About TCDC

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

—Albert Einstein

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TubB Canyon Desert Conservancy


Advisory Board

Carl E. Bell, Weed Scientist
Carl provides invasive plant management planning, training and pest control recommendations (Licensed California Department of Pesticide Regulation; Pest Control Advisor #075713) to public and private organizations that own or manage natural habitat areas throughout Southern California (www.socalinvasives.com). Carl has 35 years of applied research and extension education experience on weed management in natural areas and crops with the University of California Cooperative Extension program. He is Past President, Honorary Member and recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Weed Science Society. In his spare time, which is considerably greater in retirement, Carl does Kung Fu, Traditional longbow archery, camping, snow boarding and travel, especially to Greece.

Walter Boyce, DVM PhD
Walter is a professor and wildlife veterinarian at the University of California, Davis. He has published over 130 scientific articles of which more than 30 focus on the fauna and flora of the Anza Borrego desert. He is an expert and has active research projects studying the conservation and biology of bighorn sheep and mountain lions, but his interests span the natural world and the interactions between wild animals, domestic animals, and humans. Davis is where he lives and works, but Borrego is his real home. In his spare time Walter likes to chase storms, be in the middle of natural disasters (earthquakes, flash floods, etc), and to hike, camp, and explore the less-travelled deserts, mountains, and rivers of the West.

Jeffrey B. George
As a professional web designer for Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California, Jeffrey has combined a profession of design and photography. He is vigilant with his intuition and this draws viewers to his compelling images. Jeffrey has paired with Lori Paul for a number of conservation projects for close to two decades, including the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy's online web presence. In his spare time, Jeffrey has traveled to some of the furthest reaches of the country from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the coastline of Maine to capture the intrinsic beauty of nature. Jeffrey draws further inspiration from his companionship and travel with kindred spirit Jenny.

Susan Gilliland
Susan is a retired financial manager. She earned her undergraduate degree in Recreation Planning from Oregon State University and her Masters of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She has served on the Boise Park Board and the Boards of the Idaho Conservation League and the Sonoma Land Trust. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for The Colorado Desert Archaeology Society and on the Borrego Springs Sahara Mustard Task Force. She has studied traditional cultures for many years and traveled on all 7 continents. She loves the Colorado Desert and is an obsessive Mustard Buster.