Joshua T. Fodor (Founder, CEO) : Restoration Ecologist, CPESC
Josh has 20 years experience in organic horticulture, habitat restoration and ecological landscape design and implementation. After completing degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz and working 5 years in organic agriculture, he founded Central Coast Wilds in 1992. Early on he combined his interest in organic production methods with his botanical skills to create the first registered organic native plant nursery in
California . Josh leads design and implementation of ecological landscape plans, vegetation management plans and habitat restoration plans throughout California, particularly in the San Francisco and
Bay areas. Over the last decade he has continued his professional training in erosion control, stream restoration, watershed assessment, wetland delineation, and ecological landscape management techniques. In 2006, Josh completed an extension certificate in California Water Management and Ecosystem Restoration at U.C. Berkeley. In 2008 Josh became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. He teaches Principles of Restoration Landscaping at
College and is an active member of numerous professional associations including the Ecological Landscaping Association, California Landscape Contractors Association and the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Jon Laslett: Restoration Project Manager, Ecologist
Jon received his BS from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2003 with degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Marine Biology. He has worked on ecological monitoring, conservation, and restoration projects from Baja California to the Aleutian Islands . He also has a background in conventional construction and landscaping. In January 2007, he found a way to effectively combine these two skill sets as a project manager and ecologist at Central Coast Wilds. Since then, he has been responsible for successfully designing, estimating, implementing, maintaining, and monitoring restoration projects and ecological landscapes throughout the central coast.
Cindy Hudson: Nursery Manager
Cindy grew up in the Northern Sierra and studied Earth Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She began her botanical career working with nurseries in the Tahoe Basin and joins us with a strong background in nursery management and a passion for California's native flora. Upon moving to Santa Cruz in 2005, she managed Far West Nursery until 2011. Her botanical and horticulture education comes in part from working with the UCSC Arboretum as a part time employee and volunteer and attending workshops with CNPS, Jepson Herbarium, and various botanical gardens. Her experience includes seed collecting in California, New Zealand and Australia, vegetation surveys along the central coast and preparing herbarium specimens from field collections.
Ellen Uhler: Botanical Consultant, Seed Collections Curator
Ellen began working at Central Coast Wilds as a volunteer in 1996. Her aptitude became readily apparent as she quickly learned the arts of native plant identification and propagation. Her botanical studies include Jepson Herbarium workshops in Juncaceae (Rushes), Alpine Flora, Poaceae (Grasses), and Cyperaceae (Sedges). She has also attended numerous workshops taught by noted local botanist Randy Morgan, including Trifoluim (Clover), and Plant and Insect Interaction. Ellen has initiated her own Sheep Grazing Monitoring Study on the former
Ord. She is an active member of the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, where she participates as a board member.
Dakotah Bertsch: Landscape Designer, Project Manager
Dakotah earned his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, and he has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara. He's had a long love affair with California ecosystems, with years of ecological studies, frequent hikes and explorations, and years of working in the field of design, construction, maintenance and restoration of California landscapes. He also studied and apprenticed in Permaculture, and is experienced with edible and sustainable landscapes. Dakotah moved to Santa Cruz from Mendocino County to join the team at Central Coast Wilds, where he combines his interests in native habitats and ecological landscape design.
Michael Friedman: Ecological Project Manager & Marketing
Michael is marketing director and project manager. He oversees various types of ecological projects with a focus on sustainable landscape maintenance. He has a BS degree from Texas State University in Mass Communication and Horticulture. He has continued his training in horticulture through various professional certificate programs including CLCA's Certified Water Manager program and Ecology Action’s Grow Bioentensive training. He has also attended various forums on sustainable design offered through UC Berkeley. Before joining ECI, Michael was a project manager for a large commercial landscape company in Silicon Valley where he oversaw quality control on multiple project sites. Michael was drawn to California’s rich ecosystems after college and has been exploring and learning about California’s natural history ever since. He is especially drawn to hiking the high Sierra wilderness in search of a glimpse of rare trout species.
Bobby Markowitz, Senior Landscape Architect
Bobby Markowitz, is a California Licensed Landscape Architect. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Bachlors of Arts. In 1980, Bobby went to study landscape architecture and design in Japan. Upon returning to the United States, he established himself as a leader in rainwater harvesting and sustainable design. He has designed and built award winning gardens and landscapes with naturalistic and sustainable flair, both residential and commercial, over his 30-year career.
To see many of his past projects visit Earthcraftdesign.com