Meet the Staff
Bill Crowell, Ph.D., AICP, CEE
Dr. William L. Crowell Jr. (Bill), has been the director of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, since 2002. Bill previously served as the senior policy analyst for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, where he formulated coastal and ocean policies and regulations for the state of North Carolina. He received two bachelor of science degrees from N.C. State University in Zoology and in Biological Sciences (1988) and his master of science degree in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University (1996), with research on Southern Appalachian montane bogs. He earned his Ph. D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College (2011), with research on North Carolina's environmental educators' concepts of sustainability. He has conducted wetland and endangered species monitoring and research with the Southeast Regional Office of the Nature Conservancy. Bill also worked with the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Inventory Program with endangered species mapping, and the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy with conservation planning and ecosystem research. He also has been a researcher at the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine and an environmental educator in New Mexico. Bill is a certified planner (American Institute of Certified Planners), a North Carolina certified environmental educator, and a fellow of the N.C. Natural Resources Leadership Institute.
Dean Carpenter, D.Env.
Dr. Dean E. Carpenter joined the staff as the new science coordinator in November 2003. His current responsibilities are leading, coordinating, and administering APNEP’s Science & Technology Program and providing staff support to APNEP’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining APNEP, Dean served as a project manager for the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.) from 2000-03, and from 1989-99 as an environmental scientist with ManTech Environmental Technology, a federal contractor with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development. His career interests are improving ecological risk assessment methods at regional scales and facilitating their application in support of ecosystem-based management. A native of California, Dean received a bachelor of science degree with honors in Environmental Science and Biology at the University of California, Riverside; a master of science degree in Ecology at the University of California, Davis; and a doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jim Hawhee, M.S., J.D.
Jim Hawhee has served with APNEP since 2010. His areas of expertise include communications, community and governmental affairs, and development of ecosystem-based management and policy approaches. A Tar Heel alumnus, Jim completed his advanced studies at the University of Hawaii (zoology) and the University of Georgia (law). He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.
As the North Carolina field representative for APNEP, Jimmy’s responsibilities include the implementation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, or CHPP, and the recommendations it contains. He also works with the APNEP Advisory Committees and represents the program on various committees in the APNEP region. Jimmy works closely with several regulatory agencies in the state and their respective commissions to help implement the goals of the Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Program. In 1981, Jimmy graduated from N.C. State University with a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Engineering. After working for Cargill for 3½ years, Jimmy and his wife returned to North Carolina to run a family-owned blue crab processing plant. For the next 15 years, they operated and owned Washington Crab Co., Inc. During those 15 years, Jimmy was active in many industry groups in the state and nation. From 1997 to 2004, he served as chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. During Jimmy’s tenure as chairman of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the CHPP was written and adopted.
As the APNEP Project Coordinator, Lindsey’s current responsibilities include assisting the Program Director in coordinating and managing contracting and associated activities within NCDENR. She also assists with implementation of APNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, which involves interaction with numerous federal and state resource management agencies, universities, interest groups, and the general public. She began serving in this role as of March 2013. Prior to joining APNEP, Lindsey was a GIS Analyst/Regional Ecologist for NatureServe, a non-profit conservation organization, where she worked on a variety of geospatial analyses (sampling design development, conservation prioritization analyses, and predictive habitat modeling) at both regional and national scales, serving numerous federal and state agencies, and other non-profit organizations. She also provided consulting services for a private environmental consulting firm where she aided in the development of a conservation plan for lands in coastal Georgia. She has also spent a summer interning with the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, where she assisted with their stewardship activities and helped prepare preserve management plans. Lindsey received her Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) degree at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University where she majored in Biology and minored in Anthropology.
Chad Smith, M.S.
Chad Smith serves as the coordinator for the APNEP Citizens’ Monitoring Network. His job is to recruit and train private citizens in water quality testing and aquatic ecology. Chad contributes to public outreach by speaking to museum summer camps, neighborhood associations, schools and university student organizations. He also designed and maintains the Citizens’ Monitoring Network Web site. His office is in the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy Department on East Carolina University’s campus in Greenville. Chad received his bachelor of science in 2002 and master of science degree in Biology in 2006 from East Carolina University. In 2005, he received the Martha N. Jones Scholarship from the East Carolina University Department of Biology, which is given to those with interest and commitment to a career in ecology. His thesis research, which was partially funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, focused on habitat use and the potential impacts of physical obstructions (dams, highway culverts, etc.) on anadromous fishes in the lower Tar River in North Carolina. Chad is also an active member in the American Fisheries Society, or AFS, which is a nationally-based professional society for fisheries scientists. He has presented his thesis research at several AFS conferences, including the 2005 National Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. He also served as president for the ECU Student Subunit of AFS for the 2004-05 academic year. Aside from APNEP, Chad serves as an adjunct faculty member for Shaw University, where he teaches weekend courses in general biology and physical science.
Erin Thompson joined APNEP for her second year this summer as a REACH intern this June. She recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Natural Resources Policy & Administration and a minor in Political Science (2012). During her tenure at NC State, Erin was the recipient of both the Jonathan Wainhouse Memorial Scholarship and the Larry G. & Elsie C. Jervis Academic Scholarship. Other achievements include membership in Xi Sigma Pi Forestry & Natural Resources Honor Society (2012), studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic (2011), and serving as Justice and Board Member of the Student Housing Judicial Board (2010). Last summer, Erin aided APNEP on multiple projects, including the Teacher's Institute, developing a project database, working with the Citizens Monitoring Network, and writing a Soundings post. This fall, Erin will be attending Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon to pursue a JD in Environmental Law.