Principal Wildlife Biologist
Meghan Bishop is a senior wildlife biologist with over 14 years of experience. Ms. Bishop leads teams of biologists in conducting project impact analysis on special-status wildlife species, amphibian research, protocol-level wildlife surveys, preconstruction surveys, mitigation monitoring, and regulatory compliance monitoring. She is responsible for managing and leading projects during all phases including technical document preparation and wildlife surveys during the planning and permitting phase, compliance monitoring during the construction phase, and monitoring for success criteria during restoration and mitigation monitoring phases.
Ms. Bishop holds a Section 10(a)1(A) permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a Memorandum of Understanding and Scientific Collecting Permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife authorizing her to survey for and handle California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, vernal pool branchiopods, and foothill yellow-legged frog. Ms. Bishop’s California red-legged frog expertise is extensive. She completed her Master’s thesis on the importance of terrestrial prey in their diet, emphasizing the significance of protecting the associated upland habitat for foraging. Her experience also includes impact analysis, preconstruction surveys, and monitoring for California red-legged frog and numerous other special-status species, including: Alameda whipsnake, American badger, burrowing owl, California tiger salamander, giant garter snake, golden eagle, marbled murrelet, nesting birds, Ridgway's rails, roosting bats, salt marsh harvest mouse, San Francisco dusky-footed woodrat, San Francisco garter snake, San Joaquin kit fox, Swainson’s hawk, western pond turtle, and western snowy plover.
Having worked as the Caltrans District 4 liaison for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for over two years, Ms. Bishop has a wealth of experience in the formal and informal consultation process with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Additionally, she has written permit applications and coordinated with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and California Regional Water Quality Control Board to successfully permit projects. Ms. Bishop has written numerous reports including Biological Assessments, Natural Environment Studies, biological resource sections of CEQA/NEPA documents, species-specific survey reports and habitat assessments, mitigation status reports, and compliance monitoring reports. Through her many years of experience with regulatory permitting and compliance she understands what it takes to work productively with diverse stakeholders and multidisciplinary teams, successfully manage projects, and communicate effectively with clients.