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

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. (Associate)
408.458.3241

Robin is an associate 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.

Ron Duke, M.A. (President and Principal)
408.458.3201

Ron Duke is a wildlife and wetlands ecologist who has directed thousands of projects since he started with the firm more than 30 years ago. President of H. T. Harvey & Associates since 1990, he guides its overall technical and philosophical direction as a premier ecological consulting firm. He is an expert on the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and the ecology and restoration of the marsh habitat on which it depends.

Scott Terrill, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)
408.458.3203

Dr. Scott Terrill, vice president and the principal in charge of our Wildlife Ecology group, our Hawaii office, and research activities, is an internationally recognized avian ecology and behavior expert, with more than 35 years of experience, 25 of them at H. T. Harvey & Associates. He has made major contributions to the study of bird migration and movements, and also has a strong background in vertebrate community ecology and population biology in terrestrial, estuarine, and marine habitats.

Shahin Ansari, Ph.D. (Senior Ecologist 1)
808.499.9092

Dr. Shahin Ansari has more than 15 years of experience in tropical botany, plant ecology, and the invasion biology of island ecosystems. She has conducted extensive ecological research in Hawai‘i and has a deep understanding of the Islands’ wide-ranging habitats, unique native biota, and ecological history. The expertise she brings to our Hawai'i office includes Hawaiian flora, vegetation ecology, invasive species, endangered species, wetlands, habitat restoration, environmental mitigation, and preparation of conservation management plans.

Sharon Kramer, Ph.D. (Principal)
707.822.4141

Dr. Sharon Kramer is a principal, and heads our North Coast office and the Fish Ecology team. She has more than 25 years of experience in aquatic ecology and fisheries biology in the Pacific Northwest, California, Australia, and Hawai‘i. Sharon is well-versed in fish and aquatic habitat restoration and monitoring, and project permitting, with extensive federal Endangered Species Act work. Her most recent focus has involved assessing and mitigating the environmental effects associated with renewable energy projects.

Stephen L. Peterson, M.S. (Senior Ecologist 1)
408.458.3230

Stephen Peterson is a senior wildlife ecologist at H. T. Harvey & Associates. His more than dozen years of professional experience have primarily consisted of research focused on habitat and anthropogenic impact associations with avian and wildlife communities. Stephen has also worked on numerous projects in the San Francico Bay Area and writes biological resource assessments to support CEQA compliance. His survey experience with special-status wildlife species includes the burrowing owl, long-billed curlew, snowy plover, golden eagle, San Joaquin kit fox, California red-legged frog (CRLF), and California tiger salamander (CTS).

Steve Rottenborn, Ph.D. (Vice President, Principal)
408.458.3205

Dr. Steve Rottenborn is a Vice President, and principal in the Wildlife Ecology group. 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. His training has focused on wildlife biology and avian ecology, and he is particularly interested in wetland and riparian habitats and the effects of human activities on birds. Steve’s experience extends to numerous additional special-status animal species as well.

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