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.

 
 

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.

 

Restoration and Education Programs

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.  

Nate Trimble, M.S.

Naturalist and Wildlife Educator

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Nate is a field biologist, artist, birding guide, educator, and wildlife lover. He has a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology and is an expert in identification of Western birds. Nate has spent the last few years as a field technician surveying birds in the Pacific Northwest, creating educational wildlife illustrations, and leading birding trips for children and adults through the Rogue Valley Audubon Society and the Klamath Bird Observatory. He is currently working on artwork displaying rare and beautiful wildlife found at Vesper Meadows and leading outdoor education events for children.

When not birding or making art, he spends his time hiking, camping, cycling, running and exploring the many beautiful places and trails of the Klamath/Cascade-Siskiyou area. Nate lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife and fellow wildlife biologist Dr. Sarah Rockwell.

 

2019-20 Graduate student interns

Jennifer Horton

Riparian Restoration Intern

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Jennifer Horton has been a southern Oregon resident for just over 2 years; she moved from Las Vegas, NV and grew up in northern Wyoming. She is enrolled in Southern Oregon University's Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies program, with a focus in Environmental Science and Policy. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental and Resource Science from Nevada State College in Henderson, NV. With a background in the environmental issues of the Desert Southwest, she has recently enjoyed learning the ecology of southern Oregon. She has especially developed an interest in riparian restoration and the various techniques used depending on the considerations of each project. In tandem with her Masters’ thesis, Jennifer be studying the efficacy of previous willow plantings and the impact of soil moisture, planting depth, and planting methods on stem survival. Her goal is to collect data that will guide planting plans in the future for maximum success.

Julia "JJ" Janson

Community Science Intern

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“JJ” is a graduate student in the MS STEM Education program at Southern Oregon University (SOU). She earned bachelors’ degrees in Environmental Studies and Writing from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Her work as a seasonal naturalist in the last four years has taken her from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Long Island New York, the Great Lakes in Minnesota, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Salt Lake of Utah, and across the ocean to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Currently, she works with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a research assistant for the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the SOU Hannon Library to promote environmental scholarship and restore the local ecology. In addition, she serve as an educator at North Mountain Park and Science Works Hands-On Museum in Ashland, Oregon. Through her work at Vesper Meadow, she will research restoration methods that can be successfully applied to other local riparian areas, as well as increasing capacity for community science programs.

 

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.