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 nearly 150,000 participants. He loves being out in the wild mountains doing fieldwork and searching for rare wildlife species.
Liz Gregg - associate director/botanist
Liz was born and raised in Tuolumne County and has a BS in botany from UC Santa Cruz and an MS in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida. She has worked as an archaeologist in the Hawaiian Islands, as a botany crew lead with the US Forest Service in the Stanislaus National Forest and has three years of non-profit fundraising experience both domestically and in Latin America. In her free time Liz enjoys gardening, hiking and craft projects.
Megan Layhee - aquatic biologist
Megan joined CSERC in June of 2016. A native of California, Megan spent 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. 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. Megan enjoys hiking and trail running with her dogs.
Heidi Beswick - biologist
Heidi joined CSERC in October 2017. Inspired by her childhood exploring California ecosystems, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles for a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution with an emphasis in native California herpetofauna. She has since held biological technician positions in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area and Malheur National Forest, surveying for salmonids, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals. She gained experience with data analysis, report-writing, GIS applications, and ecological niche mapping. Aside from fieldwork, she enjoys landscape painting, baking, and playing with her cat.
Julia Stephens - staff associate
Moving to California over 20 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 time with her kid, 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 10 years with CSERC, Heather has led field monitoring and has been a key designer of the Center’s website. At this time, she works remotely from the North Coast of California — assisting with the website and serving as CSERC’s translator for providing web articles in Spanish.