About Our Team

The SDZ PC Birds team includes our core team and our seasonal team members, in addition to volunteers, fellows, and collaborators. 

Our SDZ PC Birds (Terns and Plovers) core team:


Rachel Smith 
Research Coordinator (MCB Camp Pendleton)
Maggie Post 
Research Coordinator (Naval Base Coronado)
Amie Aguiar
Research Coordinator (SDZ – ICR)
Kerstin Ozkan
Research Associate (Naval Base Coronado)
Travis Wooten
Senior Research Coordinator
Gabriela Ibarguchi
Conservation Program Manager
Ron Swaisgood
Director, Recovery Ecology   
Ignacio Vilchis
Associate Director for Program

Other team members
We thank our seasonal teams, volunteers (especially Brenda Jackson and Danielle Motherhead), and fellows, and SDZ staff who support our Program. We also thank Lisa Nordstrom (SDZ) and previous members of our team for their contributions to our Program!

Our collaborators with affiliations to SDZ include:

  • Katrina Murbock – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (and SDZ collaborator)
  • Peggy Boone – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (and SDZ collaborator)
  • Tom Ryan – Ryan Ecological Consulting
  • Robert Patton

(L to R: MLP, KO, JdG, PG, EM, ZE, MI, EJ, EN, CF, TW, AA, RS)

2018 Team
Kerstin Ozkan, Maggie L. Post, Rachel Smith, Travis Wooten, Amie Aguiar,
Gabriela Ibarguchi, Ignacio Vilchis
Research Assistants at Naval Base Coronado: Emily Jones, Morgan Ingraham, 
Chelsea Felbeck, Pharaoh Graham
Research Assistants at MCB Camp Pendleton: Joshua De Guzman, Zachary Emery, 
Erica Mills, Edlyn Nunez


2017 team at Naval Base Coronado
NBC Team 2017 (L to R: KM, MLP, MI, SM, KO, SG, EJ)
MCBCP Team 2017 (L to R: KP, TG, JdG, HH, DM, MLG)

2017 Team
Katrina Murbock, Maggie L. Post, Rachel Smith, Travis Wooten, Amie Aguiar, Gabriela Ibarguchi, Ignacio Vilchis

Research Assistants at Naval Base Coronado:
 Morgan Ingraham, Shannon Mendia, Kerstin Ozkan, Sara Gidre, Emily Jones

Research Assistants at MCB Camp Pendleton: Kayla Putty, Tawni Gotbaum, Joshua De Guzman, Heather Hughes, Danielle Motherhead, Mary-Lynn Gibbs
J.W. Sefton 2017 Summer Fellow: Elena Oey


2016 Team
Katrina Murbock, Maggie L. Post, Rachel Smith, Travis Wooten, Amie Aguiar, Gabriela Ibarguchi, Jeanette Boylan, Lisa Nordstrom, Ignacio Vilchis
Research Assistants at Naval Base Coronado:
 Peggy Boone, Alyssa Davidge, Julia Hoopes, Kaitlyn Nafziger, Cristina Santa Maria, Megan Flaherty
Research Assistants at MCB Camp Pendleton: Monica Stupaczak, Rachel Guinea, Danielle Angel, Jie Yuen Ong, Leeann McDougall, Oscar Garzon


2015 Team
Katrina Murbock, Maggie L. Post, Rachel Smith, Travis Wooten, Amie Aguiar, Jeanette Boylan, Lisa Nordstrom
Research Assistants at Naval Base Coronado: Julia Hoopes, Stephanie McLaughlin, Melissa Murillo, Christy Stanton, Kerry
Ross, Monica Tydlaska
Research Assistants at MCB Camp Pendleton: Anjanette Butler, Jennifer Hahn, Demetri Lafkas, Andrew Motto, Monica Stupaczak
Internship: Rachel Guinea


2014 Team
Katrina Murbock, Emily Rice, Jeanette Boylan, Lisa Nordstrom
Research Assistants at Naval Base Coronado:
 Stephanie Collar, Mara Plato, Kerry Ross, Rachel Smith, Claire Steele
Research Assistants at MCB Camp Pendleton: Rachael Herman, Christina Lang, Justin Eby-Bosler, Chris Murphy, Melanie Croce
Internship: Emily Longman, Stephanie Cappiello


SDZ Pacific Coast Bird Conservation
San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
15600 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA, 92027 USA
http://pcbirds.org