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Who We Are

Stephen L. Peterson, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Stephen L. Peterson, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)

Phone: 
408.458.3230
Email: 
Expertise: 
Wildlife Ecology
Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area

Stephen Peterson is a senior wildlife ecologist at H. T. Harvey & Associates. His more than dozen years of professional experience have primarily consisted of research focused on habitat and anthropogenic impact associations with avian and wildlife communities. Stephen has also worked on numerous projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes biological resource assessments to support CEQA compliance. His survey experience with special-status wildlife species includes the burrowing owl, long-billed curlew, snowy plover, golden eagle, San Joaquin kit fox, California red-legged frog (CRLF), and California tiger salamander (CTS).

Stephen has conducted extensive avian surveys, nest monitoring, and habitat assessments for a variety of private, governmental, and non-profit entities. He is highly skilled in avian capture and banding techniques for a variety of passerine, waterfowl, and waterbird species. Stephen holds federal permits to survey, capture, and release CRLF; and capture, mark, and release CTS. As an FAA fully licensed and certified small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) remote pilot, he serves as H. T. Harvey & Associates’ sUAS pilot and subject matter expert for a variety of aerial imagery services for our clients.

Examples of Stephen’s work at H. T. Harvey & Associates in California include:

  • overseeing the implementation of surveys, habitat management, biological monitoring, and mitigation measures for special-status wildlife species at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California, including burrowing owl, salt marsh harvest mouse, western snowy plover, and western pond turtle;
  • assisting with the implementation, management, and monitoring of a black-crowned night heron and snowy egret rookery relocation effort at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California; and
  • coordinating a variety of biological survey types (e.g., for special-status wildlife and nesting birds) in multiple watershed reaches throughout Santa Clara County and ensuring timely reporting of survey results for Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Stream Maintenance Program.