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Expert in Rare Plant Field Surveys, Botanical Surveys, Field Taxonomy, Rare Plant Mitigation and Monitoring


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Washington (WA)
USA
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Ms. Expert has been active in the field of conservation botany for more than twenty years.

Her primary area of expertise is the design and implementation of botanical field surveys for endangered, threatened and sensitive plant species, generally as part of project-related environmental impact assessments (NEPA and CEQA) and/or federal relicensing (FERC) for large developments, including hydroelectric, solar, natural gas, wind, mining, and real estate development.

As a field taxonomist she is proficient in the flora of the western North America, and has consulted with the leading taxonomists throughout the country, as well as publishing the results of her floristic work..

She has also implemented vegetation and rare plant monitoring plans, re-introductions of endangered species, morphometric and taxonomic studies, mitigation, and large-scale conservation plans.

She has conducted more than 75 rare plant surveys throughout the West, working for federal, state, and local governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, land trusts, small and large environmental consulting firms, engineering firms, energy companies, and public utility districts. She spent five years as the lead botanist for the State of Washington.

Her particular interest is crafting environmental documents that are clear, well-researched, and easily readable, and in developing materials and presentations that educate and provide information for the public on issues in rare plant conservation.

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botany

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endangered species

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conservation biology

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flora

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plant taxonomy

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environmental impact assessment

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report writing

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technical writing


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Seattle, Washington;  Tacoma, Washington;  Vancouver, Washington;  Bellevue, Washington;  Everett, Washington;  Federal Way, Washington;  Kent, Washington;  Lakewood, Washington;  and Renton, Washington.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1987   BS   Botany and Ecology   The Evergreen State College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

Sole Proprietor

 

As the sole proprietor of this consulting firm, she provides botanical and rare plant expertise throughout Western North America.

2001 to 2006

 

Washington Department of Natural Resources

 

Washington Natural Heritage Program

 

Lead Botanist

 

As the lead botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program, she was responsible for all aspects of rare plant conservation throughout the state of Washington, including consultation with the USFWS, Section 6 project implementation, rare plant research and planning.

1994 to 2001

 

Calypso Consulting

 


 

Partner and Botanist

 

As a partner in Calypso Consulting, she provided botanical expertise on a wide variety of projects and surveys throughout the Pacific Northwest, including a multi-year study of the rare plants of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

1986 to 1994

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

Sole Proprietor

 

As a consulting botanist, she worked with local governments on wetland ordinance development and implementation, rare plant surveys for the US Forest Service and other agencies, ecological research for the Washington Natural Heritage Program, and relicensing of major hydroelectric projects.

1987 to 1994

 


 


 


 



Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

American Society of Plant Taxonomists, California Botanical Society, Society for Conservation Biology

Professional Appointments

National committee for developing Element Occurrence standards, Natureserve, 2004.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

She has published widely in both peer reviewed journals and agency publications, and is the co-editor of an anthology of environmental and natural history writing, She is also a co-author on three new plant taxa previously unknown to science.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - University of Utah Press  
 - Madrono  
 - Washington Natural Heritage Program  
 - Conservation Genetics  
 - Rhodora  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2001 to 2006   Washington Department of Natural Resources   Lead Botanist   As the lead botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program, she was responsible for all aspects of rare plant conservation throughout the state of Washington, including consultation with the USFWS, Section 6 project implementation, rare plant research and planning.
2010 to 2010   Tongass National Forest, USFS   Consulting Botanist   Conducted rare plant surveys of karst areas on Prince of Wales and nearby islands in Southeastern Alaska.
2007 to 2007   Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife   Consulting Botanist   Conducted rare plant surveys in prairie areas owned by WDFW.
1996 to 1996   Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, USFS   Consulting Botanist   Conducted rare plant surveys in timber planning areas

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • She co-designed and conducted a three-year full floristic study and rare plant survey of the 600-square-mile Hanford Nuclear Reservation, The study was used in the development and planning for the Hanford National Monument, and over the course of the study she found and described three plant taxa new to science, several major range extensions, and more than 100 rare plant populations. The results of the study were also published in peer reviewed journals.
  • She was responsible for planning and conducting rare plant and weed surveys, developing mitigation plans, and providing botanical documentation for FERC relicensing documents for seven major hydroelectric projects: two on the Columbia River, one on Lake Chelan, two on the Spokane River, one on the Pend Oreille River, and one on the Bear River of southern Idaho.
  • She has provided botanical expertise for four large-scale solar power projects in the Mojave Desert of Southern California and Nevada.
  • She designed long-term demographic monitoring for a USFWS candidate species on federal land,using transition matrix modeling, to show probabilities of long-term trends in the population.
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Market Research:
As the former botanist for Washington State, she has personal and professional connections with governmental biologists throughout North America, and is highly respected by regulators within the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service, and other agencies.

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