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Jennifer L. Jermalowicz-Jones, MS, PhD Candidate, is the Water Resources Director and Owner at RLS and oversees over 50 inland lake projects which include aquatic vegetation mapping and management, lake sediment reduction studies and management, algal quantification and identification and algal management programs, and watershed management programs. She has over 23 years of experience in lake research and management and is pursuing her doctoral degree from Michigan State University in Water Resource Development. She is also the President-Elect on the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, serves as the Science Advisory Chair and as a Corporate Director on the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Board of Directors, has won numerous awards for her aquatic ecosystem research, and has presented numerous papers at state and national conferences on water resource and lake management. Jennifer is also a certified professional watershed manager and is currently studying for her certification in community engagement.

Michael SolomonMichael J. Solomon, MS, is the Wexford County Drain Commissioner, past-president of the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, and has over 40 years of experience in Hydrology with the United States Forest Service. He has worked on numerous lakes across the state conducting water quality investigations. In addition, he has served on zoning and planning committees to help lake owners and local municipalities make environmentally sound decisions in regards to low impact development for lake protection. Mike also possesses an erosion control certification.

Nick GressickNick J. Gressick, MS, has an extensive background in wetlands and aquatic ecology. He has worked extensively with the Michigan Nature Association and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. His work on inland lakes includes aquatic vegetation identification and mapping, macroinvertebrate analyses, fishery studies, and water quality studies. Nick also teaches as an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University and Davenport University. Courses that he has taught include Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, and more.

Lon CooperLon M. Cooper, PhD Candidate, PE, Hydrogeologist, has an extensive background in groundwater-surface interactions and studies dynamic hydrological processes and their impacts on surface water quality. Lon is a licensed professional engineer in many states, including Michigan.

Grant JonesGrant L. Jones, BS, is the Field Operations Officer that is responsible for lake surveys, safe boating practices by RLS staff, and maintenance of all equipment in the field and laboratory. Additionally, he is responsible for all GPS/GIS software applications to allow for the most precise field information. Grant obtained a dual BS degree in Marine Science and Biology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin SylvesterKevin Sylvester, MS, has earned both a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a Master’s degree in Education from Grand Valley State University. He currently is inspiring the scientists of tomorrow as an 8th grade science teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. His love of lakes has made him a natural fit for the company in the roles of biological diver, boat operator, and science advisor. Kevin is also on the maintenance team, and performs scheduled maintenance and repairs on the equipment.