Dr. Stephen Rothstein
President of the Board Dr. Stephen Rothstein’s major research interests are in behavior, ecology, evolution, and ornithology. He regards evolution as most important and considers behavioral problems mainly in the context of ecology and evolution. Specific areas of concern are animal sociality, reproductive biology, species interactions such as competition, the evolution of adaptations, and systematics. His present research is limited to birds and he is currently working on the coevolutionary interactions between parasitic birds and their hosts, egg recognition behavior in birds, social behavior and the determinants of dominance, the breeding biology of icterids, and the significance and origin of variation in cowbird vocalizations. He is also involved in conservation programs dealing with endangered species that are threatened by cowbird parasitism. Steve has been on the WFVZ’s Board since 2009.
Dr. Bruce Orr
Dr. Bruce Orr has more than 30 years of experience in population and community ecology of aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland environments in the western United States. He specializes in natural resources inventory and management planning, ecological restoration, wetlands and freshwater ecology, riparian vegetation dynamics, flora and vegetation of the western US, and aquatic entomology. He is experienced in wetland delineation and assessment, threatened and endangered species surveys, plant community classification and mapping, mitigation planning, and environmental impact assessment.
Bruce is frequently invited to speak about restoration ecology, and he has taught courses including wetland delineation, wetland restoration ecology, ecological restoration of riparian habitats, and watershed management. He serves on science advisory committees including the SFEI—Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Science Hub and Coyote Creek Restoration Technical Advisory Committee, and the City of Los Angeles Biodiversity Expert Panel. Bruce joined the WFVZ Board in 2018.
Dr. D. Craig Rudolph
Dr. D. Craig Rudolph was born in Ventura County, and he has recently returned following retirement from the US Forest Service. He received a BS and MS in zoology from UCSB and a PhD from Texas Tech University in 1975. He was employed by the Southern Research Station in Nacogdoches from 1986 until retirement in 2016. He conducted extensive research on the federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and coauthored a book (The Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Surviving in a Fire-maintained Ecosystem), authored or coauthored numerous articles, and was heavily involved in this species’ conservation. Since 1992, Craig has also been involved in research on the federally threatened Louisiana Pinesnake, including an ongoing reintroduction effort in which he plays a continuing role.
Other research interests include restoration and management of prairie communities and pitcher plant bogs, lepidopteran community structure, biology of the Diana Fritillary, and snake community ecology. He recently coauthored a book entitled The Cave Fauna of California, an annotated checklist of the subterranean fauna of the state with sections on the geology, biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, and conservation of the remarkably extensive and diverse cave fauna of California.
Craig joined the WFVZ Board in early 2019.
Dexter Kelly first got attracted to birds at the age of four, watching them come to the window feeder and to the suet pack attached to the elm on the lawn and he was hooked. That was almost seventy years ago, and he’s been at it ever since. He finally made it to California in 1970, and took part in Christmas counts and bird surveys, which culminated in the LA County Breeding Bird Atlas project. Dexter served several terms on the LA Audubon Board, including a three-year stint as president, helping create several programs that allowed LAUSD students to experience their natural habitat, with class excursions and as science interns doing ecological studies and habitat restoration in the Baldwin Hills. “I’m proud of this accomplishment of payback to the LA Community and natural environment. I can assure you all that no matter how dreary, boring, and frustrating your life can become, there are always new worlds to explore, and new birds to find. If there is any better reason for living than chasing birds, I have yet to discover it.” Dexter started on the WFVZ Board in summer 2019.
Dr. Dennis Cabral
Dennis Cabral received his master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, with concentrations in higher education administration, educational linguistics and multicultural studies. He received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii, and completed two intensive-language programs in Chinese and Russian at Yale and Indiana Universities while serving in the U.S. Air Force between 1960 and 1967. His overseas service included tours of duty in Osan, Korea and Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Cabral retired in 2005 after thirty-plus years of public service at various educational and government institutions throughout the country, including the University of Hawaii, The City University of New York, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, the University of Minnesota and Moorpark College. He and his wife Susan, a retired college registrar, reside in Port Hueneme, California, where they enjoy the balmy climate and tranquil lifestyle of their seaside community and look forward to visits with their children and grand-children both there and throughout the state. Nature photography, oil painting, writing, birdwatching and supporting various environmental causes occupy a good portion of Dr. Cabral’s “spare time.”