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.




Steve Schade
Ecological Technician

Steve has a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Conservation Biology, with an emphasis of Applied Vertebrate Ecology from Humboldt State University. Steve also has an Associate of Science Degree from Warren County Community College in Criminal Justice. He has worked on a verity of IERC projects including amphibian monitoring, carnivore ecology projects, and environmental impacts from public land marijuana grow sites.

Steve loves to ride and work on motorcycles, cook and eat food, do anything outside and physically active, and loves dogs.

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.





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. Kyle will be transitioning mid-2017 to start work near the Delta Junction in Alaska working on Dall sheep, avian, plant and bat projects on the US Army Donelly Training Area with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands.