Tom Atzet, Ph.D has worked as an operations ecologist in southwestern Oregon for over 40 years. He helped develop the national ecological database. He currently works for local conservation groups and serves on the Western Governors Association’s forest health committee.
Ryan Aylward is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at the Eureka, California forecast office. He has been in Northwest California for the last 7 years and has also worked as a weather forecaster in Charleston, South Carolina and in Wichita, Kansas. Ryan has a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Indiana University and an M.S. in Operational Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Larry Basch, Ph.D is an ecologist, natural historian, mountaineer, photographer, author, and teacher. He has travelled and worked for decades all along the Pacific Coast and mountains, and elsewhere from Alaska to Antarctica. He has taught and researched aquatic and marine animals and plants; their interactions in diverse habitats; fisheries; and conservation biology.
Cheryl Beyer has a B.S. degree in Botany and an M.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, Missoula. She has worked as a Forest Service botanist in Montana, the Modoc and Tahoe National Forests, Lake Tahoe Basin in California and the Suislaw National Forest and BLM in Oregon and Nevada. She taught botany at Umpqua Community College while working for the Roseburg BLM. Cheryl’s expertise included vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, and fungi, and she has published in the Bulletin of the California Lichen Society,” Solorina spongiosa: A new species record for Nevada,” and “Lake Tahoe’s Lichen Trimline,” 22(2) 2015, and on-line with the USDA Forest Service, Selected Wildflowers of the Modoc National Forest, and on “Celebrating Wildflowers.”
Following retirement from the Umpqua National Forest in 2008 as the Forest geologist, Larry Broeker has led many geology and geobotany field trips for diverse groups and organizations. His primary areas of interest are the Western and High Cascades and northern Klamath Mountains. Larry has a special passion for hiking sections of the PCT to investigate mantle rocks and their botanical treasures.
Paula Fong, M.S. received her B.S. in Biology from Denison University and her M.S. in Forest Ecology from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Her twelve years as a soil scientist and ecologist with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service gives her a unique perspective on nature’s art. Paula’s primary medium is watercolor with pen and ink. She has illustrated numerous scientific publications, plant and wildlife posters, trail guides, and interpretative trail signs. She lives on a mountain top in rural Southern Oregon and was featured on an episode of Oregon Public Television’s Oregon Art Beat.
Dave Haupt has been active in the birding community since 1989, primarily on the West Coast in California and Oregon. His experience extends from southern California projects with the Bell’s Vireo and Least Tern, to a year with the Forest Service trapping and tracking Pileated Woodpeckers. He has lived and birded in southern Oregon for the past 15 years. Dave teaches biology and art in the Klamath Falls area.
August Jackson works as Interpretation Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene, OR. An amateur botanist and entomologist, he enjoys studying the interactions between plants and insects. He has given presentations on pollination ecology for numerous organizations, and employs his passion for macro photography in introducing audiences to the world of pollination.
Janel Johnson, M.S. grew up in Portland.She studied forestry in Alaska for two years before returning to Oregon State University to finish a Bachelor’s degree in botany. Summers working on rare plant and vegetation monitoring projects offered opportunities to travel around the Willamette, Siskiyou, and Mendocino National Forests. After completing an M.S. in Range Science at Montana State, Janel was delighted to find a job with theHumboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and later the Nevada Natural Heritage Program, her current employer. Janel has served as president of the Nevada Native Plant Society since 2011 and she and her husband Reese are co-editors of the Eriogonum Society newsletter. They currently live in Carson City, Nevada.0 Siskiyou Field Institute • 541.597.8530 •
Lauren Kemple studied for two years at the Vitalist School of Herbalogy in Ashland, Oregon. She is a mother, plant lover, and has been an outdoor educator since 2001.
Erin Krenzer, M.S. is a dispensary herbalist at a natural healing center and has worked as a scientist at a natural product research laboratory. She has a background in environmental education and a passion for plants.
