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Staff

The staff of Copperhead Consulting is comprised of professional field biologists with extensive backgrounds in state and federal environmental regulations, wildlife management, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, wetland and soil science, forestry, botany, natural resource management, and land-use planning.

Our staff includes recognized experts in mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, botany, gastropods (snails), mussels, fisheries, and vernal pool creation. Whether conducting bat surveys on a surface mining project, anuran (frog) call surveys for biological inventories, or assessing land snail populations on a road corridor right-of-way project, our wildlife biologists bring years of experience and expertise to any project.

Mark Gumbert

PRINCIPAL BIOLOGIST/CEO

Mark Gumbert is the founder and president of Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. He is an accomplished naturalist and focused project coordinator. He is experienced in NEPA documentation and designing and implementing large-scale environmental evaluations for projects involving complex environmental regulations, including protected species surveys, environmental assessment, and biological evaluation studies. His work has helped bridge the gap between the private sector and the regulatory agencies and he routinely manages major projects. His expertise includes the identification of bats, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and plants.

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E-mail: mwgumbert@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

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Chris Leftwich

BIOLOGIST/COO

Chris Leftwich joined Copperhead Consulting in 2007 and brings to the team extensive experience in terrestrial ecology. He has completed numerous surveys for various species over a wide geographic area, including snails, bats, birds, aquatic macro invertebrates, and fish. He is proficient with various field techniques used to study terrestrial and aquatic organisms and their habitats, and has participated in the production of technical reports, including data entry, statistics, management recommendations, and detailed results analysis.

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E-mail: cleftwich@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Josh Adams

DIRECTOR OF ENERGY SERVICES

Mr. Adams began his career as a field biologist working with federal and state listed flora and fauna species in 2007. He has worked extensively with Indiana, gray, Virginia big-eared, Rafinesque’s big-eared, eastern small-footed, northern long-eared and, little brown bats, as well as Blackside dace throughout the eastern US. During his career, Mr. Adams has also worked extensively on other listed and non-listed mammals, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, and plant research.

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E-mail: jadams@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Piper Roby

RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Piper Roby started with Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in 2005 as a technician while pursuing her Master’s Degree at the University of Louisville and joined the full time staff the following year. Piper received her B.A. in Biology at Hanover College and both her undergraduate and master’s work were conducted on amphibian surveys with an emphasis on egg and larval stages. However, her work experience at various federal and state agencies includes trapping and tracking bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions; small mammal surveys; stream surveys; and constructing and monitoring pit-fall trap arrays used during reptile surveys. Duties at Copperhead include project management and endangered species surveys with emphasis on bats. She also has extensive radio-telemetry experience tracking snakes, meso-carnivores, and bats.

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E-mail: plroby@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

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Steve Samoray

BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Samoray joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in July of 2011 where he has served as a field biologist and project manager. He received both a B.A. and M.S. in biology from Middle Tennessee State University. His undergraduate work focused on amphibian and reptile research. His Master’s thesis involved bat acoustic monitoring and habitat use. Mr. Samoray has been conducting biological field research throughout the United States since 1998, focusing mainly on herps, birds, and bats.

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E-mail: ssamoray@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 615.542.1000

Jeff Hawkins

BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Jeff Hawkins began his professional career conducting surveys of natural resources in 1998. During this time, he has worked with a wide variety of taxa, including plants, birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, and both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates. His years of field experience have also allowed him to work with several endangered bat species including federally endangered Virginia big-eared, Indiana, and gray bats. He has extensive experience in mist netting, harp trapping, identifying, processing, light tagging, tracking, and obtaining hair/tissue/guano samples from these species and other chiropterans of the eastern U.S. He also has experience in aerial telemetry techniques and the use of bat detector equipment (AnaBat II) for recording and identifying ultrasonic bat calls.

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E-mail: jhawkins@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Price Sewell

BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Sewell joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in February 2006. With sixteen years of experience with ecological surveys and project management, Price has gained experience in a wide variety of fields. His primary focus has been in Section 7 Endangered Species surveys and agency coordination. His field expertise includes the identification of fish, freshwater mussels, bats, reptiles, and amphibians. In addition to field work, Mr. Sewell has conducted GIS ecological impact analysis for large scale transportation projects.

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E-mail: psewell@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Richard Borthwick

AVIAN BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Borthwick has been conducting biological field research since 2004, focusing mainly on birds, large mammals, fish and their habitats. His diverse array of work experience in various industries, across various terrains, and through various agency and political structures has given him the opportunity to understand diverse and adaptive research design and the integration of best available knowledge into practical solutions-based management plans. He has successfully developed project plans of various scope and scales that have met industry needs, agency requirements, and provided robust data collection.

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E-mail: rborthwick@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 256.604.65112

Dr. Steven Brewer

PLANT ECOLOGIST

As our in-house botanist, Dr. Steven Brewer has amassed a significant body of academic experience over his career. He received his Ph.D, in Plant Biology from UC Davis, his M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. in Biology from Duke University. Dr. Brewer also has seven years of teaching and research experience at three other academic institutions. These achievements belie substantial and broad experience in field ecology and conservation. He has conducted field work across a wide variety of ecosystems, including maritime, boreal, tropical forests, coastal dunes, chaparral, and arctic tundra.

