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Michael Kauffmann
Michael and Sylas

I grew up in the eastern deciduous forests of Virginia, where I would stare out the window in the winter, hooting for barred owls and wonder…why are some of those trees still green? I nurtured my evergreen conifer fascination in the Appalachian Mountains during college and, upon graduation, found a job teaching outdoor education in California.

Sans family, alone in the West, I began to hang out with giant sequoias and foxtail pines on weekends. The high country conifers of southern California entertained me for many years until the temperate rainforest eventually called me north to Humboldt County. I now live in Kneeland, California with my crafty wife, Allison, and two boys, Sylas and Asa.

I works as a devoted educator with the Fortuna Elementary School District, a curriculum specialist with Save the Redwoods League, the founder and president of the Bigfoot Trail Alliance, owner of Backcountry Press, and research ecologist with the California Native Plant Society.

Above all, I am driven to connect people with the natural world through questioning, observing, adventuring, and documenting.

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EDUCATION

MA Biology • Humboldt State University – December, 2012

Teaching Credential, Single Subject Credential in Biology and General Science with supplementary authorization in Chemistry and Introductory Math • Humboldt State University 2004

Teaching Credential, Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential • Humboldt State University 2004

BA Biology with Chemistry Minor • Virginia Tech, May, 1996

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Science and Math Specialist, Grant Administrator, K-8 Teacher/Instructional Coach • Fortuna Elementary School District. Fortuna, CA (Sept. 2009-present)

Author, Editor, Graphic Designer at Backcountry Press. Kneeland, CA (2009- present)

Board President of the Bigfoot Trail Alliance. Kneeland, CA (2015- present)

Ecologist, including research on:

Curriculum Developer at Save the Redwoods League (2018-Present)

Editor at Fremontia and member of the Publications Committee for the California Native Plant Society. Sacramento, CA (2016-2018)

7th Grade Math and Science , 5th Grade Teacher – Fortuna Elementary School District (2004-2009)

Environmental Educator with Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School and SCICON in Tulare County (1997-2003)

Publications

Michael Kauffmann
ISBN 978-1-941624-02-9
Michael Kauffmann
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Michael Kauffmann
ISBN 978-1-941624-02-9

Select Publications:

  • Kauffmann, M., J. Ratchford, J. Evens, K. Lindke, J. Barnes. 2017. Angeles National Forest: Bigcone Douglas-fir Mapping and Monitoring Report. Unpublished report. California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program, Sacramento, CA.
  • Kauffmann, Michael E., T. Parker, M.l Vasey, J. Bisbee. 2015. Field Guide to Manzanitas. Backcountry Press. Kneeland, California.
  • Kauffmann, M.E., S. Taylor, K. Sikes, and J. Evens. 2014 (updated 2018). Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, Lassen and Modoc National Forest: Whitebark Pine Pilot Fieldwork Reports. Unpublished reports. California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program, Sacramento, CA.
  • Taylor, S., K. Sikes, M. Kauffmann and J. Evens. 2014 (updated 2018). Eldorado, Sequoia, and Stanislaus National Forest: Whitebark Pine Pilot Fieldwork Reports. Unpublished reports. California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program, Sacramento, CA.
  • Kauffmann, M. 2014. Whitebark Pine Forest Health in California: a guide to common pathogens. Unpublished report. California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program, Sacramento, CA.
  • Kauffmann, Michael. 2013. Conifers of the Pacific Slope. Backcountry Press. Kneeland, California.
  • Kauffmann, Michael. 2012. Conifer Country. Backcountry Press. Kneeland, California.
  • Adams, R. P. R. Lanner, M. Kauffmann and D. Thornburg. 2011.  “Taxonomy of infraspecific taxa of Abies concolor: Leaf essential oils of Abies concolor, var. concolor and var. lowiana”  Phytologia 93(2): 208-220. (PDF)
  • Adams, R. P., R. Lanner, M. Kauffmann and D. Thornburg. 2011. ” Taxonomy of infraspecific taxa of Abies concolor based on DNA sequences from nrDNA and four chloroplast regions.” Phytologia 93(2): 221-230. (PDF)
  • Adams, R. P. and M. E. Kaufmann. 2010.” Geographic variation in the leaf essential oils of Juniperus grandis and comparison with J. occidentalis and J. osteosperma.” Phytologia 92(2):167-185. (PDF)
  • Adams, R. P. and M. E. Kauffmann. 2010. “Geographic variation in nrDNA and cp DNA of Juniperus californica, J. grandis, J. occidentalis and J. osteosperma (Cupressaceae).” Phytologia 92(2):266-276. (PDF)

Speaker

  • Book Talks
    • Conifer Country: A natural history and hiking guide to 35 conifer taxa in the Klamath Mtns.
    • Conifers of the Pacific Slope: A field guide to the conifers of California, Oregon, and Washington
    • Field Guide to Manzanitas: A story of the California Floristic Province
  • Klamath Mountain Biodiversity (conifer emphasis)
    • The Miracle Mile
  •  Conifers
    • Conifers of the Klamath Mountains
    • Biogeography (emphasis on Pinus)
    • Evolution
    • Conifers of the San Gabriel Mountains
    • Whitebark Pine
    • Bigcone Douglas-fir
  • Forest Pathogens of the Klamath Region
  • Citizen Science: an exploration of our relationship to natural history
    • K-12 Classroom Applications
    • Citizen Science
  • Wilderness Areas of the Klamath Mountains
  • The Bigfoot Trail: A Botanical Wonderland

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