Mission

To build sustainable partnerships for Earth and Society.

 

Vision

To provide science-based environmental services that will empower its clients with the means to help mend the planet and serve their communities.

 

Values

  • To provide its services with utmost scientific integrity and independence.
  • To subscribe to a code of ethics and standards of practice exemplary for environmental professionals.
  • To execute its services in a timely manner with the highest levels of professionalism, courtesy, and respect as well as with an abiding commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.
  • To offer the advantages of easy communication and effective project execution.

Clients

Bioquest Solutions LLC targets private and public clients across the United States and around the world. Its clients include private landowners; concerned citizens; representatives of civic groups, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and government agencies; and other individuals and groups committed to sustainable relationships with Earth’s natural systems.

Staff

H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of Bioquest Solutions LLC. Pictured above on expedition in 2013, en La Reserva Rancho Los Fresnos, in the upper San Pedro River Watershed, in Sonora, on the USA/Mexican border.

A 10th-generation Virginian, Bruce is a forest ecologist, science educator, and conservationist who lives currently in the world-renowned Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but has lived and worked from Florida to Maine and abroad. He was elected a National Fellow of The Explorers Club in 1998, a Switzer Environmental Fellow in 2000, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences in 2002, and a Full Member of Sigma Xi in 2005. Bruce is also an adjunct professor in the Ecotourism and Sustainable Development Program at the University of Southern Maine and an adjunct scientist in charge of México programs at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Portland, ME. Bruce is science advisor for Sustenta Soluciones S.A. de C.V., Heel Habilidades A.C., and the Republic of Everyone México; a member of the board of directors for Naturalia, one of México’s largest conservation nonprofits focused on endangered species and ecosystems; and an international council advisor for Reforestamos México. Bruce is also a member of the research advisory board for the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies (ACTS, Iquitos, Perú). He is co-editor and contributor to Forest Canopies (2004, Elsevier Press) and Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis (2010, MIT Press). His scientific expeditions include sites in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. He has participated twice on the French-sponsored “Radeau des Cimes” mission (Cameroon and French Guiana). Bruce has received numerous science education awards and recognitions including “Outstanding Science Teacher” (Science Teachers Association of New York State), “Outstanding Biology Teacher” (National Association of Biology Teachers), and the “Environmental Education Award” from the County of Sarasota, FL. As a forest ecologist, Bruce has expertise in nutrient cycling and plant-insect interactions. Further, his recent field projects have focused on the impacts of environmental toxins such as plastics, petroleum, and mercury on marine and coastal ecosystems. Bruce has been co- or primary investigator on a number of major grants, including an Ecological Circuitry Collaboratory grant from the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Focus Areas

• Biodiversity, Natural Areas, and Working Landscapes
• Conservation Strategies and Practices
• Environmental Education and Advocacy
• Sustainability, Sustainable Development, and Stewardship

 

A Brief Company History

H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D., the founder and sole proprietor of Bioquest Solutions LLC, holds ownership of the trademarked name, “Bioquest Expeditions,” as an agreement with previous business partners from a now-defunct company called International Student Research, Inc. The company, based in McLean, Virginia, operated for 5 years in the late 1980s and early 1990s to link students of all ages with scientific organizations around the world in a three-phase experience: preparation, immersion, and follow-up advocacy. Dr. Rinker created the trademarked name, which was returned to him upon the dissolution of International Student Research, Inc.

Dr. Rinker founded Bioquest Solutions LLC in spring 2016. He combined the terms, Bioquest and Solutions, to indicate the sustainable focus of the company and then solicited the help of Nadine Zeevaert Lamas, an internationally recognized graphics designer based in México City, for the company logo. The stylized glyph captures the concepts of land and water, wild and urban, human and nonhuman in its colors and abstract shapes.

Bioquest Solutions LLC provides its science-based services to tackle local, regional, and international concerns about the environment with the firm belief that the planet and human communities can live compatibly and sustainably.

Advisory Council

In addition to the work of company principal Dr. H. Bruce Rinker, the mission of Bioquest Solutions is further served by its Scientific and Technical Advisory Council (STAC).

 

STAC is a recommending committee of 15 to 30 volunteer professionals from agencies, organizations, and educational institutions at home and abroad who provide their internal expertise for specific projects, programs, and publications of Bioquest Solutions.

 

STAC is a fluid body of volunteer professionals with no limit to the number of its members. If you would like to join, or to recommend friends and colleagues for membership, please contact Bioquest Solutions with names, affiliations, 100-word biographical sketches, and high-resolution photographs.

 

Bioquest Solutions deeply appreciates the willingness of STAC members to help build sustainable partnerships for our planet and communities!

 

Meet Our Advisory Council Members

Basic Definitions

What is sustainability?

 

From an ecological perspective, sustainability is the theory and practice of using Earth’s limited natural resources to meet the present and future needs of Society. It is the capacity to create, endure, and integrate. Sustainability infers the idea that social, economic, political, and environmental progress is attainable within those limits. Thus, the term implies a healthy partnership between Earth and humanity. It implies humanity’s guardianship of the planet in our perceptions, celebrations, and respect. It also implies humanity’s ancient vocation to care within the context of an elder and evolving Earth.

 

What is sustainable development?

Sustainability is often associated with development as in the term, sustainable development. Sustainable development is the organizing principle for sustainability. The classic definition of sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” [1] Sustainable development has also been defined as “something that improves the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems.” [2] In our employment of Earth’s resources, we strive toward responsible stewardship while we consume, develop, and nurture the world around us.

 

What is stewardship?

Far from being a frivolous or faddish term, sustainability equates on many levels with responsible stewardship. Stewardship is a covenantal partnership between people and planet that honors diversity and favors productivity. Old-growth forests, coastal wetlands, and barrier reefs are examples of generative biological sustainability that necessitate humanity’s stewardship because these are deep-time reservoirs or incubators of biodiversity. So, too, we have ancient systems of human diversity across the planet called geo-cultural domains – from Amazonia to the Andes, from the Mediterranean Basin to the Tibetan plateau, from the Horn of Africa to the Nile Delta, from the Western Ghats to Wallacea, from the Caribbean to Mesoamerica – that require our diligent stewardship. The wild roots of cultures and the importance of our ecological heritage are parts of our humanness, both deserving our perpetual diligence as stewards of creation.

 

What’s the bottom line?

Sustainability. Sustainable development. Stewardship. Three interwoven aspects of an ever-unfolding partnership for Earth and Society. Bioquest Solutions LLC embraces these three components for its work at home and abroad.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Brundtland Commission of the United Nations. 20 March 1987. “Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, Chapter 2, Toward Sustainable Development.” United Nations General Assembly, New York, NY.

[2] IUCN, UNEP, and WWF. October 1991. Caring for the Earth: A Strategy for Sustainable Living. Gland, Switzerland.