Gretchen Heavner, PhD, EIT

Environmental Engineer/Chemist

Gretchen Heavner is an environmental engineer/chemist who joined the Floyd|Snider team in 2013. She has 3 years of previous professional consulting experience with an environmental and geotechnical engineering firm in Anchorage, Alaska where she provided technical and field services for numerous projects at various locations in Alaska. Clients ranged from individuals and private businesses to municipal, state, and federal agencies. Projects included site characterization, groundwater and soil monitoring, and remedial activities. She has conducted 25 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), was involved in numerous Phase II field investigations in support of remedial investigation work (including groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and storm water), and was often involved in guiding the development of work plans and writing proposals. Additionally, she had responsibility for planning, staging, coordinating, and conducting remote site fieldwork, as well as conducting statistical analysis and interpretation of analytical data from laboratory analysis of soil, water, and sediment samples collected.

Gretchen holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering focus from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound. Her research at Cornell focused on development and analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteomic biomarkers as methods for assessing bioremediation of chlorinated compounds at field sites. Gretchen has experience in both field and laboratory settings with the collection and analysis of surface water, groundwater, and soil samples. She is skilled in research, technical writing, and data quality control, and has developed extensive analytical and problem-solving skills.