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Brett Hanshew, M.S., QSP, CISEC
Principal Biologist/Project Manager


Brett Hanshew is an ecologist with over 11 years of experience with fisheries and wildlife. Throughout his career, he has strived to address real-world problems with sound science, and address each task with rigor and professionalism. Brett received his B.S. in Environmental Biology & Management from the University of California, Davis and his M.S. in Fisheries Science from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. At UC Davis, he received the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates award under the mentorship of faculty to pursue independent research. At Oregon State University, Brett designed and completed a three-part research project, taught a course on the principles of ecology-based natural resource management, mentored undergraduates, and participated in graduate student leadership. He has presented his findings at numerous conferences and been published in peer-review literature.


Brett has experience working with special-status species throughout California, and holds a United States Fish & Wildlife Service recovery permit for California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), and San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). In addition, he has experience with Bay checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis), California black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis corturniculus), salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris), Alameda whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus), nesting birds, burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), San Francisco dusky-footed woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes annectens), western pond turtle (Emys marmorata), arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) and Cascades frog (Rana cascadae). Brett is trained in a wide variety of survey techniques, including visual encounter, snorkel, seine, dipnet, PIT tagging, trapline, mist netting, Sherman traps, and Anabat. He consistently develops strong working relationships with clients, and is requested to lead monitoring teams for high-risk work in habitats occupied by special-status species.

Brett is experienced in all aspects of environmental (NEPA, CEQA, CWA) and biological compliance monitoring for construction projects. He has worked on residential construction, demolition, and linear projects in sensitive habitats.  His trainings include OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-hour construction safety, CPR/first aid, Smith driving, and Exxon Loss Prevention System (LPS). Most recently, Brett worked as a “Super Environmental Inspector” – a unique role that incorporated the independent roles of environmental inspector, project biologist, and storm water inspector – on PG&E’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) and Hydrotest Program in northern California, where he worked with contractors, project management teams, the client and the utility to support PG&E’s Environmental Compliance Management Program without incurring project delays. He led a team of nine biological monitors supporting in-line inspection (ILI) work of gas transmission line in the Coyote Hills area near San Jose, which contains multiple USFWS critical habitats. Additionally, he worked with the client in development of biological assessments and permitting documents for California Department of Fish & Wildlife streambed alteration agreements and Section 7 Consultation between the USFWS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.



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