Sara Gutekunst, Project Biologist

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Sara Gutekunst, Project Biologist

Education

University of Miami – Coral Gables, Florida, Bachelor of Science, Marine Science and Biology, 2013

Summary

Ms. Gutekunst’s capabilities include wetland jurisdictional determinations, environmental feasibility studies, Phase I ESA’s, seagrass surveys, environmental permitting, mitigation design, and mitigation monitoring. Ms. Gutekunst has experience with endangered and threatened species surveys, jurisdictional determinations, and environmental monitoring reports. As a member of The Chappell Group, Inc.’s team, Ms. Gutekunst is handling environmental permitting, including residential docks, marinas and coastal development projects.

Professional Experience:

The Chappell Group, Inc. Pompano Beach, Florida
Project Biologist, January 2016 – Present

Responsibilities include wetland jurisdictional determinations, environmental feasibility studies, Phase I
ESA’s, seagrass surveys, environmental permitting with all agencies, mitigation design, and mitigation monitoring. Residential and commercial marina permitting and design including all aspects of sovereign submerged land regulations with the Division of State Lands.

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp, Big Pine Key, Florida
Marine Science and Sailing Instructor, October 2013 – October 2014

Designed and taught interactive and immersive marine science classes to educate students, parents and teachers about the importance of conserving marine ecosystems. Gained management experience as a coordinator of staff for school groups as large as 180 participants. Operated a 26 ft. USCG designated research vessel, acted as an ARC life guard, NAUI skin diving leader and NAUI rescue SCUBA diver. Acted as a liaison between Seacamp Association, Inc. and visiting institutions before and during their stay.

University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida
Undergraduate Research Assistant, January 2010 – May 2013

Conducted molecular research on the connectivity of crustacean populations in the Florida Keys to understand gene flow and support conservation of marine environments. Examined the speciation of anemone-associated snapping shrimps to understand its implications on conservation of biodiversity. Used common molecular techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis and DNA extractions to contribute to collaborative research projects.

Partial List of Projects:

  • Beach Renourishment Segment II, Broward County
  • Port Everglades Turning Notch Expansion, Port Everglades
  • Heron Bay Development, Parkland, Florida
  • Private client, single family home dock design and permitting

Affiliations:

  • South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Member

Certifications:

  • SSI Open Water SCUBA
  • NAUI Rescue Diver
  • ARC First Aid, CPR, AED and Oxygen

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