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Forest Ecosystems and Communities

Summary Conifer-dominated forest ecosystems, both managed and unmanaged, provide a wide range of benefits to California's consumers, recreationists, workforce, and local residents. This workgroup focuses on generating and disseminating the best practices that connect forests, natural resource managers, and the broad array of communities that benefit.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name William Stewart (Chair)
Phone (510) 643-3130
Unit: Center for Forestry (UCB)
Name Susie Kocher (Co-Chair)
Phone 530-542-2574
Unit: Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
Name Ricky Satomi (Co-Chair)
Phone 530-822-6213
Unit: Sutter-Yuba Counties
Membership List
AES Scientist
Baldocchi, Dennis Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Biometeorology biosphere-atmosphere interactions
Battles, John Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor of forest ecology Forest ecology and ecosystem dynamics
Chapela, Ignacio Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Professor Mycology; fungi as biological resource to promote a balanced, sustained human development countering current trends of species and habitat loss; research linked to social and economic needs; bioprospecting, development of biocontrol agents, and sustainabl
Collins, Brandon
  Research Scientist forest ecology, fire ecology, forest management, stand and landscape dynamics
Crump, Amanda
  Lecturer, International Agricultural Development Extension Education, Postsecondary Education, Women and Vulnerable Groups, International Agricultural Development, International Program Management and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Integrated Pest Management, Tree Health, Technology Transfer Evaluation
Dodd, Richard Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Plant population genetics and evolution
Gonzales, Jan San Diego County
  Project Coordinator/Community Education Supervisor II Program development and management of specialty community education and outreach programs: Climate Resilient Agriculture, Goldspotted Oak Borer, Invasive Shot Hole Borer, South American Palm Weevil, Beekeeping and Wildfire
Hedges, Rachelle
  Project and Policy Analyst II Berkeley Forests
Huntsinger, Lynn Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor and Associate Dean of Instruction & Student Affairs Rangeland management and ecology, Native American natural resource management, pastoralism, China, culture and natural resources
Ingram, Kim Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Forest Stewardship Education Coordinator Forest and natural resources education; adult education; facilitation
Stephens, Scott Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Wildland fire science, fire ecology, fire behavior, wildfire
Thomson, Ariel
CE Advisor
Battany, Mark San Luis Obispo County
  Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor Water management, soil management, soil salinity, frost protection, climate and weather evaluation, weather stations and sensors, grapes and viticulture.
Forero, Larry Shasta County
  County Director Livestock and Natural resources
Hartin, Janet Los Angeles County
  Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor Environmental horticulture, arboriculture, irrigation needs of landscape plants
Jones, Michael Mendocino County
  Forestry Advisor - Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties Entomology; Integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests
Kocher, Susie Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Forestry/ Natural Resources Advisor Forestry, wildfire, prescribed fire, post-fire recovery, adult education, facilitation, public participation
Lacan, Igor San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  Bay Area Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Advisor Urban Forestry
Larsen, Royce San Luis Obispo County
  Area Natural Resource/Watershed Advisor Water Quality and Non-point Source Pollution on Rangelands. Also, other natural resource issues including: Rangeland Improvements, Noxious Invasive Weeds, Wildland Fires, Grassland Restoration and Endangered Species.
Nobua-Behrmann, Beatriz Orange County - UC Cooperative Extension
  Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor
Oneto, Scott Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Farm Advisor Agriculture, master gardener program, rangeland management, weed science
Quarles, Stephen Contra Costa County
  CE Advisor  Emeritus Performance of materials in wood-frame buildings; wildfire; moisture; physical properties of wood
Satomi, Ricky Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Forestry/Natural Resources Advisor Forest Management, Geographic Information Systems, Biomass
Tompkins, Ryan Plumas Sierra
  Forester & Natural Resource Advisor
Valachovic, Yana Humboldt County Office
  Forest Advisor and Humboldt - Del Norte County Director Forest management and ecology, oak woodlands, wildfire preparation, home hardening
CE Specialist
Butsic, Van Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Specialist in Coop Ext. Land Use Science
Garbelotto, Matteo Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Extension Specialist in Forest Pathology and Adjunct Professor Forest pathology and mycology, biodiversity,
Getz, Christina Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist in Agriculture and Food Systems Political economy and governance of food and agriculture systems; farm labor movements; social certification; food safety; cannabis; organic agriculture; farmworker health and wellbeing
Kelly, Nina ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
  Director, Statewide IGIS Program, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist GIS - remote sensing - spatial modeling - UAVs - participatory research
Mohammad Safeeq, (Preferred: Safeeq Khan) UC Merced - Cooperative Extension Specialist
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Water and Watershed Sciences Watershed Hydrology, Hydrological Modeling, Climate Change
Moritz, Max UC Santa Barbara - CE Specialist
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension Fire Ecology and Management; Disturbance Regimes; Spatial Analysis; Fire Policy; Climate Change Adaptation
Sanchez, Daniel Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Carbon dioxide removal, biomass, bioenergy
Scott, Thomas Earth Sciences
  Natural Resources, Wildlife Specialist Conservation of wildlife, wildlife/urban interface. Response of wildlife to human disturbances
York, Robert Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension / Co-Director, Berkeley Forests / Adjunct Associate Professor of Forestry Silviculture, prescribed fire, forest ecology
Other ANR
(info only) Bartolome, James Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Ecology and management of California's rangelands
(info only) Berry, Alison Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Plant Biologist-AES Emerita Assessment of nitrogen fixing plants, root and root nodule development, management of woody landscape plants, mistletoe control, biofuels
Giusti, Gregory Lake County
  Forests & Wildland Ecology Advisor- Emeritus Forest management, wildlife management, vertebrate pest management, wetlands, watersheds, fisheries and freshwater ecology
Grevatt, Kestrel
Lee, Anna Academic Human Resources
Low, Kathryn Placer-Nevada Counties
  Fire Academic Coordinator Fire ecology, Forest ecology, Forest management, Fuel reduction treatments
Nader, Glenn Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Farm Advisor   Livestock and Natural Resources, Emeritus Livestock, forage crops, range and natural resources
Nakamura, Gary Center for Forestry (UCB)
  Area Forestry Specialist;retired Conifer forest management, silviculture, environmental education for teachers, biomass harvesting, eucalyptus production, power plant ash, bioregional councils, community-based forestry
Shelly,, John Center for Forestry (UCB)
  CE Advisor - Forest Products and Biomass Utilization, Emeritus Forest Products, Wood manufacturing methods, biomass utilization,physical properties of wood
Standiford, Richard ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Forest Management Specialist, Emeritus Resource economics; forest management; hardwood rangelands; silviculture
Stewart, William Center for Forestry (UCB)
  Specialist forest management, climate impacts of forest management and forest product substitution benefits, vegetation management and fire/smoke impacts.
Tietje, William
  Area Natural Resource Specialist Oak woodland ecology and management, human impacts on wildlife, oak regeneration, land use planning
Wade, Daylin
  Staff Research Associate II
(info only) Axelson, Jodi Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Forest Health, Insect outbreaks, Forest Management, Dendrochronology, Wood anatomy
(info only) James, Cajun Sierra Pacific Industries
  Research director forest microclimate
(info only) Keithley, Chris
(info only) North, Malcolm USDA Forestry Science Lab
(info only) Simpson, Jim USFS - WCUFRE
  Research Scientist
Other UC
Gilless, J. Keith Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of Forest Economics Forest economics and management, regional economics, wildfire protection planning, forestry development
McBride, Joe Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Forest ecology; influence of land use on natural patterns of forest succession; riparian woodlands restoration; urban forestry
Wood, David Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor   Emeritus Host selection behavior of forest insects; chemical ecology of forest insects; biology and ecology of barkbeetles, forest pest management, insect-pathogen-plant interactions,
Membership Totals
Number of Members55
ANR Members50
Info Only7
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