Program Manager:

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 Coordinators:

Richard Hillary: B.S. Biology Science, Ecological Emphasis, 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.

Anthony Santare: B.S. Chemistry, San Diego State University, 2003.

Senior Project Managers:

Alanna Bennett: B.S. Biology, University of California San Diego, 2010. Current projects include costal sage scrub habitat restoration on both Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Murphy Canyon and Chollas Heights Preserves, as well as native habitat restoration in compliance with the Wildland Fire Management Plan on Naval Base Point Loma.

Jacqueline Holland: B.A. Biology, University of Connecticut, 2008. Current projects include coastal dune restoration at Naval Base Coronado, coastal sage scrub restoration and mitigation for P-125 Permanent Impacts, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and the revision of the Joint Naval Base Point Loma - Cabrillo National Monument Wildland Fire Management Plan.

Project Managers:

Kevin Carr: Greenhouse and Facility manager.

Michelle Cloud-Hughes: Restoration Ecologist/Botanist. B.S. Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, SDSU, 1998. Current projects include revegetation and erosion control at National Training Center, Fort Irwin; habitat enhancement for Orcutt’s spineflower (Chorizanthe orcuttiana) at Naval Base Point Loma; dust suppression in Antelope Valley; Vegetation Management Plan for Mission Gorge Recreation Facility; Erosion Management Plan for Mission Gorge Recreation Facility. Former projects include pilot revegetation experiment at Dos Palmas Preserve; habitat enhancement for Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdensis) and California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) at the Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP), San Pedro. Other interests include landscape-scale plant ecology, southern California floristics, and plant photography.

Vanessa Cunningham: B.A. Environmental Studies/Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2009. Current projects include sensitive plant species monitoring on Naval Base Coronado, restoration projects on Naval Base San Diego: Mission Gorge Recreation Facility, restoration for the Miramar Fuel Pipeline Repair Project.

J.P. Ferguson: B.A. Natural Resources, Humboldt State. Current Projects include riparian restoration of the San Diego River Watershed and coastal sage scrub restoration on MCAS, Miramar. Worked on the Trinity river watershed management plan for Coho Salmon and Steelhead trout recovery.

Emily Howe: B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Ecology from San Diego State University. Current projects include Masters research on Southern California grassland restoration, San Clemente Island rare plant habitat restoration, San Clemente Island rare plant surveys and management of the San Clemente Island Nursery and Greenhouse.

Julie Lambert: B.S. Biology, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, 2000. M.S. candidate Biology, Laval University, 2012. Current projects include riparian restoration at MCB Camp Pendleton and the revision of the Joint Naval Base Point Loma - Cabrillo National Monument Wildland Fire Management Plan.

Mia Marek: B.S. Biology, Loyola University, Maryland, 2007. M.A. Conservation Biology, Columbia University, 2011. Current project sites include the Crestridge Ecological Reserve and the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve. Other interests include behavioral ecology, wildlife population management and community capacity development for conservation.

Megan Reitz: GIS Specialist. B.A. in Earth and Planetary Science with emphasis in Environmental Earth Science, minor in Conservation and Resource Studies, UC Berkeley, 2007. Current projects include; coastal sage scrub restoration for California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; maritime chaparral revegetation and slope stabilization on Naval Base Point Loma.

Research Assistants:

Alex Baird: Coast Guardsman.

Brent Gutzwiller: B.S. Geography with minor in GIS and B.S. Earth Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2004. ESRI Certified GIS Technition.

Emma Havstad: B.A. Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2009.

Derrick Mathews: B.S. Environmental Biology, Radford University, 2010.

Blake McSorley: B.S. Restoration Ecology and Environmental Studies, CSU, Chico, 2010.

Korie Merrill: B.S. Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007.

Laine Potter: B.S. Environmental Science, San Diego State University, 2011.

Nick Regoli: B.S. Environmental Studies, San Diego State University 2012, Interests: Gardening, biking and long walks on the beach

Kevin Urich: B.A. Geography, CSU, Northridge, 2010. Joined SERG on San Clemente Island in August 2011. Research interests include the role of fog to plant water budgets and hydrology on the Channel Islands. Currently testing structures and materials to collect fog water for irrigation. Enjoys camping, hiking, yo-yoing, and western Utah.

Last Update: April 26, 2012