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Desert Institute Instructors
 barrows CAMERON BARROWS, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Research Ecologist coordinating desert research initiatives for the University of California, Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology. The focus of his research ranges from the sensitivity of desert plants and animals to predicted levels of climate change.
 David Chappell DAVID CHAPPELL, Ph.D., Astronomy, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of La Verne, has taught astronomy and physics for eleven years. Chappell’s research interests include star formation, galaxy evolution, and computational astrophysics. His interest in archaeo-astronomy has led him to study in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the Shetland Islands, and the Kingdom of Tonga.
  CHRIS CLARKE is a natural history and environmental writer, an editor and photographer. It was in the mid-1990s that Chris’ fondness for the desert southwest, nascent since he first visited as an adult in the early 80s, blossomed into an obsession. He’s traveled extensively in the Mojave, Great Basin and Sonoran deserts, as well as in the steppes and slickrock country of the Colorado Plateau. Chris currently writes for KCET and the Desert Sun. He is working on a book on Joshua trees, which will be based on over a decade of research.
 clough-jeanette JEANETTE CLOUGH is author of Island and Cantatas. Both collections include poems that emerged from time spent in and around Joshua Tree National Park. Her poetry appears in the Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Atlanta Review, Nimrod, Pool, and other journals and anthologies. Clough is an art researcher, Pushcart Prize nominee, and received honorable mention in the Ruskin Poetry Competition.
 caryn CARYN DAVIDSON completed her yoga teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. The philosophy of White Lotus is to draw from the deep traditions of yoga while remaining non-dogmatic and open to the influences of the different contexts in which yoga is practiced. Caryn is also an NPS Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park.
 Paul Delaney PAUL DELANEY, Ph.D. is a tenured professor of biology at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. He is the USFWS-authorized tortoise biologist for the CMC translocation area, and has been monitoring the tortoise population at the 85 acre preserve on campus since 2007. A field biologist since 1977, Delaney has conducted zoological research in California, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and published over two dozen scientific papers.
 craig CRAIG FUCILLE, B.A., Physical Geography, teaches photography for University of California, Riverside Extension. A long time instructor, Fucile has taught numerous photography workshops in western landscapes that he enjoys photographing including: Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Eastern Mojave, Owens Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Anza-Borrego, Kings Canyon, Sequoia. He received the Fall 2010 Instructor Excellence Award from UC Riverside Extension and the 2007 Distinguished Instructor Award from UC Irvine Extension.
LAURIE GREEN is a certified interpretive guide through the National Association of Interpreters and a paramedic and NOLS wilderness EMT. She has been an instructor for seven years teaching life saving techniques to the public and professionals. Laurie. Also, she is a hike leader and works with the Desert Institute and National Forest Association.
 richard hazlett RICHARD HAZLETT, Ph.D., Geology, has traveled extensively doing research in Central America, Hawaii, the Aleutian Islands, New Zealand, South Africa, and Mongolia. He has mapped and studied volcanic rocks throughout the eastern Mojave Desert, and participated in the field study leading to establishment of the Turtle Mountains Wilderness Area near Parker, on the Colorado River. He is the co-author with D.D. Trent of Joshua Tree National Park Geology, and with Jane Nielsen and Howard Wilshire of The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery.
JOSH HOINES, chief of the Vegetation Branch at Joshua Tree National Park with 12+ years experience working with local, state and federal partners to protect and preserve habitats and open space. Currently, he manages the vegetation program at JTNP.
 anahita king ANAHITA KING, B.F.A., Visual Communications, has taught art for over twenty years, and teaches pottery and watercolor locally in her Joshua Tree studio. She loves to spark another person’s inner drive to create something they may not have known could come out of their hands and imagination.  As a graphic designer, she is the principal of King of Arts, and has worked for Disney and Baskin-Robbins. King exhibits her art nationally and abroad.
 kathi klopfenstein KATHI KLOPFENSTEIN has been making pine needle baskets for 20 years. Her pine needle basketry has won awards at the San Bernardino County Fair, Del Mar Fair, and California State Fair and has been exhibited at numerous venues in southern California. Kathi is a member of Chaparral Artists, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild, Los Angeles Basketry Guild, Bay Area Basketmakers, and Columbia Basin Basketry Guild.
 ed larue EDWARD LARUE, JR., M.S. specializes in California desert biota as field investigator and scientist for Circle Mountain Biological Consultants, Inc. In 2005 he authored the Copper Mountain College Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), and in 2008 implemented the federal and state permits for the HCP. In 2007 he organized and coordinated a multi-agency effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service (JTNP), BLM and San Bernardino County to establish a tortoise conservation area in the Morongo Basin. LaRue has received numerous awards for his conservation work with desert tortoises.
 kurt KURT LEUSCHNER, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, is a Professor of Natural Resources at College of the Desert. Leuschner’s specialties include: ornithology, entomology, and desert ecology. He has led hundreds of field trips both locally and as far afield as Africa. He teaches natural history courses for the Bureau of Land Management, UCR Extension, the Desert Institute, the Living Desert, California State Parks, Riverside County Parks, and many other conservation organizations.
 Jim Lowery portrait JIM LOWERY is a nationally known tracker and author of The Tracker’s Field Guide. He has taught tracking to thousands of students, including many special trainings for field biologists, universities, naturalists, and park rangers. Some of his specialized field workshops have focused on tracking individual species including bighorn sheep, badgers, mountain lions, elk and black bears.
