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Environmental Professionals Radio (EPR)

Nic Frederick and Laura Thorne

EPR is Connecting Environmental Professionals through Conversation! Our show is brought to you by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and follows environmental professionals at all levels of their career in a variety of industries to bring you a nuanced and informed discussion on what it’s like to work in the environmental arena. Hear us talk through failures, struggles, and successes of the typical environmental professional. We will also highlight news, updates, and fun facts from the scientific community. With over 80 episodes and counting, we are excited to provide this podcast as a way to reach environmental professionals, students, and educators who have one thing in common: we spend our time working to protect the environment.
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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Boran Ma, Postdoctoral Researcher at Duke University about Materials Science, Comedy, and Communications. Read her full bio below.
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Showtimes:
3:38 Nic & Laura talk about communication strategies
7:16 Interview with Boran Ma Starts
7:41 Material Science
23:44 Comedy
33:30 Communications

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This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.
Connect with Boran Ma at https://www.linkedin.com/in/boran-ma-nu/
Guest Bio:
Bo is currently a Postdoc Associate at Duke University. Starting January 2023, she is joining the faculty of the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi as an Assistant Professor. Bo got her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to that, she got her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology.
Bo does computational research on polymer materials. She uses molecular modeling and simulation to understand the underlying physics and mechanisms and to better design polymeric materials and systems, specifically for energy and sustainability applications.
In her free time, Bo enjoys doing standup comedy, running, hiking, paddle boarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. Due to her passion about both science and comedy, Bo has been working on a science communications workshop where she helps students integrate comedy writing skills into science communications.
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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Sunny Fleming, ESRI's Environment and Conservation Industry Specialist at ESRI, about Getting the Most out of Conferences, ESRI Updates, and get her Latest Thoughts on the Infrastructure Bill. Read her full bio below.
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Showtimes:
2:15 Nic & Laura talk about getting the most out of conferences
13:03 Interview with Sunny Fleming Starts
15:15 Benefits of attending conferences
23:31 ESRI updates
40:08 Sunny's thoughts on the Infrastructure Bill after reading it word for word

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This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.
Connect with Sunny Fleming at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunny-esri
Guest Bio:
As the National Solution Engineer for state environmental agencies, Sunny is responsible for supporting some of Esri’s longest-standing customers: fish and wildlife agencies, environmental regulation, agriculture, state parks, historical preservation, and natural heritage programs. She loves helping our customers shape their vision and innovate to meet their business challenges.
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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!
On today’s episode, we talk with Kylie Johnson, Southwest Ohio Regional Director for the Ohio Environmental Council about Environmental Advocacy, Pageants, and Transitioning from Country to City Life. Read her full bio below.
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Showtimes:
2:44 Nic & Laura Talk about writing a good email
9:18 Interview with Kylie Johnson Starts
11:04 Pageants
15:29 Environmental Advocacy
21:12 Transitioning from Country to City Life
25:31 Field Notes

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This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.
Connect with Kylie Johnson at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyliejanejohnson/
Guest Bio:
As the Southwest Ohio Regional Director for the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC), Kylie Johnson works to advance environmental justice and make protection of Ohio’s land, air, and water a priority of local and state leaders. She began her career with the national nonprofit Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE) where she educated high school students about the science, consequences, and solutions of climate change and empowered them to take action. Prior to joining OEC in 2021, Kylie managed the Green Learning Station - a retrofitted gas station transformed into a LEED Platinum certified environmental education center and green infrastructure demonstration site. Kylie earned her B.S. in Conservation Science from Muskingum University and M.S. in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, where she was funded by the USDA Forest Service and Georgetown University to conduct urban composting research in Edinburgh, Scotland; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore, Maryland.
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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Wesley Knapp, Chief Botanist at NatureServe about NatureServe, Extinct Plants, and Field Stories. Read his full bio below.

