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Who We Are

Robyn Powers, M. S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Robyn Powers, M. S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Phone: 
805.756.7423
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Expertise: 
Wildlife Ecology
Location: 
Central Coast

Robyn Powers is a senior wildlife ecologist and project manager in the firm’s San Luis Obispo office. She has particular interest and experience in endangered species research and monitoring and in mammal ecology. Much of her work has been in California ecosystems, including the Channel Islands, coastal scrub and oak woodland communities, the Sierra Nevada, and the Mojave Desert. Robyn is also the Program Manager for the firm’s ecological scent-detection dog program, .

Examples of her work include:

  • Serving as crew lead during monitoring of San Joaquin kit foxes on the California Valley Solar Ranch Project site, tracking resident kit foxes by monitoring dens with remote cameras, and implementing measures to protect dens and foxes during the construction phase of the solar project;
  • Conducting surveys for rare and endangered wildlife and plant species, performing ground and aerial telemetry, employing mark-recapture techniques, rehabilitating wildlife, and conducting track plate and remote camera surveys;
  • Serving as crew lead for a reproduction and density study on the desert tortoise; leading and training habitat restoration crews in critical habitat for the desert tortoise; and trapping lizards, snakes, and small mammals for a study on species abundance and diversity in areas of disturbance;
  • Working as a dog handler for projects that involved detecting wildlife species in San Luis Obispo County and the Mojave Desert;
  • Tracking, through radiotelemetry, the predators of the endangered palila on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Robyn received an M.S. in physiology and behavioral biology from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Denver.