Wildlife Biologist

    Orange County, California


  • Work

    Barry Nerhus is the founder and senior biologist of Endemic Environmental Services, Inc. He's also the founder and president of the Institute for Conservation Research and Education. He teaches part-time at a local community college and also runs online educational courses. Prior to founding ICRE, he founded the Orange County chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (OCSCB).

    Barry specializes in herpetology and has extensive experience working with and studying Southern California's native pond turtle, the southwestern pond turtle. His observations of the rare species sparked his passion for conservation biology.

    Read Barry's Master's Thesis: The movements, habitat use, and population assessment of western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) in a Southern California seasonal wetland

  • Specialties

    Design, consultations, and implementation native habitat restoration in southern California, Wildlife surveys, Project Management, Habitat Restoration Plans, Species Management Plans, Survey Protocols, Proposal Writing, CEQA Permitting, Water Quality Monitoring, Construction Monitoring, Invasive Species Management, Experimental Designs, Weed Control Management, Vegetation Mapping

  • Education 

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    California State University-Long Beach

    MS, Biology


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    UC Irvine

    Bachelor's, Biology/Ecology


    Founded OSCSB as an undergraduate.

  • Portfolio

    Read some of Barry Nerhus' blog posts!

    May 5, 2021 · Books,Conservation,Environment
    As scientists warn of the potentially devastating effects of climate change and about a mass extinction that is already underway, few subjects hold greater urgency than the environmental plight of our planet. Excellent books on the topic are proliferating today. But one book that still holds...
    May 5, 2021 · Environment,Climate Change,Oceans,Ocean Sciences
    Sustainable fishing has become a trend for recreational and commercial fishermen. However, few people know about the dynamic chemical composition of the ocean floor. Most fishermen who participate in bottom trawling do not understand how much carbon is released from the floor itself. It’s...
    August 9, 2019 · Barry Nerhus,Endangered Species,Conservation,Extinction
    The world is currently undergoing a major species extinction crisis. The risk of extinction has increased like never before. An international panel recently released a report revealing that one million species are at risk for extinction due to human activities. The panel, the UN Intergovernmental...
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