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Program Advisory Committee

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The California Naturalist Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is appointed by the UCANR Vice President to advise California Naturalist Program leaders and enhance our statewide impact. The PAC members contribute to strategic and implementation planning. Specifically, the Committee helps evaluate progress toward goals, align priorities to better meet clientele needs, and identify strategic partnership and funding opportunities. The members of the PAC are selected based on their unique knowledge and experience within UCANR and the broader UC System.

California Naturalist Program Advisory Committee 2018-2019

Cameron Barrows is an Associate Research Ecologist with UC Riverside coordinating the Center for Conservation Biology's Desert Studies Initiative. The initiative develops risk assessments and implements regional conservation programs for desert flora, fauna and natural communities and enhances secondary level science education in surrounding schools. 

Jessica Bautista is the 4-H STEM Academic Coordinator with UCANR’s Youth Families & Communities Program. As a native Californian, fluent Spanish speaker, and first-generation student of Mexican migrant parents, Bautista has fostered methods to make her research accessible and advocates for STEM career paths for underrepresented communities.

Peggy L. Fiedler is the Systemwide Director of the UC Natural Reserve System, the largest university-administered suite of protected areas in the world.  She is a prolific author and plant conservation biologist, renowned for her work in conservation biology and rare-plant ecology and management.

Andrew Gordon is the Manager of Corpsmember Development Programs at California Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC, a department within the California Natural Resources Agency, program provides people 18–25 years old a year of paid service to the State of California. During their year of service, Corpsmembers work on environmental projects and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Heather Holm is the Interpretive Planning and Program Section Manager for California Department of Parks and Recreation. The California Department of Parks and Recreation provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Jeremy James is Director of the UC Sierra Foothills Research & Extension Center (SFREC), one of nine UCANR Research and Extension Centers. SFREC provides land, labor, and infrastructure to support research on critical rangeland issues and provides key site resource to support education and outreach efforts that explore these themes.

Keith Nathaniel is the County Director and 4-H Youth Development Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County. His academic expertise is in after-school programs, adolescent development and youth science literacy.

Tapan Phatak is a UC ANR Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Agriculture at UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He chairs the UC ANR Climate Change Adaptation Working Group and has expertise in diverse and interdisciplinary sciences, including crop modeling and social science needs assessments.

Mark Schwartz is a Professor with UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Associate Director of Education for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment. His interests include conservation decision support, assessing climate change vulnerability for natural resources, establishing policy for emerging conservation strategies, fire management in the western US, and building social capital for conservation.