Personnel

 

Blaine Rothauser

Owner, operator, and principal of BR Environmental, LLC (BRE) since 2004.

Mr. Rothauser is formally the chief biologist and naturalist of the environmental consulting firm Thonet Associates, Inc. of Pittstown, New Jersey.   During his tenure with Thonet Associates Mr. Rothauser was responsible for the overseeing and submitting of dozens of wetland studies performed throughout the state following Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection guidelines. In addition Mr. Rothauser was involved in numerous threatened and endangered species surveys and assessment for both the private and public sector.  Day to day duties with Thonet involved conservation management of property, environmental impact and natural resource inventory analysis resulting in expert testimony when required by the projects parameters. Mr. Rothauser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has amassed 230 continuing credits in the natural sciences and Land Use Regulation  from Rutgers/Cook College.

Through a wealth of knowledge working and volunteering with the NJDEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife (particularly the Endangered and Nongame Species Program),  Conserve Wildlife, and Watershed Associations, Mr. Rothauser has gained a firm grasp of New Jersey’s geography, biodiversity, and ecology. Mr. Rothauser has submitted over 75 rare species reports that have been accepted and become part of the state-wide database of the Natural Heritage Department a Division of Parks and Forestry.

Mr. Rothauser is also a well-known natural history photographer in New Jersey (all images on this site are from his vast database of flora and fauna of New Jersey). His images have graced the pages of books, magazines, newsletters, and informational material used by private, public, and non-profit purveyors of natural history throughout the state. Mr. Rothauser lectures on a range of topics that help to sing the praises of New Jersey’s best kept secret – its Biodiversity! .

Mr. Rothauser was chairman of the Florham Park Environmental Commission from 2008-2011. Of the many accomplishments during his tenure he is most noted for spearheading the restoration of Spring Garden Lake and a 5 acre land parcel now known as  "The Florham Park Conservation Management Area" - the Borough's first pocket park.

 





Jason Tesauro

 
Mr. Tesauro is a Senior Zoologist with BRE. His role as an associate of the firm provides BRE with a vast wealth of practicable experience in the field of conservation biology. Jason has worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP), Environmental Defense Fund, and several government and non-governmental organizations conducting species inventories and restoring endangered species habitats on private lands throughout New Jersey and other northeastern states. His expertise is herptafauna and freshwater wetlands; he is a nationally recognized expert on the Federally Threatened bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) pioneering cutting-edge habitat restoration techniques. Mr. Tesauro has a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University.
 

 

 
  




Nicholas M. D’Ambrosio

GIS Specialist & Municipal Relations

 

Mr. D’Ambrosio is the firms GIS specialist. As an associate of BRE Mr. D’Ambrosio supervises environmental compliance  and due diligence on projects where an additional level of understanding is necessary to navigate  georeferneced data, QA/QC third party municipal data, shapefiles and  GIS generated data is required.  Mr. D’Ambrosio brings a wealth of past work experience in the environmental consulting field. He has worked with Thonet Associates, Inc. and Ecolscience, Inc. since graduating Seton Hall University in 2004. He completed his Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2009. Mr. D’Ambrosio has been teaching an Environmental Science course at Passaic County College since 2010.

 

Scott Angus

 

BRE is happy to have Mr. Scott Angus as a senior associate with the firm. Mr. Angus reputation as a highly skilled environmental scientist is well known throughout the environmental community.  His knowledge of rare flora and fauna, threatened and endangered species, wetland ecology and natural history of New Jersey is encyclopedic. His expertise has been garnered through extensive work and volunteer time with various reputable environmental consulting firms, Friends of the Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge, Conserve Wildlife Foundation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Nongame Species Program, Maryland Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, New York Department of Environmental Conservation and many others.  Throughout the past 25 years Scott has been involved with  rare species surveys involving most taxa - rare freshwater mussels, grasses, sedges, dragonflies, butterflies, herpta and avian fauna.  Through his vast field experience Scott has gained a firm grasp of federal and state land use laws and regulation.  Scott is on the USFWS Recognized Qualified Bog Turtle Surveyors list in all states in the northern range (including the Hudson/Housatonic Drainage Recovery Unit in NY, MA, and CT).  Scott majored in Ecology and Environmental Technology at Paul Smiths College and has over 200 continuing credits in threatened and endangered species ecology and regulation,  land use law, natural sciences, and field biology from Rutgers University/Cook College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 Blaine Rothauser
 


 
 
 
 Red Crossbill
(B 43)
 



 
 
Yellow Bumblebee &
 Blue Flag Iris 
(I 22)  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Jason Tesauro

 
  Jason Calling Northern Leopard Frogs



     
 



Nicholas M. D’Ambrosio
 
 


 

   




 

  Scott Angus 




Chipping Sparrow - Full Song
(B 44)