Principal Investigator:

Tom Zink, Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University. Role of microorganisms in the nutrient cycling processes of arid and semiarid soils and its practical application in desert restoration, macrofungi species surveys.

Senior Researcher:

Dr. Mike Allen, Center for Conservation Biology, University of California, Riverside. Ecology and biology of soil microorganisms. Focus on the regulation of community and ecosystem processes by soil organisms, especially mycorrhizal fungi. Current research concentrates on global change dynamics and related effects on restoration of arid and semiarid ecosystems.

Program Coordinator:

Richard Hillary: B.S. Biology Science, Emphasis in Ecology, San Diego State University. Past projects included the development and implementation of monitoring and management technique for sensitive and listed plant species, as well as extensive work on the restoration and enhancement of southern California coastal dune systems.

Senior Project Managers:

Julie Lambert: Julie's responsibilities at SERG include supervising all projects, writing and editing project reports, preparing project proposals, and creating and maintaining positive relationships with clients. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and has been working as an ecologist in southern California since graduating in 2000.

Joyce Qiao: B.S. Environmental Systems Earth Science, University of California San Diego, 2018. Current projects include conducting seed analysis tests, helping maintain greenhouse, and assisting with restoration projects on Naval Base Coronado.

Field Crew Leader:

Robert Kaaret: Robert has been working at SERG since August 2018 on the botany crew. He Graduated from Whittier College in 2018 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

Research Assistants:

Anna Koplos-Villanueva

Reena Lam

Betty Lee

Emily Lever

Samuel Lomanto

Hailee McOmber

Ariel Nelson

Last Update: March 14, 2019