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Breezy Jackson, PhD

Director, Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations

bjackson10@ucmerced.edu

Directs and implements research, education and outreach activities at Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations

  • B.S., Environmental Science, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California
  • M.S., Environmental Science, University of Idaho 
  • M.S., Leadership in Physical Education and Outdoor Recreation, University of Idaho
  • PhD, Ecosystem Ecology, The Ohio State University

Dr. Jackson comes to UC Merced from Yosemite National Park where she worked for four years as a wildlife biologist and managed multiple research projects aimed at protecting sensitive terrestrial wildlife taxa including mountain lion, Sierra Nevada red fox, butterflies, and bats. She also led a collaborative investigation of the influence of regulated river hydrology on aquatic-terrestrial food chains leading to riparian songbirds and bats in working relationships with academic, federal, state, and non-profit partners. Her doctoral research focused on the influence of wildfires on stream-riparian ecosystems of the central Sierra Nevada including changes in riparian vegetation, geomorphology, stream water chemistry, and aquatic-terrestrial food web linkages. Jackson also worked as a fire fighter and fire lookout on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington state and as a field coordinator for the United States Antarctic Program.

 

Marlon Spinneberg

Steward, Yosemite Field Station

mspinneberg@ucmerced.edu

Integral to Yosemite Field Station daily operations, Spinnegerg performs multiple operational activities and services for field station buildings, including general maintenance, tracking of repair services, space planning and coordination, and development of procedures, policies and communications related to infrastructure and safety.

Jessica Blois, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Merced, Life & Environmental Sciences

Faculty Director, UC Merced Natural Reserve System

Jblois@ucmerced.edu

Oversees Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve, Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations, and UC Merced-SCICON Field Station

B.S. University of California, San Diego

M.A. in Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University

PhD in Biology, Stanford University

Faculty member at UC Merced since January 2013, serving in numerous roles across the University. Current Faculty Chair for the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

Dr. Blois’ research combines field work, genomics, and ecological modeling to understand the factors influencing changes in genes, species, and communities across time and space. She supervises graduate students in the Quantitative & Systems Biology and Environmental Systems Graduate Groups. She received the 2017 MacArthur and Wilson Award from the International Biogeography Society to recognize her early career scientific contributions, her work has been published in Nature and Science, and in 2018 she received a CAREER from the National Science Foundation for her research.

 

COVID-19 and the Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations

Updated 08/31/2021

The Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations are currently open with limited capacity. Please see our COVID-19 Information page for more information.

Any queries about Yosemite and Sequoia Field Station reservations can be directed to Breezy Jackson, bjackson10@ucmerced.edu, (209) 628-5758.