Trutta Environmental Solutions

Our Consultants

Emy Parham, M.A.

President/Director of Business Operations

Ms. Parham brings extensive and diverse experience in Project Management, Marketing, and Event Planning.  Her experience includes managing a multi-million dollar federal grant across the United States, Canada and Europe and producing concerts for major recording artists in the private sector. Her background in business administration, accounting and website design provides the backbone of Trutta Environmental Solutions.  Ms. Parham earned her M.A. from the University of Maryland and B.A. from Virginia Tech.

James E. Parham, Ph.D.

Hydrologist and Aquatic Biologist/Director of Research & Development

Dr. Parham was the founder of Parham Environmental Consulting, which merged with Trutta in 2017.  Dr. Parham is a Certified Fisheries Professional and marine biologist with 30 years of experience in the water management profession. Dr. Parham specializes in applying the latest technology to design and deliver solutions to difficult resource management issues, including instream flow, hydropower, habitat availability, and fish passage studies. He is an expert in Geographic Information System (GIS) modeling that integrates components of hydrology, geomorphology, and fish ecology to enable improved use of freshwaters. He serves as a research hydrologist and aquatic biologist with Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI and as associate research fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Parham is a past President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, an M.S. from the University of Guam and a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

Brett A. Connell, M.S.

Hydrologist/Director of Sales

Mr. Connell is a key developer of the HDSS methodology and the founder of Trutta Environmental Solutions.  He has 10 years experience in water resources, stream ecology, and fisheries biology with project experience in 12 states.  Mr. Connell specializes in the development and application of innovative technologies that help solve difficult water resource management problems. He earned his M.S. in Biosystems Engineering Technology from the University of  Tennessee, a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Toledo, and an Associates Degree in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture from Hocking College.

Dane Shuman, M.S.

Aquatic Ecologist

Mr. Shuman is an expert in fisheries and aquatic conservation and management, specifically threatened and endangered species.  He has nearly 20 years of experience in the upper Great Plains working in habitats ranging from small wadable streams to North Americas longest river, the Missouri River. Mr. Shuman worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service serving as a Fisheries Biologist and Fisheries Supervisor overseeing federal management in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. He assisted in the development of numerous monitoring programs both large and small. He received his M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.S. from Doane College.

Timothy M. Biddle, MBA

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Mr. Biddle has over 25 years of experience in business consulting, marketing, and business development.  He has worked with clients of all sizes across a broad range of industries in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, and project management.  With a very strong interest in environmental issues, Mr. Biddle is an active volunteer for various environmental groups and causes in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.   Mr. Biddle earned his BBA in finance from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Daniel J. Walker, Ph.D

Data Scientist /Aquatic Biologist

Dr. Walker is a programmer (R and Python) and data scientist contributing to a variety of water resources management projects. Dr. Walker’s research background is in the conservation and management of fisheries resources, with an emphasis on understanding the complex interactions among aquatic biota and their habitats, and the application of advanced machine learning techniques to generate novel insights from data. Dr. Walker is a certified EPT Taxonomist (Eastern U.S.).  Dr. Walker earned his M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and his doctorate in Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee, and his B.S. in Biology from Appalachian State University.

Jim Herrig, M.S.

Aquatic Biologist

Mr. Herrig worked for the US Forest Service as an Aquatic Biologist for 36 years.  Most of his career was spent in the Southern Appalachian Mountains where he became familiar with the extraordinary diversity of aquatic organisms – fish, salamanders, and mussels.  Trout became his passion in both his professional and personal life while working for the US Forest Service in Colorado.  Mr. Herrig is also skilled in the use of ArcGIS, Access Database development and maintenance, Excel, PowerPoint, and other computer applications.  He received his B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University and his M.S. degree in Fisheries Science from Colorado State University. Prior to joining the US Forest Service, Mr. Herrig served three years as a Ranger with a rank of Captain in the US Army.