Brendan Brown, PWS
Brendan Brown is an environmental scientist committed to the preservation of our natural resources. His professional experience spans across wetland delineation, natural resource assessment and evaluation, habitat restoration, threatened and endangered species surveys and permitting, contamination remediation, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation. Brendan values innovation and collaboration while tackling projects. "I like to think of the saying If your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail. It helps you take a step back and think of new or alternate ways you can provide solutions to clients."
What is a project you are most proud of? One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on to date was a large habitat restoration for the Devil’s Garden Wetland Reserve. This 10,000+ acre project involved a large multidisciplinary team to restore native wetland communities and develop alternatives to meet restoration goals. This included evaluation of historic conditions, existing conditions, wetland habitat and quality, and threatened and endangered species.
What drives you to do great work? Being able to work through varying challenges, learn new skills, and implement new technology to discover ways to work more efficiently. One example is using drones to collect site data on a scale and volume that simply was not possible or common 10 years ago.
What mentors have been crucial to your career growth? Larry Schwartz has been crucial to my professional growth—he also just so happens to be the one who hired me. Up until his recent retirement, Larry was a wetland scientist who looked at water reclamation and wastewater projects through a blended biology, environmental and engineering lens. He taught me how to adeptly navigate multidisciplinary teams and analyze projects from several angles before delivering the best solution.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? It means truly listening to the client’s objectives and the level of accuracy needed to meet those goals. It also means being open to different methods and bringing the right tools to a project.