Steve Nelson
Southern California Biological Resources Leader

ESA  Staff

As vice president and leader of biological resources in Southern California, Steve directs a team of technical experts committed to scientific rigor and exceptional client service. He provides project oversight and acts as a client and agency liaison. Steve is well versed in all aspects of wildlife biology, botany, and terrestrial ecology unique to Southern California and the changing regulatory demands of the region.

Bringing more than 40 years of experience in environmental consulting, Steve has been responsible for a wide variety of biological studies, ranging from technical wildlife and vegetation assessments to regional conservation planning. His experience as a planning commissioner for two decades provides a unique perspective and insight into resource identification, evaluation, planning, and management to help usher his clients’ projects from concept to completion. Steve has been responsible for more than 1,000 biological assessments throughout California and the western United States.

Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California at Riverside. He is on the board of directors for the Oak Springs Ranch Conservancy.