Anthony (Andy) Jerome Hooten
is the founder and owner of AJH Environmental Services. He received his MSc in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1982, with a focus on coral reef ecology. He began his professional career as a regulatory biologist for the local government in the Florida Keys from 1981-1987. He moved to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 1987, and after several years working as a senior environmental planner for local government within the region, he was requested to provide technical assistance to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in response to the T/V Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in 1989. From 1989-1995, he worked on all phases (response, damage assessment and restoration) of the spill. Since 1995, Andy has provided consulting services nationally and internationally dealing with a range of terrestrial and aquatic environmental issues. He has focused predominately on coastal and marine resources management, with a special emphasis on bridging science with management objectives, and addressing information and knowledge management related to the sustainable development of coastal and marine environments.