Tom Taylor Joins ESA as Principal Technical Associate


Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading California environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Thomas Taylor has joined our Sacramento office as a Principal Technical Associate and Senior Fisheries Biologist.

“Excellence in fisheries and aquatic ecology is critical to making informed multi-benefit restoration and water supply decisions,” said Erich Fischer, California Biological Resources and Land Management Leader. “Tom’s background working on a variety of flood, restoration, water supply and wastewater projects significantly broadens our fisheries program capabilities and ability to continue to deliver high quality analysis and solutions to our clients.”

Tom’s expertise naturally bridges ESA’s existing service areas of aquatic ecosystem restoration and enhancement, water resources, water supply, land use, wastewater reuse and management, water rights applications, flood control and levee setbacks, natural resource planning, environmental permitting and CEQA/NEPA compliance. Working with our Fisheries Program Manager, Chris Fitzer, Tom will collaborate with ESA’s Water and Environmental Hydrology teams, leading impact analyses on a variety of project types, and continuing to lead large, complex studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and elsewhere.

Tom brings 36 years of experience as a fisheries biologist and natural resource manager in California, Nevada, and Utah. Well-versed in environmental documentation, endangered species consultations, planning studies, biological studies, and project management, Tom brings more than 25 years of experience with anadromous salmon and steelhead. He brings extensive fisheries knowledge and on-the-water experience in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Tom brings a solid understanding of regulations and existing relationships with regulators from several years spent working for state agencies. He spent five years working for the California Department of Fish and Game, including three years in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and two years in a statewide position managing the state’s endangered fishes. He worked for the California Department of Parks and Recreation Resource Protection Division for 10 years as the Department’s aquatic biologist and has participated on the Underwater Parks Program.

Press Release: Tom Taylor Joins ESA as Principal Technical Associate