Ecological Studies Staff & Associates 
Ecological Studies has a solid core of natural resource scientists who are recognized as specialists in wildlife. In addition, we maintain a strong association with independent specialists and companies in order to form the best technical team for each project. Biographical profiles for key personnel are included below.
Jessica Wheeler, B.S. - Biology with a Marine Emphasis  Site Supervisor & Assistant Ecologist  Jessica Wheeler was our Site Supervisor for the Carmel River Dam Removal and Reroute Project and Assistant Ecologist and has worked for Ecological Studies since 2002. She has worked as a field biologist with emphasis on, California Red-legged Frogs, and steelhead salmon. She has conducted habitat evaluations as well as focused surveys for these federally-protected species.    She has four years of experience with riparian restoration and monitoring for the Carmel River System and Lagoon and has knowledge in the effects of ground water pumping, water table draw down and the effects on the surrounding vegetation. Jessica has knowledge of native plants, herpetological ecology, invasive species, erosion prevention, and irrigation. Jessica has a diverse skill base and is familiar with both marine and terrestrial biological systems. She has worked as a naturalist in the Monterey Bay Area for over 12 years.  Jessica was awarded the Associate Our World Underwater Scholarship in 1991. During this year-long scholarship she worked with several marine related biologists, hydrologists, and geologists as well as the Cayman Islands government and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography for their Undersea Photography course.  Jessica has also studied Watershed Science at California State University of Monterey Bay and Global Information Systems (GIS) at Monterey Peninsula College. Jessica helped to develop a management plan for gully restoration on Fort Ord for the BLM.   Jessica Wheeler is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles. Dick (Richard A.) Arnold, Ph.D. Entomological Consulting Services, Ltd. Entomological Consulting Services, Ltd. offers special expertise with rare or endangered insects, arachnids, and invertebrates, especially in California and the western United States. We have conducted in-depth field studies of both terrestrial and aquatic taxa, and have experience with all of the West Coast insects now recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered or threatened. We can provide comprehensive study and reporting services for any project involving rare, endangered, or candidate species.  Further information regarding Dr. Arnold’s expertise, services, and example projects can be accessed by visiting Entomological Consulting Services, Ltd. Web Site. Associates Winifred F. Frick - Bat Ecologist  Central Coast Bat Research Group, CCBRG Research Director Conservation Biology of California Bats  Winifred Frick received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Oregon State University, where her dissertation research focused on island biogeography and community ecology of bats on islands in the Sea of Cortés in northwest Mexico. Dr. Frick has experience working as an environmental consultant specializing in bats in California since 2000 and has participated in numerous consulting projects concerning bat conservation and mitigation.  For more information about Dr. Frick's expertise and research interests, please visit the Central Coast Bat Research Group website: www.batresearch.org  Permits: Winifred Frick is authorized on Paul Heady’s MOU permit (see above). Conservation Biology of California Bats  Paul Heady has worked as an environmental consultant in California, specializing in bats, since 1993. He has been the lead consultant on numerous projects concerning bat conservation, including special-status species surveys, mitigation proposal and design, and structure surveys for bat use. Heady has extensive experience with all aspects of bat research, including roost surveys, bat capture and handling, acoustic sampling and analysis, and radio-tracking. The Central Coast Bat Research Group offers a variety of consulting services including special-status bat surveys, bat mitigation, bat house design and construction, and impact assessment for wind development.  For more information about Paul Heady's expertise and CCBRG's consulting services and capabilities, you can visit www.batresearch.org Permits:  Paul A. Heady holds a level 3 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Department of Fish and Game, which permits live-capture, identification, marking, and radio-tracking of California bat species.    Paul A. Heady III, - Bat Ecologist  Central Coast Bat Research Group, CCBRG Consulting Director Diane “Kim” Glinka, B.S. - Wildlife Biology  Wildlife Ecologist  Kim Glinka has worked as a wildlife biologist for over 20 years.  She contributes a diverse set of professional skills including, field studies, species inventory surveys, biological assessments, population monitoring, environmental inspection, and providing project coordination and supervision. She has served as a liaison between project proponents and regulatory resource agencies and collaborates with environmental planners and resource specialists to facilitate the planning/permitting process for large and small-scale projects.   