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Alumni - Eric Ford

Eric Ford graduated from the University of Maine in 2006, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Land Use Planning.

Since graduation, Eric has worked in the consulting industry as a wetland and soil scientist.  He is currently employed by Stantec, an international professional services company, working out of their Boston, Massachusetts office.  As part of Stantec’s Environmental Services practice, Eric provides clients with a number of services, including wetland and watercourse delineation and characterization, functional assessment, hydric soil determinations, ecological restoration and mitigation planning/design, peer review, and environmental permitting strategy, application preparation and technical support.   His work supports projects in a wide variety of sectors, including transportation, alternative energy, wastewater, urban land and ecological restoration.

In January, 2012, Eric matriculated into graduate school at the University of Rhode Island, where he is pursuing a Master of Environmental Science and Management in Earth and Hydrologic Science (concentration in soil-landscape relationships and applied pedology).  His research focuses on development of a new hydric soil indicator for soils derived from red-colored parent materials in the Hartford Rift Basin (Connecticut).  Eric anticipates completing the program in the fall of 2013.

Eric attributes his success in large part to his experience in the EES program.  “The combination of unique classroom-based and experiential learning opportunities, underpinned by superb faculty, provided me with a fantastic platform to initiate my career.  I continue to pull from the knowledge and skills obtained during my undergraduate studies, even as I progress through graduate school.“


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