Session 14. Sustainable Landscaping, Vertebrate Pest and Vector Control


Neal Biggart

Neal Biggart is a member of the MG Class of 2014. She received her PhD from SD State and UC Berkeley, in Genetics. Neal then worked as a Post Doc at the University of Texas in the Department of Virology and Tumor Biology. She has numerous publications in genetic toxicology. Neal also taught IB/AP Biology at Bonita High School. Neal now focuses on being an organic farmer who promotes a plant-based diet and composting.

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Niamh Quinn

Niamh Quinn is the the new University of California Cooperative Extension Area Vertebrate Pest Advisor,  based at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine.

She facilitates interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders.  Her focus is  directed on the coordination of Cooperative Extension programming regarding human-wildlife conflicts, particularly within the residential and industrial areas within Southern California where significant human-wildlife conflicts are occurring, with concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Human-wildlife conflicts include increasingly critical issues such as negative impacts of wild or feral mammals and birds in agricultural production, food safety, public health and safety, forestry, and natural resource conservation.

Niamh’s  previous research efforts have focused on human-wildlife conflicts in California nut crops and lowland rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia.  She earned a BS in zoology and PhD in small mammal ecology, both from National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Julie Tsecouras

Julie Tsecouras is an Environmental Health Specialist with the County of San Diego Vector Control Program.

She earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in Biomedical Sciences and Entomology, and a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in environmental health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Julie was born and raised in Dallas, TX and has conducted studies on West Nile virus. She is also an avid dog lover and enjoys being outdoors.