Katherine (Kat) Hardisty-Cranstone
Assistant Biologist

Mrs. Hardisty-Cranstone joined EMC Planning Group in May 2023 as an Assistant Biologist. Responsibilities include general biological field surveys; focused surveys/habitat assessments for special-status wildlife species; jurisdictional wetland and waterway delineation; regulatory agency coordination, permitting and compliance support; and the preparation of resources technical reports and CEQA/NEPA biological resource impact analysis.

Mrs. Hardisty-Cranstone’s skills include plant collection and identification, trail maintenance, and invasive species removal. She is additionally proficient at GIS mapping, ArcGIS, and ArcMAP. Previous experience includes working as an Assistant Biologist for Rana Creek Cohabitat Co where she performed vegetation surveys, nesting bird surveys, construction monitoring, day and night surveys for, bats, California red-legged frogs, and California tiger salamanders, and assisted in California red-legged frog relocation efforts. In addition, she wrote biological assessments for the California Coastal Commission, CEQA/NEPA compliance, and County, State, and Federal Agencies.

During her university years, Mrs. Hardisty-Cranstone worked for the Colorado State University Herbarium and performed vegetation surveys and plant collections. She also spent time with the Colorado Conservation Corps performing fuels mitigation work in the foothills of Fort Collins.


  • B.S. – Colorado State University, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Concentration in Wildlife Biology; 2017


  • Field Studies: Todos Santos, Mexico; Karatu, Tanzania


  • Author, Rust in Peace: Abandoned and run around, derelict vessels have turned the Delta into a shifting graveyard that moves with the tide, Outdoor California, Volume 80, No. 4, July 2019