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Conservation Technicians

Field Conservation Technicians

Xavier Gomez
Xavier Gomez

Xavier is a freshman at Stanford studying Environmental Sciences and a graduation date in 2023. He has previously worked with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, conducting limnology tests, steelhead PIT tagging, and population surveys. Having a demonstrated interest in conservation biology, he is excited to contribute to the efforts of the Conservation Program and work alongside our native wildlife. In his free time, he likes to hike at local Bay Area spots and write short stories.

Karly Chin

Karly is currently a senior in Human Biology, and a coterminal grad student in the Earth Systems MA program. She is passionate about the natural world, and finding ways to connect it to people. She has previously worked as a field technician in Saguaro National Park, conducted research on disease ecology at Hopkins Marine Station, and worked in environmental communication at the Woods Institute for the Environment. In her free time, Karly can be found painting, backpacking, and skiing.

Brandon Kong

Brandon is a junior in UC Santa Cruz’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program. He researches the effects of climate change on coast redwoods ​(Sequoia sempervirens) ​at the extremes of their range with the West Valley College Redwoods Team. He has previously assisted the Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Lab out of the California State Polytechnic University in tracking endangered Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizards ​(Gambelia sila), which are also threatened by climate change. Now, he is eager to participate in the important work of the Stanford Conservation Program. He enjoys spending his time herping, birding, and reading.

Communications and Outreach Specialist

Ryder Kimball
Ryder Kimball

Ryder graduated from Stanford's Earth Systems program in 2019 and is currently completing his graduate degree in Environmental Communication. He has formerly been an editorial fellow with Business Insider, a digital media specialist for Stanford Energy Club, and has photographed for various magazines and organizations. Ryder is an avid photographer, reader, and explorer who is passionate about finding innovative and effective ways of discussing climate change and conservation practices.

Past Technicians

  • Sierra Garcia
  • Judith Santano
  • Julia Lee
  • Illianna Termuehlen
  • David Tattoni
  • John Holback
  • Lance Takata
  • Johannah Farner
  • Joanna Tang
  • Wallis Robinson
  • Matt Fogarty
  • Nick Mascarello
  • Julia Viana
  • Alicia Manfroy
  • Margee Mcdonnell
  • Amelia Lyle
  • Ellen Ehrenfried
  • Alissa Wilson
  • Kirby Charles
  • Mary McDermott
  • Adam Perez
  • Ken Qin
  • Vasundhara Kandpal
  • Amy Zuckerwise
  • Annette Potvin