Dr. Suedel is a research biologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in biology from the University of North Texas, and his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Mississippi. His research interests include investigating ways in which sustainable environmental, social, and economic benefits can be incorporated into navigation and port infrastructure planning. He has received international recognition for applying the EWN initiative in practice at multiple USACE navigation and coastal projects. He is the Principle U.S. representative to the PIANC (The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure) Environmental Commission and is the U.S. representative to PIANC Inland Navigation Commission Working Group 203 on Sustainable Inland Navigation.