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Lisa Harris, PH.D., Founder & Principal
PhD, Natural Resource Management, University of Arizona,
MBA, Marketing, University of Chicago
BA, Economics, University of Chicago

Lisa has been an environmental compliance professional since the mid-1980s and has helped a wide range of clients successfully navigate environmental rules and regulations. She came to her profession via the road less traveled. As a foreign exchange student in Guatemala, she lived in the jungle and gained Spanish fluency. Lisa thought when she grew up she would be a corporate big-wig, running the Latin American arm of a US company. After earning an MBA and landing a plumb job at a J Walter Thompson on Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese and Pledge Furniture Polish accounts, she realized that it would be a very long time peddling desserts and dusters. For at that point in time, US companies were not hiring non-native females for senior management in Latin America.

As a board member of the Arizona Trail Association and a cyclist involved with a local youth development team, Lirain is actively engaged in the local community.

She decided to embrace her true passion for wild spaces and returned to school to earn a PhD in natural resources. With expertise and marketing experience, she founded Harris Environmental Group in 1993. In her spare time, she and her two daughters continue to travel to far-away wild places. She often writes of their adventures for the popular press.(TOP)

KEY STAFF

Lirain F. Urreiztieta, Operations Manager
MS, Geographic Information Systems, University of Arizona
BA, Anthropology, University of Arizona

For over 15 years, Lirain has been involved in environmental compliance, 8 of which have been with Harris Environmental Group.

His experience is a specialized blend of work with government agencies, university research teams and real-world clients.  He understands the intricacies needed to properly staff and support projects.

Since early childhood, Lirain has been drawn to the natural environment, chasing native herpetofauna and collecting field guides to plants and wildlife.

As a board member of the Arizona Trail Association and a cyclist involved with a local youth development team, Lirain is actively engaged in the local community.

He is happiest outside with family and friends.

Daniel Bunting, Ph.D., Restoration Ecologist
PhD, Watershed Management and Ecohydrology, University of Arizona
MS, Natural Resources, University of Arizona
BS, General Biology, University of Arizona

Always a runner, hiker, and camper, Daniel knew since high school that choosing a path outdoors would be his career goal. After surviving the gauntlet of courses in biology, natural resources, and watershed management; he finds a balance of managing projects while still getting his hands dirty in the field. He ends Friday every week on the soccer pitch where he plays in a co-ed league with his wife. Dabbling in music since he was 8 yrs old, he plays guitar and slaps the bass in a band with his brother and sister-in-law. While his pace running and mountain biking has slowed over the years, he blames it on the difficulty of bird watching and identifying plants while cruising trails.

Jonathan Damp, Ph.D., Archaeology Principal Investigator
PhD, Archaeology, University of Calgary
MA, Anthropology, University of Connecticut
BA, Archaeology, University of Calgary

Jonathan’s early field experience included a stint in Ecuador supervising an excavation. He didn’t know a lick of Spanish, so his crew taught them every dirty word they knew. In exchange, he taught them how to effectively record archaeological artifacts. Since then he has worked on projects throughout western North and South America. He directed the Pueblo of Zuni’s archaeology program for 14 years and his recent fieldwork involves projects in the highlands and on the coast of Ecuador and projects in the Northwest of the U.S. His most exciting archaeological find was two 3,000-year old water canals within the Zuni Pueblo. Jonathan lives in southwest Colorado where he enjoys the mountains, snow, and orange streams flowing out of the San Juan Mountains.

Laura Burghardt, Architectural Historian
MA, Anthropology (Applied Archaeology), University of Arizona
MS, Historic Preservation, College of Charleston and Clemson University
BA, Anthropology, Arizona State University

Laura has always seen historic buildings as artifacts that can help us learn about people of the past. She joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the age of 16 and began pursuing a career in architectural history. Since then, she’s documented historic buildings across the county, including governors’ mansions, abandoned factories, log cabins, urban complexes, slave dwellings, and Spanish missions. Buildings weren’t enough, however, to satisfy her desire to learn about the people of the past, so she expanded her career below ground, pursuing archaeology. As a cultural resources project manager with Harris Environmental Group, Laura is able to explore the past, while helping clients protect and manage heritage resources. In her free time, Laura is an aerialist, who teaches and performs with the local circus academy.

Michelle Hannum, Archaeologist (Pacific Northwest)
BA, Anthropology, University of Maine

Born and raised in New England, Michelle spent most of her formative years scampering over the rocky coastline and wondering the backwoods in search of history; not only in the tangible artifacts left behind but also in the altered landscape. While New England homesteads fascinated her, it was her love of the maritime – the ships, the people, the lifeways – that ultimately grabbed her attention and held fast.

Michelle has been working in cultural resource management for 20 years, the majority of which has been in the Northwest. Her research interests include natural and cultural processes on submerged sites, historic archaeology, and public archaeology. Michelle currently serves as a board member for the Association for Washington Archaeologists and for the Maritime Archaeological Society.

Michelle spends her free time training for half marathons, hiking, camping, archery, photography, and Netflix binge-watching.

Dietrich Walker, GIS Specialist
MS, Geographic Information Systems and Technology, University of Arizona
BA, History, University of British Columbia

In his youth, Dietrich’s passions revolved around the outdoors – rock climbing, landscape photography, and mountain biking. These interests led to the study of geomorphology, biogeography, and geographic information systems, and a career focused on applying this knowledge to natural and cultural resource projects across the West. Having grown up in the Sonoran Desert and Portugal, Dietrich is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest, spending much of his free time exploring the varied landscapes of the region. In recent years, an interest in watershed management and green infrastructure has led Dietrich to pursue certificates in these areas and resulted in his dedication to rainwater harvesting and sustainable landscape design.

