Joshua T. Fodor (Founder, CEO) : Restoration Ecologist, CPESC
Josh has 29 years experience in organic horticulture, habitat restoration and ecological landscape design and implementation. After completing degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz and working 5 years in organic agriculture, he founded Central Coast Wilds in 1992. Early on he combined his interest in organic production methods with his botanical skills to create the first registered organic native plant nursery in
California . Josh leads design and implementation of ecological landscape plans, vegetation management plans and habitat restoration plans throughout California, particularly in the San Francisco and
Bay areas. Over the last decade he has continued his professional training in erosion control, stream restoration, watershed assessment, wetland delineation, and ecological landscape management techniques. In 2006, Josh completed an extension certificate in California Water Management and Ecosystem Restoration at U.C. Berkeley. In 2008 Josh became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. He teaches Principles of Restoration Landscaping at
College and is an active member of numerous professional associations including the Ecological Landscaping Association, California Landscape Contractors Association and the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Jon Laslett: Restoration Project Manager, Ecologist
Jon received his BS from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2003 with degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Marine Biology. He has worked on ecological monitoring, conservation, and restoration projects from Baja California to the Aleutian Islands . He also has a background in conventional construction and landscaping. In January 2007, he found a way to effectively combine these two skill sets as a project manager and ecologist at Central Coast Wilds. Since then, he has been responsible for successfully designing, estimating, implementing, maintaining, and monitoring restoration projects and ecological landscapes throughout the central coast.
Ellen Uhler: Botanical Consultant, Seed Collections Curator
Ellen began working at Central Coast Wilds as a volunteer in 1996. Her aptitude became readily apparent as she quickly learned the arts of native plant identification and propagation. Her botanical studies include Jepson Herbarium workshops in Juncaceae (Rushes), Alpine Flora, Poaceae (Grasses), and Cyperaceae (Sedges). She has also attended numerous workshops taught by noted local botanist Randy Morgan, including Trifolium (Clover), and Plant and Insect Interaction. Ellen has initiated her own Sheep Grazing Monitoring Study on the former
Ord. She is an active member of the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, where she participates as a board member.
Aaron Fitch: Project Manager, Seed Collector and Botanist
Aaron received a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus in Agroecology. He has over twelve years of experience in the field of natural resources, habitat restoration, and biological monitoring. Aaron also owned and managed an organic vegetable farm for five years in Southern Oregon. Over the past year while at CCW, he has been responsible for propagating thousands of native plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions.
Matt Marshall: Nursery Manager
Matt graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Environmental Studies and Politics. As a UCSC student, Matt worked leading students on trips throughout the state from the Sierra to the coast, simultaneously gaining exposure to the birds, plants, and animals of the diverse native ecosystems of California. After graduating, Matt worked in a native plant nursery and did habitat restoration with Point Blue Conservation Science, where he gained experience restoring riparian, marsh, and rangeland sites throughout the Bay Area and became familiar with many California native plants. These varied positions instilled a passion in Matt to work towards restoring habitat in California for plants, animals, and humans alike. When he is not working with plants, Matt loves to spend time in the ocean.
Conor Langlois: Assistant Nursery Manager
Conor graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. While studying, he co-managed an educational student garden and worked as the facilitator of the Carbon Fund, a student funded granting body that funds student and staff projects in an effort to reduce the university's carbon footprint. Conor later went on to work for the Port of Los Angeles as an Air Quality Environmental Specialist, managing projects focused on developing zero to near zero emission engine technologies. Melding his passion for facilitating positive change in his local community with his love for natural spaces, Conor traded in a concrete backdrop for the redwoods and hillsides that neighbor the native plant haven that is Central Coast Wilds. Along with his new found passion for native habitat restoration and hiking much slower to smell (and study) the flowers, Conor enjoys any excuse to spend time outdoors.
Shelby Baker: Propagation Manager
Shelby received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Davis, California. While attending UC Davis she worked at the Arboretum doing propagation, planting, and helped design an artificial floating island with native plants to create a habitat for birds and turtles. Her experience has driven her passion for California native plants which has led her to CCW. At CCW, Shelby is the Propagator Manager, producing thousands of plants for contract grows and retail customers. She enjoys helping customers bring back wildlife into their backyards using her knowledge of California natives.