Who We Are

The people that work and learn at at UCSC Fort Ord Natural Reserve represent communities from across the state, and around the world. We serve students from K-12 schools, community colleges, multiple universities, as well as researchers and graduate students. We also have the pleasure of serving dozens of interns and volunteers each year. These students work alongside staff in land stewardship, biological monitoring, education, and research projects. 

With support from generous donors; UCSC FONR is very fortunate to hire many short term, seasonal, and special project staff. These opportunities provide valuable experience and income to students, recent graduates, and other members of the research community. The list below represents our main staff, former employees, and the real VIP's of our special place, our growing list of volunteers and interns! Please visit our giving page for more information about how you can help. 

We thank you all for your help in making UCSC FONR an exceptional resource for research, teaching, and public service in the Monterey Bay area!

Please, if you would like to be added to the followong list of alumni, contact the Reserve Manager!

UCSC Fort Ord Natural Reserve Staff


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Joe Miller

Reserve Director

Manages all day to day activities and programs at the reserve. 

joemiller@ucsc.edu

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Administration

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Gage Dayton

Administrative Director UCSC Natural Reserves

Gage oversees all UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves.

ghdayton@ucsc.edu

 


Former Staff

Judith Rutherford

Judith Rutherford

Assistant Steward

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Kimiya Ghadiri

Assistant Steward

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Rachel Perpignani

Bird Banding

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Dani Davis

Student Stewardship Employee

 

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Jazmin Rios

Restoration Assistant

 

Maya Talpai-Vasinthascha

Maya Talpai-Vasinthascha

Student Stewardship Employee


Brandon Cluff

Brandon Cluff

Assistant Steward

Alexandra Ahmad

Alexandra Ahmad

Restoration Assistant

Kyra Petrilli and Chancellor Cynthia Larive

Kyra Petrilli

Restoration Assistant 

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Brett Bell

Restoration Steward

 

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Annie Allenbaugh

Restoration Steward

 


 


Interns and Volunteers

Maya

Maya Talpai-Vasinthascha

2018-2019

Reserve Stewardship

Bird Banding

Alex Bevan

Alex Bevan

2016-2017

Reserve Stewardship

Research Support 

 

Thomy Tran

Thomy Tran

2019-2020

California Tiger Salamander Researh, Small Mammal Personality Research, Plant Disease Ecology Internship

Tara

Tara Johnson-Kelly

2017

Camera Trap Wildlife Study

 

Bella

Isabella Gargano

2019

Sand Gila and Bird’s Beak Restoration Project

 

Jamie

Jamie Becher

2019

Small Mammal Trapping 

 

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Cody Pang

2020

Rare Plant Restoration project

 

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Brett Bell

2018

Science Illustration

 

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Tatjana Beck

2020

Herpetology Monitoring

 

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Dani Davis

2017-2020

Horned Lizard Population Monitoring, Land Stewardship, Plant Survey and Restoration, Bird Banding, Field Trip Docent

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Samantha Gatreaux

2018-2019

 

Small Mammal Monitoring

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Sara Morgan

2018-2019

Wildlife Camera Monitoring

 


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Shawn Kehrmeyer

2018

Rare Plant Monitoring, Reserve Stewardship

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Sara Mojica

2018

Bird Banding, Small Mammal Monitoring

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Mark Pena

2018

Research Support, Reserve Stewardship

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Yvonne Bantum

2018-2019

Research Support,  Reserve Stewardship, k-12 Education, Media Projects

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Eilise McKenna 

2020

Plant Disease Research

 

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Giselle Wendt

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

 

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Brandon Munoz

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Sanam Noorani

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Duncan Gwynne

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Hector Borjas

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Amelia Breedlove 

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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James Earles

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Andrea Vega

2020

Wildlife Camera Monitoring 

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Jackie Redinger

2020

Wildlife Camera Monitoring

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Nathan Morrison

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Michael Gennaro

2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Ivie Foster-Byrd

2020

Rare Plant Restoration, Reserve Drone Mapping and GIS

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Erin Elm

2020

Plant Disease Research

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Liliana Lee

2020

Herpetology Monitoring, Reserve Public Outreach

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Meghan Sherrier

2020

Herpetology Monitoring

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Alicia Long

2019-2020

Bird Banding, K-12 Education 

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Nathan Calapine

2019-2020

Rare Plant Restoration

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Annie Allenbaugh

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Summer Driscoll

2019

Rare Plant Restoration


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Reed Hammock

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Yusen Cao

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Victoria Lebegue

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Lauren Williams

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Alma Sierra

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Weijie Zhao

2019

Rare Plant Restoration

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Nick Bergeron

2019

Reserve Stewardship

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Citalli Gonzales

2019

Wildlife Travel Corridor Research

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Iris Garcia

2019

Wildlife Travel Corridor Research

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Kat Nickel

2019

Drone Mapping and Research Support

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Zina Lor

2018

Vegetation Mapping

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Rachael Greenfield

2017

Wildlife Camera Monitoring

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Jim Green

2017

Vegetation Mapping

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Joseph Bercerra

2017

Vegetation Mapping

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Edeli Reyes

2017

Vegetation Mapping

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Nathalie Martin

2017

Vegetation Mapping

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Mary Billington

2018

Bird Banding

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Yucheol Shin

2018-2019

Herpetology Monitoring

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Nancy Vielmas

2019

Stewardship and Research Support

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Christie Lara

2019

Bird Banding

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Alyssa Shaer

2019

Bird Banding

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Robert Horn

2018-2019

Bird Banding

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Shaylea Stark

2019

Bird Banding

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Anthony Cruz

2019

Herpetology Monitoring