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PO Box 207
1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538
Phone: (541) 597-8530
Fax: (541) 597-8533
Contact: Siskiyou Field Institute

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
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2009 Institute Instructors

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2009 Instructors, in alphabetical order by last name :  

 

Keith Bensen (Seabirds and Marine Mammals) is a fish and wildlife biologist at Redwood National and State Parks where he is responsible for marine mammal and seabird monitoring as well as threatened and endangered species management.

 

Kathy Biggs (Dragonflies of the State of Jefferson) is the author of 2 dragonfly guides: Common Dragonflies of California, Common Dragonflies of the Southwest and also Dragonflies of North America, A Color and Learn Book/CD. She and her husband Dave enjoy traveling throughout the West teaching about Dragonflies and sharing their passion for the outdoors.

 

Cece Bowerman (Youth Activities) is the Youth Coordinator at the Siskiyou Field Institute. She has put her degree in Adventure Education to use as a wilderness trip leader, naturalist, and environmental educator. She enjoys teaching kids about nature and how to travel safely in the woods and on water.

 

Irene Brady (Nature Sketching with color, Sketching Wildlife Images) is a lifelong journal-keeper and an author/illustrator of award-winning books. She has illustrated for Audubon and other nature magazines and taught scien­tific illustration at SOU in Ashland, OR. She gives workshops in the US and Costa Rica on how to record the wonders of nature with creative writing and sketches.


 

Frank Callahan (Conifers) a conifer aficionado who specializes in the genera Pinus and Cupresses, has nominated more than 80 National Champion Trees certified by American Forest in Washington, D.C. He has published in Herbertia and Phytologia (Calochortus syntrophus/C. coxii) and revised the entire genus Calochortus in Bulbs of North America. Frank owns and operates Callahan Seeds.

 

Michael Charlton (Redwoods and Rivers Guide School)

 

Romain Cooper (Birding the Siskiyou High Country, Rough and Ready Birds and Botany) is a long-time resident of the Illinois Valley where he works as a biological consultant in bird, botany and fisheries related projects. Romain is the compiler of the Illinois Valley Christmas Count.

 


 

Mark DuPont (Bioregional Food Production)

 


Stewart Janes, PhD (Shorebirds, Birding at Sea, Birds of the Klamath Basin) is an enthusiastic educator and a lifelong naturalist. He is co-director of the Environ­mental Education Graduate Program and is on the Department of Biology faculty at Southern Oregon University. He was a middle school teacher for the Medford School District for 6 years and continues to train science teachers at SOU.

  

Josephine County Cooperative Weed Management Area, (Noxious Weeds 101)

 

 


 

Tony Kerwin, MS (Bat Ecology, Bat Watch) has been working with bats since 1992. He has worked on projects as a research assistant at Lava Beds National Monument in 1993, a major survey on the Winema National Forest in 1994 and other research projects.  He has worked as a wildlife biologist for BLM since 1999, and coordinates bat surveys in southern Oregon for a statewide research and survey effort.

 

Kathy Krauss, PhD (Nature, Religion & Culture, The Legacy of Thoreau's "Walden") combines a love of the outdoors with many years of study and teaching in world religions and American literature. A particular focus of her graduate work and her teaching at Rogue Community College has been 19th century nature writers such as Whitman, Emerson, Dickinson and Thoreau.

 


Frank Kanawha Lake, PhD (Klamath River Ethnobiology and Tradi­tional Ecological Knowledge) completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University in 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree in Integrated Ecology and Culture from UC Davis. He is currently affiliated with the USDA Forest Service and Pacific Southwest Research Station. His tribal and ethnic affiliations are Karuk, Seneca, Cherokee, and Mexican-American

 

David Lebo, MS (Mushrooms!) is a botanist for the Mt. Hood National Forest, specializing in lichens, bryophytes and fungi. He was a member of the interagency lichen taxa team for the Survey and Manage Program. He has taught environmental science, botany, and ecol­ogy at the University of Washington, Oregon Institute of Technology and Marylhurst University.

 


 

Eric McEwen (Edible Mushrooms of Southern Oregon) an Illinois Valley resident, has collected and identified mushrooms in the Northwest for more than 13 years. He is trained in microscopy, has worked in mycological laboratories at Oregon State University, and has conducted rare mushrooms surveys for the federal government.

 

Kevin McKernan (Lower Klamath River: A Natural and Cultural History) has been director of the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program the past eight years, specializing in Tribal government and basin-wide natural resource issues. Kevin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from Humboldt State University. He and his wife Cynthia own and operate an ecotour business on the Klamath River.

  

Kristi Mergenthaler (Botany for Beginners, Trees and Shrubs of the IV,  Winter Ecology ) conducts rare plant surveys and teaches natural history classes in southwest Oregon. She has completed coursework for a Masters in Environmental Education. Kristi is a Wilderness First Responder and trained in Avalanche Level I. She is on the Siskiyou Field Institute Board of Directors and claims to be a certified Naturalist Geek.

 


Rich Nawa, MA (Salmon Snorkeling) is staff ecologist for the Siskiyou Project. He has snorkeled dozens of streams for government stream surveys and fisheries research. Exploring streams is Rich’s favorite activity for work and play.

 

 


Karin Onkka, MS, (Being Present in Nature) a certified yoga instructor for more than 10 years, is an experienced hiker, backpacker, and an avid nature writing enthusiast. Her Master’s Degree from Southern Oregon University is in Environmental Education. Karin is the interpretative coordinator for Ashland Parks. She spends much of her free time at retreat centers and in mineral springs throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.

