Neil Bossart, President

Neil Bossart - Experience

Mr. Bossart is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approved Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) surveyor. His fields of experience and research include the assessment and management of threatened and endangered species, wetlands and streams, forested communities, vernal pools, and freshwater fisheries. He has experience in both Section 7 formal and informal agency consultation along with Section 10 agency consultation, and in helping clients comply with environmental regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and various state agency and USFWS survey techniques.

Mr. Bossart has completed numerous state and federally endangered and threatened species surveys ranging from aquatic organisms to small mammals for oil/gas wells and pipelines, mineral extraction projects, public transportation projects, timber removal projects, wind farm development, transmission line permitting, and land development projects located in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Ohio, New Mexico, Virginia, and Vermont.

Using aerial and surface based radio telemetry, Mr. Bossart has successfully determined migration routes, critical habitat, foraging territories, and nursery colonies of both state and federally listed species. Mr. Bossart has performed numerous wetland and stream identifications, assessments, and jurisdictional determinations for a variety of clients including private individuals, corporations, and government agencies. He has successfully permitted many USACE Section 404/401 Joint Permit Applications, Nationwide permit applications and General permit applications. Additionally, he has prepared numerous wetland and stream mitigation plans and planting plans as well as overseen the construction and monitoring of the mitigation areas.


Genavie Veron, Project Scientist

Genavie Veron - Experience

Ms. Veron is a USFWS approved Indiana bat and Northern Long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) surveyor. She has completed numerous presence/probable absence surveys and fall swarm surveys. She has worked on large scale projects for the oil/gas industry, transmission line permitting, mineral extraction projects, and wind farm development in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, New York, and Illinois.

Ms. Veron specializes in presence/absence surveys for the Indiana bat. She has completed multiple mist-net sites and fall portal surveys throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. She has handled over 2,000 Vespertilionidae including the Indiana bat and Northern Long-eared bat. Ms. Veron has completed bat surveys using various methodologies including: mist-nets, harp traps, and acoustic detectors. The surveys were completed to determine presence/absence, species diversity, hibernacula usage, emergence/dispersal, and habitat usage. Additional field activities included the following: identifying, measuring, weighing, photo documenting, banding, affixing radio transmitters to captured bats, tracking of transmitter equipped bats, and identifying bats to species.

Ms. Veron has performed over 300 hours of surface based radio telemetry to successfully determine critical habitat and foraging territories of rare bat species. Ms. Veron has completed numerous Indiana bat roosting and foraging habitat assessments as well as emergence surveys for USFWS concurrence. She has also performed wetland and stream identifications, assessments, and delineations for a variety of clients including private individuals, corporations, and government agencies.

Ms. Veron has assisted with a multitude of environmental studies from water quality sample collection to macroinvertebrate surveys. Ms. Veron has completed a 38 hour Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation training program and has assisted with and performed numerous wetland and stream identifications, delineations, and resource assessments. Other duties for Ms. Veron include collection of sub-meter GPS data, assembling field data, GPS data, writing technical reports, submittal of agency consultation letters and project review letters, and assisting with the preparation of 404/401 permit applications.


Ethan Okon, Staff Scientist

Ethan Okon - Experience

Mr. Okon is a USFWS approved Indiana bat and Northern Long-eared bat surveyor. He has completed numerous presence/probable absence mist net surveys and fall swarm surveys.  He has worked on large scale projects for the oil/gas industry, transmission line permitting, and mineral extraction projects in Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Mr. Okon specializes in presence/absence surveys for the Indiana bat.  He has completed multiple mist-net sites and fall portal surveys throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast.  He has handled and identified over 1,500 Vespertilionidae including the Indiana bat, Northern Long-eared bat, Virginia Big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus), and Gray bat (Myotis grisescens).  Mr. Okon has completed bat surveys using various methodologies including: mist-nets, harp traps, and acoustic detectors. The surveys were completed to determine presence/absence, species diversity, hibernacula usage, emergence/dispersal, and habitat usage. Additional field activities included the following: identifying, measuring, weighing, photo documenting, banding, affixing radio transmitters to captured bats, tracking of transmitter equipped bats, and                                                                                         identifying bats to species.

Mr. Okon has completed over 375 hours of surface based radio telemetry to successfully determine critical habitat and foraging territories of threatened and endangered bat species. Mr. Okon has assisted with and completed many Indiana bat habitat assessments, portal searches, and acoustic surveys for USFWS concurrence.

Mr. Okon has completed a 38 hour Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation training program and has assisted in numerous wetland and stream identifications, delineations, and resource assessments. Mr. Okon also completed a two day Appalachian Crayfishes Identification Workshop for threatened and endangered species and passed the accompanying identification exam. Other duties for Mr. Okon include collection of sub-meter GPS data, assembling field data, writing technical reports, submittal of agency consultation letters and project review letters, and assisting with the preparation of 404/401 permit applications. He is also in charge of vehicle and gear maintenance.


