Shawn Carroll



Shawn Carroll joined WRA as a biologist in 2013 after working for tribal governments, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms throughout the western and southwestern United States.  He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Conservation Biology.

Shawn has extensive avian biology experience and holds a USFWS 10(a)(1)(A) permit to conduct surveys for the threatened western yellow-billed cuckoo.  He has conducted protocol surveys for numerous other Federal- and state-listed and sensitive species, including least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow-flycatcher, and desert tortoise.  In recent years, Shawn has expanded his expertise to include many sensitive plants and terrestrial vertebrate species, including flat-tailed horned lizard, arroyo toad, coast horned lizard, and bats.  Shawn also conducts botanical surveys and vegetation mapping and classification based on National Vegetation Classification System standards.

At WRA, Shawn’s primary responsibilities include managing field crews in conducting surveys and habitat assessments for sensitive wildlife and plants throughout southern California and in the preparation of biological survey technical reports and biological assessments.  Additionally, he has managed biological monitors on numerous restoration and construction projects.  Shawn also has experience in wetland delineations, California Rapid Assessment Method, and Clean Water Act regulatory permit preparation, and has written, implemented, and monitored numerous habitat restoration projects in southern California.


Petersen Ranch Mitigation Bank, Los Angeles County, California

Soquel Canyon Mitigation Bank, Orange and San Bernardino Counties, California

La Costa 49 Preserve Restoration Project, Carlsbad, California

SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink Permitting, Mitigation Monitoring, and Biological Monitoring, San Diego County, California

U.S. Navy Vegetation Community Classification and Mapping, Naval Base Ventura County, San Nicolas Island, California

U.S. Navy Rare Plant Surveys, Naval Base Ventura County, San Nicolas Island, California

Plains All-American Pipeline Line 200 Anomaly Repair, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, California

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair, San Diego County, California

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 14-mile Fence Replacement Project, San Diego County, California


BS, Conservation Biology, Arizona State University. 2006


USFWS 10(a)1(A) Recovery Permit #TE88716B-0 for western yellow-billed cuckoo

Bat Acoustics Workshop, The Wildlife Society, 2018

Field Botany of San Diego County, San Diego State University, 2018

Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Training, USGS/NAU 2007, 2010, 2017

Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Biomonitor Training, SWPARC, 2017

Arroyo Toad Field Ecology Course, The Wildlife Society, 2017

Basic Wetland Delineation Class, Wetland Training Institute, 2017

Western Pond Turtle Workshop, The Wildlife Society, 2015

Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Workshop, Embry-Riddle University, 2013

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Training, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2009

Burrowing Owl Survey Training, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2009