After nearly a decade, Mia Ingolia, the Curator and GIS Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, has accepted a new position as a biologist/botanist at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The SFPUC manages 63,000 acres of watershed lands and 210-miles of rights-of-way in three Bay Area counties. These diverse landscapes are home to many federally- and state-listed rare plants and animals.
In her new job in the SFPUC Natural Resources Land Division, Mia is reviewing and revising Habitat Conservation Plans, as well overseeing mitigation and monitoring efforts in riparian, oak woodlands, grasslands, chaparral vegetation across Bay Area watersheds. Mia will also have a special role developing a 3-acre garden—a native plant garden featuring bioregional plants of the watershed— at a SFPUC East Bay Watershed Interpretation Center, now under construction: she is currently preparing planting plans, reviewing plant selections, establishing schedules for seed collection, and reviewing garden designs. In addition, Mia is serving as the technical lead for the design and build of a new native plant nursery.
Although we were all sad to see Mia leave “for greener pastures”, it is wonderful to hear about her new work, ranging from large restoration projects—300,000 new plants at San Antonio Creek!— to small pockets of habitat enhancement—planting native willows around a small pond, and new plantings of lupine to support the Mission Blue Butterfly populations. Meanwhile, we are deeply grateful to our amazing curatorial volunteer yeams that Mia recruited and trained, who will be carrying on the curatorial work of the garden until the new curator is hired.
We will miss you, Mia!
About once a month our campus safety services unit recognizes an employee who makes a contribution to improve the culture of safety at UC Davis. Last month that award was bestowed upon our own GATEways Horticulturist Stacey Parker!
Here’s an excerpt from Stacey’s nomination package.
“Stacey is the safety coordinator for the [UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden]. This is a thankless job that requires coordination, dedication, and extreme patience in the pursuit of safety training compliance. Others would cringe at having to rally a group of employees to read safety brochures and participate in staff trainings; Stacey jumps in headfirst and leads our group with a combination of perseverance and enthusiasm. She manages to make the process seem interesting and ultimately valuable. With Stacey at the helm, I look forward to our monthly trainings.”
We are so proud of all the work Stacey does! When you see her, please congratulate and thank her for keeping our our volunteers and our staff safe!
Kathleen Socolofsky, director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, was honored October 5 with an “Award of Distinction” from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES).
“The Award of Distinction recipients are highly accomplished, as well as influential in their daily lives, and we are honored by their strong connection to and support of our college,“ said Mary Delany, interim CA&ES dean.
The award is presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the college’s ability to provide cutting-edge research, top-notch education, and innovative outreach. Kathleen was recognized as a Friend of the College for her role in transforming the campus landscape with innovative programs and broad-based support. Seven other people–faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college–also received the award.
Kathleen has led the Arboretum, in partnership with a number of CA&ES programs, in the transformation of the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove into a destination for visitors and the development of Nature’s Gallery Court GATEway (Gardens, Arts, and the Environment) Garden, and is in the process of creating an Animal Science GATEway Garden designed to connect campus and Arboretum visitors with the Department of Animal Science, its research and facilities.