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Independent Environmental Scientists, Inc. (IES) applies scientific principles and methods to understand Earth processes and the human environment.
 
We do independent research, provide scientific education, and forensic services to assist the resolution of legal disputes involving scientific matters for public and private clients throughout the United States.
 
Facts inform our conclusions. We gather unbiased data and apply multiple working hypotheses, discarding those that fail reasonable scientific certainty.
 
Our independent chemists, hydrogeologists, ecologists, geologists and engineers are uniquely qualified to assist claims managers, attorneys, mediation managers and courts of arbitration. Understanding facts and how to present them clearly is paramount to dispute resolution when science is needed.

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Edward Hinchey, P.G.

Edward Hinchey, P.G.

Forensic Hydrogeologist

Mr. Hinchey (M.S. SUNY Forestry; M.S. Syracuse University) is a licensed Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience working with private and municipal clients. He has conducted independent research on water quality in freshwater and marine environments. As a Principal partner in an international environmental engineering firm, Mr. Hinchey led teams of scientists at federal and state Superfund sites.

Mr. Hinchey specializes in forensic investigations involving a wide array of technical and scientific techniques, including contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater. He has authored or co-authored papers on contaminant migration, drinking water development, sediment geochemistry in the Golf of Mexico and Bahama reefs, seismic stratigraphy of the Finger Lakes of New York, and lakes of the Rocky Mountains.

Donald Siegel, Ph.D

Donald Siegel, Ph.D

Aqueous Geochemist

Donald Siegel (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is a world class groundwater and forensic scientist. He conducted independent research and taught at Syracuse University for over 35 years. Prior to his professorship, Don conducted wetland and water resource investigations at the United States Geological Survey.

Dr. Siegel has authored or co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications and served on editorial boards of most groundwater scientific journals. He has testified to both houses of Congress and served as a Chairman of the National Research Council, Water Science and Technology Board. He is a recipient of the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America.

Kristin Secord

Kristin Secord

Environmental Scientist

Kristin (Burns) Secord is an environmental scientist and regulatory compliance professional.  She has conducted numerous environmental site assessments and groundwater and soil investigations.

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.

Todd Marsh, P.G.

Todd Marsh, P.G.

Geologist

Mr. Marsh has a Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of Buffalo, specializing in stratigraphy and sedimentary depositional environments. Todd worked several years in academia doing geological research (biostratigraphy & graphic correlation) and geological mapping. More recently, Mr. Marsh worked as an environmental consultant specializing in site investigation and contaminated site management.

Todd also has experience in fracture analysis, fluorescent dye tracing, residential & municipal groundwater supply, vapor intrusion, and natural gas migration.

Elizabeth Moran, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Moran, Ph.D.

Wetland Specialist

Elizabeth Moran (Ph.D. Cornell University) has over 30 years of professional experience in water resources management, with a focus on limnology, water quality, and protecting and restoring lakes and watersheds. A Principal at EcoLogic, LLC, she specializes in defining the interrelationships between land uses, point and nonpoint 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. Elizabeth served two terms as Supervisor of the Town of Cazenovia, a member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, and as chair of the county’s legislative committee on Planning, Economic Development, Environmental, and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Martin Otz, Ph.D.

Martin Otz, Ph.D.

Hydrogeologist

Dr. 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. By using proprietary methods and standard food quality fluorescent dyes, Martin and his partner Ines Otz, can trace nano-scale concentrations of tracers to assess contaminant distribution and groundwater flow paths on the small scale (as small as a gas station) and large scale (across European mountain ranges).

Dr. Otz has operations in the United States and Switzerland but has worked on every continent except Antarctica. His published works are frequently cited for their forensic insights and scientific methodology.

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