Who We Are

Who We Are

Kelly Hardwicke, Ph.D. (Principal)

Kelly Hardwicke, Ph.D. (Principal)

Phone: 
408.458.3236
Email: 
Expertise: 
Plant Ecology
Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Kelly Hardwicke is a plant and invertebrate ecologist whose primary work is classifying and describing habitats and identifying the component flora and invertebrates found on project sites. She frequently surveys sites for special-status plant species, performs wetland delineations, writes California Environmental Quality Act documents, and provides regulatory permit assistance.

Kelly has many years of experience in conducting insect surveys, preparing insect samples, and identifying insects, and is conducting a multiyear study of native pollinators on national wildlife refuges. She also holds a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recovery permit, which allows her to conduct wet-season surveys for endangered branchiopods throughout California.

One of Kelly’s strengths is her ability to communicate clearly with project engineers and to relay pertinent information to regulatory agencies, as required when compiling various permits for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, applying for 401 Water Quality Certification, and compiling Bay Conservation and Development Commission permits. Her strong research and botanical background and her extensive experience leading field investigations provides her with a high degree of credibility with State and federal resource and regulatory agencies regarding survey results, suitability assessments, and wetland delineations. In addition, her entomology and community ecology background enables her to distinguish significant plant-invertebrate community associations when conducting site assessments.

Kelly’s experiences cover a wide range of habitats and plant communities, including the rare and endemic species of the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, Mojave Desert, Central Valley, and Transverse Ranges; the flora of the San Francisco Bay Area, central Coast Ranges, Mojave Desert, Colorado shortgrass steppe and Rocky Mountains, and the Great Basin; and vernal pool branchiopods in the central Coast Ranges, Carrizo Plain, lower Sierra Nevada foothills, and Central Valley.

Kelly has a Ph.D. in ecology from Colorado State University and a B.A. in biology from Reed College.