About Us

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.

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)


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.

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 T. Blackman, Wildlife Biologist
BS, Wildlife Biology/Ecology 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 16 years 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.


Dana L. Holschuh, Archaeologist
M.A. Historical Archaeology, Portland State University
B.A. Anthropology and Classical Civilizations, Colby College

Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, MD, Dana became fascinated with history, diverse cultures, and the natural world at a young age. Combining these passions in college, Dana forged a career in archaeology, beginning at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello before moving north to learn fieldwork, research and laboratory skills with the New York State Museum. Dana followed these passions across the country to the Pacific Northwest, where she has worked in cultural resources management since 2004. Her love of historic archaeology led her to work and study in various capacities at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, where she performed her thesis work: a Marxist analysis of fur trade-era ceramics. Dana spends her free time exploring the culture, history and natural beauty of the northwest.


Robert "Budd" Patterson Jr.
MA, Anthropology, East Carolina University
BA, Sociology/Anthropology, NC State University

In his early childhood, he was a NAVY brat who spent his time living up and down the eastern seaboard, Italy, and Japan. After settling in eastern North Carolina, he attended NC State University for his bachelor’s and East Carolina University for his master’s degree. His first expedition into archaeology was a two-month long field season in Aqaba, Jordan, excavating a Roman site. After graduate school, he worked in eastern North Carolina for four years before he was given the opportunity to work in the Pacific Northwest. After a succession of longer field projects there, he packed up his belongings and moved to Astoria, Oregon, partly because he loved The Goonies. He has been directing archaeological field projects in the Northwest and western United States since 2010. He currently enjoys taking his retired racer Greyhound for long walks and playing the occasional round of disc golf.


Eric Dick

Eric, always has been drawn to the outdoors. He declared several “outdoor” majors in college, finally settling on Geology. By the time he graduated, the oil and gas market collapsed, forcing Eric to reimagine what he could do with a Geology degree. When Eric discovered environmental science, he applied for an environmental position and began the next phase of his professional life.

For over 20 years, Eric has worked and managed varied and interesting environmental projects for the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Army (DoD), United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). What Eric found in the environmental world was the ability to work with his hands, work outdoors, and solve some very unique contamination problems.



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 Field Directors and Field Technicians (Arizona) —
Harris Environmental Group, Inc. is seeking field archaeologists for cultural resources survey and monitoring projects throughout Arizona. We are looking to fill both Field Director and Field Technician positions. These positions are temporary and project-based. The ideal candidates will be local to the Tucson area and available for on-call work.
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Archaeological Project Director (Washington/Oregon) —
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 (Washington/Oregon) —
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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Wayne Suttles Graduate Fellowship Awarded to Emily Taber
Emily Taber, zooarchaeologist and historical archaeologist in our Portland Oregon office, was awarded the Wayne Suttles Graduate Fellowship from Portland State University (PSU). The Fellowship honors Dr. Wayne Suttles, who studied the social dynamics of Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. The award, in its inaugural year, is presented to a deserving anthropology graduate student in their final year of the program who is investigating a topic related to the Pacific Northwest.

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