Corporate Services

Marine and Estuarine Services

  • Fisheries Surveys
  • ROV Operations
  • Bathymetry Surveys
  • Side-Scan Sonar Surveys
  • Seagrass Bed Surveys
  • Pipeline Monitoring/Impact Assessments
  • Sediment Analysis/Profiles
  • Artificial Reef Surveys
  • Threatened/Endangered Species Surveys
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Coral Reef Surveys
  • Gravity and Vibra Coring
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • EPA Certified Scientific Dive Team
  • Hazardous Spill Impact Assessments (Hazmat Certified)

Taxonomy Laboratory

Vittor & Associates currently employs six full-time taxonomists with a total of 60 years experience, and four full-time support staff with a total of 65 years experience. We are proficient in the identification of benthic macroinfauna from the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. We have additional experience with samples from the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Russia.

Our Taxonomy Laboratory processes between 2,000 - 3,000 benthic samples per year. We have analyzed more than 60,000 samples in the past 30 years.

Several of our senior taxonomists are nationally recognized experts in the identification of marine crustaceans and polychaetes. Vittor & Associates has published the seven-volume polychaete guide, Taxonomic Guide to the Polychaetes of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, that is acknowledged worldwide.

Wetland and Terrestrial Services

  • Wetland Mitigation Design, Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Wetlands Delineation
  • Wetlands Permitting
  • Wetlands Reconnaissance
  • Wetlands Restoration and Creation
  • Habitat Evaluation/Assessment
  • Threatened/Endangered Species Surveys

Vittor & Associates has considerable experience in coastal and inland wetland and terrestrial ecosystem studies. We routinely perform surveys of jurisdictional wetland boundaries. Our wetland mitigation experience includes habitat evaluation surveys, site selection, project design, excavation management, plant species collection, nurserying, vegetation planting, and monitoring. Other biological surveys performed by Vittor & Associates have included rare and endangered species assessments, non-wetland vegetation, wildlife, and aquatic biota.

Freshwater Services

  • Lotic & Lentic Rapid Bioassessments for Macroinvertebrates and Fish
  • Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) Calculations
  • Instream Flow Modeling/Habitat Simulation Modeling
  • Benthic Macroinvertebrate Surveys
  • Macroinvertebrate Colonization Studies
  • Mussel Surveys
  • Fisheries Surveys
  • Threatened/Endangered Species Surveys
  • Tropical Stream Ecology
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Sediment Analysis/Profiles
  • Lake and Pond Management

Vittor & Associates has been on the forefront of developing and implementing stream rapid bioassessment techniques for macroinvertebrates. We have developed and conducted stream rapid bioassessments in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia. We have also utilized lake rapid bioassessments for macroinvertebrates and developed management plans for small lakes.

Vittor & Associates' has conducted mussel surveys in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and New York for pipeline development and transportation projects, stream and riverine surveys for threatened/endangered mussels and gastropods, long-term monitoring studies and provided expert testimony on the ecology of freshwater mollusks.

GIS/GPS Services

  • Benthic Site Characterizations
  • Wetlands Mapping/Permit Tracking
  • Data Visualization/Exploratory Data Analysis
  • 3-Dimensional Spatial Modeling
  • Pipeline Routing Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Statements/Assessments
  • Watershed Assessment/Management
  • Endangered Species Mapping
  • Forest Management
  • Site Remediation

Vittor & Associates' GIS department utilizes Windows Professional workstations and operates ARC/INFO, ArcView GIS, and ArcGIS software. Numerous software extensions allow us to perform spatial analysis and cell statistics using grid-based data, 3-D spatial analysis and modeling, and image analysis.

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