Keith Bensen 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.
Photo by Dave Biggs
Kathy and Dave Biggs enjoy giving programs and workshops about dragonflies and wildlife ponds throughout the West. Kathy authored several dragonfly guides, an educational dragonfly coloring book and eBooks on dragonfly identification and pond building. Dave is class co-leader, tech support and photographer.
Gary Bloomfield has been an avid birder since age nine, always maintaining a particular passion for shorebirds. He holds a B.A. in Scientific Illustration from Humboldt State University and lives in Arcata, California. He is also a wildlife artist and illustrator.
Larry Broeker is a retired journey level forest geologist, U.S. Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest, Roseburg. During the later part of his Forest Service career, he was engaged in numerous projects related to engineering, minerals, and resource geology. Since retiring he has led many geology field trips sponsored by the Umpqua Community College Continuing Education Program “Geology on Wheels” and more recently with the Umpqua Valley Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon. He has spent countless hours researching geologic literature pertaining to the genesis of the Klamath Mountains region with special emphasis on making numerous field trips into areas underlain by mantle-derived rocks.
Carex Working Group consists of three Oregon botanists — Dr. Barbara Wilson, Richard Brainerd and Nick Otting – all fascinated by sedges and other difficult-to-identify plant groups. They came together in
1993 to map the distribution of Oregon’s sedges and incorporated in 2002. After years of gathering data in the field and herbarium, they published The Atlas of Oregon Carex in 1999. Carex Working Group conducts surveys and assessments for land management agencies and private industry.
Diana Coogle has published three books of selected commentaries from her 20+ years on Jefferson Public Radio. She is currently working on a book with Applegate artist Barbara Kostal, of her essays and Barbara’s paintings. She has also published two fold-out cards of photographs by Dr. Richard Sunt and her accompanying words: “Spring on Fall Creek” and “Autumn on Fall Creek.” Her latest book, coauthored with Janeen Sathre, is Favorite Hikes of the Applegate: A Trail Guide with Stories and Histories.
Dr. Jad D’Allura, professor emeritus of the former Southern Oregon University Geology Department, taught geology for 33 years. He writes a monthlycolumn about local geology for the Medford Mail Tribune’s Outdoors section. He leads local geology hikes and continues his research in the volcanic rocks east of Ashland.
Lyndia Hammer has lived and worked as a seasonal field biologist in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion since 1996. She completed a B.S. in biology from Southern Oregon University and an M.S. in forestry from the University of Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory. Lyndia has a passion for natural history and the study of tree rings, which she shares as a restoration ecologist working for Lomakatsi Restoration Project.
Susan Harrison, PhD., teaches ecology and conservation biology at the University of California-Davis. She has studied serpentine plants all over California and southern Oregon since 1997, and coedited (with Nishanta Rajakaruna) the book Serpentine: Evolution and Ecology of a Model System (UC Press, 2011).
Janel Johnson 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 the Humboldt-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.
Michael Kauffmann authored the book Conifer Country, an innovative natural history and hiking guide to the Klamath Mountains that uses conifers as a lens to explore. His latest book is Conifers of the Pacific Slope: A field guide to the Conifers of California, Oregon and Washington. Kauffmann’s blog http://blog.conifercountry.com/ chronicles his on-foot travels in the mountain ranges of California and southern Oregon. He lives in Kneeland, California with his family and teaches science at elementary through college levels.
Photo by Lee Webb
Tony Kerwin has been working with bats since 1992. He has worked on projects at Lava Beds National Monument, was part of a major survey on Winema National Forest in 1994, as well as 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.
Photo by Dasja Dolan
David Lebo, MS, (forest ecology, University of Washington), is the west-side zone botanist for the Mt. Hood National Forest. David did his Master’s thesis on fungi and nutrient cycling associated with decaying logs in the Hoh rain forest in Olympic National Park. He has taught a mushroom course at SFI every fall since 2005.
