Managing Principal & Cultural Resources Director

Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray is a dual-trained cultural resources expert with 15 years’ professional experience in both architectural history and archaeology and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for both disciplines.

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 CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and has served an as expert witness in legal proceedings.

Education: M.A., Forensic Anthropology, California State University (CSU), Los Angeles; B.A., Anthropology, CSU Northridge.

Certifications

  • Registered Professional Archaeologist

Principal Biologist

Matthew South

Matthew South is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with 15 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.

Education: B.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certifications

  • Certified Wildlife Biologist
  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Fish and Wildlife Management Plan Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the NRCS
  • Authorized Desert Tortoise Biologist