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Cardno Retains Jack Colonell as Senior Consultant in Anchorage Office



Dr. Jack Colonell has nearly four decades experience as a consultant, during which time he has provided environmental and engineering support to virtually every Alaska North Slope hydrocarbon development, as well as to several mining and major infrastructure projects. Jack’s technical expertise is in fields of coastal, ocean, and hydraulic engineering, as well as physical oceanography and hydrology. He has designed and managed numerous projects, ranging from small, specialized consulting assignments to large multi-disciplinary undertakings.

Jack has particular expertise in the evaluation of engineering designs to address environmental challenges, especially in coastal and offshore environments, and in climates ranging from arctic to tropical. Jack has extensive experience in design and execution of environmental baseline studies and in preparation of environmental documents per NEPA and international ESHIA requirements. While based in Alaska for most of his consulting career, Jack has completed assignments at many locations in the Lower-48 and around the world, including Azerbaijan and Venezuela, where he established project offices and employed local scientists and engineers in accordance with local customs and regulations. 

Jack holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in civil engineering and is currently licensed as a Professional Civil Engineer in states of Alaska and Washington. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and holds Diplomate status in ASCE’s Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers. Prior to his consulting career, Jack was a professor of marine science at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and professor of civil and ocean engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Areas of Expertise

  • Coastal, ocean, and hydraulic engineering
  • Physical oceanography and hydrology
  • Environmental baseline studies


About Cardno

Founded in 1945, Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno's team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs.

With over 200 offices in the Americas and 300 offices worldwide, Cardno provides clients with access to 8,200 professionals focused on delivering customized consulting solutions to plan, design and construct social and physical infrastructure. 

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