Frank Lospalluto is a field biologist who has worked closely with Klamath Bird Observatory over 10 years doing both spring breeding and fall migration bird surveys throughout the bioregion.American Dippers in Ashland Creek are aspecial research focus. Frank is an avid birder and photographer who also has a keen interest in regional plants and mammals.
Photo by Cheryl Beyer
Scot Loring has worked for a variety of Pacific Northwest agencies for 19 years, 14 as a consultant for the federal government, particularly in southwestern Oregon. 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.
Brennan McGinnis served as SFI’s Youth Education Instructor in Fall 2013 and is certified as a Ropes Challenge Course trainer. He graduated from Southern Oregon University’s Master’s program in Environmental Education and has led back packing trips for the Ashland High School Summer Outdoor Program since 2005.
Kristi Mergenthaler conducted plant surveys in the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion for 12 years and works as Land Steward with Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. She is an SFI board member and frequent student, Kristi is a Wilderness First Responder and a certified Northwest Lichenologist.
Russ Namitz set the Oregon Big Year record in 2011, sighting 381 bird species within the state. His record-breaking list included the Hawaiian Petrel and Murphy’s Petrel spotted offshore. Russ began birding in earnest in the summer of 1996. He worked as a seasonal wildlife biologist for 7 years in many of the western states from Texas to Alaska as well as in Mexico, Costa Rica & Ecuador. He has traveled and birded extensively in the western US, Mexico & Central America and has also birded in South America and Asia. He formerly taught at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay and now resides in Medford and teaches science at a local community college.
Shaina Niehans has spent 8 seasons with the National Park Service, four at Redwood National Park. She holds a BS in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management and is currently working on a Master’s in Park and Public Lands Management. One of her passions, both on the job and in her spare time, is studying one of Earth’s most threatened natural resources, the night sky.
Photo by Guisepi Spadafora
Laurel Peńa is a clinical herbalist and Wilderness EMT who lives and gardens on the Klamath River. In addition to teaching at SFI, she offers beginning herbal medicine programs and wilderness first aid courses.
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 photo's can be found in the Audubon Mushroom Field Guide I-Phone app and on his website (mikepottsphotography.smugmug.com). Mike has been helping with mushroom identification and leading hikes in the Ashland area for the last several years.
Emily Ring works for the National Park Service as a Physical Science Technician. She supports community and regional projects through the Oregon Caves National Monument and the Klamath Network Inventory and Monitoring Programs, as well as local non-profit water resource organizations.
Chas Rogers 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.
Karin Rohland, LAC, MS is an acupuncturist, herbalist and Illinois Valley resident. As a plant enthusiast/botanist, she incorporates native medicinal plants into her Chinese medicine practice. She has a BS in Botany from Oregon State University and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Roger Rosentreter has been fascinated by lichens since his high school days as a canoe guide in Wisconsin. His lichen expertise has been incorporated into many regional projects, including the Northwest Forest Plan and biological soil crust standards for rangeland management. Ann DeBolt, M.S., is a former National Park Service employee with stints in Canyonlands and Glacier National Parks. Her annotated lichen list of the biologically diverse Glacier National Park includes over 400 species.
Dana Ross, MS, 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.
Photo by Kathleen Pyle
John Roth 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.
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
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.
Daphne Stone, PhD. Lichens have delighted Daphne Stone since childhood. She studied ecology at The Evergreen State College 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.
Dr. Robbin Thorp is Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the University of California, Davis. He taught diverse entomology courses and conducted research on bees and pollination for 30 years. He retired 20 years ago, but continues his research on bees including monitoring bumble bees in the Siskiyous. He also teaches in bee ID workshops, including THE BEE COURSE in Arizona.
Mark Turner got his first camera at age 6, majored in photography in college, and has earned his living as a photographer for over 15 years. His work has been published in numerous garden magazines and books. He is the co-author of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, an American Horticultural Society Book Award winner, with over 21,000 copies sold.
Photo courtesy of Ferron's Fun Trips
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.
Photo by Jill Pade
Linda Ann Vorobik, PhD. 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.