President and Cultural Resources Director

Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray is the president of South Environmental and a dual-trained cultural resources expert with 18 years’ professional experience in both architectural history and archaeology.

Her professional experience includes serving as a cultural resources project manager, principal architectural historian, archaeologist, human osteologist, and subject matter expert. Most recently in her career, Samantha successfully grew and managed an architectural history department at a large environmental consulting firm, serving as the company’s Historic Built Environment Lead for 7 years. Samantha’s educational background and professional experience give her a well-rounded understanding of all facets of cultural resources management and environmental compliance.

Samantha’s management experience includes multidisciplinary projects (including both cultural and biological resources) in the transportation, transmission and generation, federal land management, land development, state and local government, and the private sectors. She brings extensive experience preparing environmental compliance documentation pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and has served an as expert witness in legal proceedings.

President and Principal Biologist

Matthew South

Matthew South is the principal biologist and a Certified Wildlife Biologist with 18 years’ professional experience providing natural resources consulting services for a wide variety of clients that include residential, commercial, government, utility, infrastructure, research, and non-profit projects. He is an expert in the local ecology and has demonstrated his expertise as an environmental consultant in southern California acting as a Wildlife Biologist, Project Manager, and Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst.

Matthew’s expertise is in avian ecology and sensitive species impact analysis. He has extensive experience preparing natural resource management plans, mitigation and monitoring plans and technical biological resources assessments that are compliant with federal, state, and local regulations, and managing projects that result in natural resources development permits.

As a professional GIS Analyst, Matthew is an expert in the science of data collection, management, and presentation. He has built, developed, and managed large spatial datasets for natural resources management for the Department of Defense. He has also mastered ESRI products for the desktop and for mobile applications. This experience allows him to efficiently and effectively collect, analyze, and report complex natural resources data in a format that is easily understood by everyone.

Vice President and Principal Architectural Historian

Sarah Corder

Sarah Corder is the vice president and principal architectural historian at South Environmental with over 19 years’ experience working throughout the United States in all elements of cultural resources management, including project management, community engagement, intensive-level field investigations, citywide survey, architectural history studies, and historical significance evaluations in consideration of the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), California Register of Historical Resources (CRHR), and local-level evaluation criteria.

Sarah has conducted thousands of historical resource evaluations and developed detailed historic context statements for a multitude of property types and architectural styles. She has also provided expertise on numerous projects requiring conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Sarah meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for both Architectural History and History. She has experience preparing environmental compliance documentation in support of projects that fall under the CEQA/NEPA, and Sections 106 and 110 of the NHPA. Sarah has also extensive experience with Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit applications, HABS documentation, and multiple NRHP nominations.