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Eric Dott

Vice President, Senior Hydrogeologist

Helping rebuild a trail in Duluth's Lester Park

When asked what led him to his career as a geologist and environmental consultant, Eric Dott chuckles and replies, “I guess I was born into it. I grew up in a family of naturalists.” Because his father was a professor of geology and his mother was a volunteer naturalist, Eric quickly developed interests in geology, backpacking, and cross-country skiing while growing up in Wisconsin.

These interests led Eric to earn a degree in aquatic biology at The Evergreen State College in Washington and master’s degrees in both geology and water resources management at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. It was at UWM that Eric met his wife Deb—at a moonlight cross-country ski event at the school’s arboretum.

After grad school, Eric landed at a consulting firm that focused on assessment and remediation of petroleum sites. Seeking more project variety, Eric took a job with the Superfund program of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. While the range of projects appealed to him, Eric explains, “I missed doing the work rather than just reviewing it.”

Recruited back into consulting by a Twin Cities firm, Eric was soon introduced to Barr by a grad school colleague. “I realized I had a lot in common with the people at Barr and knew many of them from my time at MPCA,” he says. “It was an easy transition.” He immediately started working on brownfield projects, which were varied and fast-moving. Eric’s time at the MPCA gave him an appreciation for regulators and their challenges, and his clients appreciate his opinion of agency perspectives.

In addition to the variety of work, Eric enjoys the diversity of people at Barr. “They have many outside interests,” he says. “There’s so much to learn while working with them.”

Eric moved to Barr’s Duluth office several years ago and currently manages the investigation and evaluation of a contaminated sediment site on the St. Louis River. “It’s really exciting, complex, and encompasses many elements from my previous work.”

In his free time, Eric still cross-country skis and competes in a handful of races each year. He often participates with his wife, his two kids, and other Barr staff. Eric’s other outdoor pursuits include canoeing and camping with his family and competing in the annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival with his friends at Barr.