Navigating the challenges of Coastal Restoration.

Its not economy vs. ecology. Economy and ecology need to go hand and hand. Ecological economics need to be crafted.



Learn About BluStem:

BluStem Ecological Consulting, LLC is a Florida based company founded in 2019 and specializing in the areas of coastal restoration and management.  The company is a single owned enterprise with a main focus of expertise in the ecology, restoration, mitigation, and management of coastal ecosystems.  BluStem is committed to advancing natural resource restoration and management for the sustainability and resiliency of Florida’s coastal ecosystems by implementing science-based techniques to support landowners, corporations, nonprofits, and government entities.  

Ms. Laura L. Flynn, owner, has 20 years’ experience and expertise working in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area as a lead ecologist with Lewis Environmental Services, and most recently with BluStem and Coastal Resources Group, a non-profit 501(c)(3). Her work extends throughout the Southeastern United States and Caribbean


Project Highlights:

St. Petersburg, FL

Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean


Our Team:

Laura L. Flynn, President

Ms. Flynn’s expertise includes 20 years’ work as a wetland scientist and practitioner specializing in the restoration and conservation of coastal habitats with a primary focus on mangrove and salt marsh ecosystems.  Her experience working with Roy R. Lewis III, a veteran international mangrove and seagrass expert, on a wide variety of projects and at all levels of engagement, has established skills needed for comprehensive assessments and thoughtful recommendations for restoration opportunities.   Her hands-on approach from initial design through long term monitoring of projects ensures successful results.  Most recently, her work has focused on mangrove restoration in the Florida Keys, Jamaica and Antigua/Barbuda to include careful consideration of Climate Change effects on vulnerable coastal habitats and work with team members to develop these projects with careful consideration of future challenges.  In 2019 she started BluStem Ecological Consulting LLC.


Services We Provide:

BluStem is consistently adapting to the changing needs of our clients and the numerous climate change and regulatory challenges faced in the realm of environmental management.  A range of services are provided.

  • On-site ecological evaluations and technical studies to determine best options for project design and implementation.
  • Restoration and mitigation design options to support client objectives and budgets.
  • Project permitting and coordination with team members and regulatory agencies to efficiently address questions.
  • Development and implementation of monitoring plans to ensure restoration and mitigation meet the objectives of the project.
  • Preparation of technical and monitoring reports for timely submittals.