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Showtimes:
2:03 Nic & Laura talk about Industry Innovations
7:45 Interview with Wesley Knapp Starts
12:16 NatureServe
15:45 Extinct Plants
33:15 Field Stories

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Connect with Wesley Knapp at https://www.linkedin.com/in/wesley-knapp-71787221/
Guest Bio:
Wesley Knapp is the Chief Botanist at NatureServe. Wes has over 20 years of experience working in the NatureServe Network as a Botanist and Ecologist with both the Maryland and North Carolina Natural Heritage Programs. He has extensive field experience across much of the United States and numerous other countries. His research interests include identifying and preventing plant extinction events and describing undescribed plant species. Wes has a B.S. from Catawba College, a M.S. from Delaware State University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Ryan McClean, Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager about Scouts, Trail Building, and Invasive Plants. Read his full bio below.
Today's episode is sponsored by The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation
https://www.stoneandholtweeksfoundation.org/
Showtimes:
2:22 Nic & Laura talk about the do's & don'ts of submitting resumes
11:25 Interview with Ryan McClean Starts
12:01 Scouts
14:15 Trail Building
18:04 Invasive Plants
31:02 Field Notes

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Guest Bio:
Ryan’s love for nature was fostered at a young age through years of outdoor activities with the Boy Scouts. In an effort to better understand what he loved, he received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2017. He got involved with invasive species by spending time in a research lab that focused on how invasive species and deer interact with the native forest plant communities. After three years in the lab, including two summer experiences, he completed his capstone project researching interactions between invasive plants and invasive earthworms. Since graduating, he spent two years serving with AmeriCorps. His service included managing invasive plants with the Invasives Strike Force, building trails in Sterling Forest, and restoring and protecting aquatic resources in Montana. Ryan spent 2019 as the Trail Conference's Conservation Corps Invasives Strike Force Crew Leader before transitioning to the position of Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager. When he’s not waging war against invasive plants, you can find him looking for interesting bugs and fungi, cooking for friends and family, and unwinding through gaming.
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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Ryan Hathaway, Environmental Justice Coordinator for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, about the DOI, Reinventing Yourself, and Workplace Culture. Read his full bio below.
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Showtimes:
1:44 Nic & Laura talk about Managing Social Media
8:41 Interview with Ryan Hathaway Starts
9:12 The Department of the Interior
20:18 Reinventing Yourself
27:53 Workplace Culture
36:07 Field Notes

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Guest Bio:

Ryan Hathaway is the Environmental Justice Coordinator for the Department of the Interior (DOI). Previous he led the Department's Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Program, and prior was the Branch Chief for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Land Use Planning at the Bureau of Land Management. Ryan has his Bachelor's in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware; and a Master's in Natural Resource Management, and in Sustainable Development and International Policy both from Virginia Tech University. In his free time, Ryan is adjuct faculty and sits in an advisory board at Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and University of Delaware Biden Center for Public Policy, he sits on the boards of several animal shelters and NGOs around the world, and coaches and mentor's youth soccer goalkeepers entering the US Olympic Development Program. He enjoys travelling, playing slide guitar, smoking BBQ, managing his hobby farm with his wife, and being barefoot and outdoors whenever possible.

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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Nicolas Holm, entrepreneur about GIS Tools, Following your Passions, and Being an Adrenaline Junkie. Read his full bio below.

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Showtimes:
2:29 Nic & Laura discuss EPR
8:27 Interview with Nicolas Holm Starts
17:17 GIS Tools
22:03 Following your Passions
36:50 Being an Adrenaline Junkie

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This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.

Connect with Nicolas Holm at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolas-holm/

Guest Full Bio:
Nicolas is a self-taught GIS mastermind and lifetime entrepreneur. He is mission focused, having assembled and given away over 2000 free GIS tools, maps and dashboards for Defense, Public Safety, Oceans, Hydrology, Oil Spills, Natural Disasters, Geo-AI. Nicolas creates Centralized Intelligence platforms called GIS Superclusters for Earth surveillance, that transform data into decisions. His work is focused on helping others, by raising awareness around key issues and tackling climate change. He is multi-lingual, world citizen and traveler, yogi, gemstone photographer, pianist, drone pilot, windsurfer, horseman, expert skier. Nicolas is a proud and grateful father who can be found at home on a beach or mountain biking in nature.

