Who We Are

Mike Blankinship founded our firm in 2000 with one goal in mind: Tell a better story. The sciences of water, biology, agriculture and hazardous materials can be complicated. But, we knew we could explain these topics in a common sense and understandable way in order to help our clients achieve their goals.

As of November 13, 2023, Blankinship & Associates has officially joined Bowman.
Bowman is a national professional services firm offering multi-disciplinary engineering, planning, surveying, geomatics, construction management, environmental consulting, landscape architecture, and right-of-way acquisition. This change provides a strong foundation for us to merge our comprehensive skillsets while offering the same level of commitment to our clients and employees. 

Meet the Team

We are expert at making stuff work… Our staff rely on using their foundation in the physical and nature sciences, and engineering to get things done. Next, we apply our experience to crafting a cost-effective solution to your problem. And last, we derive a ton of satisfaction (and fun) from doing what we do and seeing you meet your goals.

Group photo of Blankinship & Associates, Inc. team

Our staff hold the following credentials and licenses

  • Professional Engineer (Civil)
  • Pest Control Adviser (PCA)
  • Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)
  • Qualified Applicator (QAL)
  • Industrial General Permit (IGP) Trainer of Record (ToR)
  • Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP)
  • Construction Stormwater Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) and Practitioner (QSP)
  • Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI)
Mike Blankinship

Mike Blankinship

President

Mike Blankinship

President

Since the time he used a Hach test kit during high school, Mike was hooked on the science of water.  His fascination with agriculture during Picnic Day at UC Davis sealed the deal.  He’s combined these passions into solutions for his agricultural, municipal, and water and industry clients.  When not traveling too far off locations with his wife, Mike remains amazed by gravity and enjoys skiing and mountain biking any chance he gets.

Education

  • M.S., Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, UC Davis
  • B.A., Chemistry, Saint Michael's College

Registrations and Licenses

  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer, California (# C 64112)
  • DPR Pest Control Adviser (#75890)
  • Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP) Trainer of Record (ToR) (#00137)
  • Stormwater IGP Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) (#00137)
  • Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Practitioner & Developer (QSP/D)
Stephen Burkholder

Stephen Burkholder

Senior Biologist, CCA, PCA, QAL

Stephen Burkholder

Senior Biologist

Stephen is a Senior Biologist, Pest Control Adviser, and Certified Crop Adviser with over 16 years of experience supporting clients with water quality and regulatory needs. From making his first casts into the trout streams of Montana with his family, he has been drawn to study and learn about the ecology and dynamic nature of waterbodies. Stephen uses his experience and knowledge of regulations, and long-standing relationships in the community of his clients to help translate regulatory requirements to on-the-ground actions. He concentrates on implementing practical solutions to issues associated with vegetation management, water resources management, storm and surface water quality, and natural resource protection in and near streams, lakes, water conveyance, and storage facilities. During his time off, Stephen loves going on adventures with his children and cooking.

Education

  • B.S., Environmental Biology, UC Davis

Certifications

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) (#330116)
  • DPR Qualified Applicator License (QAL) (#123500)
  • DPR Pest Control Adviser (PCA) (#153644)
Steve Metzger

Steve Metzger

Senior Scientist

Steve Metzger

Senior Environmental Scientist

Steve is a native of Massachusetts who moved west to explore the Rockies, Cascades, and Sierras. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he spent time in Montana and Oregon before landing in Northern California; taking full advantage the steep slopes and cold creeks of the Western US while working with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation on natural resource monitoring programs at Crater Lake National Park and in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. In 2013, Steve moved to the private sector to provide permit compliance solutions to California municipalities, special districts, agricultural and industrial operations, and private landowners and businesses. His professional interests include NPDES compliance, aquatic resource management, site characterization and remediation, GIS, and data management and analysis. When he is not at work, Steve would rather be waist-deep in snow, floating in a river, working on his tennis serve, playing pinball, cooking, and spending quality time with his fiancée Sarah.

Education

  • B.A., Environmental Studies, University of Colorado
John Roncoroni

John Roncoroni

Senior Weed Scientist, PCA

John Roncoroni

Senior Weed Scientist

During his expansive career John has initiated or cooperated on over one hundred weed management trials, given countless presentations on the topic and has trained thousands of gardeners, farmers and pest control providers on weed management strategies. He was recognized by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance as the leading resource for weed management in wine grape vineyards and is a member of their Technical Advisory Group, assisting them in writing the standards for sustainable winegrowing. He has served as a UCCE Weed Science Farm Advisor, is the lead author of the weed management section of the UCIPM Grape Pest management guidelines, was appointed by the director of the CDPR to represent the UCCE advisors on his Pest Management Advisory Committee. John has also served as a board member, president and in 2018 was named an Honorary Member of the California Weed Science Society (CWSS). In his free time, you can find John volunteering at the Center for Land based learning, guest lecturing at the local Community College, and enjoying anything UC Davis Aggies!

