Senior Wildlife Biologist
Gaylene Tupen is a biologist with over 20 years of professional experience in natural resource management. She has a B.S. in Environmental and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ms. Tupen is experienced in wildlife habitat assessments, impact evaluation, mitigation planning and monitoring. She has conducted numerous sensitive wildlife surveys and habitat assessments throughout California, including coastal areas, the Sierra Nevada, foothills region, and the San Joaquin Valley. Ms. Tupen has completed rare migratory bird surveys and nesting raptors surveys in various locations throughout Northern California and the Central California coastal region. She is experienced in preparing aquatic resource assessments and has completed several habitat assessments for California red-legged frog. She has lead or assisted with focused surveys for special-status terrestrial wildlife species such as burrowing owl, coast horned lizard, western snowy plover, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, and invertebrates including Morro shoulderband snail and valley elderberry longhorn beetle. Ms. Tupen has also participated in focused surveys for a variety of sensitive aquatic species including southern steelhead, tidewater goby, unarmored threespine stickleback and California red-legged frog. She has prepared detailed inventories of fish and wildlife resources as part of regional and local planning documents throughout California. Ms. Tupen is familiar with the California Environmental Quality Act and has prepared biological resource sections as part of Environmental Impact Reports for numerous projects throughout California and Washington. She spends much of her time outdoors enjoying hiking and biking in the American River Canyon, as well as cross country skiing and kayaking wherever possible. Ms. Tupen volunteers for local resource conservation groups by assisting with stream monitoring programs and participating in the Christmas bird counts with the Audubon Society.