Staff Background

Dr. Barry A. Vittor was appointed an Assistant Professor of Marine Science in the University of Alabama Marine Science Program in 1971. He was based at Bayou La Batre until 1972, when he assisted in development of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Dr. Vittor was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976, then left the University in 1977 and founded Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc.

While with the University of Alabama, Dr. Vittor’s principal areas of research involved benthic ecology and coastal wetlands. He conducted extensive studies of the effects of channel dredging on estuarine benthos, water quality, and sediments, as well as the potential beneficial uses of dredged material for coastal marsh creation. He also became recognized as an expert in the taxonomy of benthic polychaetous annelids, which comprise a critical component of estuarine and marine bottom-dwelling biota.

Since the inception of Vittor & Associates, Dr. Vittor has been heavily involved in studying the toxicity of sediments and effluents to a wide variety of aquatic and marine organisms. His work has focused primarily on bioassay, bioaccumulation, and risk assessment of dredged material in inland and coastal waters. He has also managed numerous investigations of benthic communities at ocean dredged material disposal sites for the US Environmental Protection Agency and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dr. Vittor has worked for years with wetlands restoration and management projects and has assisted in regulatory agency permitting of hundreds of public and private developments throughout the Southeast.

As a past-Director of the Alabama Coastal Foundation, and a member of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Management committee, Dr. Vittor has been very active in assessing and planning coastal resource management. As President and Senior Scientist at Vittor & Associates, Dr. Vittor has responsibility for planning and coordination of a wide range of environmental programs, including wetlands assessments, ecological restoration, toxicity studies, water quality monitoring, resource characterization and management and long-range planning for dredged material disposal.

Dr. Carl M. Way began his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Instructor of Computer Science at Alderson-Broaddus College in 1983. In 1986, Dr. Way moved to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Dr. Way worked as an Aquatic Ecologist at the Waterways Experiment Station of the U.S. Corps of Engineers from 1988 to 1994. Dr. Way worked primarily on the ecology of benthic organisms in large riverine ecosystems, the effects of commercial navigation traffic on riverine invertebrates, and threatened/endangered species monitoring and recovery plans. In 1990, Dr. Way became a Senior Scientist and Leader of the Aquatic Simulation Team at the Waterways Experiment Station. Dr. Way was responsible for studies in hydraulic stream ecology, instream flow management, dynamic simulation modeling of threatened/endangered species for the evaluation of management plans, stream habitat restoration, and the development of techniques for determining the microhabitat hydrologic requirements of small stream organisms. Additionally, Dr. Way was responsible for managing Team personnel, budgets, project milestones and project deliverables within the Federal Contracting system.

Dr. Way joined Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc. in 1994 as a Senior Program Manager and Senior Scientist. He was responsible for projects dealing with coastal, nearshore and offshore biological monitoring studies, offshore dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) monitoring studies, pipeline monitoring studies, threatened/endangered species surveys, flood control projects, sewage treatment discharge monitoring studies, and habitat restoration studies. As Senior Vice President, Dr. Way is currently responsible for analytical methodologies, technical analyses, and deliverables at Vittor & Associates. Dr. Way is also Project Manager and Senior Scientist for a variety of Federal, State and private environmental services contracts.

Tim D. Thibaut began his professional career in 1986 as a creel surveyor for the Auburn University Fisheries Department. After beginning graduate training in 1988, Mr. Thibaut was employed as a graduate teaching assistant (1988 to 1991) in the Auburn Biology Department and also as a research assistant at the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory (1988 to 1993). As a research assistant, Mr. Thibaut participated in varied and numerous scientific projects, including wetland creation and restoration, monitoring of vegetated aquatic habitats, and experiments of macroinvertebrate behavior, including habitat selection by decapod crustaceans, blue crab prey location, and induction of oyster larvae settlement. Mr. Thibaut has been a post-secondary educator since 1994, serving as adjunct biology faculty at Faulkner State Community College in Fairhope, Alabama.

Mr. Thibaut joined BVA in 1993 as a Staff Biologist and was made a Senior Program Manager in 2002. During his tenure at Vittor & Associates, Mr. Thibaut managed the NEPA process on behalf of public and private sector clients, including production of environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. He has reviewed and reported on impacts resulting from sand mining, dredged material disposal, offshore and onshore pipeline construction, and other regulated activities.  Mr. Thibaut has compiled and analyzed benthic biological information for several technical studies for the Minerals Management Service along the Atlantic and the Gulf Coasts, addressing potential effects of sand mining in Federal OCS waters.  He has provided environmental consultation for the U.S. Coast Guard since 2005, assisting with environmental compliance during derelict vessel and debris removal in coastal Mississippi, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Thibaut is an experienced benthic taxonomist, functioning primarily as a verification specialist of identified polychaetous annelids.

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