Who We Are

Who We Are

Our Professionals

Our Professionals

We have nearly 80 staff in five 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

Jeffery Wilkinson, Ph.D. (Senior Ecologist 2)
408.458.3228

Dr. Jeff Wilkinson is a herpetologist with more than 20 years of research experience in the phylogenetics, biogeography, taxonomy, natural history, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. He is authorized under the company's 10(a)(1)(A) permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to handle California red-legged frogs and California tiger salamanders throughout their ranges, and he is a Level II surveyor for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard. In addition, Jeff possesses a current scientific collecting permit for reptiles and amphibians in California, including species of special concern and the threatened California tiger salamander.

Joe Howard, M.L.A., ASLA (Principal)
408.458.3224

Joe Howard is a licensed landscape architect and leader of the Landscape Architecture group. He is well-versed in all stages of the design and planning process. Joe helps identify and resolve ecological concerns during the early stages of site design and planning, and specializes in translating complex biological issues into intelligent planning and construction documents.

Judd A. Howell, Ph.D. (Adjunct Senior Associate Ecologist)
408.458.3267

Dr. Judd Howell, senior associate wildlife ecologist, plays a key role at H. T. Harvey & Associates in developing a scientific program of environmental assessment of renewable energy development in the United States. Judd is an internationally recognized wildlife ecologist with a strong background in avian and mammalian ecology applying his expertise in North America and Europe in national parks and biosphere reserves and developing research programs in China and India.

Karen Verpeet, M.L.A., (Associate, Landscape Architect)
408.458.3227

For more than 10 years, Karen has been a leader in our restoration ecology group. She’s a registered landscape architect who specializes in the design and planning of habitat restoration and open space projects in California and the western United States. In addition to her design and planning work, Karen’s activities include coordinating projects with regulatory agencies and stakeholders, working closely with clients on strategic and technical decisions, overseeing restoration design and planning, preparation of construction documents, and providing bid support.

Karin Hunsicker (Chief Executive Officer)
408.458.3206

Karin Hunsicker is the Chief Executive Officer, bringing more than 20 years of experience in environmental engineering, strategy and logistics to H. T. Harvey & Associates. She joined in 2004 as Chief Operations Officer, and worked closely with the executive team to expand the firm from 35 people in three offices, to more than 120 staff in six locations today. Karin became CEO in 2013, and oversees all operations, including finance, legal, human resources, marketing, and administrative activities.

Kelly Hardwicke, Ph.D. (Principal)
408.458.3236

Dr. Kelly Hardwicke is a plant and invertebrate ecologist whose primary work is classifying and describing habitats and identifying the component flora and invertebrates found on project sites. She frequently surveys sites for special-status plant species, performs wetland delineations, writes California Environmental Quality Act documents, and provides regulatory permit assistance.

Kim Briones, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)
408.458.3263

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.

Laura Keresty (Marketing Director)
408.458.3268

Our Marketing Director, Laura Keresty, has more than 20 years of experience in environmental, publishing, and technology organizations. She leads our marketing and communications activities. Among her other responsibilities, she is involved with business development and proposal activities, manages our website and social media accounts, and handles new partner inquiries.

Laura has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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