Kern Chapter Executive Committee (ExCom)
Below is our executive committee. We have a number of positions open and we’re always looking for another helping hand.
Our group is very informal. If you’d like to help just contact one of those below and we’d be glad to have your input.
Richard Spjut has spent most of career (> 20 years) collecting plant samples in the search of new anticancer and anti-HIV drugs based on biodiversity and ethnobotany. His field work has been concentrated in areas of East Africa, southwestern U.S., Western Australia, and Baja California, while also collecting in most states in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. His broad undergraduate and graduate training in taxonomy of many groups has been maintained and advanced by his publications on lichens (1995, 1996, 1919, 2020, 2021, 2022), bryophytes (1986, 1988, 1992), conifers (Taxus, 2007), flowering plants (1985, 2005 Trees and Shrubs of Kern County in prep.). These have resulted in describing 63 new species and two new genera, and a comprehensive systematic treatment of the technical terms for defining the different kinds of fruits starting with the first textbook of botany, Linnaeus’ Philosophia botanica in 1751.
Paul Gipe was part of the group that reconstituted the Kern Chapter in early 2013. Since then he's acted as the informal coordinator of the chapter. He developed an amateur interest in botany in the late 1990s when he asked "What's that?" of a plant growing on his property in the Tehachapi Mountains. He's still trying to figure that out more than two decades later.
Monica is an avid gardener and likes to spread the word or how to best garden with native plants. She also manages the chapter's plant sales. If you want to know how to replace your lawn, grow native plants, or what nurseries carry the plants you like, she's the person to ask.