Kristin E. Smith

Senior Biologist


    M.S., Environmental Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Northern Arizona University

Training and Certifications

    Yolo County HCP/NCCP Qualified Biologist
  • Endangered Species Act Section 10(a)(1)(A) Recovery Permit for vernal pool branchiopod wet season surveys in southern Oregon and California

Kristin Smith is a senior biologist in GEI’s Sacramento office with 12 years of experience in natural resource assessment, permitting, and compliance. Her project experience includes biological services for transportation, electrical transmission, renewable energy, water, remediation, mining, residential and commercial development, telecommunication, government, oil, and natural gas industries.

She has conducted various surveys and construction monitoring efforts for sensitive wildlife which include: habitat assessments, focused surveys, nesting bird surveys, pre-construction surveys, biological compliance, and wetland/aquatic resources delineations.

She has experience conducting protocol-level focused surveys for Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, burrowing owl, Swainson’s hawk, greater sage-grouse, and California spotted owl. Kristin has conducted annual restoration monitoring and reporting for impacted habitats/vegetation communities, fish seining and relocation, western pond turtle relocation, foothill yellow-legged frog relocation, and desert woodrat passive relocation.

In addition to field experience, she has prepared various technical reports, ranging from daily field monitoring reports to comprehensive biological resources evaluations/assessments, biological constraints analyses, focused survey reports, Federal Endangered Species Act (FESA) Section 7 biological assessments, FESA Section 7 Biological Opinions (BOs) and Letters of Concurrence (LOCs), bird and bat conservation strategy plans, and wetland/aquatic resources delineation reports and associated permit applications. Kristin has prepared biological resources sections of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents, which include Initial Studies (IS), Mitigated Negative Declarations (MNDs), and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs).

She has extensive experience preparing Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, CWA Section 401 Water Quality Certification, California Water Code Section 13260 Waste Discharge Requirement, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Section 1602 Notification of Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement (LSAA or SAA) applications in various regions/districts. During her time in graduate school, she fine-tuned her skills with the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) and the California State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) protocols for streams, rivers, and wetlands.