Our Team



Mark S. Laska, PhD

Founder & President


Mark's Favorite Ecosystem
New World Tropical Rainforests

Jessa Spainhower

Chief Operating Officer


Jessa's (Former) Hobby
Improv Comedy

David Yozzo, PhD

Director of Ecology


David's Favorite Ecosystem
Tidal Freshwater Marshes

Ashley Davenport, PLA, ASLA

Director of Design


Ashley's Favorite Swim Spot
Limestone Cenotes


Davis Ladd

Associate Director, Business Management & Marketing


Davis' Favorite Travel Destination
Northern Arizona

Alejandro Baladrón, MAS

Senior Ecologist & Hydrologist


Alejandro's Favorite Travel Destination
Upper Valley of Lozoya - Spain
Rex Bergamini, PhD

Senior Biologist


Rex's Favorite National Park
Islas del Golfo de California Biosphere Reserve
Beyhan T. Maybach, PhD

Senior Ecologist


Beyhan's Favorite Ecosystem
Tropical & Temperate Rainforest

Julie Johnston, MLA, MRP

Senior Landscape Designer


Julie's Favorite Memory
Hiking Chile's Deserts, Lakes, & Mountains

Elias Potashov, MCRS, CERP

Associate Ecologist


Elias' Leisurely Interest Bushcraft

William Stratton, MLA

Associate Landscape Designer


William's Favorite Ecosystem

Cypress-Tupelo Swamp

Emily Hazelwood, MAS

Ecologist


Emily's Favorite Ecosystem
California Kelp Forest

Thea Lemberger, MS

Ecologist


Thea's Favorite Ecosystem
Daintree Rainforest

Yani Pohl, MESM

Ecologist


Yani's Secret Skill
Sewing
Quin Smith, MESM

Ecologist


Quin's Favorite Activity Exploring the San Elijo Lagoon

Danielle Parsons

Landscape Design Intern


Danielle's Favorite Unusual Ecosystem

Serpentine / Serpentine Soils


Liz Clift, MFA

Operations Manager & Science Communication Officer


Liz's Favorite Hike

Chain Lakes Trail

Lilia Gavrilenko, MS

Controller


Lilia's Favorite Travel Destination

Europe, especially Russia


Affiliates

Jonathan Appelbaum, MESM

Senior Ecologist


Jonathan's Favorite Weekend Activity
Volunteering with Non-Profits
Nick Buhbe, MS

Senior Ecologist


Nick's Favorite Activity
Anything with saltwater, except surfing!
Cate Collinson, P Biol.

Associate Ecologist


Cate's Favorite Place to Visit
Banff National Park
Adam Domanski, PhD

Environmental Economist


Adam's Favorite Outdoor Activity
Backcountry Skiing

Leslie Fisher

Associate Ecologist


Leslie's Favorite Hobby

Native Plant Gardening

Jon Green

Senior Ecologist


Jon's Most Remote Travel
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
Justin Heyerdahl, MESM

Data Science & Systems Ecology


Justin's Favorite Hobby Growing Exotic Blue Hibiscus

Mitch Jenkins, MS

Senior Ecologist


Mitch's Favorite Place to Hike
Idaho Backcountry

Robert Kurkjian, PhD

Senior Environmental Scientist


Robert's Secret Skill
Publishing Travel Guides