Meet the Team
Melissa Odell, M.S.
Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist
Emerging Programs and Partnerships
As a Partner Biologist for the Rangeland Watershed Initiative, I help to facilitate a partnership between Point Blue and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Mariposa County. I work side-by-side with NRCS staff to provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners under NRCS Farm Bill habitat incentive programs, focusing on improving wildlife conservation, watershed health, and habitat quality on rangelands, forests and mountain meadows of the Sierra foothills of California.
I grew up in the central Sierra foothills, and then completed a B.S. in Wildlife Management & Conservation from Humboldt State University in 2005, followed by a M.S. in Avian Sciences from University of California, Davis in 2009. My M.S. thesis focused on waterbird response to wetland management in the central San Joaquin Valley.
I have worked in a wide variety of habitats, gaining experience in conservation and management of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, including threatened and endangered species of California. My research interests include avian and amphibian conservation, habitat management, and conservation of open spaces and working lands.
You can often find me recreating in the Sierra Nevada, enjoying local rivers and lakes, horseback riding, hiking trails, birding, and camping. If not there, I am visiting friends and family near or far. I caught the travel bug long ago!
Waterbird response to modified hydrology of Central Valley wetlands. M. Odell; M.S. Thesis. 2009.