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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Fred Wagner, Partner with Venable, LLP about Court Cases, the CEQ Phase II Rule, and Monza. Read his full bio below.

Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode VENABLE, LLP! Check them out at https://www.venable.com/

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Showtimes:
1:40 Nic & Laura talk about what makes a good storyteller
5:58 Interview with Fred Wagner starts
20:02 Court Cases
36:05 CEQ Phase II Rule
57:28 Monza

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This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.

Connect with Fred Wagner at linkedin.com/in/fred-wagner-59043019

Guest Bio:

Fred Wagner focuses his practice on environmental and natural resources issues associated with major infrastructure, mining and energy project development. Fred helps clients manage and then defend in court environmental reviews performed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or equivalent state statutes. He works with public agencies and private developers to secure permits and approvals from federal and state regulators under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Fred is familiar with the full range of issues surrounding USDOT surface transportation programs, including grant management, procurement, suspension and debarment, and safety regulations. During his career, Fred has handled a wide variety of environmental litigation in federal trial and appellate courts across the country, from citizen suits, to government enforcement actions, to Administration Procedure Act (APA) challenges.

Fred was appointed Chief Counsel of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during the Obama administration. He managed all legal matters involving the $40 billion Federal-Aid Highway program, including environmental and natural resources issues for highway and multimodal transportation projects. Among other high-profile projects, he oversaw the agency’s defense of the following: New York's Tappan Zee Bridge, San Francisco's Presidio Parkway, Chicago's Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, Kentucky and Indiana's Ohio River Bridges, North Carolina's Bonner Bridge, Alabama's Birmingham Northern Beltline, Wisconsin's Zoo Interchange, and Washington's State Road 520 Bridge. He represented the FHWA on government-wide Transportation Rapid Response Team, a multi-agency task force focused on improving project delivery and environmental review reforms.

Fred began his career as a trial attorney in the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Misdemeanor Trial Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Venable, he spent more than 20 years in private practice at a national law firm focusing on environmental and natural resources issues.

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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!
On today’s episode, we talk with Ron Deverman, Vice-President and National Environmental Planning Leader for STV about Indigenous Knowledge, Music, and the Family Farm. Read his full bio below.
Today's episode is sponsored by STV. STV is an award-winning professional firm consistently ranking among the country's top companies in education, justice, highways, bridges, rail and mass transit sectors. STV attributes its success as the direct result of their employees' commitment to innovation and quality. Throughout the United States and Canada, STV’s professional, technical and support personnel offer services to a broad and expanding client base.
https://stvinc.com/

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Showtimes:
2:15 Laura & Nic talk about getting work done in between meetings
10:23 Interview with Ron Deverman Starts
14:43 Indigenous Knowledge
35:19 Music
41:48 Family Farm

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Connect with Ron Deverman at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ron-deverman-a521b411/
Guest Bio:

Ron is Vice-President and National Environmental Planning Leader for STV, a national planning, engineering, and architecture firm. Ron has over 35-years-experience managing NEPA environmental impact assessment projects for transportation infrastructure improvements, such as transit, passenger and freight rail, highways, and bridges, with special expertise in community impact assessment, cumulative effects analysis, and other federal environmental regulations. Ron is a Past President of NAEP and IAEP and he is the current Chair of NAEP’s Leadership Development Initiative. Ron is a Certified Environmental Professional by Eminence and a NAEP Fellow for his exemplary service and over 30-year commitment to NAEP and the environmental professions. Ron is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University teaching a Masters’ course in NEPA and Context Sensitive Solutions. He is a published poet and has spoken nationally and internationally on many subjects, including key competencies for environmental professionals, environmental stewardship, and the public health impacts and benefits of our transportation choices. Ron comes from generations of farmers in Illinois’ heartland and farmed for a living while attending college. Ron’s education includes a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, a MA in English from the University of Illinois in Springfield, and post-graduate studies in NEPA and related environmental studies.
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Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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