Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. - Unknown
Christine S Dilley, CEO & Co-Owner
Chris' experience at an international research institute and in community leadership roles have been valuable experiences for her management of our Business Operations. She earned her B.S. from The Ohio State University. As co-owner and major shareholder, she cultivates marketing strategies, manages associates, as well as leads human resources, finance, and IT efforts. Chris focuses on compliance management related to federal, state, and municipal contracts. Certifications include EDGE, WBE, and WOSB. She currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Partners on the NAWBO Columbus Board of Directors.
Mark A. Dilley, Chief Science Officer & Co-owner
Mark is Chief Science Officer and co-owner of MAD Scientist Associates with his wife, Chris. He is a Professional Wetland Scientist (Society of Wetland Scientists) and Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America) with over 25 years of experience in wetland science, field biology, ecology, and environmental studies. Mark is certified through Ohio EPA's QDC program for Level 3 fish studies and habitat assessments for biological monitoring of wadeable streams and rivers. He has worked on projects in 25 states, but focuses his efforts on his home state of Ohio. (Make the sustainable choice: Hire locally-grown consultants!). Mark received his B.S. in Natural Resources in Fisheries Management and his M.S. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University, with an emphasis on wetlands. His thesis research (Atrazine Fate and Transport in a Created Flow-through Emergent Marsh: An Examination of Key Processes) was completed at the internationally-acclaimed Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at OSU. Mark has continued his connection with OSU as a lecturer for the Wetland Ecology and Restoration course since 2012.
Jennifer Adkins, Environmental Scientist (Specializations: Botany and Environmental Education)
Jenny received her B.S. in Biology and Masters in Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Through her years of schooling and work experience, Jenny has become skilled in plant identification and management practices for invasive species control. She is proficient in completing detailed botanical surveys such as Ohio's FQAI and VIBI. She is a certified delineator, with ORAM training, as well as a surveyor for running buffalo clover. She utilizes her master's in education by working with municipalities and area school districts, developing outdoor programming and environmentally focused curriculum. She also works directly with teachers and other local educators to enhance their approach in utilizing the outdoors and wetlands in their classrooms.
Daniel DeBruler, Environmental Scientist (Specializations: Soils and Environmental Quality)
Daniel earned a B.S. in Soil Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech. His background is focused on soils and the processes which shape their structure, function, and biogeochemistry. Daniel was a soil judge for three consecutive years, ranking 7th individual in the National Collegiate Soils Contest in Bend, Oregon. His research (Soil Carbon and Nutrient Pools: Responses to Competing Vegetation Control and Harvest Residual Retention after Ten Years in Two Douglas-Fir Stands of the Pacific Northwest) and previous work in soils has led him to lay his hands on soils from coast to coast whether it's the dry vineyard soils of California, glacial outwash of the Olympic peninsula in Washington, the red sands of Texas, or the forested soils of Virginia's Blue Ridge. One of Daniel's favorite endeavors is working with land-owners to develop soil inventories and strategies to maintain productive, functional, and diverse soils.
Aaron Laver, Environmental Scientist (Specializations: GIS, Water Resources and Aquatic Ecology)
Aaron first joined MAD Scientist Associates as an intern, and has since become a fully engaged team member. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University where he specialized in Water Science, with an emphasis on waters in the Midwest Region. Aaron has a strong background in aquatic ecology and the application of Geographic Information Systems. He has worked with MAD Scientist Associates to complete environmental projects throughout Ohio and in West Virginia. As a Sergeant in the US Air Force, Aaron has worked in seven countries to reduce the environmental impact of military operations while ensuring the safety of personnel placed under his command. He is also a certified diver and underwater photographer.
Mary Skapof, Environmental Scientist (Specializations: Permitting & Environmental Education)
Mary received her B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources with a specialization in Environmental Education from The Ohio State University. She was a former Naturalist with Columbus Metro Parks and has extensive experience with surface water permitting including NPDES permitting as well as Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan compilation. She is also a Level 2 Qualified Data Collector specializing in Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assessment and is ORAM trained. She utilizes her diverse background to not only assist clients with interpreting the complexities of environmental regulations, but to also assist area schools and educational programs with incorporating environmental education into their lesson planning.
Jim Palus, Environmental Scientist (Specialization: Wetland Restoration)
Jim received his B.S. in Environmental Science and M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from Ohio State University, both degrees specializing in ecological restoration. His undergraduate work focused on aquatic ecology, where he studied harmful algal blooms in a community-managed lake in central Ohio. For his graduate degree, his field work shifted to the Wayne National Forest, where he studied community assembly and successional dynamics. Jim has volunteered with The Nature Conservancy and has served on the board of Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed. More recently, he ran a volunteer tree planting program for the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, assisting the Branch Out Columbus campaign to expand Columbus’s urban tree canopy. Jim is a certified SCUBA diver and is trained in the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for wetlands. He also has an application pending to become a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner-in-Training (CERP-IT) with the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Jenna Odegard, Environmental Scientist (Specialization in Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries and Wildlife)
Jenna is a Minnesota native who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and her Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources- Fisheries and Wildlife from the Ohio State University. Growing up on the thousands of lakes in Minnesota, pursuing undergraduate and graduate research in wetlands (the role of functional diversity in biotic resistance of non-native fishes and invertebrates in Lake Erie coastal wetlands), and actively using her SCUBA certification for work and play has developed a strong interest and deep passion for investigating, protecting, and restoring aquatic-terrestrial interfaces. This is especially important for the great numbers and wide variety of wildlife species that rely on such habitats. She is excited to contribute her biological focus to the MAD Scientist Associates team to support and expand the company’s capabilities and pursue ecological survey and restoration projects in the Midwest.