Professional Staff

Steve Layman, PhD

Regional Vice President

“I really enjoy the energy and collaborative spirit for sound science and creative solutions that protect the environment here at Kleinschmidt.”


Understanding the beauty that comes with providing practical solutions to complex environmental problems, Steven Layman is a Regional Vice President in the Southeast and has been with Kleinschmidt for 3 years. Steve has an additional 29 years of experience specializing in leading ecological assessments, managing diverse water resource projects, and advancing sustainable solutions. He has led environmental studies and documentation for successful relicensing of numerous hydroelectric projects and assisted in creating a corporate water risk assessment tool used by global companies to evaluate water scarcity, manage business risks, and develop strategies for optimizing water use. He also has significant applied experience in Clean Water Act permitting, National Environmental Policy Act review, facility siting and permitting, and Endangered Species Act compliance for power generation, pipeline, transportation, mining, and infrastructure projects.

Some of Steven’s highlighted project experience with Kleinschmidt include temperature assessment; wastewater discharge evaluation; Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS); Environmental Assessment (EA); watershed modeling and protection studies; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for hydropower license compliance; ecological studies; NEPA coordination; aquatic ecosystem restoration and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing.

Steven is a member of the National Hydropower Association and is serving as Track Co-Chair for Policies and Regulations at the 2019 HydroVision International Conference; he is also a member of the American Fisheries Society, and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. He has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University.