Ms Glinka has conducted numerous habitat and biological assessments and protocol-level surveys for a variety of sensitive and special-status species in California for a wide range of projects. These include a dam removal project,  numerous linear utility repair and replacements, municipal drinking water upgrade projects, university expansion projects, public works projects, cell tower installations, bridge replacements/retrofits, municipal general plan updates, and for non-profit open space land acquisitions. Along the Central Coast and greater San Francisco Bay-Delta Area she has obtained authorizations in project-specific federal/state permits to survey for California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) (CRLF), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) (CTS),  San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) (SFGS), and Western pond turtles (Actinemeys marmorata).  She has conducted multiple San Joaquin kit fox  (Vulpes macrotis mutica) surveys and other sensitive species endemic to the South-Central San Joaquin Valley, including, but not limited to, blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia sila), San Joaquin antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus nelsoni), and giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens).   Ms. Glinka is also proficient in following survey guidelines, protocols, and performing nest monitoring for sensitive raptors, including western burrowing owl, Swainson’s Hawk, Golden Eagle, and for other common raptor and avian species. Ms. Glinka holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies/Biology from U.C. at Santa Cruz.  Kim Glinka is permitted under Dawn Reis’s federal permit (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles. Dawn K. Reis, M.S. - Aquatic Ecology & Conservation Biology Senior Wildlife & Aquatic Ecologist  Evaluation of specific wildlife species within complex fresh water or estuarine ecosystems is Dawn’s specialty. She has expertise with aquatic ecology, raptors (birds of prey) and herpetology. Dawn has conducted fish passage studies in streams and wildlife monitoring studies. She has also designed and implemented studies to assess the hydrological function of both freshwater and estuarine environments. Dawn has performed several other comprehensive studies on California Red-legged Frog ecology, including habitat studies of both adult frogs and tadpoles.  Dawn has conducted focused surveys, habitat evaluations, and Biological Assessments for state and/or federal “Threatened” and “Endangered” species, as well as, state protected “Species of Special Concern” to facilitate Formal Consultation with the regulating agencies. Dawn’s experience includes both large and small scale projects. She conducted the Biological Assessment for California Red-legged Frogs for the Proposed Carmel River Dam and Reservoir Project in 2000. Dawn has also conducted wildlife assessments and developed management plans and recommendations for several open space acquisition and management projects.  Dawn began working as a Wildlife and Aquatic Ecologist for environmental consulting firms in 1993. However her career in wildlife conservation extends back to 1987, with marine mammal research projects including work with dolphins, sealions, and, orcas. She has helped restore Peregrine Falcon, and Bald Eagle populations. She has also worked as an educator since 1989 and directed an outdoor science school in Mendocino County for four years. Kaia Colestock, M.S. - Ecology   Wildlife Ecologist  Kaia Colestock has worked as a professional wildlife biologist since 2000. Kaia’s expertise includes a wide range of flora and fauna in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  She specializes specifically in avian ecology and toxicology.  Her experience includes bio-acoustic monitoring of birds and bats, radio telemetry, bird banding, fish ecology, water quality, pinniped cognition and husbandry, avian toxicology, small mammal population dynamics, ungulate ecology, large predator analysis, snake demography, vegetation regeneration, and herpetological ecology.    She has also conducted numerous surveys for threatened/endangered species including the California red-legged frog, desert tortoise, California gnatcatcher, wood stork, Jemez salamander, Southwest willow flycatcher, golden-cheeked warbler, desert kit fox, western pond turtle, and many rare plants.  Kaia has worked as an environmental consultant since 2010.  She has served as a wildlife monitor for a variety of developmental, management and restoration projects.  She has transitioned from freshwater aquatic environments to marine, and participates in the restoration and monitoring of California subtidal reef ecosystems.  Kaia is a private pilot, AAUS scientific diver, and digital photographer.    Kaia Colestock is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles. Eric Scott, B.S. - Animal Science Wildlife Ecologist  Eric Scott’s area of expertise primarily includes mammology and animal science.  He has spent over six years as a biological consultant, and is familiar with monitoring and environmental compliance.  Eric worked over four years with the National Park Service as a terrestrial biologist.  He is highly experienced with radio-telemetry techniques, ungulate ecology, small mammal population dynamics, herptile ecology, native plant restoration, and has conducted surveys for an array of mammals, birds, bats, and macroinvertebrates.  