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

Matthew J. Wacker, M.S./M.C.P. (Associate Ecologist)
916.779.7353

With training in ecology and planning, Matt Wacker applies his expertise to the conservation of sensitive habitat across California. Much of his work focuses on rangeland ecosystem management, and in the habitats found in the Central Valley’s flood protection system. He helps clients with establishing and funding conservation areas, developing species and habitat-focused stewardship programs, and obtaining permits from state and federal resource agencies. Matt is also expert in the ecology of vernal pool grasslands and rangeland ecosystems. He has led field surveys for federally-listed branchiopods, and completed or overseen wetland delineations, rare plant surveys, and surveys for special-status fish and wildlife.

Matthew Quinn, M.S. (Associate Ecologist)
408.458.3229

Matt Quinn is an associate restoration ecologist with more than 15 years of experience working in native and nonnative grassland, desert, chaparral, coastal sage scrub, riparian, seasonal wetland, and oak woodland habitats. He also has an extensive background in field soil analyses, which he regularly utilizes while providing his clients a full range of ecological consulting services such as initial site and impact assessments, conceptual restoration and mitigation design development, detailed plans and specifications (i.e., construction bid documents), construction monitoring, preparation of biological as-built reports, and long-term monitoring and reporting.

Matthew Timmer, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)
408.458.3219

Matthew Timmer is a broadly trained wildlife ecologist with more than 15 years of experience working with wildlife in California, specifically common and special-status amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Matthew has considerable experience conducting surveys for nesting birds; in addition to studying the nest success of yellow warblers for his thesis, he has spent hundreds of field hours surveying for bird nests. He has mapped bird territories and conducted avian spot-mapping, point counts, and breeding surveys, including for marbled murrelet. Matthew is listed as a field assistant on a state memorandum of understanding allowing research on the California Ridgway’s rail and California black rail. Matthew’s experience also covers live-trapping and tagging small mammals, mapping and assessing plant communities and habitats, and conducting tree counts.

Max J. Busnardo, M.S. (Principal)
408.458.3222

Max Busnardo is a principal and senior restoration ecologist specializing in ecosystem restoration, wetland ecology, and watershed-scale ecological assessment. He assists Dan Stephens with leadership of H. T. Harvey & Associates Restoration Ecology group. While trained as a wetland ecologist, Max’s two decades of restoration project work spans a diversity of ecosystems found in the western United States, including tidal wetland, riparian, freshwater wetland, vernal pool, oak woodland, and coastal scrub.

Paul J. Conry, M.S. (Senior Associate Ecologist)
808.441.2081

Paul is a Senior Associate Ecologist, and heads our Hawai‘i office. He combines knowledge of Hawaiian resources with more than 30 years of experience with State and federal environmental regulatory processes. Paul’s latest work with H. T. Harvey & Associates is focused on identifying workable approaches for renewable energy and land management projects in Hawai‘i, and conservation of native and endangered species.

Peter Nelson, Ph.D. (Senior Ecologist 2)
408.458.3266

Peter Nelson is an ecologist and biologist with more than 20 years of experience working with fish. His background covers field, laboratory, and theoretical studies of fisheries, fish behavior and physiology, coral reef biology, and marine ecology. He has worked on projects in aquatic environments of all kinds: streams and rivers, kelp forests, temperate estuaries, coral reefs, and the open ocean. Pete also has expertise with analytical and quantitative techniques, including sampling, experimental design, and statistical analysis.

Rick Golightly, Ph.D. (Adjunct Senior Associate)

Rick Golightly is a noted seabird ecologist in northern California who specializes in the ecology of marbled murrelets and common murres. He has conducted extensive research into the behavior and ecology of marbled murrelets, both at sea and in nesting (old-growth forest) habitats. Rick uses his research results to inform the management and mitigation of impacts on murrelets ranging from potential wind turbine strikes to oil spills to the impact of national park activities on nesting success.

Robin J. Carle, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 2)
408.458.3241

Robin is a senior wildlife ecologist and ornithologist in our wildlife group with extensive experience with the biology and habitats of common and special-status wildlife species in the greater Bay Area. Her accumulated knowledge of local wildlife species and their habitats has allowed her to contribute in-depth knowledge of species’ biology to a variety of H. T. Harvey & Associates environmental documents. She has extensive experience with the regulatory requirements of CEQA as it relates to the preparation of environmental documents, and has a strong understanding of the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, which allows her to prepare effective environmental documents that fully satisfy the regulatory requirements of the agencies that issue discretionary permits.

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