Kris Alberts – Principal Biologist, Vice President
Kris Alberts is a well-rounded environmental consultant, project manager, biologist, botanist and compliance specialist with over 21 years of experience and numerous state and federal permits. He holds permits and certifications for California gnatcatcher, least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow flycatcher, arroyo toad, Quino checkerspot butterfly, desert tortoise and flat-tailed horned lizard, plus brown-headed cowbird trapping. His comprehensive background and skill set includes numerous endangered and sensitive species surveys, nesting bird surveys, flora and fauna surveys, large and small project management, excellent writing capabilities, wetland and native habitat restoration, jurisdictional delineations, SWPPP/BMP implementation, environmental compliance, permit negotiations and regulatory agency experience, mitigation strategy identification, unparalleled personnel management and goal-oriented approaches to all tasks.
Seth Reimers – Senior Biologist, President
Seth Reimers is a decorated Army officer that transitioned to a career in environmental consulting in 2008. He is highly motivated to leverage nearly 4 years of achievements acquired during his military career and over 11 years of environmental consulting experience to provide dedicated biological services and project management toward challenges found throughout the environmental consulting industry. Qualifications include a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, graduate of numerous military leadership and management courses, comprehensive flora and fauna survey experience, USFWS California gnatcatcher and Quino checkerspot butterfly presence/absence survey permit, solid knowledge of environmental compliance implementation, personnel leadership and project management.
Ian Maunsell – Senior Biologist, Project Manager
Ian Maunsell brings over 10 years of experience and numerous state and federal permits to the company, along with extensive project management experience. He has experience in environmental compliance, jurisdictional delineations, CEQA/NEPA documentation, regional HCP plans, and protocol level plant and wildlife surveys. Ian brings a technical and detail-oriented approach to Blackhawk Environmental, while never losing sight of the “big picture” in projects. His background in regionally sensitive flora and fauna, state and federally regulated waters, project design phase, and construction make him a natural fit as a technical lead and manager for environmentally complex projects. Ian embraces the Blackhawk Environmental model of approaching every project as a unique challenge that requires adaptive solutions and a tailored approach. He is readily available to clients, regularly developing creative solutions to effectively permit and complete projects on schedule and under budget.
Lorena Bernal – Staff Biologist
Lorena Bernal has over 8 years of career experience, primarily in the energy transmission, renewable energy, transportation, communications, and water resources sectors. She is a multi-skilled, highly motivated biologist knowledgeable in ornithology, herpetology, mammalogy, entomology and botany, already having undergone extensive trainings, workshops and certifications to round out her ever-increasing skill set. Ms. Bernal has conducted reconnaissance-level and focused protocol-level surveys for a number of wildlife and plant species, including federally and state listed and special-status species. Monitoring and reporting environmental impacts to biological resources, noise, air quality, and overall environmental compliance, she is trained and experienced in the design and implementation of mitigation plans, biological assessments, and various NEPA/CEQA documents. She expertly balances project progress with conservation principles, sound judgement, common sense and environmental compliance. With an Honors-distinguished educational background in biology, chemistry and Spanish, Ms. Bernal is an effective bilingual communicator, versed with high profile clients as well as federal and state agencies. In addition, she brings a positive attitude and a sense of humor to every project she is involved in, making it a joy for others to count on her as a part of their teams.
Andy Steyers – Staff Biologist
Andy Steyers is a staff biologist with over 15 years of experience and a Masters of Science degree in Ecology from San Diego State University. He has served as a Field Lead and/or Compliance Manager on several projects, primarily in biological and aquatic resources, as well as storm water, and has logged many thousands of hours monitoring numerous construction activities. He conducts a variety of biological surveys, nesting bird surveys, scientific studies and habitat assessments, as well as focused surveys for several federal and state listed species and other sensitive species. Mr. Steyers is an effective construction monitor for a host of sensitive species and is knowledgeable with southern Californian flora and fauna from the coast to the desert. He is detail-oriented, dependable, intuitive and has an easy-going demeanor – these attributes consistently help him to meld natural resources conservation with human progress and environmental compliance, as he consistently meets environmental challenges for all concerned. He is adept at interpreting project requirements and goals to make informed and balanced decisions regarding biological resources integrity, and he invariably becomes highly regarded on any successful project team.
Ryan Quilley – Staff Biologist
Ryan Quilley is a Staff Biologist with over 9 years of multidisciplinary biology and monitoring experience on transportation, energy/power (utilities), telecommunications (broadband), water resources (reclamation) and habitat restoration projects throughout southern and central California, Nevada and Arizona. In addition, he has participated in numerous marine research projects throughout the world. His diverse experience in environmental consulting and academic research consists of ecological study, regulatory compliance and wildlife relocation, and his projects have often involved the careful assessment of environmental impacts to biological resources, aquatic resources, noise and air quality. Mr. Quilley has helped develop and implement mitigation plans and biological assessments, submitted documents and coordinated with regulatory agencies, conducted reconnaissance-level and focused protocol-level surveys for wildlife (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects) and plants, including federally and state-listed and special-status species, and performed biological compliance monitoring for large and complex projects and high-profile clients (e.g., Imperial Irrigation District, NV Energy, SDG&E, US Navy, SCE) throughout the southwestern United States. Through Mr. Quilley’s extensive experience, he has developed a knowledge and focus on avian nesting surveys and general avian behavior in southern California. Mr. Quilley has worked as the lead biologist, assistant lead biologist, biological monitor and/or field survey contributor of avian nest surveys throughout southern and central California on over 25 projects. Mr. Quilley currently holds a USFWS permit to survey for the state and federally threatened California gnatcatcher, as well as a flat-tailed horned lizard handling permit from the BLM. Mr. Quilley has also conducted protocol-level surveys with permitted individuals for the federally-endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly and arroyo toad.
Katie Quint – Staff Biologist
Katie Quint is a Staff Biologist with more than 8 years of experience contributing quality biological and compliance services to energy transmission, tie-line utility, gas pipeline, as well as large-scale wind and solar renewable projects in California, Nevada and Montana. Skilled in avian studies with a specialty in raptor ecology field research and over 100 hours of experience conducting aerial surveys for golden eagle occupancy and productivity via helicopter, Ms. Quint’s additional experiences consulting for all phases of large- and small-scale construction aid in her ability to approach projects with forethought and insight to help achieve construction goals. She has significant experience in resource mitigation compliance and fulfilling survey and reporting requirements for developers’ U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Eagle Take Permit applications as well as CEQA/NEPA requirements for high profile projects in southern California, such as SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink, Tule Wind Farm and SCE’s Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project. In addition to her extensive work with golden eagles, Ms. Quint has experience surveying for multiple other special status and Federal/State-listed species including desert tortoise, coastal California gnatcatcher, San Diego fairy shrimp and burrowing owl.
The Blackhawk team also includes a pool of over 20 employees, each with unique combinations of skill sets and experience levels from several years to several decades. We have threatened and endangered species surveyors, wildlife biologists, construction monitors, compliance specialists, technical writers, botanists, restoration ecologists, permitted biologists, avian specialists, certified divers, fisheries biologists, herp experts and many more related disciplines.
In addition to our staff, we have a small army of independent biologists, small firms and specialists to broaden our collective base of knowledge that much more; together, we can face any number of challenges more than successfully.