He has also participated in electro-fishing, bird banding, waterfowl demographic studies, water quality sampling, soil sampling, and fish ecology.  As a biologist at hunter check stations, Eric is familiar with regulatory agencies and requirements.  He has monitored predator scent stations and assisted with bison herd management and spotlight surveys for white-tailed deer.  Eric assists with technical report writing and biological assessments.    Eric was a critical participant in the Channel Island fox restoration program.  He assisted resident veterinarians with the rehabilitation and restoration of the endangered island fox by monitoring and providing routine husbandry care to captive foxes, trapping spotted skunks, radio-collaring and pit-tagging foxes, and conducting behavioral enrichment activities.        He has also conducted numerous surveys for threatened/endangered species including the California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, desert tortoise, Cascade frog, San Francisco garter snake, steelhead trout, California condor, California gnatcatcher, Southwest willow flycatcher, desert kit fox, western pond turtle, and many rare plants. Linda Martin, M.S. - Marine Science  Administrative Assistant  Linda Martin is our Administrative Assistant at Ecological Studies.  Linda’s background primarily involves marine ecology with emphasis in deep sea research and education.  She has experience as a field naturalist and instructor for the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as a program educator.  In addition, Linda has trained and supervised staff, developed budgets and travel programs.  She has extensive experience in staff management, budget development, program evaluation, technical report writing and publishing.    Linda is a research diver and has designed and assisted with development of exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.  She has also taught a course in tropical marine science and has contributed to over 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Linda has participated in a variety of volunteer work involving animal rescue, marine conservation, and equestrian care.  She is currently chairman of the Board of Pajaro Valley Schools Foundation.     Linda has also assisted Ecological Studies with California red-legged frog studies and management.  She is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles. Inger Marie Laursen, M.S. - Biology  Wildlife Ecologist  Inger Marie Laursen has a Masters degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her specialty includes avian ecology and herpetology; however she has a diverse range of expertise with wildlife in California.  Inger Marie has over 12 years of fieldwork experience surveying and monitoring for special-status species, including but not limited to marine mammals, birds, amphibians, salmonids, and butterflies.      Inger Marie has been an educator and project leader in a variety of professional environments. She is well-versed in processes of environmental consulting and monitoring projects.  She has her own scientific collecting permit (California Dept. Fish & Wildlife) for mammals, reptiles, amphibians, vernal pools, freshwater and anadromous fishes, and freshwater invertebrates.  She has been trained for special-status species including: snowy plover, desert tortoise, California tiger salamander, Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, California red-legged frog, western pond turtle, and monarch butterfly.  Inger Marie is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles.
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Nicole Nedeff, M.A. - Biogeography & Plant Ecology   Riparian & Native Plant Ecologist  Nicole Nedeff has sixteen years experience in Monterey County working with public agencies and private organizations to evaluate, inventory, preserve, and restore and manage natural resources. She has extensive experience evaluating the impacts of stream flow and groundwater changes on riparian/wetland vegetation. Nicole has expert understanding of riparian vegetation ecology and restoration techniques. She has a thorough understanding of regional geography, including geology, hydrology and cultural history. Nicole also has broad experience with rare plants, plant ecology, and wildlife in all habitat types found in California.  Nicole Nedeff has extensive knowledge of local, state and federal regulations pertaining to land use in Monterey County. She is experienced writing and reviewing CEQA and NEPA documents, and is approved by the Monterey County Planning and Building Inspection Department to conduct Biological Assessments. She is also an excellent grant-writer. Chad Steiner, M.S. - Ecology, Behavior & Evolution Wildlife Ecologist  Chad Steiner has worked as a Wildlife Ecologist with Ecological Studies since 2008.  Chad’s background includes extensive experience with fisheries and herpetology.  He has participated in numerous projects involving Steelhead and Coho salmon, California tiger salamanders, California red-legged frogs, and other special status species.  Chad is very familiar with the flora and fauna of the central California coast, specifically Santa Cruz, Monterey, Sonoma, and San Luis Obispo counties.    