Who We Are

Who We Are

Ethan M. Barnes, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Ethan M. Barnes, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Phone: 
559.476.3185
Email: 
Expertise: 
Plant Ecology
Location: 
San Joaquin Valley

Ethan Barnes is a senior plant ecologist at H. T. Harvey & Associates with more than 15 years of experience. He has conducted surveys for special-status plant species, performed wetland delineations, and mapped vegetative cover types in a wide variety of plant communities throughout California and other parts of the United States. His botanical surveys have involved inventorying plant species in numerous habitat types, including wetland, grassland, chaparral, oak woodland, montane, desert, halophytic, and anthropogenic communities. Ethan has identified and observed more than 100 special-status plant species in their native habitats throughout California. He holds a federal permit to conduct surveys for listed vernal pool crustaceans and is approved by CDFW as a Level II surveyor for blunt-nosed leopard lizard.

Ethan brings technical expertise related to habitat assessment, special-status plant surveys, wetland assessments and delineations, regulatory permit assistance, environmental impact analyses, and CEQA compliance to projects. His experience also includes permitting through the USACE and the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and permitting under Section 1600 of the California Fish and Game Code through the CDFW. Ethan also has experience in conducting wildlife surveys, including for valley elderberry longhorn beetles and burrowing owls.

Examples of his project roles include:  

  • Contributed to large field studies and reports in the San Joaquin Valley, including the San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan Update and EIR in Fresno and Madera Counties and the biological assessment and natural environment study for the Santa Fe and Modoc Creek Trails in Tulare County.
  • Assisted with the delineation of jurisdictional features (wetlands and other waters) and drafting the USACE and RWQCB permits, and lake and streambed alteration agreement applications for a wide variety of public and private projects, including the California Valley Solar Ranch project, Quinto Solar PV project, and Santa Fe and Modoc Ditch Trails.
  • Conducted water quality tests and drafted water quality monitoring reports for the Columbia Avenue project for the City of Merced.

Ethan received an M.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University.