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MBC employs California’s leading authorities in aquatic science -- and discovers future talent. MBC embodies the best of California: Deep expertise in science, respectful business relationships, an accessible family culture, independent thinking -- plus endless opportunities to grow and innovate.

Shane has been with MBC since 1992, and has designed and conducted environmental monitoring and reporting programs throughout southern California. He has extensive CEQA/NEPA project experience, including interfacing with regulatory and resource agencies. He has designed and implemented thermal effects and entrainment/impingement studies for coastal generating stations. He is experienced in all phases of data analysis, technical writing, and project management for nearshore marine, estuarine, and terrestrial environmental surveys. His field experience includes water column profiling, water and sediment chemistry sample collection, otter trawls, beam trawls, plankton tows, beach seines, rocky intertidal habitat assessments, benthic infauna collection, and kelp/eelgrass restoration.

INTERESTS:

Trail running and ultramarathons

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Shane Beck

Shane Beck

President / Principal Scientist

Chuck founded MBC in 1969. He is the former President with experience in directing and implementing environmental studies involving the monitoring and assessment of the effects of resource utilization on coastal environments from southern California to Alaska. He has published over 20 scientific papers, and is the senior author or editor on more than 600 major reports for industry, government, and academia. His major areas of expertise include fish ecology: habitat enhancement of coastal wetlands and kelp beds, fisheries, and artificial reef ecology.

Mr. Mitchell has worked closely with clients and local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. He is the designer and patent holder of a variety of marine sampling devices, Chuck is active in both the private and academic sectors. He currently serves as an appointed member of the Biology Advisory Council at California State University, Long Beach, is the past Chairman of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologist- Southern California District, and is a past Board Member for the Southern California Academy of Sciences,

He is a member of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife's Scientific-Advisory Team for the upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, and a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Esteros, a bi-national organization for the preservation of Baja California's 'coastal wetlands. He has also served as an invited panelist at joint US/Mexico meetings on environmental issues facing Baja California.

INTERESTS:

Natural History of the Baja California Peninsula / archaeology / rock art / Science Education for Youths

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Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell

Vice President / Managing Scientist

Mike joined MBC in 1972, and has extensive experience in marine biology, with expertise in QA/QC protocols, health and safety programs, and toxicity testing. He is responsible for field scheduling and coordination, laboratory scheduling, and turn-around, field and laboratory QA/QC, health and safety, and activities at MBC. Mike is an experienced QA/QC Officer for NPDES receiving water monitoring programs, 316(b) monitoring programs, Radiological Ecological Monitoring Programs, and freshwater and marine acute and chronic aquatic toxicity testing.

He routinely directs computer operations; configuring hardware and software packages, designing and implementing databases, and designing the most appropriate software or analysis required for project specific applications. Mike is also responsible for the development, implementation, training, safety audits, and revisions for all health and safety programs at MBC. In his role, he interfaces with state and federal regulatory agencies.

INTERESTS:

Technology / Music / Sci-Fi / Robotics / Puzzles / Drawing

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Michael Mancuso

Michael Mancuso

VP Operations / Managing Scientist

With over 40 years of experience studying marine and terrestrial habitats throughout southern California, Carol joined MBC in 1978. Her experience includes biological assessments of sensitive species, biological site assessments, and field identification of coastal salt marsh, freshwater marsh, riparian, beach, and coastal plants and animals. She also has expertise in the collection and identification of marine plants and animals from mudflats, intertidal, and coastal habitats. She is experienced in marsh and riparian habitat restoration and monitoring, and coastal bird surveys as well as all aspects of data collection, reduction, and analysis, and serves as one of MBC’s technical editors.

INTERESTS:

Bird Banding Projects / International Travel

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Carol Paquette

Carol Paquette

Senior Scientist

Bob Moore is a longtime professional in marine environments, specializing in water quality monitoring and water and sediment chemistry sampling; since joining MBC in 1989, Bob has focused on benthic, fish, and plankton sampling, along with kelp and eelgrass habitat analyses and restoration studies. Bob has extensive field experience with fish and invertebrate taxonomic identification, with many years of subtidal diving surveys. Bob was NAUI-certified in 1974 at UCLA, and has logged more than 2,400 scientific dives. He is experienced in the use of multiple types of sampling equipment, field equipment calibration and maintenance, data analysis, and report preparation.

