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

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

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)

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)

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., (Senior Associate, Landscape Architect)

For more than 15 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. Many of her projects have involved creating habitat for sensitive wildlife species and integrating native habitats at the urban-wildlands interface.

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 and construction support.

Karin Hunsicker (Chief Executive Officer)

Karin Hunsicker is the Chief Executive Officer, bringing more than 30 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 80 staff in five locations today. Karin became CEO in 2013, and oversees all operations, including finance, legal, human resources, marketing, and administrative activities.

Kate Drake, MS (Senior Ecologist)

Kate Drake is a senior restoration ecologist and project manager with more than 7 years of professional experience. She has worked on projects on the East Coast, Midwest, Colorado, and in California on sites characterized by bottomland forested, montane seep, and tidal wetlands as well as upland riparian areas. Kate leads project teams and contributes to various phases of ecosystem restoration projects from restoration planning and permitting, to construction and long-term monitoring.

Katie Gallagher

Katie Gallagher is a senior ecologist in the botany group at H. T. Harvey & Associates with more than 13 years of experience. She has worked in public, private, and non-profit land management. As a botanist, her professional background includes conducting botanical and rare plant assessments and vegetation mapping, designing and implementing restoration projects, and wetland monitoring. As a regulatory specialist, she has acquired many environmental permits for multiple regulatory agencies and written botanical sections of CEQA documentation.

Kelly Hardwicke, Ph.D. (Principal)

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.