Rita Cabral, Ph.D., (she/her) has over nine years of experience assisting with complex environmental damage assessments across the United States, including natural resource damage assessments (NRDAs) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). Her strong background in geological sciences, research, and data analysis lends itself to a variety of technical topics within NRDA. She specializes in the assessment of ecological and groundwater losses due to hazardous substance releases as well as data management strategies to support these efforts. She also uses her skills to assist natural resource trustees in evaluating and scaling restoration projects to compensate for such injuries, successfully linking injury quantification to compensation on behalf of the public. Her NRDA experience has developed through wide-ranging case work spanning complicated industrial and mining sites to urban river and coastal systems. Consequently, she is ideally suited to support federal, state, and tribal clients in organizing long-term case strategies and successfully implementing those strategies.
Rita holds a B.S. in Geological Sciences from Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. from the Quantic School of Business and Technology, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Boston University where her studies focused on geochemistry.