality and fish removal.
Wyatt is 1/8th Native American (Sioux), and attends high school at Scotus Central Catholic in Columbus Nebraska. Wyatt is a junior and has made the honor roll in all his junior high and high school years of learning in our best local private school. Wyatt was a cub scout and has been very active in sports since he was a boy. He has played Mariners baseball, midget football and participated in junior high wrestling and football. Wyatt was an elementary school All-American in AAU wrestling and participated in Duncan wrestling.
Wyatt is a high school football varsity lineman and linebacker and was the varsity 220 pound weight class state qualifier for the Shamrocks in 2014, 2015 as a freshman and a sophomore and looks solid for 2016. Wyatt was selected for People to People Ambassador program in summer 2014 for his leadership skills.
Wyatt’s plans are to obtain a M.D. in cardiology.
With a BS degree in fishery and wildlife biology from Colorado State University, Mr. Friesen has over seven years of experience in environmental consulting throughout the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions.
Prior to working with New Century Environmental, Wes was a project biologist and assistant project ecologist with Absolute Natural Resources, LLC where he oversaw many natural resource permitting and compliance projects and served as a participating biologist on projects including, but not limited to, wetland delineation and functional assessment, macroinvertebrate and fish sampling, terrestrial and aquatic habitat restoration, and sensitive flora surveys. In this position, Wes developed a good understanding and working relationships with the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and a multitude of other government and non-government agencies.
As a project biologist with New Century Environmental, Wes has become an integral part of our team and provides technical expertise and a dedicated work ethic with regard to project design, field data collection, technical writing and report preparation.
Wes is responsible for coordinating field surveys, collecting field data, drafting technical reports, supervising technical staff, and analyzing biological samples in the laboratory. As a staff biologist, he has considerable training that includes fish and wildlife assessment, aquatic and terrestrial habitat evaluation, plant identification, wetland delineation, and GIS mapping.
Gutzmer named Regional Biologist of the Year by the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
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