Chad has also participated in small mammal studies, native and endangered plant restoration projects, seed propagation, abalone monitoring, electrofishing, invasive plant control, stream habitat typing, and focused amphibian surveys.  Chad spent a year teaching Tropical Ecology for the University of California Education Abroad Program in Costa Rica.    Chad has also assisted Ecological Studies with California red-legged frog studies and management.  He is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles. Maya Khosla, M.S. - Chemistry   M.S. - Environmental Biology Wildlife Ecologist  Maya has worked on special-status species surveys and long-term monitoring for California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, San Joaquin kit fox, Mission blue butterfly, California clapper rail, burrowing owl, steelhead trout and migratory birds.  She has done extensive California red-legged frog rescue work in the Carmel River Watershed.   Maya is skilled in Wetland delineations, Biological assessments and resources analyses for mitigation sites, development projects and pipeline decommissioning projects, NEPA document preparation for the restoration and enhancement projects, Mitigation plans, and long-term mitigation site surveys. She is skilled at performing surveys and ecological risk assessments for endangered species.  Maya has worked as a senior staff scientist assessing biological damage assessments associated with oil spills, treatability studies, vegetation monitoring. She has also evaluated the ecological risk assessments for deer mouse, American kestrel, great blue heron, Western meadowlark and steelhead trout.  Maya is an accomplished natural history poet and writer for educational brochures and film scripts.  Her films address subjects ranging from natural history to geothermal energy and climate change.  She currently maintains a blog on sea turtles with Save Our Seas.  Maya is permitted by Department of Fish and Wildlife (Scientific Collecting Permit #001404 for California wildlife) and the USFWS (Recovery Permit #TE092049-0 for California Tiger Salamander). She is also permitted under Dawn Reis Ecological Studies USFWS Recovery Permit for California red-legged frogs. Geri Kavanagh-Baird, B.A. - Latin American Studies  Field Assistant  Geri has worked with Ecological Studies as a Field Assistant and wildlife monitor on the Carmel River. She has experience identifying, capturing, rescuing, and relocating California red-legged frogs in all life history phases.  Geri has a background working in several University of California biological laboratories.  She has assisted and participated in all aspects of the UC food safety project focusing on vectors of E.coli bacterium in Monterey County.  Geri trapped, tagged, and collected morphological measurements on rodents (California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Permit SCP # 11481).  Her organizational skills, attention to detail, and time management ensured the accurate and efficient handling of research data.   Geri has filled a numbers of roles in an EPA on a research project investigating the effects of pesticide application on the neurological development of farm workers’ children in Monterey County.  She processed environmental biological samples, and trained/supervised staff in proper collection of specimens and sample handling and hazards in the field such as blood borne pathogens, and safety protocol.  Geri has worked collaboratively in a professional environment, performed the proper collection of blood specimens from children in the health fair setting.    Geri has worked in the role of supervisor in diverse environments and cultures. She has overseen training of staff at the internationally-renowned Esalen Institute.  Geri Kavanagh-Baird is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles.
Staff
 - Senior Wildlife & Aquatic Ecologist
- Site Supervisor & Assistant Ecologist
 - Wildlife Ecologist
 - Wildlife Ecologist
 - Wildlife Ecologist
 - Administrative & Assistant Ecologist
 - Wildlife Ecologist
 - Wildlife Ecologist 
 - Wildlife Ecologist
 - Field Assistant
Associates
 - Entomologist
- Bat Conservationist
 - Bat Conservationist
 - Riparian and Native Plant Ecologist
Home Services Staff Clients SOQ Projects Workshops Contact Us Links Josie Moss, B.S. - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  Field Assistant  Josie Moss has worked as a Field Assistant with Ecological Studies since 2010.  Josie has a strong background in botany with a diverse range of experience in restoration and re-vegetation management.  She has instructed volunteers at the University of Santa Cruz in plant identification and proper pruning techniques.  The last four years, she has conducted rare plant surveys on Fort Ord Military base and participated in annual plant density sampling.  Josie has also participated in numerous projects involving bird banding, avian diet analysis, marine environment education, Steelhead monitoring, bat surveys, woodrat relocations, and California red-legged frog rescues and handling.  She is experienced working with a variety of special-status species.    Josie has also assisted Ecological Studies with California red-legged frog studies and management, and is an integral member of the ES team.  She is permitted under Dawn Reis (see above) to handle and conduct studies with California Red-legged Frogs and tadpoles.  Josie Moss’ Resume (PDF) Staff