We’re Either In The Field, Or On The Water

Since 1987, AquaBio has specialized in the applied science of bioremediation and biomimicry for industrial and municipal wastewater, landfill, green waste, and urban/stormwater runoff. Our strength lies in broad expertise which has given us proven success on hundreds of sites. We provide integrated and multi-disciplinary products and services for clients nationally and internationally.

Our qualified team of professionals is able to manage complex and demanding problems with innovative and creative approaches, while providing our clients with practical solutions to meet specific needs, priorities and resources.

Carlos Lopez launching small 18 foot floating Island turtle habitat. Floating islands aid in the natural bioremediation process to keep this ecosystem balanced.

Carlos Lopez launching small 18 foot floating island turtle habitat. Floating islands aid in the natural bioremediation process to keep this ecosystem balanced.

Meet The AquaBio Team

DeAna Vitela-Hayashi
DeAna Vitela-HayashiDirector & CFO
DeAna Vitela has been involved in the research, development, and application of non-pathogenic micro organic degraders, cleaners and bionutrients for over 30 years. She has specialized in waste water remediation using bioremediation in conjunction with phytoremediation.

As CEO of AquaBio Environmental Technologies, Inc. and AquaBio Watershed Remediation and Management Division, Ms. Vitela continues this process in the restoration of freshwater habitats and lake management. DeAna has consulted and provided her expertise for environmental engineering and remediation firms, municipal and industrial facilities, waste treatment facilities, refineries, retention basins, lakes, and aquaculture facilities, both with fresh and marine environments.

Ken Edwards
Ken EdwardsSenior Chemist
Ken Edwards has a B.S. in chemistry along with experience in color science and database computer programming. His experience as a physical science technician & chemist at the National Institutes of Health, Vice-President of RT/Omega International, and analytical chemist at Science Applications International broadened his scope of knowledge and lead to his position as vice president of Alken Murray Corporation.

With Ken’s emergence as the president, Alken-Murray was reorganized as Earth Doctor in 2010. Ken is currently working as the senior chemist for AquaBio.

Katharine Tzadik
Katharine TzadikSenior Biologist
Katharine Tzadik is AquaBio’s senior biologist assisting in the analysis of data, research and development. She has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection. Raised in the UK and most recently residing in Puerto Rico, Katharine has travelled extensively, taking a role in conservation of coral reefs in several parts of the world.

Her experience has taken her from working with sea turtles in Crete, to fish and coral monitoring in Fiji, to working with stakeholders through workshops and meetings in Florida. She brings valuable experience in project management and research, water quality analysis for watersheds, and a keen awareness of local stakeholder values and concerns to Aquabio.

Elisa Brown
Elisa BrownOperations & Staff Biologist
Elisa Brown began her education in watershed and natural habitat management when she was just in elementary school after learning about the state of our earth. Currently, she is involved with protecting our native Southern California Sage Scrub and wildlife by working with AquaBio Environmental Technologies Inc. Working for this company proved to be a natural fit. Elisa has always focused and participated in environmental best practices, as does AquaBio. Elisa’s efforts include helping conserve, restore and protect the native environment and wildlife in Southern California using sound environmental science and a background in Ecology from UCLA. Elisa believes the key to benefiting our own immediate habitat and sustainable resources is to reintroduce local natural water and nutrient systems and organisms to our degraded habitats or constructed wetlands with cooperation with local communities.
Carlos Lopez
Carlos LopezSenior Lake Operations Manager
Mr. Lopez began his career with AquaBio providing assistance in the field for the company’s local watershed and lake management clients. Mr. Lopez has since assumed the role of Lake Operations Manager and continues to provide vital logistics and field support for AquaBio’s varied projects.

• Qualified Applicator Certification (QAC) – California Department of Pesticide Regulation, (DPR) Agriculture Commission

Louie Bozanich
Louie BozanichStaff Biologist & Lake Technician

Staff Biologist & Lake Technician Louie Bozanich joined AquaBio in February of 2023. His focus at AquaBio is bioremediation, data analysis, water treatment, lake and watershed maintenance.

Tasked with detailed site reporting and problem solving, he’ll also assist as liaison between lake management staff and the AquaBio team.

Louie graduated in 2023 with a BS in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Fisheries Conservation and Management from the University of Arizona.

Louie also enjoys fishing, boating and just being in the ocean during his free time. Louie brings his love of ecological restoration and fisheries management to the AquaBio team.

Michael Paul Henderson
Michael Paul HendersonOperations & Systems Administration

In 2007, Henderson began work with AquaBio providing design, web, marketing and technology services, eventually assuming the role of General Operations Manager. As of 2010, with a move to Tennessee, Henderson stepped away from operations at AquaBio to focus on his design business Big Bang Group (BBG Design).

In late 2016 Michael Paul was asked to consult with AquaBio on future strategies & opportunities. As of 2021 Henderson has returned to the AquaBio team to assist with operations, systems administration, web presence, marketing and more.

Michael Paul is Memphis, TN based, with most days spent keeping graphic design, web and technology clients happy from his bluff city studio. On weekends you might find him tending garden or with his wife Margaret enjoying the Memphis area with friends.

The AquaBio Team In Action

Carlos Lopez prepares mini-floating islands for demonstration.

AquaBio’s Field Operations Manager, Carlos Lopez prepares mini-floating islands for demonstration.

AquaBio Site Inspection Team

AquaBio on-site inspection at Alondra Lake, Los Angeles, CA.

AquaBio build-out of floating treatment islands at Magic Johnson Park Lake, CA

DeAna Vitela-Hayashi, Carlos Lopez & Los Angeles County Park & Recreation staff team-up for build-out of floating treatment islands at Magic Johnson Park Lake.

AquaBio Landfill Gas Team fusing landfill gas pipe Burbank, CA.

Dennis Hayashi, Carlos Lopez fusing landfill gas pipe Burbank, CA.

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Our strength lies in broad expertise, and proven success on hundreds of sites. Integrated products, services and a qualified team of professionals allows us to manage complex and demanding problems with innovative and creative approaches, providing practical solutions to meet your specific needs, priorities and resources.
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