Recent Projects Involving Analysis of Data and Research

Olivia Devereux, Environmental Scientist:
EPA-Chesapeake Bay Program (Annapolis, MD): Analysis of changes in predicted nutrient loads in response to requests from the states within the Bay watershed. Build and verify BMP scenarios and assist the states with improving their planning for compliance with the 2010 Bay TMDL.
EPA Region III (Philadelphia, PA): Assist with the analysis included in technical memoranda regarding nutrient trading and offset programs beyond what is specified in the 2010 Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Topics include:
  • Accounting for uncertainty
  • Components of credit calculation
  • Credit permanence
  • Local water quality
  • Representative sampling of wastewater treatment plants
  • Verification measures.
EPA Region III (Philadelphia, PA): Evaluation of the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia nutrient offset and trading program baselines including specification of criteria the baselines should meet to comply with the 2010 Chesapeake Bay TMDL.
Erik Devereux, Social Scientist:
American Political Science Association (Washington, DC): Analyze information collected about ​the policies of scholarly journals in political science related to the public release of data used in the preparation of journal articles, consult with the organization's executive director regarding the implications of the research findings.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL): Review technical and performance requirements related to administrative systems procurement, repare an analysis with recommendations based on the review, respond to client inquiries about the report and related work.
Mid-Atlantic Water Program (Blacksburg, VA): Analyze data from two focus groups and 30 key informant interviews, make recommendations regarding the need for a successor program that would focus on issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay (completed with Olivia Devereux).

Bethesda Cares (Bethesda, MD): Collect administrative data on emergency assistance for preventing evictions and utility shut-offs, interview key informants in Montgomery County, MD, build a return-on-investment (ROI) calculator, and deliver a report assessing the ROI of the emergency assistance.