Staff Profile

Jeanne Wirka


Ecologist

Jeanne Wirka is an ecologist, field instructor and nature writer with over 25 years of experience in conservation science, ecological restoration and environmental education. She is currently heading up CLBL's new Farm and Climate Program to develop model sites and a training program to assist growers in determining how best to sequester more atmospheric carbon on farms and ranches. As the project ecologist for Audubon-California's Landowner Stewardship program from 1998-2005, she partnered with CLBL youth programs on habitat restoration projects on farms and ranches in Yolo County.

As the resident biologist at Sonoma County's Bouverie Preserve from 2005-2018, she taught field courses in plant ecology, wildflower identification, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fungi, fire ecology and ecological principles. As an ecological consultant in 2018 to 2021, she coordinated a multi-agency partnership to increase the pace and scale of prescribed burning and fuel reduction in Sonoma County. She has a master's degree in Ecology from U.C. Davis and a B.A. from Harvard University.