INTERESTS:

Ski Trips / Sport Diving / Traveling / Gardening

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Robert Moore

Robert Moore

Senior Scientist

Mike has a M.S. in Oceanography and over 38 years experience evaluating impacts from human activities on marine, estuarine and freshwater environments and their aquatic resources and beneficial uses. Areas of expertise include NPDES permitting/401 water quality certification, sediment quality objectives and contaminated sediments/dredging permits, biological community assessments and health indices for fish, benthic macroinvertebrates and infauna, and plankton, evaluation of impaired waters (303d listings/TMDL development and implementation), pollutant impacts (pesticides, metals, nutrients and contaminants of concern), local and regional monitoring program design and implementation, discharger impacts (wastewater treatment plants, power plants, desalination plant facilities), microbiological indicators, invasive species and harmful algal blooms (marine and fresh water).

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Mike Lyons

Mike Lyons

Senior Scientist

David joined MBC in 1987, and has over 33 years of experience in the field of marine biology, specializing in the identification of marine annelids. His experience includes the collection and identification of fish and invertebrates, kelp and eelgrass restoration projects, bird surveys and water quality and sediment testing. David currently serves as Project Manager and Technical Writer on MBC projects and reports. He manages MBC's Biological Laboratory, supervising the technical staff, maintaining QA/QC requirements, and ensuring timely project completion. He is experienced with regulatory and CEQA/NEPA compliance and preparing impact assessments for coastal and terrestrial sites. He has prepared environmental documentation for several planned seawater desalination facilities in southern California with knowledge of impacts related to the intake of seawater and discharge of by-product brine into the coastal environment.

INTERESTS:

Public Outreach and Education

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David Vilas

David Vilas

Senior Scientist

Sonja Beck is another key team member at MBC, who boasts decades of experience as an aquatic toxicity laboratory and biological field technician. Since joining MBC in 1989, Sonja has become manager of our in-house toxicity testing laboratory. Among her many duties, Sonja performs acute and chronic freshwater and marine toxicity testing under EPA protocols, maintaining marine and freshwater organisms under laboratory conditions. She is also experienced in benthic and demersal fish sampling, bird surveys, water quality sampling, dredge monitoring, sorting and QA/QC of benthic samples, performing sediment grain size analyses, and has performed eelgrass restoration projects.  Additionally, Sonja is responsible for client contacts, data analysis, reporting of results, and quality control and assurance of laboratory. 

INTERESTS:

Trail running / Ultramarathons

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Sonja Beck

Sonja Beck

Project Coordinator

Jimmy has eleven years of experience conducting environmental monitoring in southern California. He manages several projects, and has experience in data collecting and analysis of nearshore marine surveys. In addition, he has field experience in benthic infauna collection and laboratory sorting, fish and invertebrate taxonomic identification, otter trawls, plankton tows, water quality monitoring, and water and sediment chemistry sample collection. Jimmy has used a variety of sampling equipment and techniques on projects as well.

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Jimmy Nunez

Jimmy Nunez

Scientist/Technical Coordinator

Rose Cardoza joined MBC in 2017 as a project manager, and has extensive experience in marine science, anadromous fish biology, biological surveying, field sampling and statistical data analysis. Rose has performed impact assessments for marine wildlife and marine habitats affected by underwater noise, as well as field sampling and monitoring activities for native fish in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta. In addition to her aquatic experience, Rose studied zebra finches, including collection, measurements and banding.

INTERESTS:

Camping / Hiking / Exploring the outdoors / Family / Frisbee with her dog

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Rose Cardoza

Rose Cardoza

Group Scientist

Steve Sullivan has 40 years of experience conducting hydrographic surveys throughout Northern and Southern California, including San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Delta. He has surveyed every marina, port, and ship channel in California. Mr. Sullivan surveyed 250 square miles of South San Francisco Bay for USGS and he surveyed the entire Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta for USACE. He has surveyed 50 lakes for local water districts and he mapped 300 miles of the Lower Colorado River for the USBOR. He has experience at establishing vertical tidal datums, including for South San Francisco Bay, the San Joaquin River Delta, Pillar Point Harbor, and Noyo Harbor.

INTERESTS:

Snow Skiing / Marlin Fishing / International Travel

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Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan

Hydrographic Surveyor

Craig more recently joined MBC in early 2016 as a Consulting Scientist. Having been in the environmental consulting industry for over 30 years, he has a broad background in the business of consulting, in environmental regulations and in management of resources for environmental projects. He is a past president of the Environmental Professionals Organization, a former consultant to the City of Anaheim for USEPA Brownfield Grant funding, a past consultant to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for their Eastside Light Rail Transit Project construction permitting, and former branch office manager for several nationwide environmental consulting firms. At MBC, Craig negotiates contracts and creates contract abstracts for project managers, monitors business metrics, and assists the President with special projects.

INTERESTS:

Tennis, Business Consulting, Travel

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Craig Neslage

Craig Neslage

Consulting Scientist