Greta Processing a Bobcat

Greta Wengert M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Director

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Dr. Greta Wengert co-founded the organization and leads on many projects, including IERC’s bobcat/ fisher spatial ecology, forensic identification of predators, and yellow-legged frog projects. Greta earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Cornell University, her M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at Humboldt State University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California Davis.



Mourad Gabriel M.S., Ph.D.
Executive Director

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Dr. Mourad Gabriel co-founded IERC with Greta Wengert in 2004.  Mourad earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at Humboldt State University, and his Ph.D in Comparative Pathology (emphasis on wildlife disease ecology) at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gabriel is also a Research Associate Faculty at the One Health Institute, Wildlife Heath Center at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.




Corrina Kamoroff
Associate Ecologist

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Corrina Kamoroff is an ecological technician with IERC who joined us in the Fall of 2014. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis, Wildlife and Ecology program. As an IERC ecological technician, Corrina has worked on several projects from small mammal trapping and remote camera work to habitat restoration. She also assists in our molecular ecology and serological investigations of wildlife health and interspecific interactions.

Noel Soderfelt

Noel Soderfelt
Ecological Technician

Noel Soderfelt has worked for IERC as an ecological technician for several seasons. His natural resource experience entails protocol surveys for various raptors of conservation concern and amphibian and forest carnivore monitoring throughout California. Noel is a current natural resource student at the College of the Redwoods and involved in additional ecosystem health monitoring projects IERC is directing.





Benjie Thomas
Ecological Technician

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Benji Thomas was brought onto the IERC student intern staff to introduce and develop his ecotoxicology, molecular ecology and conservation genetics skill sets. He received his B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University. Currently, Benjie is the IERC lab manager performing many laboratory tasks from DNA extractions, serological applications, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to ordering and inventorying all laboratory materials for a variety of IERC projects. Benjie enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and expanding his Pokadex collection.

Kelly holding a wood rat



Kelly Sandersfeld
Ecological Technician

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Kelly Sandersfeld has assisted on several IERC projects mainly specializing in GIS for our amphibian projects and analyzing the thousands of photos from our remote wildlife cameras placed throughout northern California. She also has taken the lead on website maintenance and updates and entering and organizing the large amount of data coming into the lab from our many projects. Kelly enjoys camping, traveling to new places and sewing.


Jordan Heiman

Ecological Technician

Jordan is new to the IERC team. She is a Kansas native and spent time working in the Midwest before moving to California. She received her B.S. degree in zoology with a minor in environmental science from Drake University. Before joining the IERC team she worked with the U.S. Forest Service on the Kings River Fisher Project. This project led her to assist with the creation and management of the Kings River Puma Project for the past three years. Recently she has joined with Yosemite National Park in conjunction with IERC to begin work studying mountain lions in bighorn sheep ranges. When not busy helping with a variety of wildlife projects, Jordan spends her time rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and baking fresh sourdough bread.


Steffen Peterson

Steffen Peterson

Ecological Technician

Steffen Peterson is assisting IERC with black bear research in northeastern, California. Steffen is a native of Wisconsin and earned his bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Before joining our team, he has contributed to several research studies including Mississippi State University’s Michigan Predator-Prey Project and the California Pronghorn Project led by the Institute for Wildlife Studies. Steffen is currently working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to initiate black bear research in the Warner Mountains, California as part of his Master’s thesis at Humboldt State University which will complement the work being conducted by IERC. In his free time, Steffen enjoys hunting and fishing, taking care of his hobby farm in Modoc County with his wife Briana, and hiking with his black lab.





Kyle Van Atta
Ecological Technician

Kyle is a native of Montana and received his B.A. in Ecology and Organismal Biology and a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. He has worked on a variety of IERC projects including an amphibian ecology and chytrid fungal project where he was a crew leader, documentation of impacts from clandestine marijuana cultivation on public lands, and the Sierra Nevada mountain lion and fisher project. When he is not conducting ecological research, Kyle enjoys summiting the U.S. state high points, snowboarding, and rock climbing, among various other outdoor activities.


Jessica Jordan

Ecological Technician

Jessica has worked on both our amphibian ecology and chytrid fungal project and the impacts from clandestine marijuana cultivation on public lands project. She obtained her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology at Humboldt State University located in northern California. She enjoys raising and maintaining bee hives as a beekeeper since they play such a vital ecosystem service as pollinators.


Richard N. Brown Ph.D., D.V.M.

Richard N. Brown Ph.D., D.V.M.
Board Director and Wildlife Veterinarian

Dr. Richard Brown is a disease ecologist and wildlife veterinarian for IERC and a Professor in the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University. Rick earned his B.S. in Zoology at the University of California at Davis, his M.S. in Biology (emphasis on mammalian population ecology) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, his Ph.D. in Parasitology (emphasis on disease ecology) at the University of California at Berkeley, and his D.V.M. with an individual track in Wildlife Health and International Medicine, at the University of California at Davis.