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Rebecca Dannels

Analyst/GIS Analyst

Ms. Dannels joined TRA in 2014 as an environmental and GIS analyst after receiving her Master of Science degree from San Jose State University in Environmental Studies. Ms. Dannels Master’s thesis investigated methods of using vegetation to reduce nitrogen runoff from caneberry fields. She has several years of work experience in natural resource management, endangered species habitat restoration, green building, irrigated lands, and environmental compliance, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) the Clean Air Act (CAA), and the Agricultural Regulatory Program. Ms. Dannels supports MIG|TRA’s Environmental Analysis Division, specializing in statistical and spatial analysis of environmental, social and economic data.


Assisting with the preparation if impact analysis sections for projects for California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division, including a Dust Control EIR for the Oceano Dunes District in San Luis Obispo County and several IS/MNDs for grant-funded projects.

Assisting with the preparation of Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, and Noise sections, and GIS graphics and analysis for Menlo-Atherton High School EIR in Menlo Park and McCandless Drive Elementary School EIR in the City of Milpitas and the Bear Gulch Water Pump Station 13 Improvement IS/MND in the Town of Portola Valley.

Assisting with the preparation of a Categorical Exemption for the seismic retrofit of the Page Mill Water Tank in Los Altos Hills, Santa Clara County.

Assisting with the woodrat surveys, and GIS analysis and graphics of San Mateo Highlands Lots 5-11 Project for Woodrat consultation services.

Developed nutrient flow and storm water runoff modeling of caneberry agricultural areas in ESRI ArcGIS 10.1. Results used to identify target areas of system inadequacy, and develop new mitigation measures intended to better control nutrient runoff and sedimentation.

Conducted live trapping for mark-and-release population study of Mohave ground squirrels at Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake under the guidance of the Mohave Ground Squirrel Work Group, California State University, and the United States Navy. The Mohave Ground Squirrel Conservation Strategy Plan, which outlined habitat management, conservation measures, and species population predictions for the endangered Mohave ground squirrel, was developed using gathered data.

Performed biological monitoring of the endangered Bay Checkerspot Butterfly to assess effects of drought conditions in native serpentine grassland communities on the Coyote Ridge Open Space area. Monitoring conducted in collaboration with San José State University and Open Space Authority.

Prepared comprehensive report investigating desalination for meeting California regional drought needs. Conducted an overall cost-benefit analysis, including environmental externalities, of the Carlsbad Desalination Project.

Previous experience with U. S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and CalGreen building standards and compliance (2009-2011).

Educational Background

San Jose State University, CA
Master of Science in Environmental Studies

Mills College, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science