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Ronald H. Chilcote

Ron Chilcote is a landscape and nature photographer whose interests emanate from a family tradition in photography, and who has devoted most of his career to teaching and research on the third world. He resides in Laguna Beach, California, and spends his summers in Wyoming, and has published two books on photography, Nature’s Laguna Wilderness (2003) and Wind River Wilderness (2006). He is a founder and director of Laguna Wilderness Press, a non-profit whose mission is to depict beautiful photography of pristine wilderness areas and to raise public awareness of the need to conserve them.

Jerry Burchfield

Laguna Wilderness Press is saddened to share that we have lost one of our founders, Jerry Burchfield. He passed away on September 11th, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Jerry Burchfield was an artist, curator, author and educator living in Southern California. From 1973 to 1987, Burchfield was the co-owner with Mark Chamberlain of BC Space Gallery, a pioneering alternative gallery space dedicated to showing non-conformist contemporary photography. From 1987 until recently, he was a Professor of Photography and Photography Gallery Director at Cypress College, Cypress, California.

Known as an environmentally conscious artist-activist, Burchfield’s work has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Jerry was a great man, a fantastic photographer, and a brilliant artist. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Paul Paiement

Paul Paiement was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1966.

After high school, he attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on Drawing and Painting in 1992. He then moved to the Los Angeles area to attend graduate school.

In California, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from USC in 1995.

He is currently a full-time tenured professor in the Art Department at Cypress College, in Orange County, California. He lives in Long Beach with his two children Shoshana and Irit.

Robert L. Allen

Robert L. “Bob” “Bug Bob” Allen is an entomologist, botanist, instructor and photographer. Raised in San Juan Capistrano, he studied insects from a very early age. He and Fred Roberts attended Marco Forster Junior High School in San Juan Capistrano but never met until they entered Dana Hills High School where borth learned native plants in natural history class. He attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, then California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In 1982, Cal Poly awarded him a bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Systematic Biology. In 2006, he received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF, he taught entomology and biological illustration. He teaches nature photography, entomology, botany and pollination classes in classroom and in the field. Bob is a Research Associate at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and a Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is now working on a book about California’s pollinating insects.

Fred M. Roberts

Fred M. Roberts, Jr. is a consulting botanist, artist, and author. He grew up in Dana Point, where thousands of acres of underdeveloped grasslands and hiking opportunities contributed to a strong interest in natural history. While attending Dana Hills High School he became interested in reptiles, amphibians, birds, and plants. At Saddleback College, botany became his primary interest and he put together his first checklist of Orange County plants, which he later published and is now in its third edition. In 1982, he received his Bachelor of Science in Geography with an emphasis on Botany from the University of California, San Barbara. From 1982 to 1991 he worked as an assistant curator in the Museum of Systematic Biology, University of California, Irvine. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as a botanist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before starting his own botanical consulting business. Fred is a Research Associate at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. He is currently working on several projects includingA Flora of Orange County, California.

Allan Schoenherr

Dr. Schoenherr is an emeritus Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College in southern California.  He also has taught a variety of ecology classes at the University of California, Irvine, and California State University at Fullerton.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Southern California, and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His academic interests are in ecology, biogeography, and endangered species.  Among his scientific writings are articles on the ecology of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, the Colorado Desert, Desert Conifers, and the California Islands.  He also has written articles on amphibians, reptiles, and freshwater fishes.  He is an authority on the desert pupfish.  A recognized authority on California, he is the author of two major books on the state.  A Natural History of California (University of California Press, 1992) is a 772-page compendium on the plants, animals, and geology of California. He is also the author of Natural History of the Islands of California (University of California Press, 1999), is a 491 page discussion of all the islands of California including those in San Francisco Bay.  An accomplished nature photographer, he has provided the photographs to illustrate his books and he has received two awards for his images of California Gray Whales.

Susan Marsh

Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over thirty years. Her work has appeared in Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, among others, and numerous anthologies. Her most recent books include War Creek and A Hunger for High Country. She is currently working on Too Special to Drill, the story of a group of citizens  in Wyoming’s Hoback Basin and their successful effort to prevent a gas field development in the backcountry near their homes.

Erik Molvar

Erik Molvar is the Director of the Sagebrush Sea Campaign initiated by WildEarth Guardians, a non-profit organization. He received a M. Sc. in Wildlife Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he authored a number of scientific studies on the evolutionary biology, population dynamics, and ecology of Alaskan moose. He went on to become a professional writer and photographer, authoring 16 guidebooks to national parks and wilderness areas across the West. Molvar spent 13 years as a Wildlife Biologist and later Executive Director for the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in Wyoming, where he specialized in sage grouse conservation and oil and gas issues. He served four years on the Laramie City Council, where he initiated a curbside recycling program, established a historic district protection area, and moved a national resolution on hydraulic fracking through the National League of Cities. Erik lives in Laramie, Wyoming with his three children. He is an avid fan of the outdoors, and enjoys hiking, flyfishing, skiing, and renovating historic homes.