John Buckley - executive director
As CSERC’s director, John oversees all the fieldwork, monitoring, water quality sampling, wildlife surveys, and visits to proposed development sites. But the majority of his time is spent serving as a key voice for nature at meetings, hearings, collaborative sessions, and all the other critical places where CSERC is needed. He has personally presented nature programs to over 138,000 participants. He loves being out in the wild mountains doing fieldwork and searching for rare wildlife species.
Megan “Meg” Layhee - aquatic biologist
Meg joined the CSERC staff in June of this year. A native of California, Meg has spent the last several years in the Rocky Mountains conducting aquatic and fisheries research with the USGS and USFS. Her professional experience has focused on fish, amphibians and macroinvertebrates in river, stream and wetland ecosystems. Meg also has experience in data analysis, GIS applications and authoring peer-reviewed publications. She received both her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico. She comes to CSERC to assist with water and fisheries issues in the region. Meg enjoys hiking, backpacking and trail running with her dogs.
Megan Fiske - wildlife biologist
Megan was born and raised in Tuolumne County and conducted wildlife, fisheries and botany surveys for the Forest Service throughout the Sierra Nevada for many years. She graduated with her B.S. in Wildlife Management & Conservation from Humboldt State University in 2015. Megan began working for CSERC in 2012 and helps run our wildlife surveys, review environmental planning documents, and so much more. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, climbing, playing guitar and photography.
Julia Stephens - projects coordinator
Moving to California over 15 years ago after falling in love with the diversity of west coast landscapes, Julia hails from Maryland originally. She's worked at CSERC since 2008, leading meadow surveys, volunteer projects, web design, grant applications, and more. In her time previous to CSERC she has been a trail worker, a botany surveyor, studied outdoor recreation and leadership through NOLS, and earned a B.A. in environmental geography. Free time fun includes lots of disc golf, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and seeing live music.
Michelle Beutler - staff associate
Michelle has lived in Tuolumne County for much of her life. After raising 3 sons Michelle decided that she wanted to do something different and enrolled in Forestry & Natural Resource classes at Columbia College. This choice opened her eyes to the importance of protecting wildlife and resources. She is now working with CSERC assisting with field work and leading our outreach efforts. She enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors when she isn't working.
Heather Campbell - website translator
Over ten years with CSERC, Heather has led field monitoring and was a key designer of the Center’s website. At this time, she has returned to Humboldt State to pursue her Masters Degree, but she continues to assist with the website and to be CSERC’s translator for providing all web articles in Spanish.