Vincent Rogers: Basin-Wide Fish Assessment and Community Coordination Fellow
A native of Northern California, Vincent grew up moving between the small foothill and farm towns of the North State, exploring the outdoors when and wherever possible, doing so primarily through angling. After attending the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a BA in Geography, Vincent worked in Northern California land conservation as a Land Steward with the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust. More recently, as a member in the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program Vincent worked at the intersection of fisheries science, watershed education, and community service, working with the staff of the Marin Municipal Water District Fishery Program monitoring the salmon and trout populations on Lagunitas Creek in West Marin, educating area classrooms, and coordinating volunteer habitat restoration events and citizen science initiatives amidst other community outreach. Excited to be back working for conservation in the region where he grew up, as the Basin-Wide Fish Assessment Fellow Vincent will be helping to steer a basin-scale assessment of native fisheries in all of the Upper Feather River Basin in an effort to produce an informed, collaborative, landscape-level restoration strategy. In addition to holding a passion for native fisheries conservation, he is an enthusiastic scholar of many subjects, a music lover, and a self-taught guitarist of over a decade. Read Vincent’s blog posts.
Chris grew up in Morro Bay, California where he developed an intense passion for the outdoors. After earning his Biology degree at Pacific Lutheran University he spent the next six years working aboard commercial fishing vessels as a scientist to promote sustainable West Coast fisheries. In 2016 he took a year off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, and upon returning to work he served as a Fisheries Biological Technician with the U.S. Forest Service where he studied the federally endangered Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged Frog in Plumas County. When he is not working his passions include rock climbing, backcountry skiing, SCUBA diving, and international travel. Chris will be working with the Plumas National Forest to assist them in collecting egg from the endangered yellow legged frog for a captive rearing program to help establish more robust local populations. He is excited to contribute his field expertise with the wonderful folks at the Sierra Institute.
Bryce Henney completed his fellowship during the second half of 2016. Bryce is a native of Metro Detroit and holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Michigan. Bryce has been fortunate to study renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia and Costa Rica, as well as conservation and resource management in Sumatra, Indonesia and the Amazon. During his fellowship, Bryce worked on developing a biomass plant in Calaveras county with the Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS). His main tasks were related to researching funding sources for development of the facility, developing a recommendation on technology for use at the plant, and assisting in completing the project pro forma. Currently, Bryce is working at the Pachamama Alliance in San Francisco supporting their online programs that work to foster an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet. Read Bryce’s blog posts.
Mary Sketch: Community and Forest Restoration Fellow
Mary grew up wandering the pine forests of North Carolina, where she fell in love with forestry and land management. She became passionate about community-based conservation through a field semester in Northwestern Montana and continued to pursue this passion at Brown, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies. As a Sierra Fellow, Mary continued this focus by working with Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions to help with forest restoration efforts across the region, community outreach and recovery in the wake of the 2015 Butte Fire, and working with landowners and environmental collaboratives to create triple-bottom-line focused plans and contracts. Mary is currently pursing a graduate degree at Virgina Tech studying conservation behavior on working lands in the West. Read more about Mary’s Fellowship.
Robert Zellers: Bioenergy Fellow
Robert is a California native and has called the Sierra Nevada foothills his home for his entire life. He is a product of the California higher education system, beginning his academic career at Columbia College in Sonora, and then moved to Merced to study chemistry at the University of California. After earning a Bachelor of Science at UC Merced he decided to make a career change and joined the University of Nevada, Reno environmental engineering department as a graduate student. He is in the process of finishing his Masters and will graduate in Spring 2016. When he isn’t studying or working Robert likes to play guitar, act, and hike. As a Sierra Fellow, Robert assisted with the planning stages of a bioenergy facility in Wilseyville, CA. This plant will utilize woody biomass harvested from overgrown forests to produce electricity, heat, and other value-added products while helping to reduce the risk of wildfires at the same time. Read Robert’s blog posts.
Courtney Gomola: Sierra Fellow
Courtney Gomola joined the Sierra Fellows Program in August 2014. An east coast native, Courtney has lived in areas throughout northern California, as well as Colorado, New York, and briefly in Montana! She recieved her Master’s degree in Ecology from Colorado State University, and has a bachelor’s in Environmental Biology from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.
During her Fellowship, Courtney worked with the Lake Almanor Watershed Group in facilitating their meetings and current projects. She was also active in connecting with local community members and groups to understand the challenges and concerns facing Plumas County residents in her efforts to help launch the Sierra Fellows Program and identify potential host communities and Fellowships. In addition to helping launch the Sierra Fellows Program in its inaugural year, Courtney facilitated field trips and restoration projects with the Natural Resource Academy at Greenville High School in Plumas County.