Sandra Albers, Conservation Biologist with the RCD since May of 2008, grew up in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a B.S. degree in Zoology. After college, Sandra spent several years working as a primary school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2004, she obtained a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Queensland, Australia. Returning from abroad, she worked as a wildlife biology intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and later became the lead biologist for a consulting firm in Orange County.
Since joining the RCDSMM, Sandra has written comment letters in reponse to local developments and assisted with grant applications. She has also conducted fieldwork for RCDSMM sensitive wildlife population studies including steelhead trout, tidewater gobys and southwestern pond turtles.
Recently, Sandra has developed curriculums for local elementary and high schools participating in Go Wild!, a project funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board via Proposition 50. The curriculum complements the Nativescaping Teaching garden at each school and covers topics such as water conservation, integrated pest management, Native American uses of plants, and garden care.