Our expert San Diego Natural History Museum staff provides a unique combination of resources and experience and a wide variety of services available by contract. We work with public and private entities to develop strategic solutions to conservation challenges.

SDNHM is widely recognized for developing highly specialized comprehensive assessment surveys that integrate ecological, botanical, entomological, herpetological, mammalogical and ornithological disciplines in response to the individualized needs of the project. 

Museum scientists have experience across a broad range of biological investigations with demonstrated experience in rare species inventory and monitoring, biodiversity assessment, biological monitoring, and restoration monitoring. Our scientists, specialize in the areas of southern California and Baja California, and cover such disciplines as botany, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, zooarchaeology, and paleontology. Each professional staff member possesses an impressive background in biological and environmental fieldwork, project management, direct and comprehensive analysis of biological data.

Take a look at some of our recent projects:

  • Coachella Valley Riparian Bird Survey
    This project included focal species surveys for sensitive riparian birds across eight riparian habitat sites throughout the study area.  Nest searching and monitoring of sensitive species was performed to gather data on reproductive parameters. General bird diversity and abundance data were also collected. Project partners included the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Program, and the University of California, Riverside.


  • MCB Camp Pendleton and Naval Weapon Station Seal Beach Detachment Fallbrook Bat Inventory
    The goal of this project was to determine the bat species community, assess bat use of habitats including man-made ‘mission’ structures such as combat training towns and ammunition storage bunkers, and investigate seasonal activity patterns of bats on the two installations. Project partners included Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, United States Marine Corps, and United States Navy.



  • Arroyo Toad Habitat Model Validation and General Herpetological Survey on Naval Weapon Station Seal Beach, Detachment Fallbrook
    This project assessed the upland habitat use of the federally endangered arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) for the purpose of validating and improving a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) habitat model and the methods to be used to conduct a general amphibian and reptile survey to better understand their distribution and abundance at the Station.  The work also included a general basewide herpetological survey at the Station, including an assessment of the herpetofaunal diversity (species richness and composition) as compared with what might be expected given the regional context; an assessment of potential threats, if any, to the herpetofaunal community on the Station; and any future management recommendations. Project partners include Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, and HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction, Inc. 


  • Plant Voucher Specimen Collection and Rare Plant Inventory Project, US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego County, California
    The goals of this project were to produce a complete voucher collection and distributional survey of the floristic diversity of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Focal surveys and vouchers of rare plants were also conducted to identify key populations. Project partnered included Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest and the United States Marine Corps.


  • Naval Base Point Loma, California Invertebrate Species Survey
    This project included an all-taxa terrestrial invertebrate survey and census on the Navy properties on the Point Loma peninsula, including an all-season sampling regime, analyzing habitat preferences, and seasonal activity.  This study also included focal surveys for particular groups including spiders and the wandering skipper butterfly. Our project partner was the United States Navy. 

Clients have included the Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, County of San Diego, San Diego Association of Governments, Coachella Valley Association of Governments, San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, Nature Reserve of Orange County, Metropolitan Water District, San Diego Unified Port District, City of San Diego, San Diego County Water Authority, Animal Disease Control-County Veterinary Office, The Nature Conservancy, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and many others.

Click on the links at left to find more information and to see lists of our specialties and permits.  Please contact Director of BioServices Kevin Clark at 619.255.0296 or for further information.