About Oxbow Associates, Inc.
Oxbow Associates, Inc. has more than 50 years combined experience in wetlands science and the evaluation and study rare animals and plants. Oxbow has obtained wetlands and threatended and endangered species permit for diverse clients since 1991. In addition to a full range of wetland delineation and permitting services, Oxbow specializes in permitting and sometimes required field studies of herpetozoan species ; turtles, snakes and amphibians, native to the New England, botanical surveys of rare plants and communities and invertebrate investigations.
Oxbow Associates provides wetlands and rare and endangered species services to clients in Massachusetts and all adjacent states.. Clients include utilities, engineering firms, site developers, government and municipalities, conservation organizations and homeowners. In Massachusetts, Oxbow Associates has successfully obtained Conservation and Management Permits on behalf of clients since the inception of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MGL, Ch. 131A). Our Conservation and Management permits obtained pursuant to the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act include complex, multip-species project sites from Cape Cod and the Islands (Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard) to the Berkshires. We have also worked in bordering states (NH, CT, RI, NY) and assisted project teams through their applicable rare species regulatory review.
Oxbow Associates Partners & Associates
One of the most valuable assets we have at Oxbow Associates is our broad network of associates. Our President and Vice President have been involved in many research projects, conferences, and workshops resulting in an expansive network of environmental connections. If we do not possess first-hand expertise on a given topic, we can call on our network of “Associates Scientists” to fulfill the Client’s needs.
Brian Butler, President
Mr. Butler conducts wetlands delineations, permitting and design of wetland restoration and mitigation plans and reviews wetland delineations for conservation commissions in Massachusetts. He has completed the Federal 40-hr. Federal Wetland Delineation Methodology Course and has obtained his Unmanned Aerial Systems (“drone”) pilot (FAA 107) license, and was certified by the State of New Hampshire as a Wetland Scientist. He presents workshops on wetlands ecology for regulators and special interest groups and has authored six peer-reviewed publications on northeastern turtle species’ biology and numerous popular articles and presentations on wetlands and wildlife subject matter.
Scott Smyers, Vice President and Senior Scientist
Mr. Smyers provides consultation services for all phases of projects (permitting to construction oversight), including residential and commercial developments, utility projects, roadway improvements, airport expansions, and development within military facilities. He also conducts wetland delineations, mitigation design, permit preparation, construction oversight, and monitoring of restoration/mitigation areas.
He continues to work on independent research on the evolutionary biology and ecology of amphibians and reptiles in New England. His research interests are broad, but include life history plasticity and population biology of amphibians, ecology of freshwater turtles, ecology of snakes, and the functional ecology of larval caddisflies in ephemeral ponds.
Ron Strohsahl, Staff Scientist & GIS Specialist
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a focus in Ecology at Providence College. During his time as an undergraduate he assisted in a research project responsible for quantifying the effects of temperature and prey availability on the population of comb jellyfish (Mnemiopsis leidyi), in Narragansett Bay, RI. After graduating he worked with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project helping to gather scientific data on the nesting success of the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
Early in 2016 he completed Pennsylvania State University’s Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with coursework in database management, and programming using Python within ArcGIS.
Mr. Strohsahl has carried out wildlife studies for several of Massachusetts’ state-listed species such as marbled, blue-spotted, and Jefferson salamanders. In addition, he has performed radio-telemetry studies with spotted turtle (Clemmys gutatta; formerly listed), Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), and northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix). He also prepares local, state, and federal wetland and environmental permit documents, as well as, GIS based plan materials and maps.
Kyle Cormier, Environmental Scientist II
Kyle is a registered Unmanned Aerial Systems pilot (FAA 107), and has flown missions that involve cover type assessments, monitoring, and creation of orthomosaics for mapping purposes and tracking land use changes over short intervals, including during the course of construction and restoration projects. He also holds a New York State Stormwater, State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit (#GP-0-15-002).
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Minor in Earth Science at Fitchburg State University. During his time as an undergraduate he assisted in a research project using DNA barcoding to assist with plant identification, and an independent project comparing invertebrate diversity between upland and wetland habitats. After graduating, he volunteered with North County Land Trust and Mount Grace Land Trust, performing GIS analysis, field GPS, and land stewardship. Kyle is an active board member with Friends of Wachusett Mountain, and has presented his projects at the annual Northeast Natural History Conference.