The Friends of Cañada de los Osos is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to providing youth outdoor education programs. Below are the biographies of the CDLO board members.
Henry Coletto spent 35 years as County Wildlife Ranger and Game Warden with the Parks and Sheriff's Departments until he retired in 2003. In addition to law enforcement duties, he put together wildlife interpretive programs for the Parks Department, was involved in numerous wildlife studies, including black-tailed deer, wild pigs, and wild turkeys, and played a role in the re-introduction of tule elk and pronghorn antelope to the Mt. Hamilton Range. He worked with the California Department of Fish and Game and other agencies on surveillance of wildlife diseases, conservation planning, and a wide variety of other issues. Throughout his career, he has been involved in outdoor education programs related to hunting, fishing, and natural resource education.
Since retirement, Henry's interest in wildlife has led him to a variety of volunteer activities, including serving as Vice President and Project Committee Chair for the California Deer Association, and assisting with on-going research of black-tailed deer. Most of his time has been spent as the volunteer manager of the Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve. This includes coordinating other volunteers for youth outdoor education and junior hunting programs, creek restoration and other habitat enhancement projects, and working with local schools and universities to expand environmental education opportunities on the Reserve.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1938. Moved to Soquel, California in 1954. Graduated from Santa
Cruz High School in 1956. Attended and graduated from San Jose State University in 1960.
Received a BA in Biological Science. Received a General Secondary Teaching Credential and
taught at Overfelt High School in the Eastside Union High School District from 1962 through
1979. Became head of the Science Department and later started and directed a ground-
breaking "school-within-a-school". Left the district to explore the rest of the work world, and
worked with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, the Santa Clara County Juvenile
Detention Department, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Santa Clara
County Department of Agriculture (Director of the Pest Detection Program and County Ag
Biologist) and finally worked as a Plant Protection and Quarantine Technician with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. Concurrent with many of these positions, I have been a member of
the Board of Directors of, and Instructor in, programs with Field Studies in Natural History at
San Jose State University. I have been volunteering at the Cañada de Los Osos Ecological
Reserve since shortly after its acquisition by the California Department of Fish &
Game, and happily spend much of my retirement time there.
Jeff Honda is a native San Josean who parlayed his early passion for insects into a career as an entomologist. As a faculty member at San Jose State University, Jeff teaches a number of courses in the biology department including General and Forensic Entomology. His research interests include insect systematics, ecology, and behavior.
With an active research laboratory Jeff has numerous students who conduct research at Los Osos. In his spare time Jeff mostly enjoys couch potato activities including reading and watching sports. Occasionally he has been known to travel and enjoy the outdoors hiking with his family.
David Jessup was the first wildlife veterinarian hired by the California Department of Fish and Game and served that agency for 34 years, half that time working on game species and half working on marine and sensitive species. Although now retired from CDFG he still works independently on marine ecosystem health issues in the Central Coast region and is executive manager of the Wildlife Disease Association, an international non-profit scientific society and publisher of wildlife health research. Dr. Jessup has done wildlife veterinary work in several other Western States, Africa, India and Mexico, has adjunct research appointments at U.C. Davis and U.C. Santa Cruz, and has written several hundred scientific papers and popular articles. Dave has been coming to Cañada de los Osos and has worked there on deer, turkeys, wild pigs and other species for over 20 years.
Lee Kirk has been an avid outdoorsman his whole life. He grew up in San Jose and started his love for the outdoors with his father and grandfather, hunting deer every year in San Benito County then later going out of state with his cousins. Lee also enjoys fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. He is a life member of the California Deer Association and ran the youth hunting program for Cañada de los Osos for three years. Lee has also worked many weekends being involved in many of the projects at Cañada de los Osos since it was purchased.
Rey Morales graduated from UC Davis with at B.S. in Physiology in 1992 and earned his M.S. from Cal State University East Bay. His emphasis was in comparative anatomy and physiology and has published peer reviewed articles in neurophysiology and biochemistry. His current emphasis is in ecology and conservation biology. He has helped develop the Service Learning program here at Gavilan and continues to find new collaborative studies with neighboring colleges and not-for profit organizations. He serves as the advisor for a service based student run organization here on campus that focuses on habitat restoration.
Rodney Myatt recently retired from San Jose State University, where he was a botanist in the Department of Biological Sciences. His fields of interest are plant taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and natural history, particularly of southwest deserts and New World tropics. He also teaches in the SJSU Field Studies programs in Death Valley each Spring and has traveled, taught, and done research in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Madagascar. He was one of the instructors in the Youth in Science program (through SJSU) that brought about 60 under-privileged 5th and 6th graders each summer (for 8 years) for a week of science camp in the Sierra Nevada.
His work as a field botanist has spurred an interest in outdoor photography, in which he is devoting more time photographing the plants and scenes of the central coast foothills, especially Cañada de los Osos. He lives in Gilroy with his wife Joyce, a bunch of animals, weeds, kids, and grandkids,
Martha Schauss has been doing wildlife work in the Mt. Hamilton Range since her graduate studies launched her work with wild pigs. Over the last 30 years she has conducted research on population characteristics, movements, and mortality factors of black-tailed deer in Central California. For 17 years she worked for the California Department of Fish and Game, with duties including commenting on environmental documents, conducting wildlife surveys, working with landowners on Private Lands Management and other hunting programs, responding to public and agencies' questions and problems regarding wildlife issues, identifying local conservation priorities, managing CDFG land in the unit, and serving as regional wildlife lead in CDFG's Resource Assessment Program. Both with the CDFG, and as an independent researcher, consultant, and volunteer, she has worked with issues regarding both game and special status wildlife in the central coast area of California. Martha wrote the Land Acquisition Evaluation, Management Plan, and regulations for the Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve while she was with CDFG. Since retiring from CDFG, she volunteers for the Reserve when her two horses give her some time off.
Stephanie Trewhitt earned her BS (2000) and MS (2002) degrees in Organismal Biology, Ecology and Conservation from San Jose State University (SJSU). Since 2002, she has been a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University. Her fields of interest are mammalogy, conservation, ecology, distribution and food habits of medium and small mammals in California. Her research over the last ten years has focused on the small mammal for floristic communities in the Warner Mountains of Northern California. She is also a member of the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee at SJSU, which is charged with the oversight of animal research occurring in conjunction with San Jose State University's students and faculty.
Elisa is Webmaster for Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve after joining the Board of Directors in June 2015. For her master's degree project, she interpreted Old-Growth Loop in the Forest of Nisene Marks, providing information about the ecology, geology, and botany of the forest, and then published the information as a website. "It's one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done," she said. Over the past decade, Elisa has taught technology for Youth in Science summer camps and at present is adjunct faculty at a Bay Area community college. She also contracts as a Web producer for UCSF and other educationally-focused websites.