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Laura Herrero

Laura is a certified senior ecologist and is the director of the firm’s environmental group.  She joined Johnson Engineering in 2000 and brings both private and public sector experience in the environmental field. Her environmental consulting experience includes wetland delineation; protected species surveys; habitat and species management plans; biological monitoring; coordination and permitting with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Fish and Wildlife Service biological assessments; mitigation proposals; environmental impact statements, environmental resource permit and federal dredge and fill permit applications with follow-through to permit issuance and post-permit compliance. Laura has done considerable permitting for the Lee County Department of Transportation on Gladiolus Drive widening, Six-Mile Cypress Parkway widening, Alico Road corridor study, and Section 33 Regional Mitigation Site. She worked with the Florida Department of Transportation on the expansion of S.R. 776 in Charlotte County, S.R. 64 in Manatee County, and S.R. 70 in DeSoto County, as well as working with Collier County for Phases II and III of Livingston Road Corridor and expansion of Goodlette-Frank Road. Laura is also a FAA Qualified Airport Wildlife Biologist and has worked with the Lee County Port Authority to identify and address potential hazardous wildlife attractants on airport property through wildlife hazard assessments, permitting and implementation of habitat modification projects, and wildlife monitoring during construction projects.


John Curtis

John is a certified senior ecologist on the environmental team. He joined Johnson Engineering in 1997 and his environmental consulting experience includes wetland delineations, environmental resource permitting, protected species surveys, relocations and management plans, conservation bank permitting for threatened and endangered species, mitigation plan design and monitoring, native habitat restoration and expert witness testimony. He managed all aspects of environmental permitting for The Forum, a 700-acre mixed-use development in Fort Myers as well as the City of Cape Coral SW 6/7 Utility Expansion Project, which included 51± miles of new utility lines and required permitting and management for five active bald eagle nests, 95 burrowing owl and 36 gopher tortoise burrows. John is currently working to obtain state and federal environmental permits for the Lee County School District and several Florida Gulf Coast University Expansion projects. John is an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (GTA-09-00137) by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and has managed numerous successful gopher tortoise relocation projects, including the Coral Creek Airport Expansion, Helms Road Extension and Babcock Ranch Community Phase 1A and 1B1 projects in Charlotte, Hendry and Lee Counties. He also is a FAA Qualified Airport Wildlife Biologist and has worked with the Lee County Port Authority to address potential hazardous wildlife attractants on airport property through wildlife hazard assessments and wildlife monitoring during implementation of habitat modification projects. John obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rollins College in 1994.


David W. Ceilley

David joined Johnson Engineering in 2013 as a Certified Senior Ecologist by ESA. David is also a Research Associate and Graduate Faculty member at the Florida Gulf Coast University. David has over 29 years of professional experience in limnology, marine biology, wetland ecology, fish, wildlife, and macroinvertebrate studies. David serves on the Florida Bonneted Bat Working Group for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and is experienced in conducting acoustic and visual bat surveys. His past work experience includes serving as the Director of Environmental Science for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the Restoration Ecologist and Land Manager for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. In partnership with Johnson Engineering, David completed a Baseline Biological Assessment of Herpetofauna, Mammals, and Aquatic Fauna at Babcock Ranch and modeled wildlife movement patterns across a large landscape of private and conservation lands David was the principal investigator for the evaluation of the effects of land use change on eastern indigo snakes at the C-44 reservoir site and Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area in Martin Co. FL.


Gary Nychyk

Gary is an ecologist who’s primary focus is on vegetation mapping, wildlife surveys, protected species management plans, wetland jurisdictional determinations, and wetland mitigation monitoring. He works closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as well as local city and county agencies.


Jessica Ward

Jessica joined Johnson Engineering’s environmental team in 2016. She has nearly 17 years of experience as a biologist, and 12 years of experience as an environmental consultant. Jessica specializes in the planning, coordinating and supervising of habitat monitoring programs, impact assessments and mitigation planning for wetland, coastal and marine environments. She is highly familiar with the various ecosystems of south Florida. Her experience includes preparation of both ERP and JCP permit applications for various projects, and supporting environmental documentation including Biological Assessments in support of ESA Section 7 consultation, Essential Fish Habitat Assessments under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and NEPA documentation. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, for multiple industries and brings a wide range of experience, from FDOT PD&E studies, to shoreline protection projects, to marina development and permitting.