Our Team

Our community is enriched by the partnerships that support our science, art, and education programs - as well as the volunteers that mentor, conduct research, and put sweat equity toward our vision of stewardship and nature connection.

 
 

Restoration and Education Programs

Jeanine Moy, M.S.

Director

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As a naturalist, educator, creative, activist, and backcountry adventurer, Jeanine draws on a diverse background for the foundation of the Vesper Meadow Education Program.

Jeanine has devoted the last two decades to the study of natural ecosystems and serving as an educator. Her range of experiences include managing an agroforestry research and demonstration site in upstate New York, conducting plant field studies in the greater Yellowstone region, guiding rock climbing in Colorado, and teaching outdoor science to youth in Oregon. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Ecology, and from Southern Oregon University with a M.S. in Environmental Education.

After a decade of living in southern Oregon she has found a home among other naturalists, and enjoyment of the intricate landscape and biodiversity. She is grateful for experiences such as working at the Klamath Bird Observatory, the Willow Wind Community Education Center, the Northwest Nature Shop, and founding the Ashland Trail Trekkers summer camp. Most recently she worked as the Outreach Director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and in 2018 was awarded a Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Artist-in-residency.

 

Consulting Support

John Villella

Biodiversity Scientist

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John has had a lifelong fascination with nature and has spent the last two decades studying and documenting the biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest as an environmental educator and an ecological consultant specializing in rare species.  He has an especially interest in lichens and invertebrates. 

John has served on the board of directors for several non-profits including the Northwest Scientific Association, Northwest Lichenologists and The Understory Initiative. He is a founding member of the Biodiversity Research Collective, a non-profit research institute dedicated to biodiversity studies. John has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers and was recently awarded the Letharia Award by the California Lichen Society for his several years of service as Editor of the CALS Bulletin. He also regularly leads natural history related hikes and workshops in southwest Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest.  

 
 

2018-9 Graduate student interns

Crystal Nichols

Aquatic Research Intern

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Crystal had an innate fascination with wildlife at a very tender age and this interest has never waned, which is what led her to pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. She got her undergraduate degree in aquatic biology and fisheries from Ball State University in Indiana. A love of lifelong learning and a passion for education brought Crystal to this unique region and study at SOU. Today, she enjoys hiking, taking photographs, and playing in the water.

She has been applying her previous research experience to conduct baseline aquatic surveys on Vesper Meadow since fall 2018. Specifically, she has sampled the stream for benthic macroinverebrates (tiny creatures that have no backbone), and has conducted stream morphology surveys. This spring, Crystal plans to continue conducting macroinvertebrate research, and use data loggers to collect more water quality data.

Elva Manquera

Riparian Habitat Research Intern

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Elva is a Master's student in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University and is an Oregon native who grew up in Douglas County. She earned a bachelor’s in Zoology from Oregon State University with a focus in herpetology and disease. Her interest in amphibians has led her to conduct research in Costa Rica and throughout the Cascades. With her career, she would like to bridge her love for nature and research with environmental education to underrepresented youth in Oregon. She has a love for nature, Oregon and wine.

Currently, she is assessing the creek-side habitat at Vesper Meadow as beaver habitat. She is excited to be creating a body of research as well as curriculum that will help educate the public about the importance beavers play in ecosystem restoration.  Her research is important for setting up long-term riparian habitat monitoring for the benefit of all wildlife, and water quality at Vesper Meadow.

 
 
 

Debra Agnew

Butterfly Community Research Program intern

Debra completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Monterey Bay, in an area famous for deep coastal waters full of kelp forests and playful otters. Formative experiences for Debra have occurred while hiking in the Cuyamaca Mountains, volunteering as a gallery interpreter at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and now currently in pursuit of her Masters of Science in Environmental Education program. Debra is excited to deepen her skills with field research and development of interpretive materials at Vesper Meadow this spring and summer.