Sarah Veselka

Marine Services Practice Area Lead

Sarah has over 20 years of experience conducting stream bioassessments and reporting for research laboratories, non-profits, and private industry. She is an experienced biologist with a successful track record of managing large complex projects with threatened and endangered species concerns for transportation, energy, utilities, and municipalities. Sarah is a qualified freshwater mussel, fish, crayfish, and macroinvertebrate surveyor and taxonomist. Over the past eight years, she has conducted over 200 freshwater mussel surveys throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions for a wide range of clients. Sarah is a PADI certified Master Diver and has significant experience with low visibility, large river diving using a dry suit, and full-face mask communications. She is highly organized and has considerable experience in project management, agency consultations, funding procurement, client relations, and scientific writing. Sarah holds an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia.

  • USFWS Approved Malacologist (KY, OH, PA, WV, +16 States)
  • Threatened and Endangered Coalfields Crayfish Approved Surveyor (KY, VA, WV)
  • PADI Master Diver – Drysuit Specialty
  • Women’s Energy Network of West Virginia – Community Initiatives Director
  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society – Secretary