INSPIRE’s skilled team of scientists and analysts is dedicated to making science understandable by applying innovative technology for effective solutions.
OUR EXPERTS DELIVER RAPID, CONSISTENT, RESULTS THAT ARE VALUED BY CLIENTS FROM ACROSS INDUSTRIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.
Our scientists are best known as the original developers of Sediment Profile Imaging and our staff have more experience than anyone in acquiring and interpreting images. From this core focus, our team has expanded to include expertise in seafloor, water quality, hydrodynamics, and watershed assessment: capabilities that provide support to a full range of coastal and ocean projects. We start by reading the history of the seafloor through a combination of optical and acoustic methods, including an innovative camera that “optically cores” sediments and gives us a worm’s eye view. These detailed images are combined with high-resolution acoustic maps to provide an unparalleled view of the seafloor as a basis for site assessment. Our company was formed to address problems associated with understanding seafloor and water column dynamics, from basic habitat mapping to assessment of both natural and human impacts.
INSPIRE Environmental is a new small business that represents the collective resources of Germano & Associates, Inc. and CoastalVision, LLC. By merging experience and capabilities, and adding key personnel, INSPIRE provides an integrated team of scientists who deliver proven results in developing solutions for marine and environmental assessment for commercial and government clients across a wide range of aquatic environmental issues.
- Help our clients to clearly define the questions being asked.
- Get the right tools to answer those questions.
- Apply innovative data visualization techniques to make the results easily understandable.
MEET THE FACES BEHIND INSPIRE ENVIRONMENTAL
Dr. Drew A. Carey Chief Executive Officer
Drew is a marine scientist with over 30 years’ experience in marine science, environmental monitoring, and marine policy. He is a recognized expert on assessment of environmental impacts on marine ecosystems and a highly experienced facilitator.
Dr. Joe Germano Principal Scientist
Joe has over 30 years experience in both domestic and international marine environmental monitoring programs, particularly those dealing with contaminated sediment management. Joe is best known for being the co-developer of sediment profile imaging technology (SPI).
Dr. S. Kersey Sturdivant Principal Scientist
Kersey has studied the effects of human disturbance on aquatic ecosystems for the past 10 years. He obtained his PhD from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, where he furthered SPI technology with the development of Wormcam. Kersey is an Adj. Assistant Professor at Duke University.
Jeanine Boyle Operations Director
Jeanine is a program manager with more than 20 years’ experience leading large, multi-disciplinary environmental projects and programs that focus on marine and coastal resources. Her interests and experience also include the development of innovative technologies.
Dave Browning Principal Scientist
Dave has two decades of experience in the collection, analysis and interpretation of marine environmental and geophysical data supporting monitoring and engineering studies. Mr. Browning is an expert in the use of sediment profile imaging (SPI) for mapping dredged material deposits, physical benthic habitats and physical processes/disturbances.
Jill Johnen Data Manager
Jill is a marine scientist with a focus on maintaining and ensuring data integrity. She has a strong quantitative background including analysis and interpretation of data sets. Her experience includes planning and implementing comprehensive quality assurance programs.
Marisa Guarinello Project Scientist
Marisa is a marine scientist with expertise classifying seascapes for benthic assessments & marine spatial planning. She has over 10 years of analytical experience with SPI and has conducted additional research in places as diverse as the Arctic, American Samoa, and Arizona. She earned her MS from the Graduate School of Oceanography at URI.
Rich Balouskus Project Scientist
Richard is a marine scientist with over 10 years of fisheries and ecological research experience. He has worked extensively on the design and implementation of environmental impact assessments for offshore energy development including offshore wind.
Ellen Bellagamba Fucile Production Manager
Ellen has over 20 years of experience producing and editing environmental monitoring reports. As production manager, Ellen collaborates with scientists and data managers to produce detailed survey work plans, cruise reports, style guides, and final data deliverables.
Tina Knips Financial Administrator/Controller
Tina has over 10 years of experience in public and private accounting. She graduated from the University of West Florida in 2007 with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting. Tina manages the accounting and financial reporting of INSPIRE Environmental.
Zach McKelvey Staff Scientist
Zach is a marine scientist with a background in seafloor assessment. He obtained his Master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Zach provides image analysis and GIS expertise to INSPIRE Environmental.
Steven Sabo Image Analyst/Data Visualization
Steven graduated from University of Michigan in 2010. He specializes in the analysis of seafloor images and the integration of benthic data into innovative visuals including 3D seafloor reconstructions and data dashboards. He is also interested in graphic design for science applications.
Ben Taylor GIS Analyst
Ben earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management and a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Rhode Island. At INSPIRE, he manages geospatial data, creates data visualizations, and aids in survey preparation and report completion. Outside of the office, he enjoys making music in his studio.
Alex Rhoads Data Scientist
Alex earned her BSc. in Statistics and Biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She has a diverse background applying statistical analysis techniques to multidisciplinary data sets. She has managed experimental design, data collection, and data analysis on a variety of marine ecological projects.
Kevin Martin Reporting Assistant
Kevin graduated from Roger Williams University in 2015 with a BSc. in Environmental Science which focused on earth systems and oceanography. He aids in report production, development of internal tools, and data visualization at INSPIRE. His background includes nature conservation work, programming, graphic design, photography, and scientific illustration.
Mitchell Kennedy Marine Science Technician
Mitchell is a marine geologist with over two years of experience focused on geophysical and geotechnical surveys. He obtained his B.S. in geologic oceanography from the university of Rhode Island. At INSPIRE he is a marine science technician working mainly in the field.
Teddy Corporate Ambassador
Teddy enjoys lunch, long walks on the beach, and calculating the statistical probability that the food you are currently eating will fall on the floor. If a co-worker is in need of a break then Teddy will not hesitate to get them away from their desk by any means possible, including turning off the power supply to their computer. Teddy is a good dog.
Chewbacca Corporate Ambassador
Chewbacca is the chief greeter welcoming visitors at INSPIRE Environmental HQ in Newport, RI. He has advanced degrees in sleep management with a specialty in finding sunny spots by the window. Chewie is also a very good boy.