  DENNIS MAMMANA, M.S., Astronomy, has delivered the wonder and mystery of the cosmos to audiences for over three decades. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist with Creators Syndicate and author of six books on popular astronomy, Mammana is also an accomplished night sky photographer and invited member of TWAN—an international team of the most highly acclaimed sky photographers on the planet.  Mammana photographs the heavens from around the world, but mostly from his desert home in Borrego Springs.www.dennismammana.comNight Sky Photography
 daniel mccarthy DANIEL MCCARTHY, M. S., Anthropology, has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of the rock art of this region. He is the Director of the Cultural Resources Management Department with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. His research interests include desert archaeology, aboriginal trail systems, and rock art.
 mcclary DIANE MCCLARY graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington with a major in teaching and art and studied with the well-known impressionist artist Sergei Bongart. Her paintings are distinguished by her unique use of color. She has taught workshops nationally as well as demonstrated for various art groups. She has had solo shows in the Northwest and has exhibited at the Frye Art Museum and the Clymer Museum in Washington, as well as in Palm Desert, California. Her studio/gallery is located in La Quinta, California.
 Chris Metzger CHRIS METZGER, M.A., Chris is a retired educator with 32 years experience. Since moving to the Morrogo Basin 10 years ago, he has carried on a personal study of the characters that make up it’s past. Some can be called famous, some infamous. Either way they lend to a fascinating story. Chris has hiked extensively through JTNP and knows it well. Camping under our stars is his idea of “a night out.”
 j natal om b&w JIM NATAL’s third poetry collection, Memory and Rain, was published by Red Hen Press in 2009. A Pushcart Prize nominee in 2007 and 2008, his previous collection, Talking Back to the Rocks, prominently features Joshua Tree locations. His first collection, In the Bee Trees, was a finalist for the 2000 Pen Center West Award. Recent work appears in Bellingham Review and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ.
RALPH NORDSTROM’s  philosophy on photographic workshops is simple: they are successful when the attendees return home with a few great photographs and feeling that they have expanded what he likes to call their “Creative Vocabulary“; that is, their ability to express themselves through their photography.  www.ralphnordstromphotography.comFine Art Photography in Joshua Tree National Park
 Ruth Nolan RUTH NOLAN is a professor of creative writing and a scholar of desert literature at College of the Desert. She is a widely-published poet, writer and editor of “No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California’s deserts”. Her haiku poetry has appeared in the Southern California Haiku Anthology each year from 2010-2013.
 Dave Pylman photo DAVID PYLMAN has been teaching Map and Compass Navigation, GPS Navigation, and Desert Survival for the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue and Southeastern California Search and Rescue Council since 2000. He is an avid hiker, backpacker, skier, and rock climber.
 IMG_0286 TED REEVES, B.A., Biology, Ted Reeves taught science at Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA for 37 years. He has led field trips in Southern California, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Grand Canyon and Hawaii. He is presently teaching for University of the Pacific and believes that a relevant Natural History class requires an outdoor experience.
STEPHANIE RITTER, M. S. Zoology, Botany, and Genetics, has taught Biology at Copper Mountain College and presently holds the position of Museum Coordinator for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. She is responsible for all educational programs. Ritter has also taught geography, ecology, and botany for National University at the Twentynine Palms Campus.
 allanaschoenherr-294x300 ALLAN SCHOENHERR, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Fullerton College, is an expert on California flora and fauna, as exemplified by two major books he has authored, A Natural History of California and A Natural History of the Islands of California. Schoenherr has been doing research, traveling, and photographing the southwestern desert for many years. In addition to teaching ecology at several universities, he has led many field courses throughout the deserts of California.
 Yoga Virabadrasana 2 TERA LEA SURRATT has studied Iyengar yoga in Portland, Oregon for more than 12 years and is a nationally certified fitness instructor with a dance foundation. Passionate about understanding body mechanics and appropriate sequencing, she loves exploring the energetic qualities of asana practice and the resulting emotional benefits from yoga.
 Darrell Shade DARRELL SHADE is a retired high school teacher and recognized botanist/desert naturalist for Joshua Tree National Park. Shade has a deep love for the desert and its enormous variety of plant and animal life as well as being a master teacher. He has worked closely with Joshua Tree National Park botanists over the last 20 years and keeps up on all the new floral discoveries being made in the park.
 csmith CHRIS SMITH. Ph.D., Biology, has studied the biology of Joshua trees for ten years, and has taught evolutionary biology at Willamette University for five years. He has led research expeditions in California, Nevada, Arizona, Baja California, and central Mexico. Chris Smith is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award for his work on Coevolution of Yucca Moths and Joshua trees.
  MARK WHEELER has an M.S. in Education and a journeyman’s degree in natural history, having spent most of thirty years hiking and studying the mountain and desert landscapes of the west coast. Wheeler has worked extensively with wilderness-adventure programming groups such as Outward Bound, training both students and instructors in wilderness travel skills and group dynamics. A working writer, he has focused on subjects about the natural world.
 Muench David Muench has photographed the landscape in all its grandeur for half a century.  Traveling the U.S. since early childhood with his father, renown photographer Josef Muench, there was never another way of life for him.  His 4 x 5 large format camera is as much a part of him as his innovative eye.  He has lately been experimenting with digital cameras as a result of his work photographing World Heritage Sites for UNESCO and Panasonic.  For him, every photograph is a journey in perception, an exploration in seeing.“Muench’s international reputation derives from an unflinching embrace of nature’s nuances.  He engages the primal landscape across all the human fronts: as thinker, dreamer, seeker, lover, lifelong friend”, wrote James Lawrence.