Biology

I offer nearly two decades of experience as a biological consultant, with considerable expertise in avian biology, population ecology, project permitting, technical writing, geographic information systems, and database management and extensive project experience in the electrical transmission, residential development, wind and solar industries.


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I am excited to have joined Bargas Environmental Consulting as a Senior Biologist and lead in their Pasadena office. Bargas is a multi-faceted firm specializing in natural resources, regulatory permitting, cultural resources, and project management services. The team at Bargas has the experience and required accreditation to bring highly effective and creative solutions to address project challenges and provide complimentary skill-sets to address your regulatory needs. Discover more about Bargas and ways we can help you at bargasconsulting.com. You can also reach out to me directly through my Contact page.


Key Recent Projects

Descanso Gardens Wildlife Management Plan

Client:               Descanso Gardens Guild

Location:           Los Angeles County, California

Time Period:      January 2019 to December 2019

Located on the northern slope of the San Rafael Hills, the Descanso Gardens combines internationally renowned botanical collections, seasonal horticultural displays, history, art, and natural open space into a seamless experience for members and daily visitors. Fulfilling the mission of Descanso, however, comes with some difficulties. While the majority of wildlife are either benign or even beneficial to human pursuits, others provide some level of harm. This harm can come in the form of – among other things – cultivated plant destruction, building damage, disease transmission risk, or potential injury to Descanso visitors. The Descanso Gardens Wildlife Management Plan sought to provide solutions to some of these challenges using guidance from nearby and similar facilities. The overarching goals for wildlife management described by the Plan were: Goal 1 – Increase the Quality of Native Habitats for Wildlife; Goal 2 – Minimize Visitor-Wildlife Conflict; Goal 3 – Protect Planted Garden Areas and Facilities from Wildlife Damage; Goal 4 – Promote Environmental Research and Education; and Goal 5 – Promote a Regional Habitat Linkage.

Fieldwork for the plan – including monthly night surveys and extensive camera trapping – occurred from January to October 2019. The draft Plan was delivered in November 2019, and the final Plan was delivered after a Plan presentation with Descanso staff in December 2019.

Harris Beach Management Unit Wildlife Assessment

Client: Oregon Parks & Recreation Department

Location: Curry County, Oregon

Time Period: April 2018 to Present

For the second consecutive year, I was contracted by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to prepare a wildlife assessment report, this time for the Harris Beach Management Unit along the southern Oregon coast. Like Smith Rock last year, this project required extensive pre-survey research. Because of the size of the survey area, the field component lasted two weeks. Fieldwork included wildlife and habitat documentation (including remote camera trapping), hiking every trail available within the included parks, and camping with Harris Beach and Alfred A. Loeb state parks. The final deliverables will include preparation of new geospatial data and an extensive report documenting what is known and not known about the wildlife and habitats of the park unit, with suggestions for future research and management priorities. The deliverables will be provided in the first quarter of 2019.

Smith Rock State Park Wildlife Assessment

Client:                     Oregon Parks & Recreation Department

Location:               Deschutes County, Oregon

Time Period:        April 2017 to June 2017

I was contracted by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to prepare a wildlife assessment report for Smith Rock State Park located in central Oregon. The project required extensive pre-survey research; five field days on-site with over 30 miles of hiking, wildlife and habitat documentation (including remote camera trapping); and preparation of new geospatial data and an extensive report documenting what is known and not known about the wildlife and habitats of the park, with suggestions for future research and management priorities.

Client comments: “Marcus was extremely responsive and thorough. The assessment he developed for Smith Rock State Park exceeded our expectations and will integrate seamlessly into the park master plan.” – Julia Cogger (OPRD)

Owyhee Roads Fuelbreak Project Pygmy Rabbit Survey

Client:                    United States Bureau of Land Management

Location:               Humboldt County, Nevada

Time Period:        July 2017 to October 2017

I was contracted by the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct surveys for Pygmy Rabbit on 2,068 acres of BLM-managed lands as part of the Owhyee Roads Fuelbreak Project. To implement this project, I brought on two subcontractors and trained them on survey methodology and identification of Pygmy Rabbit sign. The survey was completed over two weeks at the end of September and early October, involving 114 miles of transect walking per surveyor in often adverse weather conditions and over rough terrain. Most field nights were spent camping where the day’s transects ended as the area is remote with bad road conditions and no cellular reception. Final deliverables to the BLM were provided on October 20, including a report, photos, and geospatial data.

Client comments: “Looks fantastic!” – referring to the final report.