Aquatic Environmental Services Staff


Greg Grimes

A lifetime fisherman, Greg began his lake management career in 1991 while an undergraduate in biology. He went on to join a lake management company where the desire for more knowledge led him to obtain a Masters in Fisheries from the University of Georgia in 1998. Greg founded Aquatic Environmental Services, Inc (AES) in 1996. Time has flown and it does not seem like he has been working on ponds for 25 years now. Greg oversees the day-to-day operations of the company with his main focus in the Fishery Management Division. He travels the eastern half of the U.S. helping clients in their quest for the fish of their dreams. Many days are spent in the office, but he finds some time to be on the shockboat. Most days in field, you will find Greg designing and laying out a lake for our clients. Greg has written numerous pond management articles, conducted fishery seminars and worked on literally thousands of ponds and lakes. Greg can tackle most fishery issues but realizes lakes are a dynamic, ever changing environment that requires innovative steps to meet tomorrow’s goals. His spare time these days is spent with his family, spending time with his two boys in the great outdoors.

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Matt Morgan

Matt joined the Aquatic Environmental Services (AES) team in 2006 after graduating from the famed fishery program at Auburn University. During his time at Auburn, he worked at the Ireland Center where he assisted researchers studying the effects of striped bass stocking on largemouth and spotted bass; the distribution, abundance, and population characteristics of shoal bass in tributaries of the Chattahoochee River, Alabama; as well as the effects of tournament fishing on dispersal, population characteristics, and mortality of black bass in Lake Martin, Alabama. At the Ireland Center, he also aged thousand of sunfish via sagittal otoliths and maintained research ponds (i.e. fertilization, sampling, etc.).

Matt is the senior fisheries biologist at AES. In over ten years at AES, Matt has seen it all in fisheries management. He is a strong reason AES is one of the leaders in growing some of the largest bass around. Matt is responsible for all electrofishing surveys and develops management plans for small ¼ acre ponds to lakes hundreds of acres all across the Southeast.

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Sharon Williams

Sharon joined Aquatic Environmental Services in 2016. The team always had a feeling that things could be more organized, so Sharon was brought on to assist in this effort! If you have called into our office, you most likely have had the pleasure of speaking with her, but here are a few things to know about Sharon.

She will admit to being a tab bit OCD...that is why she is responsible for “keeping the ducks in a row” here at AES. While her awesome teammates are working diligently out in the field, she is manning headquarters where she ensures the daily office operations run smoothly.

While she does adore the outdoors, fishing may not be on the top of her list for outdoor adventures (don’t tell Greg). But she will be the first to volunteer for a team-building activity that involves hiking or maybe a beach chair…ahem Greg.

She can deadlift over 300 lbs., but any mention of cardio will make her eyes roll…every time. If she is not in the office, you can find her “working on her fitness” at the gym.

If you are unable to locate her at the previously referenced destinations, rest assured you can find her spending time with her beautiful family.

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David Copeland

A lifelong resident of Georgia, David started fishing at a young age and it has been one of his passions since that time. David attended the University of Georgia, and has spent his career previously in sales and as a small business owner. His career experiences have led David to Aquatic Environmental Services as the director of business development. In this role he is responsible for cultivating relationships with our construction contractors, developing business for new and existing clients, as well as working with ownership on strategic opportunities.

In his spare time, you can normally find David attending the sporting activities of his three children, or trying to catch a trophy bass in his pond. David also serves on the board of directors at B.A.S.S.

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Colin Steele

Colin joined Aquatic Environmental Services in the spring of 2020. He is a graduate of both Hocking College and West Virginia University with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. Throughout college Colin worked at various hatcheries, lakes, rivers, and his school owned a 675-acre lake and hatchery where he assisted in many management techniques and aquaculture practices. During his time in West Virginia, Colin performed a study observing how water quality changes affect small lakes and pond fish populations across Appalachia. This specifically was looking into the water chemistry of Appalachian ponds and how mine drainage and nearby watersheds affected the overall water quality and fish populations.

Colin is a lifetime fisherman, who loves to spend his time saltwater fishing and catching huge catfish while in freshwater. Colin is an all-around outdoorsman and spends his time on the water, in the woods, or enjoying his family time at their cabin in Canada.

You will see Colin out at your pond or lake to help guide you through your goals for your fishery or evaluate a pond that you may have no idea what is going on. He will also be there for your electroshocking visits and will be able to thoroughly understand what is going on with your pond.

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Richard Imbeault

Richard joined Aquatic Environmental Services in 2021. He graduated from Unity College of Maine in 1996 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to moving to Georgia Richard worked as a Harbor Master, Shellfish Warden, and Animal Control Officer for a small town on the coast of Maine where he managed and protected local fishing grounds, dealing with issues ranging from invasive species, changes in the environment, and poaching. He is a licensed ship's Captain and has logged over 30 thousand miles on ocean-going research vessels. Richard also served as crew on oil spill recovery vessels off the coast of California and a towboat Captain before giving up the ocean life to spend more time with his growing family. A lifelong fisherman, he has fished for northern pike through the ice up in New Brunswick, Canada, stalked native brook trout in the clear water streams of New England, and spent time trolling for Mahi Mahi and tuna off the Cayman Islands; though today he mostly enjoys the quiet solitude of fly fishing. When not on the water Richard's passion is all things horses, which he shares with his daughter, and messing with technology with his son.

Richard is our Lake Management Specialist where he uses his fisheries management and mechanical skills to serve our customers by helping them to maintain both a healthy fishery and the physical infrastructure of a lake property.

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Caleb Castleberry

Caleb graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2020 and joined the AES team in 2021. Prior to joining at AES, he spent a year working in the commercial aquatics industry. Caleb grew up in middle Georgia, where he gained a strong passion for shoal bass fishing. Since moving to North Georgia he has worked with The Upper Chattahoochee Shoal Bass Project to track the movement of native and nonnative black bass, specifically Shoal bass, Chattahoochee bass, and Alabama bass.

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Jessie Dixon

Jessie joined the Aquatic Environmental Services team near the end of 2021. Originally from upstate New York, she is a 2019 graduate of the State University of New York in Cobleskill with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management and an associate's degree in Environmental Science. During college, she had the opportunity to hone in on her passion for aquatics and ichthyology through projects and coursework. Growing up she spent weekends fishing with her grandfather. That gave her a deep respect for the sport and a drive to help fishermen pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation through positive waterbody management.

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Tyler Newman

Tyler joined Aquatic Environmental Services in early 2021. He graduated in late 2020 from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with a degree in Natural Resources Management. He previously attended Chattahoochee Technical College and graduated with an associate's in Environmental Technology. Tyler grew up in north Georgia fishing and hunting with family and friends. Along with this, he was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts as a volunteer, passing on his passion for the outdoors to the next generation. He spends most of his free time hiking, exploring streams with a fly rod and camera, or hunting deer.

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