Associate Ecologist

Elias Potashov, M.C.R.S.

More About Elias


Elias Potashov is an ecologist with over five years of experience throughout California performing habitat restoration, conservation, and natural resource management. Elias has worked on projects spanning federal, private, and academic sectors and has a strong background in experimental design, field crew oversight, and the monitoring of vegetation, soil, and species interactions. The cornerstone of his career path is ensuring proper habitat restoration and enhancement efforts for threatened and endangered species and their associated habitats.
Elias has assisted with large-scale, comprehensive vegetation monitoring efforts throughout Southern California military installations and is well-versed in technical writing and adaptive management. Other notable work includes the creation of a habitat feasibility assessment for Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat across Camp Pendleton and San Diego County. He holds a master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration Science (M.C.R.S.) from the University of California – Irvine where he was the project manager and chief editor in a capstone project that assessed whether coastal or inland seed sources would perform better under various hydrologic regimes. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry with a concentration in Plant Biodiversity and Restoration from the University of California – Davis where he worked on developing a restoration plan for Centennial Park based on soil metrics and habitat feasibility analysis. In his free time, Elias enjoys hiking and stand up paddleboarding with his akita inu and observing local reference sites to better calibrate his work.

Elias' Certifications & Memberships

• Qualified Applicator License holder (Category B)
• ISA Certified Arborist
• OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety & Health
• Society for Ecological Restoration

Office: San Diego, CA
Email: epotashov@greatecology.com
Phone: 858.750.3201