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Getting to Know Waterborne’s Travis Thompson

Posted by Jenn Collins on January 18, 2021

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting or working with Travis, we’d like to formally introduce you to this key member of our field studies team. Travis Thompson, or “Thompson,” as he’s most commonly referred to within the Waterborne team, has been with us for about four years. He joined the company with a wide range of experience in biological and environmental work, and he has been an asset to the company ever since, from setting up monitoring stations to directing studies.

As a marine veteran, Thompson is cool, calm and collected under pressure.  He served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 2006 to 2011 while pursuing his undergraduate degree in biology. He served a tour in Iraq in 2009 as an infantry rifleman.

Thompson studied environmental science in graduate school, obtaining a Masters degree with an emphasis on freshwater ecology. While still in graduate school, he worked as a Hydrologic Technician at the Missouri Water Science Center, and worked with wildlife as a fun side-gig. Thompson looked back on this time fondly: “it was exhausting but I loved it… probably what I loved most about it was being out at a time of day when there were no other people out—so quiet, out in the woods.”

After completing his masters, Thompson worked for the Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC) as a fish biologist and eventual crew leader on studies in carp population control, working on experiments with sound and natural chemical compounds on Asian Carp. Then, wanting to grow in study management and explore the agricultural domain, Thompson joined the Waterborne team as a Biological Scientist in March of 2017. He has since been a crucial part of our terrestrial field and subaquatic dissipation studies. He has played a consistent role in creating and monitoring stations that are used in studies all across the U.S., managing various stages of field projects, and communicating with our contract partners and sponsors.  Thompson recently became Study Director on several Terrestrial Field Dissipation (TFD) Studies.

When he isn’t putting together or taking apart monitoring stations and writing reports for Waterborne, Thompson spends his time with his family and enjoying the outdoors. His wife, kids, and pets are all sources of great joy in his life. “Two kids, two dogs, and two cats…two of everything except wives,” Thompson joked. He always speaks of his wife, daughter, and son in the highest regard.

It’s fair to say that all of Thompson’s spare time is spent in the outdoors. Be it hunting, fishing, or even the occasional trapping, Thompson loves to interact with nature on every level. His enjoyment and passion for the outdoors is part of what fuels the dedication he shows in his field study work.

We’re thrilled for our clients to get to know Thompson as well as we do. All around him quickly find out that his warm, caring personality creates a welcoming team environment for anyone who works with him.