Travis E. Huxman

Travis E. Huxman

Director

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Director, Center for Environmental Biology Director, Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences PH.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.S. California State University San Bernardino; B.S. California State University San Bernardino Read more about Travis

Contact Information

Office: (949) 824-2594
Cell: (949) 677-9929
Email: thuxman@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
449 Steinhaus Hall 
Mail Code: 2525 Irvine, CA 92697


Megan E. Lulow

Megan E. Lulow

Administrative Director

Megan began her work with UC Irvine’s UCI-NATURE (UC Irvine’s Networked Assets to Understand the Environment) program when it was initiated in 2016.  The program oversees operations and stewardship for UC Irvine’s field-based assets for research, teaching, and outreach, including the Steele-Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center within the UC Natural Reserve System.  Prior to her work with UCI-NATURE, Megan held multiple positions with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy over a ten-year period, during which the organization tripled in size.  She worked with staff and partners to develop programs and integrate science into their resource management strategy to inform best management practices.  Upon completing her graduate research, she was Assistant Director for two years at the Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, also within the UC Natural Reserve System. Megan has worked extensively on both project implementation and research in the field of restoration ecology in a variety of California ecosystems since 1997.  Her research and methodologies look to leverage natural processes to advance the restoration of ecosystems at scales and in locations that optimize ecological impact and cost efficiency. She received her doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis in restoration, plant ecology, and plant-soil relations, and her bachelor’s degree with a double major in biology and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is broadly interested in ecology and enjoys bringing people together from multiple sectors of society to better understand natural environments and identify solutions to conservation and restoration challenges.

Contact Information

Office: 3021 Biological Sciences III
Cell: 949-500-8754
Email: mlulow@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
Mail: 4120 Natural Sciences 2
Irvine CA 92697-1450


Jim Dice

Jim Dice

Reserve Manager

Jim Dice has been Reserve Manager since the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center opened in 2012.  He retired in 2012 from California State Parks after 25 years of service with the State of California (including 11.5 years as Senior Environmental Scientist for California State Park’s Colorado Desert District in Borrego Springs; 8.5 years as a Plant Ecologist for the California Department of Fish and Game – Region 5/6; and 4 years as an Associate Resource Ecologist for California State Parks’ Southern Region Headquarters in San Diego). He served as manager for San Diego State University’s Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve from 1987-88 and was Curator of the Desert Garden at Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, from 1981-1985.  Jim obtained a B.S. in Botany from San Diego State University (1981) and an M.S. degree in Biology (Systematics and Evolutionary Biology) from San Diego State University (1988). He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, former Conservation Chairman of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a former member of the Board of Directors of the California Native Plant Society, and a past-President of the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Borrego Springs Civic Association.

 

Contact Information

Office: (760) 465-2656
Cell: (760) 522-7757
Email: dicej@uci.edu
Anza-Borrego Desert Research Ctr.
P.O. Box 2098 401 Tilting T. Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004-2098


Robert Theriault

Robert Theriault

Assistant Reserve Manager

Bob is a retired State Park Ranger who spent 27 years with the California State Park system, the last 25 years at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP). Previous to that he was at Point Lobos State Reserve on the central California coast. He began his parks career as a seasonal interpreter with the National Park Service at Death Valley and Cabrillo National Monuments. His primary natural history interest is ornithology, and he has served as the coordinator of the Anza-Borrego Desert Audubon Christmas Bird Count since 1993, worked on the ABDSP Least Bell’s Vireo Recovery Project for the last 25 years, and performed extensive field surveys in support of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s San Diego County Bird Atlas project. He has been a participant and leader in the Borrego Valley Hawkwatch since its inception in 2003. Bob is co-author, with Paul Jorgensen, of Birds of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: a Birder’s Checklist, as well as having contributed three chapters to Guide to Birds of the Anza-Borrego Desert by Barbara W. Massey. Bob holds an A.A. degree in French from College of the Desert, a B.A. in Geography from San Diego State University, and a post-graduate certificate in planning from Sacramento State University.   He has been Assistant Reserve Manager here at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center since October, 2012.

 

Contact Information

Office: (760) 465-2656
Email: rtheriau@uci.edu
Anza-Borrego Desert Research Ctr.
P.O. Box 2098 401 Tilting T. Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004-2098


Elaine Tulving

Elaine Tulving

Assistant to Reserve Manager

Elaine and her family have been residents of Borrego Springs, California, since 2002.  She is an active community member and has served on boards of the local youth sports organizations, Boy Scouts of America (Scoutmaster), Borrego Springs Children’s Center and is currently active with the Borrego Springs High School Site Council and the high school athletics booster club. Elaine holds a B.A. in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  Elaine and her husband, Alan, are owners of two local businesses.  She enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography. Elaine previously worked as a Senior Park Aide for California State Parks’ Colorado Desert District headquarters in Borrego Springs and has been with the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center since 2012.   She coordinates all activities related to lodging (including reservations), housekeeping, building maintenance and accounting for the Center.

 

Contact Information

Office: (760) 465-2656
Email: stulving@uci.edu
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
P.O. Box 2098 401 Tilting T Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA  92004  


Sicco Rood

Sicco Rood

Staff Research Associate

Sicco joined the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in the role of Staff Research Associate in spring 2015. He came to Borrego Springs as a snowbird for his wife’s health from Washington State at first back in 2011, and returned each year for a longer period. Back in the 90’s he lived with Kristina on the Banner grade as well as Julian and Elfin Forest, CA. Back then he worked for the Soil Ecology Restoration Group at SDSU for a couple of years, and continues to work on environmental/well-being related projects to this day. His last primary job was at Washington State University, managing the online learning environment, as well as providing technical support for faculty, students, and staff. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies at Alliant International University in San Diego.

 

Contact Information

Office: (760) 705-4107
Email: srood@uci.edu
Anza-Borrego Desert Research Ctr.
P.O. Box 2098 401 Tilting T. Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004-2098