Joe Nicolette

Joe Nicolette

VP, Ecosystem Service Economics

Joe has 38 years of experience in environmental consulting across 18 countries, with a career focus on environmental impact assessment, site risk management, remediation, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), oil spill response, fisheries ecology, and ecosystem service valuation. He co-authored the first formalized framework for net environmental benefit analysis (NEBA), focused on site remediation and restoration, and developed a NEBA-based comparative assessment approach (NEBA-CA) that applies to both Oil & Gas and Wind infrastructure decommissioning. The formalized NEBA-CA framework was accepted for publication in the Frontiers in Marine Science Journal, which will be published in late 2022 or early 2023. He provides strategic advice, grounded in quantitative sciences on offshore decommissioning projects, to balance and manage the risks and benefits (social, environmental, economic, technical, and safety) associated with competing alternatives. Joe pioneered the ecological economics habitat equivalency analysis (HEA) methodology used in ecological service valuation before HEA became codified into NRDA and CERCLA regulations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Management from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science in Fisheries from the University of Minnesota.

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