 


Karen Pleasant, MS, MAT (Day Hikes, Van Tours, Backpacking the Rogue River Trail)

 

Karen Phillips (Rough and Ready; Birds and Botany) is naturalist, photographer and writer living in Grants Pass, Oregon. By her own admission, she is fascinated with and maybe just a tiny bit obsessed by the serpentine vegetation of southwest Oregon."

 


Cindy Roché, PhD (Wildland Grasses) holds a doctorate in plant science from the University of Idaho. She was an illustrator of Flora of North America volumes 24 and 25, Poaceae. Roché joined the Native Plant Society of Oregon in 1999 and began editing its journal, Kalmiopsis, in 2001. She curates the herbarium at the Medford District BLM, and has published extensively on invasive species.

 

Maggie Rogers (Arts and Crafts with Mushrooms)

 

John E. Roth, MS (Siskiyou Rocks Parts 1 and 2, Speleology, Extinction is Distinction) has worked in the cave sciences in park caves for more than 30 years, 17 of them at Oregon Caves. He has compiled one of the largest databases on cave species north of Mexico.

 


John Salinas, MS (Crater Lake National Park, A Night Under the Stars) has been a physical science educator with Rogue Community College since 1985 and natural resource scientist working in and around Crater Lake National Park since 1978. He is most interested in the waters of the High Cascades and long-term monitoring efforts to document change in our water resources.

 

Daniel Sarr, PhD (Wetland and Riparian Ecology)

 

Peter C. Schroeder, PhD (Spiders: Life Habits and Identification) is an entomologist and Associate Professor of Biology at Southern Oregon University where he teaches entomology and general biology (among other courses). He serves as curator of the SOU Insect Museum that houses more than 30,000 insect and other invertebrate specimens, including spiders, collected from around the world.

 

Tom Siewert, (Weaving with Words)

 

Sean Smith, MS, (High Desert Botany) is a botanist for the National Park Service. He has worked as a botanist since 2001, recently recieveing his MS from Southern Oregon University. His thesis was on the flora of the Lava Beds National Monument. Sean also enjoys wildflower photography for both his work and fun.

 

Daphne Stone, PhD (Introduction to Lichens) studied ecology at the University of Oregon and continues to study lichens locally. She began surveying for special status lichens and bryophytes in southern Oregon in 1995. She currently surveys in the drier months and identifies lichens from the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest for the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis program.

 


Linda Tandy (Wild and Scenic Geology) is a Professional Geologist with a deep fascination for the Josephine Ophiolite Sequence. She has more than 30 years experience as an environmental geologist and educator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from UCLA, where she was introduced to ophiolites. Linda owns The Secret Trailer Park in Cave Junction, OR, and loves Southern Oregon’s unspoiled wilderness.

 

Michael Taylor (Winter Tracking in the Illinois Valley)

 

Mel Thompson (Spiders: Life Habits and Identification) developed his interest and knowledge of spiders while working for the Los Angeles County and East Bay Regional Park District. He has served as secre­tary/treasurer of the American Arachnological Society, and currently volunteers at the SOU Insect Museum where he is accumulating and updating the Araneae Reference Collection.

 

Don Tipping (Permaculture in the Siskiyous) and his family at Seven Seeds Farm in Williams, OR have actively participated in Biodynamic food and seed production, permaculture, restoration forestry and local food systems since 1997.

 

Pepper Trail, PhD (Bird Taxonomy & Diversity) has studied bird behavior and conservation around the world with the support of the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and other groups. He works as the ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland.

 


Linda Ann Vorobik, PhD (Crash Course, Advanced Plant ID) is a Research Associate at UC, Berkeley, and UW, Seattle. She edited Fremontia (California Native Plant Society journal) from 1999-2006. Dr. Vorobik researches relationships among Arabis (rockcress), teaches botany and illustration, and is principle illustrator for the flora of California, The Jepson Manual.

  

Dennis P. Vroman (Birding the Siskiyou High Country, Rough and Ready Birds and Botany) co-authored Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley and has written 10 bird species accounts for Birds of Oregon and articles in “Oregon Birds”, the journal of Oregon Field Ornithologists. He worked 25 years with the USDA Forest Service in silviculture and has been a licensed bird bander since 1985.

 


Lee Webb, MS (Siskiyou Photography) was the Forest Wildlife Biologist for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 1975-2003. He collected Mary Paetzel’s data from her work on the National Forest and helped her publish several books. He is an avid outdoor photographer.

  

Wilderness Medicine Institute (Wilderness First Responder, First Aid) When 9-1-1 is not an option, the rules change . . . plain and simple! For 15 years the Wilderness Medicine Institute has defined the standards in wilderness medicine training. WMI offer a wide range of course and certification opportunities.

 

Rachel Winters (Landscaping with Northwest Native Plants) writes a column for the Grants Pass Daily Courier, “The Con­stant Gardener,” in which she shares thirty plus years of experience growing trees, shrubs and flowers in southern Oregon. She owns Sis­kiyou Gardens, a nursery specializing in bonsai and hard to find trees. Her lichen-dyed weavings have been displayed at local galleries.

 

Wendell Wood, (Klamath River Canyon Wildflowers, Coastal Tidepools and Wildflowers) a former biology teacher has worked for Oregon Wild (formerly ONRC) for the past 28 years. Wendell has taught adult education classes and lerd numerous field trips throughout the region. He is familiar with local area flora and has prepared a detailed list of over 350 plant species he has identified in the Orleans, CA area.

 

 

 



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