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 including managing a multi-million dollar federal grant across the United States, Canada and Europe as well as producing concerts for major recording artists in the private sector. In addition to these areas, her background in business administration, accounting and website design provides the backbone of Trutta Environmental Solutions.  For the past nine years, she has been directing business operations at Parham & Associates Environmental Consulting. 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 is an expert developer of Geographic Information System (GIS) models that integrate essential components of hydrology, geomorphology, and fish ecology to enable improved use of freshwaters while protecting the natural environment. He has 30 years of experience in the water management profession with a focus on instream flow, hydropower, habitat availability, and fish passage studies. Dr. Parham also 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 Certified Fisheries Professional and is a past President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Overall, Dr. Parham designs and delivers coherent projects using the latest technologies to provide solutions to difficult resource management conflicts. 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 developer of the HD Stream Survey and actively works with clients to bring additional components to the system in support of their project needs.  He is a specialist in engineering innovative technologies that help solve difficult water resource management problems. Mr. Connell 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. He has 10 years experience in water resources, stream ecology, and fisheries biology with project experience in 12 states.


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.


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.


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.