Wildlife Biologist/Environmental compliance
CAPABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE
Wildlife biologist with two years of experience working with state and federal agencies, private industry and educational facilities. Has experience with biological and botanical resource surveys, environmental training, and monitoring for construction projects throughout central and northern California. Skilled with a wide variety of field equipment including camera trapping. Has assisted in surveys, studies, and monitoring on a variety of plant, amphibian, bird, mammal and reptile species, including but not limited to Steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas), Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni), salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris) (SMHM), California clapper rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus), , Alameda whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus), California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) (CRLF), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) (CTS), and burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia). Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills working with clients, staff, and other professionals across diverse job sectors. Strong background in regulatory processes including federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and Migratory Bird Act. Has more than a year experience in construction monitoring for trout and other aquatic species. Apt knowledge of local tress species as well as nest reviews for tree work assessment. Experience with reporting dead or injured raptors that have collided or been electrocuted by power line equipment. Has experience through course work in Salt Marsh Harvest mouse trapping, identification and handling. As well as plant surveys and experiments with native plantings accessing health and vigor with variables such as orientation and altitude. Studied the effects of variations of aquatic marsh plants on the diversity and colonization of marsh fauna with species such as Eel grass, cord grass and duckweed. Studied the physiological effects of acidity and temperature on native intertidal crabs. Has experience with environmental trainings of construction personnel and environmental/wildlife education at facilities such as zoos and schools. Dedicated professional who demonstrates key abilities in client relations, communication, interpersonal relations, and problem solving.
Has over 40+ hours of salt pond research, restoration efforts and shore bird/mammal identification, including appearance, behavior, diet, reproduction and habitat range and has the ability to distinguish between similar species. Species researched include California clapper rail, black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis), Virginia rail (Rallus limicola), Sora (Porzana carolina), SMHM, western harvest mouse (Reithrodontymys megalotis), California vole (Microtus californicus) and deer mouse (Peromyscus sp.)
H.T. Harvey & Associates
Bird and bat fatality surveys
Bird identification with a focus on raptors (often from a body part rather than a whole)
Use of GIS
Protected raptor collection protocol as well as general collection techniques
Digital documentation including specific picture techniques
Transect line walking including the use of a range finder
Heron Rookery monitoring
Checking on replacement rookery equipment: call boxes, human made nests etc.
Knowledge of mating behaviors, physiological clues of actively being in nesting/mating season
Picture and notation documentation using GIS of individuals and unknown nests
John Muir Nature Center/U.S. Forestry Service
Small mammal census/survey
Setting humane traps with food/bedding/moisture source
Extraction of rodent from trap (handling technique) , sexing, species identification and release
Olberding Environmental, Inc.
Biological monitoring for Steelhead trout (Patterson Ranch project in Fremont, Ca. , burrowing owls, CTS, CRLF, western pond turtle, salt marsh harvest mouse, California clapper rail, giant garter snake, nesting raptor species, and Alameda whipsnake.
Monitoring duties include educating construction crews on species identification, habitat, and preventative measures.
Other monitoring duties include inspections concerning pre- and post-construction, barrier fencing, and open trenches.
Areas monitored include projects in Brentwood, Lafayette, Concord, Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore, and Richmond, among others.
Prepare Biological Resources Analysis Reports and Biological Assessments.
Protocol level burrowing owl surveys, passive relocations, and observing behavior.
Day and nighttime surveys for CTS, CRLF, bat roosts, and raptor nests.
Identify, trap, and relocate a variety of native mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians.
Analyze the health of riparian ecosystems.
Conduct wetland delineation
Create and update mitigation and monitoring reports.
Observe and record the health and survival of mitigation plants.
Identify, install, and maintain a wide variety of California native plants.
Conduct rare plant surveys
Collect and propagate native plants
Work in streams, fresh and saltwater marshes, serpentine soil, and a wide variety of other habitats.
Olberding Environmental INC. Contra Costa County
Patterson Ranch, Fremont, CA
Construction monitoring for bridge demolition and rebuilding over a stream (Alameda creek offshoot) that is historically documented to be a migration route for steelhead trout.
Faria Preserve Development Project, San Ramon, CA
2015 - Present
Conducted rare plant surveys and tree surveys of the site. Educated crew on endangered species awareness and protocol Have conducted construction monitoring for Alameda whipsnake, CRLF, and dusky-footed woodrat. Inspected pipes and equipment for hiding wildlife and leaks.
Olberding Environmental INC., Contra Costa County, City of San Ramon, CA
Acquired 20+ hours of reptile and amphibian research including appearance, behavior, diet, reproduction and habitat range. Has the ability to distinguish between similar species and ability to identify species in different morphological phases. Species researched include Alameda whipsnake, California striped racer (Coluber lateralis lateralis), Northern Pacific rattlesnake (Crotalus oregnus oreganus), Pacific gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer), California king snake (Lampropetis californiae), Pacific ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus amabilis), Western yellow-bellied racer (Coluber constrictor mormon), various gartersnake species (Thamnophis sp) including giant garter snake, California red-legged frog, Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii), American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), California toad (Anaxyrus boreas halophilus), Sierran treefrog (Pseudacris sierra) and California tiger salamander.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco County, City of San Francisco, CA
Learned computational biometry with a wide variety of factors
Wrote a mock NSF proposal for reintroduction of an apex predator back into an ecosystem due to the cascade effects benefitting riparian areas, which received acceptance and the highest score.
Wrote a scientific research paper on a study of my design focusing on the physiological effects of rising temperatures and acidity on intertidal crabs.
Collaborated to design a native plant study and physically set it up including installing drip lines and plantings. Then after making a statistically significant report about the results and their implications.
Vice President of the Wildlife Chapter
Silicon Valley Wildlife Center, Santa Clara County, City of San Jose, CA
Handled a variety of wildlife
Learned rehabilitative techniques
Napa Songbird Rescue, Napa County, City of Napa, CA
Learned auditory and visual identification of songbirds and all life stages
Prepared injured adults or young to be released back into the wild
B.S. Biology concentration in Zoology, Ecology and organismal focused, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, 2015
Native Endangered Species, Clapper Rail and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Workshop, Alameda County, AECOM, March 2015
Included a classroom portion as well as a field portion at Martin Luther King Shoreline in Oakland.
Learned how to trap and identify and take measurements of the Harvest Mouse
Learned how to assess the likely nesting and shelter location of the Clapper Rail based off of concentration of Cord grass and learned visual and auditory identification of the Clapper Rail.
CERTIFICATES AND SPECIAL PERMITS
California Scientific Collecting Permit (in progress)