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Jake Powell, senior project manager and ecologist in Sheridan, has been named the Lawrence S. Semo Scientific Achievement Award winner for the second quarter of 2019.

Jake PowellJake joined SWCA in 2013 and has helped lead and develop a robust Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling program for our clients with operations in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

Because this type of work is built on reputation, Jake holds himself and his team to a very high standard. There are only about a dozen biologists permitted to complete this type of work across the country and three of them work at SWCA, with Jake leading the charge.

As our clients continue to address threatened and endangered species challenges, Jake’s proactive approach has allowed SWCA to stay in front of clients, keep projects moving forward, and build lasting relationships.

The quarterly Lawrence S. Semo Scientific Achievement Award rewards individuals for demonstrating passion, creativity, and scientific excellence in a manner that advances SWCA’s purpose, mission, vision, and values. The award is in honor of Larry Semo, who began working as a biologist for SWCA in Austin in 1993 and transferred to Denver in 1999. A respected and widely published ornithologist and all-around naturalist, Larry had an insatiable desire to learn and a great love for the outdoors until his untimely passing in 2011.