Staff

We employ some of the finest biologists in California.  Profiles include Peter H. Bloom Ph.D., Marcus England, Michael Kheun Ph.D., and Jaclyn Catino.

 

BBI employs some of the most talented and respected biologists in California. 

Peter H. Bloom, Ph.D.

Zoologist

Founder and chief executive Peter H. Bloom, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed raptor biologist, having spent more than four decades studying, banding, and tracking hawks, eagles, kites, condors, and owls, and working with landowners and the regulatory agencies in conserving their habitats.  Dr. Bloom has published on the biology of raptors in more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and technical reports and has spent over 950 hours conducting helicopter and fixed-wing nest survey work and aerial radio-tracking of raptors. He is considered one of the best all-around field biologists in California with his extensive knowledge and experience with all terrestrial vertebrate groups (amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) and the vascular plants. 

Dr. Bloom has prepared or contributed to the production of numerous biological assessments and environmental impact reports for clients including, The Irvine Company, Rancho Mission Viejo, Tejon Ranch, Newhall Ranch, Ahmanson Ranch, Metropolitan Water District, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  He has also worked extensively with the Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and various non-profit conservation groups providing valuable research and advice, primarily on raptor ecology and conservation.

Marla Steele, Ph.D.

Senior Ecologist/Project Manager

Dr. Marla Steele is a highly skilled ecologist with over a decade of experience managing large- and small-scale projects in wildlife ecology, governmental environmental policies, wind industry mitigation, wetland restoration plans, and endangered species assessments in collaboration with international governments and non-profit organizations. She has a proven track record of seeing complex projects through to completion, whether they involve the challenging logistics of conducting field work in a third-world country, or the development of analytical models to address complex ecological questions. She has worked extensively with large birds of prey throughout Asia and North America, including species such as Golden Eagle, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, and Cinereous Vulture and a strong background in GIS and statistical analysis.

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Galen Reid

Senior Biologist / Project Manager

Galen is an experienced Western ecologist, having worked actively in the field for fifteen years.  He has performed a wide variety of avian, fishery, herpetological, forestry and water quality inventories, as well as implemented unique industrial mitigation and management practices.  Focal points in Galen’s recent experience include the development of power infrastructure mitigation techniques for western raptors and endangered seabirds of the Hawaiian Islands.  Galen has completed successful projects with several Federal DOI and military agencies, utility and oil providers, universities, and private non-profit groups nationwide.  He has a proven record of cordial, timely and precise communication with clients and regulators, and thorough environmental analysis. Recently returned to San Diego, Galen is glad to aid the BBI team in the survey and management of several sensitive Southern California habitats.

Kerry Ross

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Biologist

Mr. Ross has over 19 years of professional experience as an avian biologist, including experience conducting raptor surveys at proposed wind farm sites in northern and southern California, and five years of raptor survey work for HawkWatch International in Nevada and Florida. He is an avid birder and possesses superior field identification skills, not just for raptors but for all avian taxa. Mr. Ross began working with BBI in 2015 and has conducted surveys for eagles and other raptors at a wind plant in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area. He has experience with various raptor survey and data collection protocols and is adept at recording detailed data according to protocol while maintaining maximal coverage of a survey area. Mr. Ross is familiar with computer software programs often used to enter, store and organize raptor survey data, including the Microsoft Office suite, Google Earth, and web-based data entry forms and databases.

Rebecca Morales, President / CEO / Secretary

Rebecca Morales is the CEO, President, and Secretary for BBI.  Ms. Morales and Dr. Bloom have worked together to develop BBI into what it is today, providing the structure and support necessary for biologists and their field work.

Breanna Bartels,  CFO

Breanna Bartels is the CFO for BBI.  Running the day to day operations, Breanna ensures the smooth exchange between client and management at BBI.