"In every endeavor, we strive for perfection, and settle for excellence."
Founded in 1993, Microecologies, Inc. has built a solid reputation among residential clients, property managers, architects, physicians, and attorneys by providing excellence in identifying and solving indoor environmental problems. During these past 20+ years, we have conducted over 5,000 indoor environmental investigations, including over 3,000 mold inspections and water damage inspections.
We are experienced in conducting mold inspections and clean-ups for residential clients and commercial clients, including apparel and jewelry manufacturers, auto repair shops, copier repair and print shops, retail stores, distribution centers, construction and renovation projects, arts and entertainment facilities, restaurants, health care facilities, offices, and schools. Our staff works closely with property managers, owners, architects, HVAC engineers, and construction contractors to prevent mold growth and improve indoor air quality in buildings.
We are experts in conducting indoor environmental inspections in response to occupant health complaints (which often include allergies, asthma, chronic sinusitis, and multiple chemical sensitivities), and in identifying and eliminating the environmental exposure factors that are provoking the aforementioned health complaint. Our job is to identify, evaluate, determine the source of, and eliminate or control the unknown biological, physical, or chemical contaminants that are provoking the health complaint. On many cases, we are recommended by and work closely with our clients’ physicians. Some of our work is the result of OSHA inquiries and regulatory compliance issues.
We are also asked by our clients and their attorneys to appear as an expert witness, and we have an excellent track record in assisting our clients’ attorneys to prevail in legal disputes involving environmental exposure issues. Our Chief Investigator, Bill Sothern, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and recognized contributor to the NYC Department of Health Guidelines for the Assessment and Remediation of Fungi (Mold) in Indoor Environments, which is widely considered to be a seminal document in the field of mold inspection and remediation. He also co-authored the NYC Housing Preservation and Development’s Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation Protocols and the World Health Organization’s Guidance for New Orleans Area Residents Affected by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Microecologies’ work has been featured on ABC Nightline, NBC Dateline, the New York Times, in This Old House, and in New York Magazine, where we were awarded Best of New York for our toxic clean-up work.
Several of our employees are certified, qualified and experienced in all aspects of HVAC mechanical hygiene, air filtration, fresh air and exhaust ventilation, water damage and mold growth issues, lead, asbestos, HAZCOM and respiratory protection, chemical vapor and microbial sampling and analytical methods, and contaminant source identification and control. We have developed an odor and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) evaluation criteria that include both quantitative and qualitative elements, and Microecologies has worked on numerous projects associated with odor and ETS source identification and has designed and implemented engineering controls to substantially reduce or eliminate odor and ETS problems.
A two-person team that includes a Senior Investigator and our Chief Investigator generally conducts each assigned inspection. Our reports, carefully and thoughtfully written by the Senior Investigator and thoroughly reviewed by the Chief Investigator, contain only site-specific findings and recommendations and do not contain boilerplate filler material. Where remediation work is necessary, our reports include a full scope of work, in sufficient detail to be put out for bid to qualified contractors.
William M. Sothern (Bill), MS, CIH
Certified Industrial Hygienist and Chief Investigator
DPH Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center
Bill is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and has been an industrial hygiene practitioner for the past 20 years, with a concentration on indoor environmental issues. He holds a Master of Science degree from Hunter College in Environmental and Occupational Health, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health.
In 1993, Bill founded Microecologies, Inc. to provide environmental evaluations and clean-up solutions for clients in the New York City area. During the past 20 years, Microecologies has conducted health based investigations for over 3,000 clients and have performed or directly supervised the decontamination work or the implementation of engineering controls for over 2,000 of these clients, many of whom Microecologies continues to serve.
Bill is a certified as a CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) by the US Green Building Council, a Lead Inspector and (Abatement) Supervisor by the EPA, and an Asbestos Inspector by NYS. He has been qualified as an expert witness on cases involving environmental evaluations and exposures in the Civil Court of the City of New York and in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Bill is a frequent presenter on environmental topics and public health initiatives at American Industrial Hygiene Association conferences and other community forums.
