Mari Schroeder has over 10 years experience as a wildlife biologist in Southern California. She specializes in conducting surveys for common and sensitive wildlife species and sensitive habitats in southern California. Her particular expertise is in avian resources and more specifically, the California gnatcatcher. Mari has conducted nest monitoring surveys for the California gnatcatcher and least Bell’s vireo. She is currently Vice President of the Terrestrial Biology Department at Chambers Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, where she manages large biological projects for both government agencies and private entities. For the past 10 years, she has managed various biological studies in the Mojave Desert, including large scale desert tortoise research studies for the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. Mari holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton.
|Vice President - Brad Blood
Brad Blood has over 20 years experience as a wildlife biologist in Southern California. He has extensive experience in conducting surveys for general and sensitive wildlife species, analyzing impacts to wildlife, conducting biological field studies, and biological data analysis. He is presently wildlife biologist at Sapphos Environmental where he has been involved with the Habitat Quality Assessment for the El Segundo Dunes Blue Butterfly and managed the biological field study for the Pacific pocket mouse. During the last several years, he has authored a western snowy plover management plan, performed monitoring for avian and herpetological species, and conducted literature research and review for bird deterrence procedures. Brad received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Southern California.
Treasurer - John Stephenson
John Stephenson has served as treasurer for the southern California Chapter of the Wildlife Society for the past 5 years. He is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, currently stationed in the Cleveland National Forest. John has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University and a Master of Arts in Geography from San Diego State University.
|Secretary - Kathy Keane
Kathy Keane is a consulting biologist with particular expertise in the California Least Tern. In 1997 and 1998, she coordinated Least Tern monitoring at all nesting sites in California under contract through the California Department of Fish and Game. Over the past 10 years, she has also conducted Least Tern monitoring and other studies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and at Batiquitos Lagoon. Kathy has worked for the past 11 years as a biological consultant regarding CEQA, NEPA and the Endangered Species Act. After employment at two consulting firms, she started her own business, Keane Biological Consulting, in March 1995 and operates the business as a sole proprietor. She teaches biology part-time and also teaches a class she developed for biological consultants, "Biology and the Law," which is offered once a year through the Extension program of California State University Long Beach.
|Chapter Representative to the Western Section - Don Mitchell
Don Mitchell has 13 years of applied and research experience in the field of environmental science, with particular emphasis on wildlife assessments, impact analysis, and project management. He is currently the Director of Terrestrial Biology for Chambers Group in Irvine, California. He has extensive experience in conducting biological studies, focused threatened and endangered species surveys, sensitive habitat surveys, and integrating GIS into environmental studies, as well as preparing biological reports, mitigation and monitoring plans, Biological Assessments, Initial Studies, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Reports. Don specializes in designing, budgeting, and managing biological studies for large, complex projects. He has conducted and managed surveys for the San Joaquin kit fox, Stephens’ kangaroo rat, San Bernardino Merriam’s kangaroo rat, California gnatcatcher, desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel, California red-legged frog, arroyo southwestern toad, and a wide variety of Mojave desert and southern California terrestrial plant and wildlife species.
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