Mark Paschke, Colorado State University
Mark Paschke is a Professor and the Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He also serves as Research Associate Dean for the Warner College. He received his PhD in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from the University of Illinois. Dr. Paschke has been a faculty member in WCNR since 2005. Prior to 2005 he was a Research Scholar and Research Scientist at CSU. His research focuses on mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities. By elucidating these mechanisms his research team is able to guide restoration treatments for disturbed lands. His research has been funded by US Departments of Defense, Agriculture and Interior, various state agencies and the energy and mining industries. For much of his research career he has worked across multiple scales, from the molecular to the ecosystem level, and across multiple disciplines. He currently teaches classes in Restoration Ecology, Ecological Restoration, and Disturbance Ecology at CSU.
Jesse Dillon, Cedar Creek Associates
Jesse Dillon is a Senior Ecologist for Cedar Creek Associates, Inc. which primarily provides reclamation and restoration consulting to the mining industry. He earned B.S. in Rangeland Ecology with a focus on Restoration Ecology from Colorado State University in 2006. He has been an ecologist working on reclamation and restoration projects since receiving his degree. His interests focus on improving reclamation/restoration outcomes of large scale projects by using data driven outcomes to inform improved treatments.
Term: April 2018 – April 2020
Brett Wolk, Colorado State University
Brett Wolk is a Assistant Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. His areas of expertise include ecological research and techniques for restoring native plant communities following disturbance, assessing impacts of forest management on fire and understory regeneration, and botany. Brett also enjoys teaching, student mentoring, and sharing his passion for sound restoration with any audience. He holds an M.S. Forest Ecology from Colorado State University, and B.S. Environmental Science and B.A. International Studies degrees from Oregon State University.
Term: April 2017 – 2019
Casey Cisneros, Larimer County Natural Resources
Casey is the Land Stewardship Manager for Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. He received a Master’s in Natural Resources Stewardship with a focus in ecological restoration from Colorado State University. Prior to his current position, Casey was the parks and open lands weed specialist. Although invasive exotic plant management is his primary focus, Casey also coordinates, implements and monitors other restoration projects targeted to improve wildlife and native plant habitat within Larimer County.
Carla DeMasters, Westervelt Ecological Services
Carla DeMasters is a Restoration Ecologist and GIS Analyst with Westervelt Ecological Services in Centennial, CO. She holds a M.A. in Geography with a focus on Biogeography and GIS from CU Boulder and a M.S. in Biology with a focus on Restoration Ecology from CU Denver. Her research has focused on using native early seral species for restoration in areas infested with cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and exploring the effects of environmental factors on plant distribution at multiple scales using field investigations and GIS overlay analysis. She is highly skilled in the identification of plants of the Great Plains and Southern Rocky Mountains. Carla is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) with the Society of Wetland Scientists and a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) with the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Outreach Committee Chair
Michael Curran, University of Wyoming
Michael is a PhD student in Ecology at University of Wyoming, with research focused on restoration ecology associated with oil and natural gas development. He has bachelors degrees in Biology, Geography and Ancient Greek & Roman Studies from University of Delaware and an M.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from University of Wyoming. Mike’s dissertation work involves examining how insects and soils respond to drastic land disturbance and also focuses on how regulatory policies influence restoration outcomes. He has worked with over 20 oil and gas companies and multiple state and federal government agencies during his time in Wyoming.
Membership Committee Chair
Jessica Olson, Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group
Jessie Olson is Executive Director with Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group. She has worked professionally in the field of ecological restoration since 2003, overseeing restoration and land management projects with non-profits, land trusts, and in the private sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at U.C. Berkeley, where she focused on river and wetland restoration design and planning. At Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group, she is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and management of the organization. Most recently she lead staff and contractor teams in implementing ten million dollars of flood recovery projects on private lands. Jessie loves all things associated with restoration projects from stakeholder collaboration, to design development, to implementation, to adaptive management.
Scientific Meeting Committee Chair
Term: April 2018 – 2020
Randy Mandel, Ramboll
Randy Mandel currently works as a Principal for Ramboll. Randy’s past employment includes being the Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Native Plants Company and serving as the Director of the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center. Randy’s undergraduate and graduate education is in Forest Biology, Concentration Forest Physiology and Genetics, from Colorado State University.
Communications Committee Chair
Jayne Jonas, Colorado State University
Jayne Jonas is a Research Scholar and Instructor in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at CSU. Her research focuses broadly on restoration ecology and grassland ecology, with particular interests in plant-insect interactions in restored systems and ecological statistics. She holds graduate degrees in Biology and Entomology and a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics from Kansas State University and an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from Wayne State College (Nebraska).
SER-CSU Student Guild Representatives
Term: April 2017 – 2018
Henry Nash, Colorado State University
List of Past Presidents
- Brett Wolk, 2016 – 2018
- Randy Mandel, 2014 – 2016
- Mark Paschke, 2012 – 2014