Jake Duncan

814 West Madison Avenue ∙ Charleston, South Carolina 29412

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 Duncan & Duncan Wetland and Endangered Species Training and Consulting, Inc. (D&D WEST), Charleston, SC

Co-Owner, Wetlands Instructor, Consulting Botanist and Wildlife Biologist, July 2002 - present

  Ø  Responsible for instructing all Wetland Training courses (Basic Wetland Delineation, Advanced Wetland Delineation, Hydrophytic Vegetation Identification, Advanced Hydric Soils). 

Ø  Conducts surveys for State/ Federally listed and candidate species.

Ø  Conducts botanical surveys throughout the U.S.

Ø  Conducts wetland delineations throughout the U.S.

Ø  Conducts habitat and faunal inventories.

Ø  Designs and implements wetland creation and/or restoration.

Ø  Designs and implements wildlife/land management.

Ø  Court recognized expert in wetland delineation, vegetation identification, and hydric soils.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District - Regulatory Branch/Assessment and Enforcement, Charleston, SC

Biologist, May1991 – July 2002 

Ø  Served as a regulatory specialist for the Environmental Assessment and Enforcement Section.

Ø  Evaluated, reviewed and approved Wetland Delineations, after-the-fact Department of the Army permit applications, compliance and/or enforcement cases for activities in waters of the U.S.

Ø  Assisted in the development of General Permits and Standard Operating Procedures.

Ø  Served as the District representative on groups and task forces and as an expert witness in court cases on permit decisions and/or enforcement actions.

Ø  Served as the Charleston District’s representative for the following:

·         Development, implementation, and oversight of the USACE Wetland Delineation Certification Program, which tests and evaluates the abilities of Environmental Consultants implementing the 1987 USACE Manual for Delineating Wetlands.

·         Identification and instruction of hydrophytic vegetation.

·         Instructing, coordinating, and disseminating information concerning the Multiple Attribute Recognition System for Hydrophytes (MARSH) - a method for identifying wetland vegetation through the use of a polyclave computer program developed jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), USACE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), with the aid of the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley.

·         Testing, refinement, adoption, and implementation of the National Technical Committee on Hydric Soils (NTCHS) ARegional Indicators of Soil Saturation/ Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States, a newly approved method for identifying and delineating hydric soils.

·         Hydrogeomorphic Functional Assessment Procedure (HGM) developed by the USACE Waterways Experiment Station (WES), a method to assess the functions of wetlands to determine viability.

·         Interagency field testing of the proposed revisions to the 1989 Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdictional Wetlands (‘91 Manual) and the proposed revisions to the 1987 USACE

·         Manual to Delineate Wetlands (‘95 Manual).  Field testing occurred throughout the southeast during 1991 and 1995, respectively.

·         Instruction of USACE sponsored Regulatory IV (Wetland Delineation) and V (Hydrogeomorphic Functional Assessment Procedure), prospect courses.

·         Issues regarding the NRCS Memorandum of Agreement on Agricultural Lands.  This required coordination with four federal environmental agencies, USACE, EPA, FWS, and NRCS, to regulate impacts to wetlands through normal agriculture and silviculture practices.

·         Emergency Operations quick-response team member, which aides the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in quick response to disasters.  Extended tours include, ice missions in Puerto Rico associated with Hurricane George, flood control and debris missions in Conway, South Carolina associated with Hurricane Floyd.


Law Environmental, Inc. - Charleston Field Office

Wetlands Biologist, June 1990 - May 1991 

Ø  Responsible for generating project proposals, preparing, field verifying and producing final reports for submittal to various environmental regulatory federal and state agencies.

Ø  Projects included wetland delineations, wetland permits, mitigation design, conflict resolution, endangered and threatened species surveys, and water quality testing.

Ø  Wetland delineations, permits, and mitigation designs were conducted throughout the southeast, for difficult and controversial delineations/projects in a variety of ecosystems.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Ecological Services, Vicksburg, MS

Fish and Wildlife Biologist, June 1989 - May 1990 

Ø  Responsible for reviewing project proposals for potential impacts to Federally protected species in Mississippi in accordance with the Endangered Species Act.

