Staff

Karen Swaim – Senior/Principal Wildlife Biologist
Karen Swaim has over twenty years of experience as a professional herpetologist. She earned a Master’s Degree in Biology at California State University, Hayward where her thesis research focused on field studies of the state threatened Alameda whipsnake. Ms. Swaim currently holds recovery permits for the San Francisco garter snake, giant garter snake, California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and Alameda whipsnake.

Chris Swaim – GIS Specialist
With over 11 years of professional experience using GIS technology, Chris Swaim is the GIS Manager and a field biologist at SBI. He manages and maintains GIS data for all biological trapping surveys and wildlife habitat mapping projects for special status species.

Jeff Mitchell – Principal/Wildlife Biologist
Jeff Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Resource Management and Environmental Planning at San Francisco State University. His thesis is on the distrbution of chytrid fungus on California red-legged frogs in the Bay Area. Mr. Mitchell holds state and federal permits to take California red-legged frogs and California tiger salamander.

Natasha Dvorak – Project Manager / Wildlife Biologist

Ryan Byrnes – Project Manager / Wildlife Biologist

Ricka Stoelting – Research Associate

Eric Britt – Research Associate

Leslie Koenig – Senior Wildlife Biologist

Cole Paris – Wildlife Biologist

Zach Leisz – Wildlife Biologist

Ashley Estacio – Wildlife Biologist

Will Bauer – Wildlife Biologist

Glenn Woodruff – Wildlife Biologist

Will McCall – Wildlife Biologist

Hailey Pexton – Wildlife Biologist

Kathleen Sholty – Wildlife Biologist

Tiana Hanna – Wildlife Biologist

Nathaniel Moy – Wildlife Biologist

Rachael Burnham – Wildlife Biologist

Joie de Leon – Wildlife Biologist

Jessica Gonzalez – Wildlife Biologist

Dalal Asfour – Bookkeeper / Office Manager