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Brandon Herman, AICP, PLA

Environmental Scientist
Resilient Landscapes Program
Urban Nature Lab

Brandon Herman joined SFEI in 2022 as an Environmental Scientist in the Resilient Landscapes program. He is a certified professional planner and licensed landscape architect whose work at SFEI mainly focuses on ecological resilience in the urban environment. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with a focus on arid lands and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona, along with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining SFEI, Brandon worked as a sustainable infrastructure and conservation planner, leading the planning and design of measures to protect and restore ecosystem services in urban watersheds.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Managing Open Space in Support of Net Zero (Project)

Protecting carbon stocks and increasing carbon sequestration can support climate change mitigation and maintain healthy, resilient ecosystems. To support SFPUC managers in making informed carbon management decisions, the Alameda Watershed Carbon Assessment offers scientific guidance on the watershed’s current and potential performance as a natural climate solution. This assessment was framed by two main objectives: to quantify current carbon stocks in the Alameda Watershed, and to evaluate opportunities to enhance carbon sequestration in its vegetation and soils.

Introducing the Making Nature's City Toolkit (News)

Making Nature’s City Toolkit ( is an interactive, beautifully designed website that guides cities through an actionable, science-based approach to support biodiversity in cities. Based on SFEI’s 2019 report titled Making Nature’s City, the Toolkit is intended to make the report’s core urban biodiversity framework more accessible to actors and decision-makers in cities across the world. 

Making Nature’s City Toolkit (Project)

In partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Urban Alliance, the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) has developed the Making Nature’s City Toolkit