Who We Are

Who We Are

Steve Rottenborn, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)

Steve Rottenborn, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)

Phone: 
408.458.3205
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Expertise: 
Wildlife Ecology
Location: 
San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Steve Rottenborn is a principal in the wildlife ecology group in the San Francisco Bay Area office of H. T. Harvey & Associates. He specializes in resolving issues related to special-status wildlife species and in meeting the wildlife-related requirements of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Combining his research and training as a wildlife biologist and avian ecologist, Steve has built an impressive professional career that is highlighted by a particular interest in wetland and riparian communities, as well as the effects of human activities on bird populations and communities. Steve’s experience extends to numerous additional special-status animal species. The breadth of his ecological training and project experience enables him to expertly manage multidisciplinary projects involving a broad array of biological issues.

He has contributed to more than 700 projects involving wildlife impact assessment, NEPA/CEQA documentation, biological constraints analysis, endangered species issues (including California and Federal Endangered Species Act consultations), permitting, and restoration. Steve has conducted surveys for a variety of wildlife taxa, including a number of threatened and endangered species, and contributes to the design of habitat restoration and monitoring plans. In his role as project manager and principal-in-charge for numerous projects, he has supervised data collection and analysis, report preparation, and agency and client coordination.

Examples of the firm’s projects on which Steve served as principal-in-charge or senior manager include the following:

  • Concord Reuse Plan — a 5,000-acre mixed use development on the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, including more than 2,500 acres of conservation area for listed species
  • Candlestick Point/Hunters Point Shipyard — mixed use redevelopment, including habitat enhancements, in southeastern San Francisco
  • South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project — the largest (~15,000 acres) restoration project of its kind in the western United States
  • Envision San José 2040 General Plan Update — updates to the City’s General Plan, including a number of measures to protect and enhance habitats, species’ populations, and wildlife movement
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Biological Resources On-Call — more than 100 task orders assisting the Water District
  • Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project — addressing biological resources issues associated with the retrofit of Santa Clara County’s largest dam

Steve received a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University and a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary..