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The Wildlife Society (TWS), founded in 1937, is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. The Society’s mission is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.”

© 2019 by The SF Bay Area Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Natalie Reeder 

President

Natalie is the wildlife biologist for SFO, working to protect snakes, frogs, birds, and all other wildlife that calls the airport home. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and a MS from SFSU studying amphibian disease in the Sierra Nevada. An impressive list of species she has been bitten by include channel island grey fox and just about every species of snake native to northern California except rattlesnakes. When not glamorously slogging through a bog in her chest waders, Natalie volunteers with shelter dogs, plays soccer, tries to figure out why some people find yoga relaxing, and is learning to play the ukulele. She lives in South San Francisco with her cat, Brooks, who was named after a serial killer.

Natalie Greer

Immediate Past-President

Natalie is a wildlife biologist in Oakland, CA. She currently works for AECOM and her past jobs include positions with the National Park Service, amphibian research labs, nonprofits and with the conservation department at the San Francisco Zoo. Natalie can’t pick her favorite animal because she likes to study them all. While not nerding out on wildlife, Natalie likes hiking with her dog Lucas, taking day trips and spending time with her friends and family.

Carli Baker

Secretary

Carli is a biologist and naturalist living in Oakland, California. She's been sharing her love of the environment since high school, where she led outreach efforts for her local Creek Club. Since then, she's received a B.A. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a Minor in Forestry from UC Berkeley and a M.A. in Adult Environmental Education. She's dedicated her career to creating a generation of environmentally literate adults through nature exploration and scientific inquiry in the US and Europe. She's taught in zoos, aquariums, vernal pools, science museums, parks, classrooms, and backyards, and loves connecting people with their local environment. When she isn't working in the field or teaching environmental education, she enjoys gardening, yoga, captaining her local kickball team and taking her adventurous cat Alphonse on hikes throughout the Oakland hills. 

Mary Yan

Historian

Mary is a MS Candidate at San Jose State University studying Western Trillium in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. She is currently a field biologist in the Santa Clara County area. When she’s not camping or road-tripping during her free time, she’s volunteering to dip net, set traps, and count any species that sounds interesting. When she’s staying put, she’s probably gardening or knitting.

Patricia Valcarcel

Patricia is a senior wildlife biologist at WRA, Inc in San Rafael, and a Certified Wildlife Biologist. Her background includes a variety of academic-oriented jobs and organizations with a focus of science to inform management and policy. Spatial ecology and animal movement were the focus of most of her studies, but everyone still asks what is her favorite taxon. For that answer she says she gave up trying to work with canids when she realized she would rather be on a nice warm rock like those snakes...  Patricia was fairly nomadic until landing here in the Bay Area in 2011, but she does her best to keep traveling and seeing new things from the beautiful base camp of San Francisco. She loves trading stories of explorations both local and abroad, sharing experiences, baseball games, and helping new recruits to this field find their passion.

Laura Duffy

Public Outreach

Laura is a wildlife biologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her love of the outdoors and running around with the wild things has led to a lifetime of study, travel, and work centered on conservation ecology. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from The College of Charleston and a MS in Marine Biology from SFSU’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center. Between degrees, she lived onboard a research vessel (SEA class S-215), worked as a seasonal field technician for SC Fish & Game and NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, and as a NMFS Fisheries and Marine Mammal Observer in Alaska. Laura’s love of public outreach has developed as a side effect of her work with anything from plankton to tarantulas to harbor seals. She loves to collaborate with others, and share her enthusiasm through education – whether her audience is a group of school children or stakeholders! Her MS thesis, which studied harbor porpoise in SF Bay, included an on-going citizen science program with the SF Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society. While living in the Bay Area, Laura has also volunteered in wildlife rehabilitation, in the Cal Academy’s Bones Lab, as an education docent at The Marine Mammal Center, and as a bird bander for Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Other interests include sailing, swimming, hiking, trail-runs, camping, painting, reading, and hanging on the beach.

YOU!

Want to join our board?

We are always looking for members to join our committees, and each board position has a term. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us!

Rachel Roberts

President-Elect

Rachel is a wildlife biologist living and working in the Bay Area. Originally from the east coast, Rachel fell in love with California on her first visit in 2003 and has called this state her home for the last 13 years. Rachel obtained both a B.S. and M.S. in Organismal Biology, Conservation, and Ecology from San Jose State University. A mammologist at heart, the focus of her thesis was on bobcats in the Mount Hamilton Range. Rachel has also had the pleasure of working with the elusive southern Sierra Nevada fisher population, mountain lions, condors, burrowing owls, California red-legged frogs, and many other flora and fauna in California. With her drive to be immersed in nature as much as possible, Rachel's favorite past time is wandering the great outdoors with her trusty side kick Genji.

Ricka Stoelting

Treasurer

Ricka grew up hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area and despite time away has always been pulled back to the west coast hills. With an M.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from San Francisco State University, professional experience as a wildlife biologist in both the public and private sectors, and focused interests in herpetofauna and wildlife demographics, she is happy to be working with the SF Bay TWS Chapter as Treasurer, having joined the board in July 2017. In addition, if you ask her about abundance estimates or similar things, she will be even happier to bore you by talking about detection probabilities and the need for standardized sampling approaches before inferences are made.

Kathleen Grady

Chapter Representative to the Section

Kathleen Grady is a wildlife biologist based out of San Francisco. She received her BS in Ecology and Evolution from UC Santa Barbara, and after working as a seasonal biologist studying birds for almost 10 years, she went back to school to get her Masters at Sonoma State University. There, she studied bird response to creek restoration on private ranches and dairies. While most of her career has been focused on birds, more recently Kathleen has been enjoying getting more experience with plants and herps -- especially the adorable California tiger salamander. Kathleen volunteers as a bander for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and remains passionate about maintaining what makes the Bay Area special by optimizing public and private lands for both wildlife and people.

Molly Peterson

Professional Development

Molly grew up in the San Francisco bay area learning to explore the beaches and mountains with her dad. She had a love of animals from a young age living with dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, and fish. She got a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from UC Davis where she also played collegiate lacrosse. After graduating she moved to Australia, where she fell in love with the wildlife, ocean, and people years earlier. On her return back to California she has worked as a wildlife biologist in the private and public sector for the last six years. In her free time, Molly enjoys traveling, exploring new places and restaurants, going to yoga, listening to podcasts and audio books, and of course hiking with her best friend, a pit mix she rescued form the Oakland animal shelter.

Halia Eastburn

Student Affairs

Halia is a conservation ecologist from Pleasanton, CA who's had a passion for wildlife since she can remember. At 4 it was whales, at 7 it was butterflies followed by intertidal zones, she thought she would settle on raptors but now she could never choose just one. After working in county parks, animal welfare and wildlife rehabilitation for several years, she pursued a BA in Biology from University of Florida where she had the opportunity to travel to Madagascar to study conservation models and their effects on biodiversity in a developing country. Since graduation, Halia has worked primarily with insects as a research assistant for the San Diego NAT and SDSU Research Foundation while also growing the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society as the Outreach and Education Coordinator. Halia currently works as a forester in the East Bay Area and is excited to hike all the trails and learn all the plant names. When she's not in science mode, Halia enjoys seeing live music, backpacking, trying new foods and petting every dog. 

Meghan Bishop

Media Director

Meghan Bishop has been a wildlife biologist in the Bay Area for the last 11 years and currently works as senior wildlife biologist at Nomad Ecology in Martinez. She received her B.S. from UC Santa Cruz and her M.S. from SFSU studying the diet of the California red-legged frog within Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Although amphibians are her specialty, she works with and loves all Bay Area wildlife. She lives in Berkeley and enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing, good food and wine, and most importantly, spending time with her dog, Jovie.

Joe DiDonato

Newsletter Editor

Joe DiDonato has a long history with the SF Bay Chapter of The Wildlife Society, joining the chapter in the mid-1990s and serving as President in 1999.  He started his career in wildlife biology while as an undergraduate in Pennsylvania studying raptors, songbirds and deer.  He received his B.S. from Penn State University in 1986 and traveled the East coast in search of fieldwork and birds.  Joe’s experiences eventually led him west where in 1986 he worked for the UCSC Predatory Bird Research Group on a few peregrine releases and a year-long raptor survey in SE Alameda County.  After banding raptors in the Goshute Mountains in Nevada and trapping bald eagles in Arizona in 1987, Joe started working with Judd Howell on some of the first raptor mortality studies in the Altamont Pass.  He continues this work today with Doug Bell, trapping and attaching radio backpacks to eagles to monitor movements and mortality.  In 1989 Joe became the first Wildlife Manager at East Bay Regional Park District and served the Stewardship Department until his departure in 2009.  As he puts it “I covered everything from insects to whales”. Joe was instrumental in establishing the initial inventories of the District’s resources which today have developed the baseline for the management and protection of many sensitive species. Since his departure, Joe has been working as an independent consultant focusing on endangered species of the greater Bay Area, Conservation Banking, golden eagles and enjoying life.  His passions include hunting and fishing, wildlife photography, music and laughter.  While he is an active member of the chapter, Joe and his wife Laura are spending more time in Humboldt County where they are caretaking a ranchette and looking for property of their own.  Joe looks forward to adding to the chapter as the newsletter editor and is grateful to serve with such a talented and dedicated group.

Meet Your Officers

Past Presidents

 

2019: Natalie Greer 

2018: Jen Jelincic

2017: Kristin Tremain

2016: Tammy Lim

2015: Erika Walther

2014: Mandi McElroy

2013: Matthew Bettelheim

2012: Natasha Dvorak

2011: Karen Swaim

2010: Christine Gaber

2009: Doug Bell

2008: Kellie Collins/Ron Duke

2007: Mary Boland

2006: Tom Kucera

2005: Doug Padley/Tom Kucera

2004: Doug Padley

2003: Brian Pittman

2001-2002: Dave Cook

2000: Steve Bobzien

1999: Joe DiDonato

1991-1993: Judd Howell

1982: Audrey Goldsmith

1981: Roger Harris