It is so nice to meet you! My name is Nissa; I am the new Restoration Operation Specialist at Save The Bay. I have been having a wonderful time working with many of you at our restoration events around the bay, but would like to introduce myself to those of you out there I have yet to meet.
I come to Save The Bay after obtaining my degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While at UC Santa Cruz I worked on exciting research in marine conservation, including seagrass conservation in the Philippines.
While being an ecologist has lead me to amazing places like the Philippines, China, the Channel Islands, and the Mojave Desert, there’s no place like home. My fascination with the natural world around us began while I was growing up in Half Moon Bay. As a child I would make forts in the Coyote Brush (Bacharis pilularis) of the coastal bluff I grew up next to and spend hours in the tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Nothing beats the rugged beauty of the San Francisco Bay and adjacent coastline. We house an array of beautiful flora and fauna here in the Bay Area and I love learning about our native plant communities along with the animals that call them home.
Luckily for me three wonderful women created Save The Bay 52 years ago. Sylvia McLaughlin, Kay Kerr, and Esther Gulick worked tirelessly to protect the natural beauty of the Bay. Thanks to the local movement they started, many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area are protected – including that coastal bluff I loved to explore as a child. Joining Save The Bay enables me to bring things full circle by saving wetland habitat that children today can discover.
I look forward to sharing my passion for the Bay with you and spending time together here on the blog or out in the field. Come join me on a restoration program and help Save the Bay for ourselves and future generations.