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

Jonathan Appelbaum, MESM

Senior Ecologist


Jonathan's Weekend Activity

Volunteering with Local Conservation Groups

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

Nick Bubhe, MS

Senior Ecologist

 

Nick's Favorite Hobby

Anything with Water!

Jon Green

Senior Ecologist


Jon's Weekend Plans

Usually Hiking

Mitch Jenkins, MS

Senior Ecologist


Mitch's Ecological Goal

Teaching Ecological Principals to the Next Generation

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

Cate Collinson, P Biol

Associate Ecologist


Cate's Favorite Destination

Banff National Park

Leslie Fisher

Associate Ecologist


Leslie's Secret Skill

Native Plant Gardening

Elias Potashov, MCRS, CERP

Associate Ecologist


Elias' Leisurely Interest

Bushcraft


William Stratton, MLA

Associate Landscape Designer


William's Favorite Ecosystem

Cypress-Tupelo Swamp

Geana Ayala, MS

Ecologist


Geana's Favorite Activity

Diving in New Places!

Brittany Dell

Ecologist


Brittany's Secret Skill

Wrangling Venomous Snakes

Liz Hartel, MS

Ecologist


Liz's Favorite Destination

New Zealand!


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

Brandon Reeder

Ecologist


Brandon's Current Obsession

Sailing


Quin Smith, MESM

Ecologist


Quin's Favorite Activity

Exploring the San Elijo Lagoon

Adam Domanski, PhD

Environmental Economist


Adam's Favorite Activity

Paddleboarding with His Dog!

Robert Kurkjian, PhD

Senior Environmental Scientist


Robert's Secret Skill

Publishing Travel Guides

Danielle Parsons

Landscape Designer


Danielle's Favorite Unusual Ecosystem

Serpentine / Serpentine Soils


Liz Clift, MFA

Operations Manager & Science Communication Officer

Liz's Favorite Weekend Activity

Mushroom hunting!

Lilia Gavrilenko, MS

Controller

Lilia's Favorite Vacation Spot

Europe, especially Russia