Scott Blackman, Senior Biologist (Arid/Southwest)
BS, Wildlife Biology/Ecology and Management, University of Arizona

Scott grew up in Asia. Roaming Indonesian jungles fueled his passion for birds and other wildlife. Some of his experiences include observing orangutans in the wilds of Kalimantan, swimming with bottle-nosed dolphins, and watching dragons feed on Komodo Island. He also saw many interesting birds while living abroad, including rhinoceros hornbill, black eagle, and many parrot species. He returned stateside for college, and subsequently worked 16years for Arizona Game and Fish Department, where he gained extensive experience with applied research and environmental policy. He enjoys an active mountain biking and hiking life style in his free time.

Glenn Johnson, Senior Biologist (Coastal/Pacific Northwest)
MS, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, University of Arizona
BS, Wildlife Ecology, The Evergreen State College

Glenn explored the forests and waterways of the Willamette Valley in Oregon throughout his childhood, started back-packing in the Cascade Mountains as a teenager, and began studying botany and zoology as a young man. Glenn has worked on bird and wildlife research projects throughout the western U.S. and northern Mexico, monitored marine mammals from Puget Sound to Cook Inlet, helped establish the Klamath Bird Observatory, and is currently a board member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory.

Terry Garner, Environmental Investigations Specialist
BA, Prelaw, Pepperdine University


Terry grew up in Southern California and after graduating from Pepperdine had two likely career paths – law school or professional tennis. Instead, Terry chose business opportunities, and he eventually found a good fit in real estate asset management during the 1990s S&L meltdown. Because of his strong regulatory experience, Terry was hand-picked to chair the RTC Regional Environmental Policy Committee. This was at the inception of the growth of the Phase I ESA as the most recognized tool for evaluating environmental risks on property. He wrote the manual, a few years later changed hats and operated an environmental consulting business in Colorado, sold the business, relocated to Arizona to continue his passion – kicking dirt, asking questions, writing effective reports. Terry’s interest is in the process. He believes the process of environmental site assessment, when carefully applied, results in findings that benefit both the client and doing a better job of managing our valuable environment. Oh yeah, he still plays tennis. Now, he has had no interest in competition. It’s the process – move, hit that cross-court drive, charge with a sharp backhand volley hoping to crease the side line. It’s the process, not the trophy that drives him.

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CORE VALUES

We believe in developing strong partnerships with our clients in order to successfully complete projects to support our clients’ missions. We don’t have egos and we don’t sell snake oil (but we do know about snakes) as our staff members are experts in their given fields, with strong educational and technical backgrounds. We believe in minimizing our footprint, and recycle, reuse, and reduce our impacts. We grow urban gardens, save wayward pets, and practice good will. We like each other and our clients. We laugh and have fun. We walk our talk, and are an active bunch. On weekends you’ll find us cycling, canoeing, climbing, and hiking in our diverse public lands, enjoying natural and cultural resources we work hard to conserve.

If you are like-minded, have a strong work ethic, are a technical star and are interested in joining our team, send us your resume.(TOP)

Join the Team

Archaeological Project Director (PD) —
Harris Environmental Group, Inc. is seeking an archaeological Project Director (PD) to direct compliance projects for state, federal, and commercial clients. Archaeological experience in the Pacific Northwestern United States is required. The position will assist with project development, direction, coordination and quality control for cultural resource management projects while expanding our archaeological and historical consulting team.
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Archaeological Principle Investigator (PI) —
Harris Environmental Group, Inc. is seeking an archaeological Principal Investigator (PI) to direct compliance projects for state, federal, and commercial clients. Archaeological experience in the Pacific Northwestern United States is required. The position will oversee project development, direction, coordination and quality control for cultural resource management projects while expanding our archaeological and historical consulting team.
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Contact

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Arizona

Tucson
Corporate Office

650 N 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
info@heg-inc.com
520.628.7648

Toll Free:
877.623.4384
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Washington

Tacoma
Washington Office

1516 N Steele St. Tacoma, WA 98406 info@heg-inc.com
253.533.7760

Oregon

Portland
Oregon Office

3137 NE Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97211
info@heg-inc.com
971.888.7566

Certifications

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FEDERAL

SBA 8(a) Certified No. 305299
HUBZone No. 45147
Small Business
Women-owned
EDWOSB
Small Disadvantaged Business

STATE

Arizona: DBE Certified
California: DBE Certified
Nevada: DBE Certified
Oregon: MWBE Certified
Oregon: DBE Certified
Washington: DBE Certified

Selected Clients

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FEDERAL AGENCIES
US Department of Defense
United States
COMMERCIAL FIRMS
News

Dr. Daniel Bunting and a team of researchers have recently published an article:  "17β-Hydroxy-18-acetoxywithanolides from Aeroponically Grown Physalis crassifolia and Their Potent and Selective Cytotoxicity for Prostate Cancer Cells." —Journal of Natural Products

Daniel was responsible for growing the Yellow Nightshade Ground Cherry plants used in the study.
PDF: Gunatilaka Abstract

Books by Lisa Harris
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