The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) recently welcomed Joseph Rivera, their new associate conservation manager. Rivera will assist Trish Boaz, SDRVC executive director, and SDRVC Conservation Manager, Emily Kochert, with planning, coordinating, and implementing the SDRVC Citizen Science and Next to Nature (N2N) Programs as well as recruiting, training, and supervising SDRVC volunteers/docents.
As an intern at SDRVC from October 2019 to June 2020, Rivera conducted a research project measuring soil properties at the San Dieguito Lagoon, searching for factors limiting the growth of native marsh species, as well as invasive-species extraction efforts. He also assisted with restoring habitat and removing invasive plants. He has maintained wildlife cameras at multiple project sites.
Rivera volunteered at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the Isabel Rivera-Collazo’s Geosciences Research Lab and ACE Americorp doing habitat-restoration projects in Southern California.
Rivera has an AA in Earth Science and Natural Science from Los Angeles Valley College and a BS from UC San Diego in Environmental Systems: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution.
Said Rivera, “My father has been my inspiration. I grew up watching countless environmental programs on the Discovery and History channels every day when he came home from work. My father also has a green thumb, growing vegetables and fruit. I always loved helping him with his planting and composting. It was our bonding time watching those programs and tending to the plants that made me so interested in the natural world and taught me the value and importance of it, which ultimately set me on the path of environmental conservation.”