In addition, Bill is actively involved in community service projects including the AIM (Asthma Intervention Methods) Program which he authored and which Microecologies is implementing in East Harlem as team members with the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services, Inc., and the HELP (Help Eliminate Lead Poisoning) Program designed to increase lead hazard awareness and exposure avoidance. Bill also is the author of the Microecologies, Inc. Mold Cleanup Guidelines for Residents, and of various protocols for mold and HVAC inspection and remediation (available at www.microecologies.com). He is an acknowledged contributor to the New York City Department of Health Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments, and I have also been actively involved in New Orleans and New York City area hurricane relief efforts, including writing and co-producing a training video entitledMold Clean-up Guidance for New Orleans Area Residents Affected by Hurricane Katrina which has been adopted by the World Health Organization.
Paul Scardino, MS, EIEC
Certified Environmental Indoor Environmental Consultant
Paul Scardino is a senior investigator for Microecologies with over twenty years of combined experience in criminal forensic and environmental investigation. He has a Masters degree in chemistry from New York University, is an EPA certified lead inspector and risk assessor, is a NYS certified asbestos inspector, and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. Mr. Scardino has conducted indoor environmental investigations and managed remediation projects for hundreds of our clients in cases involving water damage and mold growth, asbestos, lead-based paint, tobacco smoke infiltration, and volatile chemical vapors.
Prior to joining Microecologies, Mr. Scardino worked for The New York City Police Department Forensic Laboratory, where he performed microscopic and instrumental analyses of trace evidence, supervised trace and controlled substance evidence examiners and analyses for adherence to laboratory SOP’s, wrote analytical procedural and training manuals, and administered the forensic laboratory’s proficiency testing and safety programs. He also worked for the Nassau County Department of Health Public Health Laboratory, where he extracted and performed instrumental analysis of soil and water samples for priority pollutants such as herbicides, pesticides, PCB’s and phthalates.
Chris Mikrut, MS
Senior Environmental Investigator
Chris Mikrut is a Senior Environmental Investigator for Microecologies Inc. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science from Hunter College, where he was awarded a National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) fellowship while pursuing his degree. Chris provides services to building occupants and facility managers to improve indoor environmental conditions for residents and employees occupying commercial, residential and institutional buildings. In addition, he has HAZMAT certification. Since joining Microecologies in 2012, Chris has conducted indoor environmental investigations and managed inspection projects on several hundred residential and commercial cases involving the assessment of spaces affected by water damage and mold growth conditions and the assessment and control of environmental tobacco smoke and chemical vapors.
Arthur Lau, BS, CMI
Arthur Lau is the General Manager of Microecologies and has been with the company since 1996. For over a decade, he has performed thousands of mold inspections on projects involving water damage and mold growth, hygienic problems in HVAC systems, secondhand tobacco smoke and other odor/chemical vapor complaints, and demolition/renovation dust in filtration problems. He has had extensive experience collecting air/surface samples for laboratory analysis of mold, bacteria, asbestos, lead, crystalline silica, fiberglass, pet allergens, various chemical vapors, and other contaminants. He has also overseen many mold remediation projects. Arthur holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Vassar College and is an American Council for Accredited Certification (formerly American Indoor Air Quality Council) Certified Microbial Investigator, an EPA certified lead-based paint inspector, a NYS certified asbestos air sampling technician, and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
Gustavo Lezama, CMRS
Remediation Contracting Manager
Gustavo Lezama is the Remediation Contracting Manager for Microecologies and has been with the company since 2001. He has performed thousands of mold remediation and HVAC hygienic maintenance projects, and has been the site supervisor on most of these projects. In 2005-2006, Gustavo was part of the Microecologies team that assisted New Orleans area residents with mold assessments and remediation following Hurricane Katrina. He is an American Council for Accredited Certification (formerly American Indoor Air Quality Council) Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS), a NYS certified asbestos air sampling technician, and holds an EPA refrigerant certification.
Susanna Mage, MA
Junior Environmental Investigator and Research Assistant
Susanna Mage is a Junior Environmental Investigator for Microecologies, as well as the firm’s Research Assistant. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University, where she conducted extensive research and soil biogeochemical fieldwork for her thesis, which was accepted in 2013 into the peer-reviewed journal Ecosystems. Susanna provides services to our clients to help improve their indoor environmental conditions. Since joining Microecologies in 2013, Susanna has assisted in several indoor environmental investigations, including those for the New York Neighborhood Revitalization project.
Henry Dotson, MA
Junior Environmental Investigator
Henry Dotson is a Junior Environmental Investigator for Microecologies, Inc. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Pace University. His thesis concentrated on green storm water management infrastructure. Henry provides services to our clients to help improve their indoor environmental conditions.