Environmental Studies Faculty

Bridget Tracy

(530)283-0202 ext. 308, btracy@frc.edu

Education

  • M.S. University of California Davis, Hydrologic Sciences
  • B.S. University of California Berkeley, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Teaching Interests

 Forestry, Soils, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science

Bridget Tracy has a split position, teaching earth science as well and environmental studies courses. She started on the faculty at Feather River College in 2012, after finishing her graduate degree, working with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at UC Davis. Bridget worked for many years teaching summer courses for UC Berkeley about Sierra Nevada ecology and forest management in Plumas County before she joined the faculty at FRC. She has also worked for the National Park Service, the Marin Municipal Water District, and various research labs at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. These days you can find her exploring an learning outside with her family, including her two young kids and her dog. 

Dana Flett

(530) 298-0202 ext. 262, dflett@frc.edu 

Education

  • M.S. Colorado State University, Ecology
  • B.S. University of California Berkeley, Conservation and Resource Studies, Minor in Forestry and Natural Resources

Teaching Interests

Watershed Science, Restoration, Forestry, Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Data Collection and Analysis, Environmetnal Policy

Dana Flett has a split position, serving as a new faculty member in the Environmental Studies and the Outdoor Recreation Departments starting in 2021. She is delighted be back teaching courses in ecology, watershed restoration, policy, etc. at Feather River College. She first began working at FRC in 2011 as an advisor to the Sustainability Action Team and co-author of the District’s Sustainability Management Plan.  Dana has a decade of experience teaching and mentoring students at the University of California Berkeley, Colorado State University, and Feather River College.  She has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors researching ecological processes and managing ecosystems.  Before returning to FRC she is a Restoration Ecologist and Project Manager at Plumas Corporation, a local non-profit specializing in watershed restoration throughout the Sierra Nevada.  Her research and educational outreach has taken her across the western US, South America, and Europe.  Dana enjoys rock climbing, backcounty skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, and spending the sunset hours in her garden.


Forest Health and Fuels Manager

Jon Dvorak

(530)283-0202 ext 362, jdvorak@frc.edu 

Education

  • B.S. University of California Berkeley, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Teaching Interests

Forestry, Wildland Fire, Prescribed Fire

Jon started at FRC in 2020 in a new position as the Campus Forest Health and Fuels Coordinator. He will work to manage the campus forest landscape and develop a program to teach students about forest management and prescriped fire. He comes to FRC after a career working for Berkeley Forests and working at the USFS's Fire and Environment Research and Applications Team. He has lots of experince studying the forests of the Sierra Nevada and planning and conducting large-scale prescribed fires, as well as working as a wildland firefighter. He enjoys traveling, being outside, hiking with his family, and fly fishing. 

Hatchery Director

Adam Fuller

(530)283-0202 ext. 224, afuller@frc.edu

Adam FullerEducation

  • Ph.D.  University of Alabama, Biology
  • M.S.  Northeastern University, Marine Biology
  • B.S.  University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Teaching Interests

Aquaculture, Aquatic biology, Animal behavior, Ecology

Adam Fuller has a split position at Feather River College, teaching in the Environmental studies program and managing the fish hatchery. Adam arrived at FRC in 2015 after completing his Ph.D. research on the social interactions of fishes.  He has maintained a wide variety of temperate and tropical fish species in captivity, and has studied aquatic biology in a variety of habitats including the streams and swamps of the southeastern United States, coastal California and Massachussets, Central American lakes, and the tropical South Pacific.


Associate Faculty

Ryan Thoni

rthoni@frc.edu 

EducationRyan Thoni

  • Ph.D. Saint Louis University, Biology
  • B.S. Appalachian State University, Biology, Evironmental Biology, and Evolution
  • A.S. Feather River College, Environmental Studies

Teaching Interests

Wildlife, Fish, Environmental and Aquatic Sciences, Techniques in Field Biology

Ryan began teaching at Feather River College in the spring of 2017. Prior to this he was a PhD Student at Saint Louis University, where he studied the evolution, biodiversity, and biology of Himalayan fishes. He spent many months living in Bhutan, where he and Bhutanese collaborators conducted the first biological inventory of Bhutan’s rivers. His team has discovered and continues to discover several new species hidden in the Himalayas headwaters. He has done similar work in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Nepal, Thailand, and Mexico. In addition to his international work, he has worked for the US Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Wisconsin, Appalachian State University, and other agencies on projects from forestry to fisheries. He is also an alumnus of Feather River College, from the class of 2005. In addition to teaching, Ryan enjoys fishing, backpacking, and juggling for the local circus. 

 

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