Key Personnel

Shane Beck, President / Principal Scientist
Shane has been with MBC since 1992, and has designed and conducted environmental monitoring and reporting programs throughout southern California. He has extensive CEQA/NEPA project experience, including interfacing with regulatory and resource agencies. He has designed and implemented thermal effects and entrainment/impingement studies for coastal generating stations. He is experienced in all phases of data analysis, technical writing, and project management for nearshore marine, estuarine, and terrestrial environmental surveys. Field experience includes water column profiling, water and sediment chemistry sample collection, otter trawls, beam trawls, plankton tows, beach seines, rocky intertidal habitat assessments, benthic infauna collection, and kelp/eelgrass restoration.

Charles T. Mitchell, Vice President / Managing Scientist
Chuck founded MBC in 1969, and he is former President with experience in directing and implementing environmental studies involving the monitoring and assessment of the effects of resource utilization on coastal environments from southern California to Alaska. He has published over 20 scientific papers, and is the senior author or editor on more than 600 major reports for industry, government, and academia. His major areas of expertise include fish ecology, habitat enhancement of coastal wetlands and kelp beds, fisheries, and artificial reef ecology.

Mr. Mitchell has worked closely with clients and local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. He is the designer and patent holder of a variety of marine sampling devices. Chuck is active in both the private and academic sector; he currently serves as an appointed member of the Biology Advisory Council at the California State University, Long Beach, is the past Chairman of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologist- Southern California District, and past Board Member for the Southern California Academy of Sciences.

He is a member of the California Department of Fish and Game's Scientific Advisory Team for the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, and a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Esteros, a bi-national organization for the preservation of Baja California's coastal wetlands. He has also served as an invited panelist on joint US and Mexican meetings on environmental issues facing Baja California.

Michael J. Mancuso, Vice President of Operations / Managing Scientist
Mike joined MBC in 1972, and has extensive experience in marine biology, with expertise in QA/QC protocols, health and safety programs, and toxicity testing. He is responsible for field scheduling and coordination, laboratory scheduling and turn-around, field and laboratory QA/QC, health and safety, and logistical activities at MBC since 1976. Mike is an experienced QA/QC Officer for NPDES receiving water monitoring programs, 316(b) monitoring programs, Radiological Ecological Monitoring Programs, and freshwater and marine acute and chronic aquatic toxicity testing.

He routinely directs computer operations; configuring hardware and software packages, designing and implementing databases, and designating the most appropriate software or analysis required for project specific applications. Mike is responsible for the development, implementation, training, safety audits, and revisions for all health and safety programs. Interface with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

Michael D. Curtis, Senior Scientist
Mike has been with MBC since 1979, but has over 35 years of experience as a marine biologist with specialized expertise in coastal benthic ecology and fishes. He is an expert in kelp bed restoration and eelgrass restoration in coastal lagoons and bays. He is responsible for design, implementation, and management of marine monitoring programs. Experienced with NEPA and CEQA requirements for impact assessment documentation for biological and water resources components of EIRs and EISs. Mike has interfaced with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. He is also experienced in impact assessments for the Endangered Species Act, and serves as the MBC Diving Safety Officer. Since his original diving certifications he has logged approximately 6,500 dives, around 3,500 of which have been research or work related.

Carol L. Paquette, Senior Scientist
With over 40 years of experience studying marine and terrestrial habitats throughout southern California, Carol joined MBC in 1978. Her experience includes biological assessments of sensitive species, biological site assessments, field identification of coastal salt marsh, freshwater marsh, riparian, beach, and coastal plants and animals. Expertise in the collection and identification of marine plants and animals from mudflats to intertidal to coastal habitats. She is experienced in marsh and riparian habitat restoration and monitoring, and coastal bird surveys. Ms. Paquette is experienced in all aspects of data collection, reduction, and analysis, and serves as one of MBC's technical editors.

David G. Vilas, Senior Scientist
David joined MBC in 1987, and has over 30 years of experience in the field of marine biology, specializing in the identification of marine annelids. His experience includes the collection and identification of fish and invertebrates, kelp and eelgrass restoration projects, bird surveys and water quality and sediment testing. David currently serves as Project Manager and Technical Writer on MBC projects and reports. He manages MBC's Biological Laboratory, supervising the technical staff, maintaining QA/QC requirements, and ensuring timely project completion. He is experienced with regulatory and CEQA/NEPA compliance and preparing impact assessments for coastal and terrestrial sites. He has prepared environmental documentation for several planned seawater desalination facilities in southern California with knowledge of impacts related to the intake of seawater and discharge of by-product brine into the coastal environment.

Eric F. Miller, Senior Scientist
Eric has 14 years of experience in coastal ecology and fisheries of southern California. Mr. Miller completed his Master of Science in biology at California State University, Northridge in 2004 concentrating on ichthyology and marine fish ecology. His research has focused on the life history, migration, reproductive development, mating systems, population dynamics, ecology, and biogeography of coastal marine fishes. Mr. Miller has published several papers detailing the life history and ecology of several common marine species, covering both adult and larval stages. He has demonstrated experience in project design and management, database design and management, GIS, field collections, larval and adult fish taxonomy, larval and adult otolith-based research and analysis, data analysis, and technical writing.

Robert H. Moore, Project Scientist
Bob has more than 30 years of experience studying marine environments throughout southern California, specializing in water quality monitoring and water and sediment chemistry sampling. He joined MBC in 1989. He is experienced in benthic, fish, and plankton sampling; and kelp and eelgrass habitat analyses and restoration studies. Bob has extensive field experience with fish and invertebrate taxonomic identification, including subtidal diving surveys. Bob was NAUI certified in 1974 at UCLA, and has logged more than 2,400 scientific dives. He is experienced in the use of multiple types of sampling equipment, field equipment calibration and maintenance, data analysis, and report preparation.

Sonja M. Beck, Project Coordinator / Group Scientist
Sonja has more than 20 years experience as an aquatic toxicity laboratory and biological field technician, and started at MBC in 1989. She is currently Manager of MBC's in-house toxicity testing laboratory. Ms. Beck is responsible for client contacts, data analysis, reporting of results, and quality control and assurance of laboratory. She assists in the day-to-day maintenance of the laboratory; sample check-in, test set-up, monitoring, and break-down. Sonja maintains marine and freshwater organisms under laboratory conditions, and performs acute and chronic freshwater and marine toxicity testing under EPA protocols. She is also experienced in benthic and demersal fish sampling, bird surveys, water quality sampling, dredge monitoring, sorting and QA/QC of benthic samples, performing sediment grain size analyses, and has performed eelgrass restoration projects.