Amanda McCarthy

Chief Operating Officer


Dr. Amanda McCarthy specializes in regulatory permit preparation and compliance, wetland delineations, rare plant surveys, mapping and describing habitats, and analyzing environmental impacts under CEQA/NEPA.  She has been involved in environmental review and restoration projects throughout California for both public and private groups.  The majority of her experience is in desert ecosystems, but she also has extensive experience in vernal pools, riparian habitats, marshlands, and California annual grasslands.  Amanda is formally trained in lichen identification, bryology, phycology, mycology, soils, hydrology, vegetation mapping, and environmental regulations.

Amanda has led the environmental entitlement process for numerous projects throughout California.  Through her work negotiating with the regulatory agencies, she has developed a rapport with clients, environmental specialists, and various stakeholders to ensure project approval and ongoing compliance.  She has extensive experience conducting formal wetland delineations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Coastal Commission and has completed the entire suite of regulatory permit applications for a number of projects, including nationwide and individual permits for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, water certification and waste discharge requirements from the Regional Water Quality Control Board, major permits and consistency determinations from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, streambed alteration agreements from the California Department of Fish & Game, construction permits from the California Coastal Commission, and encroachment permits from several local water districts.


Breen, A. N. & J. H. Richards. 2008. Seedling growth & nutrient content of two desert shrubs growing in amended soil. Arid Land Research and Management 22:46-61.

Breen, A. N. & J. H. Richards. 2008. Irrigation and fertilization effects on seed number, size, germination, and seedling growth: Implications for desert shrub establishment. Oecologia 157:13-19.


Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project EIR/EIS and Protocol-Level Rare Plant Surveys, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties, California

Sunrise Powerlink Project, San Diego and Imperial Counties, California

Moosa Creek Mitigation Bank, San Diego County, California   

Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve Restoration Project, Los Angeles County, California    

Brightsource Rio Mesa Solar Concentrating Project,Riverside County, California   

Ardenwood Creek Restoration Project, Alameda County, California   

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Regulatory Agency Permitting, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties, California 

Union City San Francisco Bay Trail Regulatory Agency Permitting, Alameda County, California  


Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of California, Davis, 2005

B.S. Environmental Biology and Botany, Humboldt State University, 2000


Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (#2156)

California Native Plant Society

Southern California Botanists

Northern California Botanists

California Lichen Society