Please submit all general station related inquiries to  SRI@csuci.edu

Staff

  • Russ Bradley Staff Photo

    Russ Bradley

    Director, Santa Rosa Island Research Station

    Director of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station has grown up loving islands, the ocean, education, and conservation.  Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, islands and the ocean were a way of life. His passion for marine science and conservation were solidified after having a transformational undergraduate semester at what would be his first experience at a remote research station off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. After graduating with his BS in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University outside Vancouver and doing some tropical and not so tropical Pacific field work, Russ returned to Simon Fraser to complete his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology. Upon completion, he began what would become a 17-year long tenure with the Farallon Islands program of Point Blue Conservation Science as a biologist and Program Leader. During this time, he went on to publish over 50 peer reviewed scientific research articles ranging from seabird ecology and habitat restoration to climate change and resource management. He’s worked with species from plants to insects and intertidal invertebrates along with salamanders, fish, birds, seals and sea lions, whales, and white sharks. This all prepared him to “juggle all the balls” of being the SRIRS Director. He has held this position since August 2018, leading up program administration, research, education, and liaising between many partner agencies like the National Park Service. This “dream job” helps bring the same transformative remote research station experiences Russ had in his undergrad to CI’s diverse students. He is excited to be a part of the CI community and to lead the SRIRS as it stabilizes and expands into the future. 

    CSU Channel Islands
    1721 Madera Hall
    Phone: 805 437-8542
    Email: russell.bradley@csuci.edu

  • Robyn Shea Staff Photo

    Robyn Shea

    Assistant Director, Santa Rosa Island Research Station

    Assistant Director of the SRIRS, obtained her BA in Physical Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara and has been with CI and the Research Station since January of 2016.  Prior to that, Robyn spent 10 seasons as a biological technician on the Island Fox Recovery Project and obtained her Qualified Applicators License conducting extensive non-native species detection, control and eradication. Robyn was integral early on in helping establish Biosecurity protocols for the islands. Prior to making the Channel Islands her second home, Robyn fostered a well-rounded skillset primarily focusing on administration, organization, team building and efficiency. As a child she was frequently found climbing trees, picking flowers, examining insects or competing with her brothers. She was raised to appreciate the outdoors and strives to share those values and her experiences helping to foster future generations of environmental stewards. The Research Station enables her to apply an array of skills she’s honed over the years and to continue building on established relationships within the Island Community. “I am really excited to be a part of the CI Community and look forward to positively contributing to the experiences of our Research Station visitors for years to come. Santa Rosa Island – what better office could I ask for?”

    CSU Channel Islands
    1721 Madera Hall
    Phone: 805 437-1653
    Email: robyn.shea@csuci.edu

  • Aspen Coty Staff Photo

    Aspen Coty

    Coordinator, Santa Rosa Island Research Station

    Coordinator for the SRIRS had never heard of the Channel Islands until she was in High School researching colleges. Aspen is a first-generation college student that grew up in the High Desert, California where she loved dirt, rocks, and wherever she could find some water to swim in. While working towards her BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management, here at CI, she fell in love with the Channel Islands and participated in an extensive 3-week long field methods course hosted at the SRIRS which strengthened her passion for nature and conservation. Aspen gained more than academic skills during her student years at CI, she worked in almost every division on campus; as an EOP Peer Mentor and RA for Anacapa Village in Student Affairs, student assistant for Facilities Services Sustainability in Business Affairs, and a student assistant for Academic Affairs. This created a deep bond and commitment to the CI community even before she started as the coordinator for the SRIRS in August 2017. This position helped her realize her passion for not only nature and conservation but educating other first-generation college students like herself. The SRIRS is the perfect place to educate students of all backgrounds about nature and their role in its conservation. She exercised that passion for environmental education in her Masters of Geography program at CSUN and graduated this Spring 2021.

    CSU Channel Islands
    1721 Madera Hall
    Phone: 805 437-3785
    Email: aspen.coty@csuci.edu

  • Joe Forrest Staff Photo

    Joe Forrest

    Coordinator, Santa Rosa Island Research Station

    Coordinator for the SRIRS graduated with  his B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management  (ESRM) at CI in December 2019, one of the first in his family to  graduate from a four-year university. He became staff at the  SRIRS upon graduation, his special projects include database  management, coordination of our NOAA Marine Debris Grant, SRIRS facility maintenance, and any heavy lifting needed around the island. This 6’2” small-town Texan was drawn to this environmental career path because of his love of the natural world and protecting its resources. Joe grew up in Big Sandy, Texas doing construction work (plumbing and electrical) and then spent four years in the Marines as an M1A1 Tank Crewman before moving to California to pursue his degree. His background has uniquely prepared him for the diversity of tasks associated with running and maintaining a research station, from being a Marine veteran to working as a plumber and even recently as a student working for the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, technician on ESRM’s CFROG Grant, and crewmember of the Keiki Kohola Project caring for whale calves in Hawaii. As the newest member of the small SRIRS staff, and with this background in construction, military experience, and field research, Joe brings a fresh, skilled perspective to the team. The task of running a research station can change rapidly, from fixing a water heater one day then creating a research database repository the next, but Joe is always up for any task with a smile!

    CSU Channel Islands
    1721 Madera Hall
    Phone: 805 437-3785
    Email: joseph.forrest@csuci.edu

If inquiring for press/news purposes, research availability or permits, or any general island related concerns please refer to the National Park Service who own the island and control all related activities.

*Please see Channel Islands National Park for details about the park and other islands.*

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