One of the key pillars of the Envirologic team is our Senior Field Geologist, Bob Webster. Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Western Michigan University. As our resident field expert, he is involved in numerous projects across all of our service areas -- from conducting building inspections for Asbestos Surveys to collecting groundwater and soil samples to support our Environmental Investigation and Remediation Group.
Bob originally joined Envirologic as a Field Technician in 1999. As such, he has experienced firsthand the evolution of the environmental industry and overseen Envirologic's efforts to conduct field services in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. With over 28 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry, Bob has the know-how to competently and efficiently perform a variety of tasks on site.
One of Bob's favorite parts of his job is that he doesn't have a "typical" workday. The bulk of his job is conducting delineation work for Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and contaminant investigations. However, he also performs soil and water sample collection, air monitoring and sampling, installation of monitoring wells, oversight of underground storage tank removal projects, building inspections for asbestos-containing materials, and other field services.
Bob spends almost all of his time outside of the office, traveling to project sites across Michigan. This offers him the opportunity to visit communities he wouldn't normally get to see. Some of his favorite project memories have been when he's gotten to "play tourist" at the end of the day. For example, after finishing one particular project in Munising, he caught the last glass-bottom boat tour of the day to see shipwrecks in Lake Superior.
Bob's partner, Terri, currently works for Eurofins in Battle Creek and performs lab sample media preparation. Bob and Terri have three cats -- Nadia, Skeeter, and Nikolai -- all three of which are former strays. Nikolai, the newest addition to their family, was actually found wandering in Envirologic's parking lot.
Outside of work, Bob spends one night a week bowling in the Allstate Bowling League of Battle Creek. His dad was also a bowler, so Bob's been bowling since he was 4 or 5 years old. He'll proudly tell you he has one career 300-point game and a high series (three-game total) of 789 points.
Bob's also an avid coin collector. When he previously worked as a cashier, his coworkers became used to him buying out the more interesting coins at the end of their shifts. One of the most unusual coins he found through this method was a 1923 Peace dollar that a man used to buy a $0.99 bag of potatoes; it's not a particularly rare coin, but finding a silver dollar in circulation was certainly a memorable event for him.
To comply with Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order, which was put into effect March 24 in response to the COVID-19 virus, Envirologic's staff are currently working remotely -- and Bob is no exception. Although he has performed and will continue to perform some field activities as a "critical infrastructure worker" for specific projects, he is currently spending most of his time at home catching up on data entry for project work and participating in continuing education programs. That being said, Bob can t wait to get back out into the field (and away from his computer) to once again help our clients complete their projects.
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