Joshua T. Fodor (Founder, CEO) : Restoration Ecologist, CPESC
Josh has 20 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.
Cindy Hudson: Horticultural Project Manager
Cindy grew up in the Northern Sierra and studied Earth Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She began her botanical career working with nurseries in the Tahoe Basin and joins us with a strong background in nursery management and a passion for California's native flora. Upon moving to Santa Cruz in 2005, she managed Far West Nursery until 2011. Since that time, she has managed multiple concurrent native plant contract grows at CCW with tens of thousands of plants each, including collection of site specific propagules. Her botanical and horticulture education comes in part from working at the UCSC Arboretum and attending workshops with CNPS and Jepson Herbarium. Her experience includes seed collecting in California, New Zealand and Australia, vegetation surveys along the central coast and preparing herbarium specimens from field collections.
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 Trifoluim (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.
Ayla Mills: Nursery Manager
Ayla earned her Master's degree in Biology with a focus in Botany from California State University in Chico and she has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her graduate research evaluated the effectiveness of two different invasive species removal methods (heavy equipment and hand-pulling) that were being used to remove Ammophila arenaria at Gold Bluffs Beach in Humboldt County. While attending graduate school Ayla worked as a lead propagator at Floral Native Nursery in Chico, CA. She has also gained botanical skills through working as an AmeriCorps intern and restoration technician for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. She has participated in CNPS and California Botanical Society conferences and has attended Jepson Herbarium workshops. Her botanical and horticultural skills include plant identification and propagation, vegetation monitoring, and habitat restoration implementation.
Aaron Fitch: Lead Propagator and Seed Collector
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.