Who We Are

Who We Are

Kim Briones, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Kim Briones, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Phone: 
408.458.3263
Email: 
Expertise: 
Wildlife Ecology
Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area

Kim Briones is a senior ecologist with more than 10 years of experience in wildlife ecology, with a particular interest in bat and avian ecology. She has worked in a variety of habitats throughout California from grassland and oak woodland to desert scrub and riparian habitats. Kim has a background in survey methodologies for numerous taxa and special status species including, bats, small mammals, insects, burrowing owl, Hawaiian palila, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, mission blue butterfly, and callippe silverspot butterfly.

Kim’s experience covers a range of activities from post-construction avian fatality monitoring  at solar and wind energy facilities, to passive acoustic monitoring and radio telemetry for bats and birds, reconnaissance biological assessments, focused surveys for special-status species, management of large data sets, and preparation of reports in support of field studies. She has also coordinated preparation of regulatory permits including nationwide permits for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Streambed Alteration Agreements.

Examples of her project roles include:   

  • Serving as crew lead for three years for avian and bat post-construction fatality monitoring at the California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Monitoring avian and bat populations for more than two years as part of the Avian and Bat Protection Plan for CVSR: long-term passive acoustic monitoring, radio telemetry, and roost emergence counts for bats; avian point counts; and habitat mapping and nest monitoring for burrowing owls.
  • Conducting bat habitat assessments and/or roost emergence counts in California’s San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties in support of CEQA documentation.
  • Performing avian point counts in the Coachella Valley and Santa Clara County, California
  • Preparing and implementing a temporary humane bat exclusion plan for the Hearst Castle roof restoration project in San Simeon, San Luis Obispo County.

Kim received an M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.


Highlighted Publications:

Briones, K.M. Homyack, J.A., Miller, D.A., Kalcounis-Rueppell, M.C. 2013. Intercropping switchgrass with loblolly pine does not influence the functional role of the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus). Biomass and Bioenergy. 54:191-200.

Kalcounis-Rueppell, M.C., Briones, K.M., Petric, R., Marshall, M.M, Homyack, J.A., Miller, D.A. 2013. Hard forest edges act as conduits, not filters, for bats. Wildlife Society Bulletin.