Church serves as director of the firm’s environmental consulting team, whose ecologists have more than 100 years of combined experience. Working on all aspects of environmental projects for the firm, he is instrumental in the permitting of projects and preparing and implementing ecological programs for private, local, state and federal entities that involve benthic resources, sensitive lands, critical habitat and protected species. Church often serves as a liaison between clients and government officials for environmental services. He continues to conduct field reconnaissance and remains active in biological fieldwork, including wetland determinations; biological assessments for projects involving protected species; agency coordination; mitigation assessments and banking for listed species and wetlands; field sampling; biological report preparation and benthic assessments. Church is the project manager for the Lee County Port Authority.
John is a senior ecologist of the environmental team with more than 15 years experience working on many of the firm’s key projects. His environmental consulting experience includes wetland delineations, environmental resource permitting, protected species surveys and relocations, habitat and protected species mapping and management plans, conservation bank permitting for threatened and endangered species, macroinvertebrate sampling, mitigation plan design and monitoring, native habitat restoration, project management, and expert witness testimony for ecological related matters. He managed all aspects of environmental permitting for The Forum, a 700-acre mixed-use development in Fort Myers. John is an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (GTA-09-00137) by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and recently managed the successful relocation of gopher tortoises for the Coral Creek Airport Expansion and Powell Creek Filter Marsh projects in Charlotte and Lee Counties. He is currently working to obtain state and federal environmental resource permits for the Boca Grande Causeway Swing Bridge Replacement and Airport-Sears MSBU Drainage Improvements projects in Lee and Hendry Counties. John obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rollins College in 1994.
Laura is a senior ecologist in the environmental team with more than 17 years of 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.
Sarah joins Johnson Engineering from the Seminole Tribe of Florida where she worked as the Tribe’s Wildlife Biologist for six years. Her experience includes surveying and monitoring Florida wildlife including federal and state listed species such as the northern crested caracara, gopher tortoise, Everglade snail kite, Florida scrub jay and Florida panther. She has extensive experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act, tribal laws and sovereignty as well as many other federal regulations. Her previous work also involved writing biological assessments for many types of projects, prescribed burn plans and other land management activities, in addition to, project and mitigation plan permitting and compliance, developing and maintaining project and species GIS databases, and community outreach. Sarah is an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent (GTA-10-00083) and has several SCUBA certifications.