James R. LaBonte, M.S., has studied the beetles of Oregon for over 40 years. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles on beetles (including new species descriptions), primarily on Carabidae (ground beetles), a personal research focus. In his job as an Oregon Department of Agriculture entomologist, his emphasis is woodassociated exotic species. His current research concerns taxonomy and natural history of soil dwelling Carabidae of the Pacific Northwest.
David Lebo, M.S., is the west-side zone botanist for the Mt. Hood National Forest. David has been looking for mushrooms since 1980 and did his thesis while at the University of Washington, on fungi, bryophytes, and nutrient dynamics associated with decaying logs in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. David has been teaching a course on mushrooms at SFI since 2004. He owes his passion for fungi, in part, to David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified and Dr. Joseph Ammirati at the University of Washington.
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Scot Loring, Ph.D., has worked as a biologist for a variety of Pacific Northwest entities for 21 years, 17 primarily as a consultant for the federal government. He has inventoried many thousands of acres, discovered new species, new genera, and documented numerous other rare and interesting species occurrences within the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. He also studies truffles at the USFS Forestry Sciences Laboratory (Corvallis) and is currently involved in co-writing the upcoming book Rare Truffles of Oregon.
Frank Lospalluto is a field biologist who has worked closely with Klamath Bird Observatory for over a decade doing both spring breeding and fall migration bird surveys throughout the bioregion. American Dippers inAshland Creek are a special research focus. Frank is an avid birder and photographer who also has a keen interest in regional plants and mammals.
Kristi Mergenthaler has conducted plant surveys in the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion for over 15 years and works as Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Stewardship Director. She is an SFI supporter, instructor, student and former board member.Kristi’s accreditations include Wilderness First Responder and certified Northwest Lichenologist.
Mike Potts is a local amateur mycologist who has studied fungi and their habitats in southern Oregon since 2007. He is an expert in field identification and has passionately devoted his time to mushroom photography. His photos can be found in the Audubon Mushroom Field Guide I-Phone app and on his website. Mike has been helping with mushroom identification and leading hikes in the Ashland area for the past several years.
Chas Rogers, M.S., is a geologist and professor at the Rogue Community College where a yearlong course in geology culminating in “The Geology of Oregon” is offered. With an M.S. in geology from the University of Oregon, Chas has studied volcanic rocks and the Cascade Mountains for over 20 years.
Justin Rohde, M.S. has ten years of experience conducting habitat assessments of fish habitat in southwest Oregon for the Siskiyou Research Group. His surveys have led him to explore some of the wildest and most remote streams in Oregon, including tributaries of the Wild & Scenic Illinois, Chetco, and North Fork Smith rivers. In 2014, he published his first guide book on the Illinois Valley entitled Hiking Oregon & California’s Wild Rivers Country by Backcountry Press. Justin recently completed his master's degree in archaeology and is currently employed as an Archaeological Technician for Northwind (Alaska Native Corporation).
Dana Ross, M.S., entomologist, specializes in butterflies and moths. He has studied Oregon insects for over 30 years and currently works in rare butterfly conservation and documents insects at important sites.
John Roth, M.S., is the Natural Resource Specialist for Oregon Caves National Monument and has worked in caves sciences in National Parks for more than 30 years, 17 of them at OCNM. He has compiled one of the largest databases on cave species north of Mexico. John edited and co-authored the recently published The Klamath-Siskiyous: Timely Treasures of an Iconic Bioregion.
Ryan Sandler is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Medford. His 28-year NWS career has included forecasting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan serves as the liaison between the NWS and their partners in Southern Oregon and Northern California. He is working toward a Weather- Ready Nation where meaningful forecasts and warnings are well communicated to save lives and property and enhance livelihoods.
Sean Smith is a botanist for the Klamath Inventory and Monitoring Program in Ashland, Oregon. He is the project lead on several long term vegetation monitoring projects. Sean has been botanizing the Klamath Siskiyou region since 2003. In conjunction with the California Native Plant Society, he recently published a Flora of Lava Beds National Monument.
