MAD Scientist Associates, LLC

March 1, 2022

Vernal pool and salamander season are here!

Did we mention that we geek out over vernal pools this time of year? Last March, our team obtained a special use permit to explore the pools at Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve and found this juvenile Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculata) under a log. The beech leaf, about 3 inches long, provides scale. Their colors are particularly vibrant at this stage!
March 1, 2022

MAD Staff Contributes to Ohio Natural History & OPARC Joint Conference

In his role as Board President of the Ohio Biological Survey, Mark played a key role in the planning of this year’s Ohio Natural History Conference – a joint effort with the Ohio Partnership for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (OHPARC). And his role with OHPARC, Nick also played a key role. Today, he served as a session moderator, and he is also one of the chapter authors for the recent publication of Reptiles of Ohio, which was the inspiration for the conference theme “Herpetology in Ohio.”  It was the best-attended conference to date and was a huge success! Dan also attended the conference and joined Nick, Mark, and OBS Executive Director Dr. Connie Hausman afterward for a group photo. It was a great day with […]
March 1, 2022

Welcome back, Corbin!

We want to give a warm welcome to Corbin Binkley!  Our multi-season and multi-year intern, now a full-time Environmental Technician! Jasper, the office dog, was pleased to have him back in the office after a semester away. Check out our Teams page to learn more about him  Corbin, that is. Not Jasper.  
May 28, 2021

Welcome new MAD Team Members!

We recently celebrated Endangered Species Day and would like to highlight two of our new staff members that will help create and restore Ohio’s native habitat and study-monitor state and federally listed species. Nicholas Smeenk Ph.D., AWB, joins us with a background in wildlife and environmental studies and research in wetland assessment methods. He specializes in herpetology and is Ohio Division of Wildlife Approved Herpetologist for the Eastern Hellbender, Blanding’s Turtle, and Eastern Massasauga in addition to holding a federal recovery permit for the Eastern Massasauga. Jonathan Stechschulte joins us with a background in biology and landscape design. He will lead design efforts for restoration sites and help our clients visualize site goals with his fantastic digital renderings and artwork. Visit our Team and Blog (MAD […]
September 3, 2020

September Photo of the Month

A late-season breeder, the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) waits for the thistledown to be ready so it can provide a soft nest-lining for its young. This brood was spotted in a Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) shrub at a mitigation wetland in Gallant Woods Park, Delaware County, Ohio.
March 6, 2020

2019 Small Business of the Year!

December 18, 2019 We are very excited to be recognized as the 2019 Small Business of the Year by Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, we are thankful for a great staff and for our valued clients and partners. On January 27, 2020, MAD was presented by the Chamber with the award and were additionally surprised with recognitions by Rep. Joyce Beatty, Senator Sherrod Brown, Rep. Troy Balderson, and Rep. Mary Lightbody. It is our pleasure to serve the Westerville community. It is a great base of operations for our small, but growing,  
March 6, 2020

Welcoming Lindsay Hanna, Project Scientist

December 18, 2019 In September, we happily added Lindsay Hanna to our team of ecological professionals. She joins us as a Project Scientist and will specialize in managing ecological surveys, overseeing wetland delineations, and NEPA biological and environmental assessments. She has studied in both Ohio and Michigan, and comes to us with six years of experience in ecological consulting.