Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Barbra Calantas has joined our Southern California team as Director of Biological Resources in our San Diego office. A leader in the fields of wildlife biology, permit strategy, endangered species act consultation and CEQA/NEPA compliance, Barbra joins our growing Southern California team of more than 20 scientists specializing in biological resources, resources management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring.
“Biological resources continue to be central to the planning, compliance, and permitting of our clients’ Southern California projects,” said Bobbette Biddulph, AICP, ESA’s Southern California Regional Director. “Barbra is well-known for providing exceptional Biological Resources consultation, analyses and documentation for clients including the City and County of San Diego, San Diego Association of Governments, City of Carlsbad, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.”
Barbra brings 14 years of experience as an environmental consultant and wildlife specialist. A skilled project manager, she is adept at partnering with clients to plan and execute general and focused wildlife field surveys; Endangered Species Act consultation; document quality assurance and quality control for data collection procedures; and prepare a variety of environmental documents, including Section 7 and Section 10 Biological Assessments.
Barbra has led and performed protocol-level surveys for federally and state- threatened and endangered species, including surveys for listed branchiopod species, Quino checkerspot butterfly, arroyo toad, desert tortoise, least Bell’s vireo, burrowing owl, and Pacific pocket mouse. Barbra is a regular volunteer with Ocean Discovery Institute, a non-profit group with a mission to uses science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives and their community.
Press Release: Barbra Calantas Joins ESA’s Southern California Team