Wildlife Biologist

    Orange County, California


  • Work

    Barry Nerhus is the founder and senior biologist of Endemic Environmental Services, Inc. He's also the founder and president of the Institute for Conservation Research and Education. He teaches part-time at a local community college and also runs online educational courses. Prior to founding ICRE, he founded the Orange County chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (OCSCB).

    Barry specializes in herpetology and has extensive experience working with and studying Southern California's native pond turtle, the southwestern pond turtle. His observations of the rare species sparked his passion for conservation biology.

    Read Barry's Master's Thesis: The movements, habitat use, and population assessment of western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) in a Southern California seasonal wetland

  • Specialties

    Design, consultations, and implementation native habitat restoration in southern California, Wildlife surveys, Project Management, Habitat Restoration Plans, Species Management Plans, Survey Protocols, Proposal Writing, CEQA Permitting, Water Quality Monitoring, Construction Monitoring, Invasive Species Management, Experimental Designs, Weed Control Management, Vegetation Mapping

  • Education 

    California State University-Long Beach

    MS, Biology


    UC Irvine

    Bachelor's, Biology/Ecology


    Founded OSCSB as an undergraduate.

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