Director of Environmental Science
Principal and founder of the firm Pine & Swallow Environmental
Professional practice since 1974 in the areas of environmental science, soil science,
land reclamation and horticulture
Owned and operated a commercial nursery for 19 years
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Organic Chemistry
A.B., Colgate University, Chemistry
Professional Experience in Soils and Horticulture
Dr. Swallow’s professional soils and horticulture practice spans three decades and has emphasized service in the areas of soil chemistry, analysis of environmental conditions for plant growth, and site rehabilitation. Dr. Swallow was a presenter on soils in the built landscape at the 2009 and 2011 ASLA National Conferences. His extensive work with public agencies has included seminars to superintendents on turf and vegetation maintenance and development of soil management programs. John serves on the Technical Core Committee of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).
Specializing in assessment of soil and water resources, Dr. Swallow has developed unique sampling and analytical methods to maximize the reuse of project soil and water assets. Manufactured soil blends incorporating onsite earth materials are designed to meet project requirements. He designs storm water management systems incorporating bio-swales, water harvesting and infiltration surfaces. Dr. Swallow has had extensive experience with rooftop planting environments and has been involved with P&S’s development of a structural soil for sustainable horticultural developments.
Dr. Swallow’s horticultural projects range from initial site investigations to detailed design of soil-water-horticultural systems, construction specifications and construction observation. He also directs P&S’s soil, air and water analytical laboratories, which are available for project site assessment and construction monitoring.
Professional Registrations and Affiliations
Licensed Site Professional, Massachusetts
Professional Geologist, New Hampshire
American Chemical Society
Soil Science Society of America
International Society of Soil Scientists
Agronomy Society of America
Assoc. of Ground Water Scientists & Engineers
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