Chelsea Rose, Staff Scientist

Chelsea Rose - Experience

Ms. Chelsea Rose is a Staff Scientist for Pittsburgh Wildlife & Environmental, Inc. She has over 6 years of experience working in the environmental field. Her work history includes environmental permitting and report writing, identification and management of threatened and endangered species, and identification and evaluation of aquatic resources. She has worked in California, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Ms. Rose has extensive experience in avian identification and management. She has assisted in the mist netting, banding, and measuring of songbirds to record general population and health changes over time. She has tracked golden eagles using radio telemetry to determine territory size and migration patterns. Ms. Rose has also worked with state agencies to improve breeding habitat for numerous federally listed avian species.

Ms. Rose has experience identifying, tracking, handling, and managing both sensitive and non-sensitive wildlife species. Tasks have included presence/absence surveys, habitat assessments, bat emergence surveys, and literature reviews for known occurrences of special status species. She has performed services for the oil/gas and resource extraction industries, private organizations, and governmental agencies.

Ms. Rose has also assisted with a multitude of other environmental resource studies; water quality, macroinvertebrates, and wetland and streams in multiple states. She has completed both private and watershed scale water quality investigations. These investigations included water sample collections per various state parameters along with detailed field measurements from water supply wells, springs, ponds, and streams. She has assisted in the mapping and delineation of waters of the US and State, and has assisted macroinvertebrate studies to aid in stream class determination/use attainment studies.

Other duties for Ms. Rose have included writing technical reports and assisting with the preparation of permit applications for local, state, and federal government agencies. Completed applications she was worked on include, but are not limited to, Nationwide Permits for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and General Permits for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


Matthew Gillian, Staff Scientist

Matthew Gillian - Experience

Mr. Gillian is a Staff Scientist at Pittsburgh Wildlife & Environmental, Inc. His experience includes working with endangered/threatened species, monitoring at-risk streams, assisting with wetland delineations, and using ArcGIS to create maps. He has performed services in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Mr. Gillian has participated in numerous bat mist net surveys. The surveys were completed to determine presence/probable absence, species diversity, hibernacula usage, emergence/dispersal, and habitat usage. Additional field activities included the following: measuring, weighing, photographing, and tracking transmitter equipped bats, and identifying bats to species. Mr. Gillian has used surface radio telemetry to successfully determine critical habitat of the federally endangered Indiana bat and federally threatened Northern Long-eared bat.

Mr. Gillian also has experience handling endangered/threatened fish and wildlife species. He has assisted in surveys for the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) to determine distribution in the region. His field duties included using maps to find potential sampling locations, collecting tissue samples from captured individuals, and recording GPS points. Mr. Gillian also participated in surveys for the Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi). His duties included recording all collected data, collecting water samples, and capturing crayfish.

Mr. Gillian also has experience with monitoring water quality. He has worked on reclaimed mine sites measuring the stream flow and water chemistry of several at risk streams. Mr. Gillian assists in wetland and stream delineations in several states and his duties include using a sub-meter GPS unit to map wetland boundaries and other aquatic resources.

Mr. Gillian frequently uses ArcGIS to create figures for clients and agency reports. His duties include using GIS databases to locate potential mine portals and mining limits, delineating forested habitat, and using GPS data collected in the field to create figures.


Jennifer Dreibelbis, Staff Scientist

Jennifer Dreibelbis - Experience

Ms. Dreibelbis is a USFWS approved Indiana bat surveyor and has completed multiple presence/probable absence survey projects for the oil and gas industries, mineral extraction projects, wind farm development, transmission line permitting, and land development projects located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Illinois. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she studied wildlife and fisheries science, and forestry.

Ms. Dreibelbis specializes in presence/absence surveys for the Indiana bat. She has completed numerous mist-net sites and fall portal surveys throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. She has handled and identified over 2,100 Vespertilionidae including the Indiana bat and Northern Long-eared bat. Ms. Dreibelbis has completed bat surveys using various methodologies including: mist-nets, harp-traps, and acoustic detectors. The surveys were completed to determine presence/absence, species diversity, hibernacula usage, emergence/dispersal, and habitat usage. Additional field activities included the following: banding, measuring, weighing, transmitter attachment, photo documentation, tracking of transmitter equipped bats, and identifying bats to                                                                                           species.

Ms. Dreibelbis has used surface based radio telemetry to successfully determine critical habitat, daytime roost use, foraging territories, and nursery colonies of federally endangered bat species. Additionally, she has entered and analyzed foraging data using LOAS and Biotas to determine critical foraging habitat for state threatened and endangered bat species. She has also participated in habitat evaluations for both sensitive and non-sensitive species.

Ms. Dreibelbis has performed stream and wetland identification, assessments, and delineations for private individuals, corporations, and government agencies. Ms. Dreibelbis also has five years of experience working for an environmental forensics laboratory as an assistant engineer scientist. During these five years, she was active both in the lab, and in the field. In both settings, she was responsible for sample collection, preparation, analysis, data interpretation, client communications, project management, and report writing.