Education

  • M.S., Horticulture, UC Davis
  • B.S., Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, emphasis in Agriculture, UC Davis

Certifications

  • DPR Pest Control Adviser (PCA) (#75211)
  • Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) (#106321)
Nikki Slade

Nikki Slade

Project Scientist, QAL

S. Nikki Slade

Project Scientist

Nikki’s professional experience has focused on human health and ecological risk assessment, including modeling and predicting the environmental fate of a variety of contaminants, review of the scientific literature for suitable toxicological endpoint selection, and drafting transparent deliverables directed towards the public and regulatory agencies. However, one of her favorite aspects of working at Blankinship is the vast array of projects she’s involved with, including identification and evaluation of potentially contaminated sites, development of BMP/IPM and MS4 facility guidance documents, and hosting online and in-person courses on water quality and other environmental topics. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and M.S. in Forensic Science. Her thesis focused on investigating the mechanism of action behind the neurobehavioral deficits associated with subchronic organophosphorus pesticide exposure. When she has hypothetical free time, she likes PC gaming, “running”, writing, and participating in the three-color challenge/tinkering on the piano with her whimsical daughter.

Education

  • M.S., Forensic Science, UC Davis
  • B.S., Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis

Certifications

  • DPR Qualified Applicator License (#161893)
  • OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Certification
Alyssa Nagai

Alyssa Nagai

Project Scientist, QAL

Alyssa Nagai

Project Scientist

Alyssa’s background touches on a variety of fields pertaining to environmental toxicology including human health and ecological risk assessment, integrated pest management (IPM), water quality, industrial air emissions and monitoring, and hazardous waste management. In her role as a Staff Scientist, she has worked with numerous government and private organizations, cities, counties, and municipalities to find solutions for their daily operations, strategic planning, and regulatory compliance needs. Prior to her time at Blankinship, Alyssa worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), and Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). When out of the office, she can often be found outdoors enjoying nature, cheering on her favorite sports teams, or indulging her sweet tooth.

Education

  • B.S., Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis

Certifications

  • DPR Qualified Applicator License (#156881)
  • OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Certification
Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh

Senior Scientist

James Lem

James Lem

Staff Scientist, PCA

James Lem

Staff Environmental Scientist

James’ background in science is centered around agricultural sciences and aquatic toxicology. James has performed many projects as a staff scientist at Blankinship & Associates, with his technical work focused on herbicide monitoring, water quality testing, and performing biological assessments on riparian habitats. Through his previous work as an aquatic toxicologist James is proficient in NPDES methods for both fresh and salt water chronic and acute toxicology testing, along with providing extensive experience in field sampling for ambient water and sediment coring. He enjoys being in the field, and much of his work revolves around sampling and monitoring in outdoor settings. In his spare time, James enjoys hiking, pressing plants, or playing video games with his two young children.

Education

  • B.S., Aquatic Animal Science, UC Davis

Certifications

  • DPR Pest Control Adviser (PCA) (#166599)
Collin McVey

Collin McVey

Assistant Environmental Scientist, QAL

Collin McVey

Assistant Environmental Scientist

Collin has a background in riparian habitat restoration, aquatic invasive species prevention, orchard health monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and herbicide monitoring. Before joining Blankinship & Associates in 2022, Collin worked at the University of California Cooperative Extension – Lake County and Solano County Water Agency. Now at Blankinship & Associates, his work falls under APAP, NPDES, and remote pilot surveying tasks. In his free time, Collin enjoys spending time with his family, reading books about history, playing guitar, and throwing frisbee with his dog, Nymeria.

Education

  • B.S., Environmental Studies, CSU Sacramento

Certifications

  • Remote Pilot (#4736373)
  • DPR Qualified Applicator License (QAL) (#166137)
Michelle Le

Michelle Le

Staff Environmental Scientist

Michelle (Milly) Le

Staff Environmental Scientist

Milly’s background is in human and eco toxicology. Before joining Blankinship & Associates, she spent time in Duluth, MN at the Great Lakes Toxicology & Ecology Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she worked with several standard testing species of aquatic toxicology to pioneer New Approach Methods (NAMs) for high-throughput methods development. Now at Blankinship & Associates, she is responsible for helping develop human and ecological risk assessment documents. If she’s not working, she’s likely traveling, drawing, or daydreaming about decorating things. 

Education

  • B.S., Molecular Toxicology, UC Berkeley

Certifications

  • Data Analytics Professional Certificate, 2023, Google
  • Graphic Design Certificate, 2021 California Institute of the Arts
Roi Faroud

Roi Faroud

Staff Environmental Scientist

Roi Faroud Lopez

Staff Environmental Scientist

Roi’s background is in human health and ecological risk assessment, water and air quality, and analyzing data with R and ArcGIS. As a Staff Scientist, he works on a variety of projects including developing risk assessments for State Agencies. In his free time, he enjoys watching documentaries and spending time with his family.

Education

  • Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health, Duke University 
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of South Carolina

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