Independent Environmental Scientists

Independent scientists conducting environmental and forensic investigations for public and private clients.

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Environmental Risk

Groundwater Modeling

Contaminant Delineation

Water Chemistry

Natural Resource Analysis

Soil & Sediment Studies

Wetland & Ecological Studies

Biological Analysis

Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.

~ Buddha

We balance probabilities and chose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination.

~ Sherlock Holmes

The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

~ Sherlock Holmes

Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.

~ Johannes Kepler

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

~ Sherlock Holmes

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

~ Albert Einstein

Our Latest Briefings

The Current Status of the CoVID-19 Pandemic

CoVID-19 CoVID-19 started infecting people in the city of Wuhan, China in mid-December of 2019. Within a month, more than ten thousand people were infected and hundreds had died. The death rate was about 16% in the first two weeks but reduced to about 4% by...

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The Only Constant About Climate … is Change

One of the most straightforward modern definitions of climate is “the weather one can expect on a given day of the year” [Nature. 421.6926 (Feb. 27, 2003): p891]. It seems logical then that the definition of climate change is “change in the...

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Climate Politics – As Usual

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement was symbolic and political. It was a grand gesture of “America First” as he symbolically turned his back to our global partners. It was designed to serve his political base who blindly oppose any...

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Our Team

Edward HincheyEdward Hinchey, P.G.

Forensic Hydrogeologist

Mr. Hinchey has a Master’s Degree in geology from Syracuse University and is a licensed Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience working with private and municipal clients in addition to conducting academic and independent research on surface and groundwater hydrology, geochemistry, marine and lacustrine sediment and methane migration. Mr. Hinchey specializes in forensic investigations involving a wide array of technical and scientific techniques, including contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater.

Don SiegelDonald Siegel, Ph.D

Hydrogeologist/Aqueous Geochemist

Donald Siegel did research on groundwater hydrology and organic & inorganic forensic chemistry for 35 years at Syracuse University. Dr. Siegel has authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications and served on editorial boards of many scientific journals. He offers his environmental expertise to State & international governmental bodies,non-profit agencies, and private corporations and has testified on environmental issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Kristin Secord profile photoKristin Secord

Environmental Scientist

Kristin Secord is an environmental scientist and regulatory compliance professional. Kristin is competent in soil and groundwater sampling, Phase I/Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Health and Safety Plan Development, Storage Tank Compliance and management, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, RCRA waste management, and Storm Water Monitoring.

Liz Moran Profile ImageElizabeth Moran

Watershed Specialist

Elizabeth Moran (Ph.D. Cornel University) has over 30-years of professional experience in water resource management, with a focus on limnology, water quality, and protecting and restoring lakes and watersheds. She specializes in defining the interrelationships between land uses, point and non-point sources of pollution, water quality standards and the ecological integrity of surface waters.  Dr. Moran has a deep understanding of the roles and concerns of local government in managing land use and infrastructure.

Martin OtzMartin Otz


Martin Otz (Ph.D.Syracuse University) is renowned for his ability to use incredibly small concentrations of tracer compounds to map surface and groundwater flow systems.

Using proprietary methods and standard food quality fluorescent dyes, Dr. Otz can trace nano-scale concentrations of tracers to assess contaminant distribution and groundwater flow paths on small to regional scales.

Todd Marsh, P.G.


Mr. Marsh has a Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of Buffalo, specializing in stratigraphy and sedimentary depositional environments. Todd focuses on geological site characterization and site investigation. He is also proficient in fracture analysis, fluorescent dye tracing, residential & municipal groundwater supply, vapor intrusion, and natural gas migration.


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