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President: Genevieve Rozhon

Wildlife Biologist
718 Third Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 267-2298

Genevieve Rozhon is Wildlife Biologist working for the international consulting company, GHD Inc. in Eureka, California. Her focus at GHD is endangered species, ornithology, habitat restoration, and environmental compliance. She has had the great opportunity to work all over the U.S. at wildlife sanctuaries, bird observatories, and federal and state wildlife organizations in Florida, Michigan, South Dakota, New York, Idaho, and California. Her particular area of expertise is raptor breeding, wintering, and migratory behavior. She received her B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from U.C. Davis and completed her M.Sc. on the wintering behavior and habitat selection of Rough-legged Hawks in the western U.S. at Humboldt State University. In her free time, she enjoys camping, listening to mystery podcasts, traveling, and baking. She is excited to be leading the CNCC Chapter as President this year and looks forward to providing critical networking and workshop opportunities to North Coast wildlife professionals.

President Elect: Kate Howard

Partner Biologist
Point Blue Conservation Science
in partnership with
Natural Resources Conservation Service
5630 S Broadway St
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 694-4853

Kate is a Partner Biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She received her B.S. from Humboldt State University in 2012 and her M.S. through Tarleton State University (TX) in 2015 studying Black-shouldered Kites in sugarcane fields of Swaziland as part of ecologically-based pest management. She spent her first three years as a Partner Biologist in the Yuba-Sutter community in the Sacramento Valley and is now happily back on the North Coast. She has a deep passion for working in her community to help land owners and managers improve ecological health on private lands.

Past-President: Sandra Hunt von Arb

Secretary: Jennifer Olson

Jen Olson is an Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Coastal Habitat Conservation Planning group. Her work primarily focuses on environmental review and permitting of projects in Humboldt, Del Norte, and western Trinity County pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Endangered Species Act. Prior to this position with CDFW, she worked on a variety of field research projects in the U.S and Canada, and later worked as a Research Associate for the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit where she supervised field crews and data management for projects focused on life history variation in songbirds in the U.S, Venezuela, and Malaysian Borneo. Jen is originally from Minnesota and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In her free time she enjoys running, finding new places to go backpacking with her husband and her dog, and learning new things about new critters. She’s excited to get more involved with CNCC by serving on the board.

Treasurer: Greta Wengert


Section Rep: Elizabeth Meisman

Lizzi is currently a permanent Forest Science Technician for Humboldt Redwood Company. She’s a jill-of-all-trades in this position working in every department related to the company’s forest management: Wildlife, Forestry, Hydrology, and Geology. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation Biology, with a minor in German Studies, from Humboldt State University in 2016. She has done research on habitat use of mesocarnivores, impacts of anthropogenic landscape change on osprey nesting success and nest site selection, and blood parasites in osprey nestlings. She is extremely active in her community and contributes to long-term monitoring in the local area through volunteering at the Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. Being a big sister is deeply ingrained in her and she strives to help students and early-career professionals whenever possible, especially through her work on the Student Affairs, Diversity, and Professional Development Committees. Lizzi is passionate about raptor research and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree studying raptors in the near future.

Membership Coordinator: Marlen Richmond

Marlen is the Restoration Specialist for the County of Humboldt, working to restore some of Humboldt’s degraded rural areas. She also owns and operates Wild Dog Detection Services, providing canine scent detection teams for conservation projects. She earned her B.S. in Conservation Biology and Vertebrate Ecology from Humboldt State University in 2014. Her work has ranged from tracking kit fox movements in the Utah desert, to running sled dogs in southeast Alaska, and monitoring wind farm performance in central Illinois. When home, she can be found exploring trails with her dogs, paddleboarding our abundant waterways, and home brewing beer.

Student Rep. to Chapter: Lindsay Gordon

Lindsey received her B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biodiversity and Restoration at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Her research focuses on human caused ecological disturbances primarily on endangered amphibians and reptiles. After graduating NIU she assisted on a variety of amphibian and reptile research projects across the United States and Latin America. From working on the first captive breeding program for the critically endangered Hicatee turtle (Dermatemys mawii) in Belize to participating on a long-term monitoring research project and education program for the endangered loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), she has continued to gain skills and experiences that try to understand how humans influence the ectotherms of our planet.  

Currently, Lindsey is working as a wildlife biologist with Institute for Wildlife Studies while conducting her thesis work at Humboldt State. Her thesis focuses on how climate change and invasive species combine to influence the native Northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora) development and survival. This work will be conducted through an experimental design using large stock tanks and manipulating water levels and introducing the invasive bullfrog to analyze tadpole development.

Lindsey Gordon
Graduate Student – Humboldt State University