Who We Are

Who We Are

Our Professionals

Our Professionals

We have nearly 80 staff in six offices in California and Hawai‘i. 3 ways to get in touch with one of our senior experts:

  • Click on the yellow bird and "tell us about your project" 
  • Search our directory of senior staff to find the expertise you need
  • Call 408.458.3200

Find a Professional

Amy L. Sparks, J.D. (Senior Associate Ecologist)
559.476.3172

Amy Sparks has expertise in both ecology and law. With more than 13 years of experience directing and managing permit processes of large construction and transportation projects, her background covers terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal resources. In addition to leading projects involving federally and state-listed species, she oversees many of the projects run out of our San Luis Obipso office.

Brian Boroski, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)
559.476.3161

Dr. Brian Boroski is a vice president and principal and the head of operations for our San Joaquin Valley and California Central Coast offices. He has more than 25 years of experience as a wildlife ecologist with an extensive history of working on projects involving endangered species, permitting, and permit compliance in many arenas, including utility-scale renewable energy, particularly solar. He applies his experience and regulatory knowledge to develop and implement effective strategies. 

Charles McClain, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)
916.779.7354

Charles McClain is a senior restoration ecologist at H. T. Harvey & Associates, with more than 10 years of experience. His breadth of skills includes habitat restoration, monitoring, and management; riparian, wetland, grassland, and oak woodland ecology; invasive species detection, mapping, and treatment; cattle grazing infrastructure and residual dry matter monitoring; and scientific research. Charles is trained in wetland delineation and the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) for riverine, depressional, and vernal pool wetlands, as well as in Clean Water Act (Section 404), CEQA, and other regulatory permitting requirements. He holds federal and California permits to conduct surveys for listed vernal pool crustaceans and western spadefoot and is approved by USFWS to conduct surveys for valley elderberry longhorn beetle.

Chris Strasser, M.L.A. (Landscape Designer)
408.458.3242

Chris Strasser is a landscape designer with a strong background in design, graphic representation, and ecology. She specializes in site planning, urban ecological design, and construction document preparation. Chris has a broad understanding of human use and ecological issues, and a keen ability to create human-scale spaces that allow people and nature to gracefully coexist. She has showcased these skills in her work on projects involving park and open space design, bike and pedestrian circulation, and urban ecosystems.

Daniel Stephens, B.S. (Vice President, Principal)
408.458.3200

Dan Stephens is a vice president, and principal in charge for the Restoration Design group. He has more than 35 years of experience overseeing and directing all phases of habitat restoration design and implementation, from the conceptual phase and preparation of plans and specifications through construction supervision and long-term site monitoring. His expertise in habitat restoration encompasses a wide variety of environments, from arid lands to wetland habitats, and includes habitat for special-status wildlife species.

David Ainley, Ph.D. (Senior Ecologist 2)
408.458.3223

David Ainley has studied all aspects of marine ecosystems for more than 40 years, and is a world-recognized expert on Adélie penguins

David S. Johnston, Ph.D. (Associate Ecologist)
408.458.3226

Dave Johnston is a renowned wildlife ecologist and authority on bats and other small mammals of the western United States and Hawaii. He has conducted bat research and led bat-related projects for more than 30 years. In addition to bats, Dave has worked with numerous special-status species including the California red-legged frog, salt marsh harvest mouse, Ridgway’s rail, western snowy plover, south-central California coast steelhead evolutionarily significant unit (ESU), and central California coast steelhead ESU.

Debra Bishop, M.S. (Principal)
916.779.7350

Debra Bishop is a principal, environmental planner, and senior restoration ecologist, leading our Sacramento office. She has more than 25 years of experience managing complex multi-disciplinary projects, performing environmental analyses, advising clients, and designing and implementing diverse restoration projects throughout California. She specializes in flood management projects, particularly those in the Central Valley. 

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