Environmental Studies Faculty

Darla DeRuiter - Program Director

(530) 283-0202 ext. 262, dderuiter@frc.edu

Darla DeRuiterEducation

  • Ph.D. Colorado State University, Human Dimensions of Wildlife
  • M.S. Colorado State University, Natural Resource Recreation
  • B.Env.D.  University of Colorado-Boulder, Environmental Design

Teaching Interests

Natural History, Wildlife, Environmental Policy, Current Environmental Issues, Outdoor Activities Courses, Recreation Program Planning

Darla DeRuiter has a split position at Feather River College, teaching in both the Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Environmental Studies programs. Darla moved to Quincy during the summer of 2004 with her husband Darrel Jury after living for more than 30 years in Colorado. She taught for 7 years at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, where she spent time as department chair for the Kinesiology & Recreation Department, and was instrumental in initiating the Environmental Studies major. She has worked for Colorado State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, and Wilderness Education Association, and is serves on the boards of Friends of Plumas Wilderness, Plumas Audubon Society, FRC Sustainability Action Team, and Plumas Earth Days Committee. Darla and Darrel enjoy hiking, backpacking, sea kayaking, backcountry skiing, rafting, mountain biking, yoga and naturalist studies. 

Bridget Tracy

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

EducationBridget Tracy

  • 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 has worked for many years teaching summer courses for UC Berkeley about Sierra Nevada ecology and forest management in Plumas County, which has given her lots of experience working with local resources and resource professionals. She has also worked for the National Park Service, the Marin Municipal Water District, and various research labs at UC Berkeley. She is delighted to be living and working in the Northern Sierra.

Forest Health and Fuels Manager

Jon Dvorak

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


  • 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


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. 

Dana Flett


EducationDana Flett photo

  • 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

Dana Flett 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.  In addition to teaching at 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.