Chad Linebaugh

    Chad Linebaugh is a full-time Microbiologist/Field Biologist at AECOS, Inc. His responsibilities include laboratory microbiology, nearshore marine environmental surveys, and field sampling in marine, estuarine, and stream environments. His water quality and field project work includes various locations throughout O‘ahu, Maui, and Moloka‘i. He is experienced in field identification of corals, marine fin-fishes, invertebrates, and marine macro-algae from both the Central Pacific and sub-tropical Atlantic/Caribbean basins.

    Mr. Linebaugh's educational background includes biological sciences, marine biology, and geography. His undergraduate degree, received in 2000 from Florida Atlantic University, included field work in the Gulf of Mexico, Biscayne Bay, Everglades National Park, and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. His post-graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University included cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

    In the laboratory, Chad maintains the microbiology laboratory and its equipment, and conducts microbiological testing for our clients. Recent laboratory experiences include weekly microbiological analyses of drinking water for Menehune Water Co., monthly microbiological analyses of drinking water for the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Kaho‘olawe Island system, microbiological monitoring for Manoa Stream, Palolo Stream, Ala Wai Canal, Waikiki Beach, and Sea Life Park, among others.

    Chad conducts stream surveys around the Islands, as the primary biologist or supporting Susan Burr. He is also a diver, and accompanies Stacey Kilarski during marine surveys.

Stacey E. Kilarski

    Stacey Kilarski is a marine scientist and brings experience in marine and social sciences with international involvement in coral reef and fisheries management, research, surveying, and teaching. She has international experience working on marine projects related to marine protected areas, coral reef resilience, climate change adaptation strategies, and socioeconomics of coral reef systems. She is organized, analytical, and an enthusiastic researcher with technical writing and effective communication skills. Stacey's primary responsibilities at AECOS include project coordination, designing and conducting marine biological and water quality surveys, analyzing collected data, and preparing technical reports to assist with impact studies, environmental permit applications, compliance monitoring, resource assessment reports, mitigation plans, and coral transplantation plans.

    Stacey received her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources (Marine Resource Management Concentration) in 2002 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She then went on to complete a Master of Environmental Science and Management in Coastal Marine Resources in 2006 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

    Stacey has practical experience in data management (Microsoft Office Suite), data analysis, technical report preparation, survey development, Endnote, Photopshop, and ArcView9 GIS. She is trained in underwater coral reef surveys and monitoring, visual finfish monitoring, and water quality testing and knowledgeable in resilience concepts for incorporation into monitoring protocols and strategies, and has an understanding and working experience with marine and coastal management policies of the Pacific Islands region. Her certifications include NAUI Rescue Diver, NITROX, First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

Rachael Knapstein

    Rachel Knapstein is a Biologist with AECOS Inc. and has over 9 years of experience in laboratory and environmental sciences including animal husbandry, microbiology, marine biological surveys, and water quality monitoring. Her primary responsibilities at AECOS include monitoring and assessment of water quality, and microbiological analyses. As a field technician, she monitors streams, harbors, and nearshore environments in accordance with water quality regulations outlined in Hawai‘i Administrative Rules and the General Monitoring Guidelines for Section 401 Water Quality Certification Projects. Rachel is a qualified sampler who is thoroughly knowledgeable in all equipment, instruments, SOPs, calibrations, limits, and reporting requirements. As the primary analyst in the microbiology lab, Rachel is responsible for maintaining Hawai‘i State Department of Health laboratory certifications, conducting quality assurance testing, maintaining records and logs, and processing and reporting water samples.

    Rachel Knapstein received two B.S. degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland: Eastern Shore, respectively, in 2008 and a M.S. degree in Marine Science in 2013 from Hawaii Pacific University. She is a certified NOAA diver who has traveled to remote locations. She worked with NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division to survey and remove marine debris, specifically derelict fishing gear, from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and has traveled to Johnston Atoll as a diver with AECOS to sample marine sediment surrounding the atoll. She lead coral reef surveys with the volunteer-based monitoring organization, Reef Check Hawaii, and has worked as a certified Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician for the National Institutes of Health. Rachel is certified in first aid, emergency oxygen administration, CPR, maritime security, and hazardous waste management.

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