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E-mail: swbrewer@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Austin Prater

BOTANIST

Austin Prater specializes in botanical surveys and has considerable experience identifying plant species and communities throughout the eastern United States. His passion for plants led him to pursue his B.S. in Biology at East Tennessee State University and further his education by conducted a complete vascular flora of the Lula Lake Land Trust on Lookout Mountain, GA as a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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E-mail: aprater@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Theresa Wetzel

BIOLOGIST

Theresa Wetzel began her wildlife biology career in 2006. Since then, she has gained experience in surveying a wide variety of taxa including, amphibians, reptiles, plants, birds, bats, and fish. Hailing from the Volunteer State, she earned her B.S. in Biology with an environmental emphasis at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Her undergraduate work focused in niche partitioning and overlap between wintering red-headed and red-bellied woodpeckers.

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E-mail: twetzel@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Zachary Baer

BIOLOGIST

Zachary Baer joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. as a field technician in the spring of 2012 and became a full time biologist in 2015. Mr. Baer received his A.S. in Wildlife Technology as well as a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at The Pennsylvania State University. He has been involved in field surveys since 2009, conducting surveys for small and large mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and gastropods.

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E-mail: zbaer@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Gregg Janos

BIOLOGIST

Gregg Janos began his biology career in 2008 as a field technician before joining the Cincinnati Zoo as a summer camp instructor. His passion for field biology lead him to Copperhead in 2012 and he became full time in 2016. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University where his undergraduate research focused on winter habitat use and foraging behavior of Eastern Bluebirds. He then completed his M.S. in Biology at Bowling Green State University where he utilized acoustics to study bat habitat use and bats perception of owls.

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E-mail: gjanos@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Rob Stinson

BIOLOGIST

Rob Stinson joined Copperhead in the summer of 2013 gaining full time status in 2016. He received a Wildlife and Fisheries science degree with a concentration in management from the University of Tennessee. Rob has assisted Copperhead with a variety of field surveys including mist netting for bats on the landscape, herpetology surveys, aerial and ground based telemetry, and habitat assessments. He has also assisted Copperhead with several acoustic detection surveys.

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E-mail: rstinson@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Taylor Culbertson

BIOLOGIST

Taylor Culbertson began work with Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in spring 2013 as a technician and became a full time employee at the start of 2016. Mr. Culbertson received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012 and immediately fell in love with field work.  He has gained experience through surveys involving a wide variety of taxa including bats, macro invertebrates, plants, and terrestrial gastropods.

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E-mail: tculbertson@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

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Christopher McNees

GIS ANALYST

Christopher McNees started at Copperhead in 2016, and has participated in a variety of roles within the environmental field.  From restoration, remediation, spatial analysis, sample collection, habitat assessment, Mr. McNees has been involved in multiple environmental projects and studies.  He has a heavy geospatial background with extensive knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop 10.3, Microstation, ERDAS, Model Builder, Data Integration tools, Spatial and 3D Analyst Extensions, and Cartography/Map Production.

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E-mail: cmcnees@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Drew Vankat

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER

Drew Vankat is an environmental planner with 13 years of experience specializing in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and associated permitting and planning. He has successfully managed complex and controversial environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for government and commercial clients, with a focus on land use planning and energy development and transmission. His NEPA expertise includes overseeing broad-scale cumulative impact analyses, facilitating alternatives development, and implementing innovative approaches to public involvement, among others. Drew also has extensive experience working with large interdisciplinary teams, cooperating agencies, and members of resource advisory councils and governing boards. He believes strongly in effective communication as a critical tool for project success. Drew lives in Asheville, NC and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and son.

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E-mail: dvankat@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Jeff Mihalik

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Jeff Mihalik joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting in 2016 and brings to the team extensive experience in aquatic resource evaluation, wetlands delineation, stream and wetland mitigation and design, clean water act permitting, GIS analysis, enterprise level databases, and custom data collection methodologies. He has completed numerous permit applications and mitigation design for streams and wetlands over a wide geographic area, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. He is proficient with building state-of-the-art database management systems, custom data collection applications, and interactive GIS web interfaces.

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E-mail: jmihalik@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Heidi Braunreiter

BOTANIST

Heidi Braunreiter began her career as a botanist in 2010 when she got her B.S. in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin. Since then, she has gained botanical experience across the southeastern US. She received her M.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 where she completed a vascular flora of Boyle County, Kentucky as her graduate thesis. Heidi’s professional experience with Copperhead has consisted of rare plant surveys, invasive plant surveys, ecological system and plant association surveys, as well as plant surveys for the EPA’s 2016 National Wetland Condition Assessment

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E-mail: hbraunreiter@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012

Alexi Dart-Padover

BIOLOGIST

Alexi Dart-Padover joined Copperhead in 2015, where he surveys for bats, freshwater mussels, plants, and macroinvertebrates. He also is involved with wetland delineation, habitat restoration, invasive species control, and GIS analysis. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Santa Cruz, Alexi has worked with diverse taxa on several conservation biology projects, including endemic plant communities in CA, threatened shorebirds in Florida, and mixed-species bird flocks in Peru. He has a master’s degree in biology from Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied the management of an endangered plant species.

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E-mail: alexidp6@gmail.com
Phone: 859.925.9012