Ø  Responsible for reviewing permit/project proposals for potential impacts to Waters of the U.S. in accordance Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Ø  Conducted an Advanced Identification on the Pearl River Basin in and around the City of Jackson in conjunction with EPA, and the Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers.

Ø  Also involved with the collection of sediments and fish to test for chemical toxicity.


Lori Duncan - Mississippi State University - Department of Biological Sciences, Starkville, MS

Ornithological Research Assistant, May - June 1989 

Ø  Assisted with the data collection including banding birds, for a research project on the ecology of the West Indian Woodpecker during the breeding season on Abaco, Bahamas.


Mississippi State University - Department of Biological Sciences, Starkville, MS

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Research Biologist, September 1987 - May 1989 

Ø  Responsible for (1) teaching various Botany course laboratories for both undergraduate and graduate courses, and (2) substitute lecturing for General Botany, Survey of Plant Kingdom, Plant Anatomy.

Ø  Responsible for conducting scientific research toward a M.S. Degree.  Title of research project: A Floristic Survey of Clay County, Mississippi.

Ø  Responsible for obtaining funding and conducting research, preparing specimens, and publishing the results.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, Vicksburg, MS

Consulting Biologist; October - November 1988, September 1989 - November 1989 

Ø  Conducted a botanical survey for a project entitled, A survey of vegetative re-establishment on a dredging maintenance cell on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Clay County, Mississippi


Heritage Trust Program, Black Prarie Belt Physiographic Region, MS

Field Botanist, January 1989 - December 1989 

Ø  Conducted a floristic survey for three rare plants (Nemastylis geminflora, Erythronium albidum, Penstemon tenuiflorus) occurring within the black prairie belt of Mississippi.


Institute for Botanical Exploration, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Research Assistant, June 1988


Ø  Assisted on status surveys of the mountain pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophylla) in Northeast Alabama.


Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA

Substitute Biology Lecturer, September 1985 - May 1989 

Ø  Substitute lecturer for General Botany, Botany, Ornithology, and Ecology


Valdosta State College, Dr. William H. Cribbs, Valdosta, GA

Field Guide, September 1985 - May 1987 

Ø  Field guide at the Okefenokee Swamp for visiting academia at Valdosta State College.


The use of Multiple Attribute and Recognition System for Hydrophytes (MARSH) to identify wetland vegetation, conducted locally for the district regulatory division. 

Wetland Delineation and Functional Assessment, conducted for Tennessee Technological University Department of Biology.

 Mississippi State University Biology Teachers Workshop conducted for select high school biology teachers in Mississippi. 

Wetland Delineation, - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. 

 Identification of Hydrophytic Vegetation and Hydric Soil Indicators, - NRCS Food Securities Act training. 

Regional Indicators for Soil Saturation, conducted locally for environmental wetland consultants. 

Winter Botany, conducted locally for environmental wetland consultants. 

 Hydrophytic Vegetation, conducted locally for environmental wetland consultants. 

Identification of Federally endangered or threatened plant species occurring in South Carolina, - Charleston District USACE in conjunction with the Lori Duncan of USFWS. 


Relationship of Vegetation to Hydric Soils - Florida Association of Professional Soil Classifiers.  Port St. Lucie, Florida

USACE Wetland Regulatory Program, - Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Session, Charleston, South Carolina.

Wetlands - Charleston County School District’s academically gifted high school students, Charleston, South Carolina.

Wetland Delineation - past, present, and future, - Winyah Group Sierra Club, Murrel’s Inlet, South Carolina.

USACE Wetland Enforcement and Regulations, - Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, Conway, South Carolina.

Wetland Delineation - Vegetation, Soils, and Hydrology, - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, South Carolina.

Wetland Delineation and Regulations, - South Carolina Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Columbia, South Carolina.

Wetland Identification, functions and values, - Land Resources Conservation Commission=s workshop for teachers in Beaufort and Jasper counties, Beaufort, South Carolina.

Wetlands and Silviculture, - South Carolina State Forest Commission, Camden, South Carolina.

Wetland Identification - past, present, and future, - Charleston Natural History Society, Charleston, South Carolina.

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814 West Madison

Charleston, SC 29412

Contact with any questions:

Jake (843) 478-1072

Lori (843) 270-4857

or email: ddwest@ddwest.com

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