Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR) is a professional limnological research and lake management company with over thirty years of experience studying lake systems. Our mission is to provide objective scientific evaluation of lake condition for long-term understanding and management. We work directly with homeowners, lake associations, municipalities, and state agencies to develop management strategies for each individual lake we study. We oversee ongoing water quality monitoring and aquatic plant management efforts in lakes across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

Locations of current and past NEAR projects.

Meet Our Team

George Knoecklein

Limnologist, Certified Lake Manager
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Limnology), University of Connecticut
M.S. Natural Resources, Michigan State University
B.S. Biology, Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. George Knoecklein received his Ph.D. in Limnology in 1997. Dr. Knoecklein’s academic lineage is just one generation from Dr. Robert Wetzel, who is considered one of the world’s greatest lake scientists and is the primary author of the most widely referenced textbook of limnology. Since 1997, George has been the owner and principal lake scientist for Northeast Aquatic Research, LLC. Though prior to starting his own company, George worked as a lake consultant in Connecticut since 1985, focusing on methods to overcome internal phosphorus loading and taste and odor issues in CT reservoirs. Combined, George has over 40 years of experience studying lake systems in both Michigan and the New England region. George is a Certified Lake Manager and board member for the New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society. He is a past President of the Connecticut Federation of Lakes, and is an expert in rare and endangered aquatic plant identification, as well as phytoplankton and zooplankton enumeration. George has authored hundreds of lake management reports and has been the primary data analyst on numerous federal, state, and municipal lake diagnostic/feasibility studies in New England.

Hillary Kenyon

Research Scientist, Certified Lake Manager
B.S. Environmental Science, University of Connecticut

Hillary Kenyon has a B.S. Environmental Science degree from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts, with a focus in groundwater nutrient transport in lake shoreline areas. Hillary joined Northeast Aquatic Research in 2013 and has since fulfilled the North American Lake Management Society’s qualifications to become a Certified Lake Manager. She is an expert in aquatic plant identification and is also working towards becoming a certified Soil Scientist with the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England. She is a Registered Septic System Inspector in the state of RI and well versed in soil testing methods and site inspection. Hillary is a past board member and newsletter editor for the Connecticut Federation of Lakes and has co-authored multiple lake management plans across Connecticut and New York.


Hannah Moore

Research Scientist, Business Administrator
B.A. Environmental Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Hannah Moore has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College and has been a GIS analyst and research scientist for Northeast Aquatic Research since 2015. Hannah is also NEAR’s business administrator and bookkeeper.  Prior to coming to work for NEAR, she was a GIS technician for the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Forestry Division. Hannah brings a unique set of data analysis, coding, and mapping skills, and is well-versed in aquatic plant survey methods and water quality monitoring.

A.J. Reyes

Aquatic Ecologist, Certified Lake Manager
M.S. Lake Management, SUNY Oneonta
B.S. Ecology, SUNY Plattsburgh

Alejandro (A.J) spent most of his youth fishing and/or boating on lakes in New York. He is a patron of fresh waterbodies with a passion that pushed him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Ecology at SUNY Plattsburgh, and then a master’s degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta. A.J. spent years living in various parts of the country working on water quality and lake habitat projects with the United States Geologic Survey.  Most recently, he served as an Extension Associate for North Carolina State University where he was the liaison between multiple stakeholder groups including the reservoir utility owner, the NC DEQ, and the thousands of residents that lived along the shoreline. A.J. has a very wide range of experience, from managing aquatic invasive quagga mussels in the Hoover Dam to invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, to the notorious monoecious hydrilla in North Carolina. A.J. recently moved back to the northeast and began working for Northeast Aquatic Research this year. Through his unique skill set, A.J. is able to provide clients with a holistic view of lake management and assist them in achieving their goals.

Kendra Kilson

Research Scientist
M.S. Lake Management, SUNY Oneonta
B.S. Natural Resources, University of Connecticut

Kendra Kilson joined NEAR as a seasonal intern in 2017 and re-joined the company full-time in the summer of 2019. Kendra has a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut, and received her M.S. in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta in 2019. Kendra grew up on Lake Lillinonah, the second largest lake in Connecticut, and has over eight years of volunteer experience with the Lillinonah Friends of the Lake, an organization that strives to protect the lake from eutrophication and aquatic invasive species. Kendra is experienced in water quality monitoring and aquatic plant surveying.

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