Sean Donahoe, PhD


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Dr. Donahoe manages NEPA and natural resource programs for Marstel-Day, LLC. He is currently supporting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the preparation of Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) and associated NEPA documents for National Wildlife Refuges in California. He is also supporting NEPA and planning work for the U.S. Marine Corps at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, CA; Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, CA; and Townsend Bombing Range, GA. In addition, he managed Marstel-Day’s Army BRAC NEPA program, which included preparation of two Environmental Impact Statements, eight large Environmental Assessments, and supporting studies. He has more than 20 years of environmental consulting experience managing large-scale environmental planning projects and has served as business development lead for many environmental prime-contract awards. Overall, he has conducted more than 300 environmental studies related to NEPA compliance, conservation, and risk assessment for projects across North and South America. He has analyzed the effects and developed mitigation strategies for a wide range of federal actions including military training (Army Transformation, airfield operations, restationing, range construction, and BRAC), forest management, energy projects (biofuels), facility development, port development, road construction, recreation, agricultural leasing, special use permits, lake management, mining, dredging, civil works permitting, dam modification, invasive species management, herbicide spraying programs, and habitat restoration. In addition, he has managed high-profile environmental policy and technical studies in support of the White House and U.S. Congress, as well as provided litigation support to the Department of Justice and to private law firms.

Dr. Donahoe has developed and applied innovative approaches to solve complex NEPA, conservation, regulatory, and policy issues for more than 10 major federal departments and agencies, including Defense (more than 70 military installations including Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines, and 15 Corps Districts for both military and civil works programs), Agriculture (Forest Service, APHIS), Interior (Bureau of Land Management), the Environmental Protection Agency (HQ and all 10 Regions), Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Education, Justice, State, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, the White House, and the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Donahoe has strong technical skills in the areas of forest policy, forest systems ecology, carbon sequestration and climate change policy, sustainability analysis, land use modeling, GIS-based cumulative effects analysis, simulation and visioning modeling, uncertainty analysis, civil works planning, ecosystem management, conservation plans, and risk analysis.

Dr. Donahoe has a BS double major in mathematics and biology from Fairmont State University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He holds an MS degree in biology with an emphasis in biostatistics and forest ecology from West Virginia University, where for his research he developed multivariate statistical models of forest ecosystems. Dr. Donahoe earned his PhD in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University, where he studied forest management, sustainability, climate adaptation, and climate change policies.