Kevin Spencer has been birding for more than 35 years, seen/heard more than 300 species in Klamath County, and has led numerous trips in the area over the years. He says that Rocky Point in June is unbeatable anywhere in the region for diversity of species. He still currently does Breeding Bird Surveys, Point Counts, and other surveys, relying on both sight and sounds of birds for detection.
Lichens have delighted Daphne Stone, Ph.D., since childhood. She studied ecology at The Evergreen State College and received her doctorate in lichen ecology at the University of Oregon in 1986, studying the succession of epiphytes on oak twigs. She has since worked as a contractor surveying public lands for lichens and bryophytes. She enthusiastically shares her lichens knowledge with others.
Joshua Strange, Ph.D., has 15 years of fisheries ecology experience and recently completed his doctoral dissertation on salmon spawning migration behavioral adaptations in the Klamath River basin. He has conducted applied research on anadromous fishes in the Klamath River basin focused on migration, ecology, and fish pathogens, and has been involved with agency consultations for coho salmon in the Klamath. He currently consults on fisheries restoration projects.
Leslie Tift owner of Mt. Shasta Native Seeds (mtshastanativeseeds.com),has spent over 30 years studying ecosystems, leading outdoor trips and teaching. She is a credentialed teacher in Life Science and Natural Resources, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation. Her passion for native plants started while a student at Humboldt State University where she earned a degree in Wildlife Biology with an emphasis in botany and ornithology. She has explored natural ecosystems in parts of North America, Central America, Asia and the South Pacific. Leslie has worked as a naturalist in Yosemite and Denali National Parks and as a field biologist for the USFS and private sector. For 20 years she taught high school natural resources and built a school greenhouse to provide local native plants for Siskiyou County restoration projects.
Craig Tuss retired in 2009 after 32 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He currently serves as Project Manager for the Natural Resource Department of the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, where his main duties include serving as lead for a five-year monitoring effort related to the removal of Gold Ray Dam and lead for the restoration of the Gold Ray Dam impoundment area.
Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D., is a botanist, editor and illustrator of numerous botanical publications,
holds a PhD from the University of Oregon. She conducts field research and teaches in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon. Linda has over 25 years of illustration and college teaching experience and served as the Jepson Manual principal illustrator.
Lee Webb, M.S. was the Forest Wildlife Biologist for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest from 1975-2004. Rare plant management was one of his responsibilities. He serves on the SFI and Siskiyou Audubon boards.
William “Bud” Widdowson, B.S., is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with ICFI International, an environment consulting firm. When based in Arcata, he taught birding classes for SFI. Bud resides outside Redding, California, with his wife, botanist Margaret Widdowson.
Rachel Winters, a self-confessed plant addict, has been teaching plant identification, ecology, and horticulture at Rogue Community College for a number of years. She owns Siskiyou Gardens, a small nursery specializing in bonsai and unusual trees. Previously she operated a local landscape maintenance and design business. Rachel developed an interpretive nature trail at Fish Hatchery Park near Grants Pass as well as being on the team that created the arboretum walk and brochure at RCC’s Redwood Campus. Rachel is a long-time hand weaver and creates her own fiber dyes from a variety of local lichens.
Dana York, M.S., has worked for the US Forest Service, Umqua Ranger District, and Death Valley National Park as a botanist. He has conducted botanical surveys throughout California and Oregon on both public and private lands. Dana co-described two eriogonum species with the late Dr. James Reveal, as well as discovering other new plants in the Sierras and Death Valley. He currently works in Eureka, California, for Caltrans as an Environmental Unit Supervisor and teaches botanical workshops in the field for the Jepson Herbarium.
Michael Zanger co-authored the book Mount Shasta Wildflowers: A Field Guide Featuring the Paintings of Edward Stuhl and was an integral part of the book project from the beginning to its publication. Michael was a close friend of Edward Stuhl and of his wife, Rosie. Ed hired Michael to be the Sierra Club cabin caretaker and visited him there frequently over many years. Michael Zanger founded, and for thirty years owned and directed, Shasta Mountain Guides. A longtime Siskiyou County resident, he co-authored The Mount Shasta Book and authored Mount Shasta:History, Legends, and Lore.