Vincent Santini

- Environmental Technician

I have always possessed an enormous appreciation for wildlife, especially aquatic fauna. My passion for these species has been reflected in my education. At Appalachian State University, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Evolution, Ecology and Environmental Biology and a Geographic Information Systems certification. Presently, I use my free time working towards a Master’s degree at Appalachian. My thesis is focused on the recovery of freshwater mussels following dam removal in North Carolina. I have had the pleasure of working with a wide array of freshwater organisms including mussels, fishes, salamanders, and benthic macroinvertebrates. Unfortunately, in the Anthropocene of today there has been widescale aquatic habitat destruction through human encroachment, sedimentation, intensive agriculture….etc. The opportunity to be a small part of restoring in-stream habitat to a natural state for these organisms is an immense honor.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Appalachian State University – Master of Science in Biology (12/2021)
  • Appalachian State University – B.S. Biology/Ecology, & Environmental Biology – 2016

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic Fauna Surveying
  • Substrate Surveying
  • GIS
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Water Quality Analysis