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Chip Harper - Limnologist/Director of Field Operations

Chip Harper, Limnologist, has been with ERD since 1994. Mr. Harper is responsible for oversight of all research and monitoring projects including activities such as equipment selection and installation, collection of surface water, data review and compilation, data QA/QC, statistical analyses, trend evaluations, and report preparation. Mr. Harper received a B.S. in Limnology from the University of Central Florida and an M.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. While Mr. Harper has worked with ERD, he has served as both a field and laboratory technician and was the Director of Field Operations for 10 years. Mr. Harper has directed data collection on over 50 lake and stormwater projects and has been responsible for the collection of over 15,000 stormwater, surface water, groundwater and sediment samples.

B.S. - Biology (Limnology), University of Central Florida, 1997
M.S. - Environmental Sciences, University of Central Florida (in progress)

Professional Experience
987-Present: Field Operations Technician/Director of Field Operations: Environmental Research & Design, Inc. - Orlando, Florida
Activities: Responsible for lake monitoring, installation of stormwater sampling equipment, collection and compositing of stormwater samples, and collection and identification of sediment samples. Design and fabrication of specialized sample collection equipment.
Mr. Harper has served as Director of Field Operations on over 100 surface water projects and has been responsible for the collection of over 20,000 stormwater, surface water, groundwater, and sediment samples.

Areas of Expertise
General Limnology
Field Instrumentation
Aquatic Biology
Environmental Sample Collection




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