David Merkey, PhD, PWS
David has built his professional career on the idea that understanding natural processes is fundamental to creating design opportunities that maximize ecological uplift, efficiency, and resiliency and decrease energy inputs and maintenance requirements. He’s a Professional Wetland Scientist with graduate degrees in Ecology and Landscape Architecture and has worked in the Natural Resources, Engineering, and Construction industry for more than 17 years. He has spent the last 10 focused on project/program management, wetland and stream design, and environmental compliance on construction projects. David’s knowledge of habitats covers the gradient from submerged aquatic vegetation inland to include freshwater wetlands, ephemeral, intermittent and perennial streams, upland forests, and the urban environment. He has worked at a variety of scales from small LID facilities to regional infrastructure mega-projects and from the early stages of project planning through post-construction monitoring.
David brings a variety of professional experience to GreenVest. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in ecology and site engineering; investigated the effects of climate, geology, and landscape position on wetland characteristics and functions; published monitoring guidance for freshwater ecosystem restoration projects; authored NEPA documents; performed countless forest and wetland delineations; conducted constructability reviews for SWM and environmental construction projects; and coordinated permits with local, state, and federal agencies. He’s also a recent convert to the Agile style of project management. As a Sr. Project Manager at GreenVest, David applies his spatial and temporal understanding of work flow and natural processes to help ensure that projects are done on budget and on time, the first time.