Mark is a Stream Restoration Designer and Lead Hydraulic Engineer. His goal is to incorporate ecological benefit into every stream and wetland design through the integration of hydrologic, hydraulic, geomorphic and ecologic processes. This synthesis of process, made possible by strict attention to data integrity and design precision, results in streams and wetlands that provide critical aquatic habitat while meeting the highest engineering standards of hydraulic performance and resiliency.
The Liberty Hall Stream Restoration Project exemplified this integrative approach by restoring an artificially ponded area to native stream and wetland habitat. Upland areas were restored to sinuous stream and floodplain wetlands while a step-pool stream system comprised the downstream sections. This unique design mandated the coexistence of two distinct biomes each with its own unique hydraulic and geomorphic properties. Through precise design and understanding of the physical and biological processes involved, robust habitat diversity was successfully recreated. Furthermore, stability and resiliency were incorporated into the design to withstand the array of natural forces it will experience throughout its lifetime and maintain integrity.
Education • Training • Certification
- B.S. Environmental Chemistry, University of New Hampshire
- M.S. Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
- PhD Candidate, Water Resources Engineering, Oregon State University
- NCSU Stream Restoration Program: Hydraulic Modeling for Stream Restoration