Conservation Staff

Curtis has worked for CalTrout since 2000. His passion for all things water led him to pursue a masters degree in Fisheries from Utah State University. His first job out of graduate school was with The Nature Conservancy living and working at the McCloud River Preserve where in between hatches he successfully finished his thesis. When he is not canvassing California for CalTrout, he lives in Mt. Shasta with his wife Amy and their two daughters Greta and Isabel.

July 12, 2019

Curtis Knight

July 12, 2019
Curtis has worked for CalTrout since 2000. His passion for all things water led him to pursue a masters degree in Fisheries from Utah State University.
July 12, 2019

Jacob Katz, Ph.D.

July 12, 2019
Jacob was born with gills.  Fascinated with what happened below the water line he grew up chasing fish in every creek, puddle, river and pond he
July 15, 2019

Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D.

July 15, 2019
Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D. is the Director for the South Coast and Sierra regions and oversees CalTrout offices in San Diego, Ventura and Mammoth Lakes. Based in
July 12, 2019

Darren Mierau

July 12, 2019
Darren has a Masters Degree in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University and joined CalTrout in 2011. Before joining the organization, Mierau worked on numerous North
July 15, 2019

Patrick Samuel

July 15, 2019
Patrick has been with CalTrout since 2014 and was one of the lead authors of the 2017 State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water report. Prior
October 12, 2021

Damon Goodman

October 12, 2021
Damon was introduced to the importance of conservation at a young age in the front of his dad’s canoe during wilderness river expeditions. This spark led
September 25, 2019

Walter “Redgie” Collins, Esq.

September 25, 2019
Redgie is CalTrout’s Legal and Policy Director; he joined our organization as a Staff Attorney in 2016. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Redgie
October 15, 2019

Jacob Montgomery

October 15, 2019
Jacob has an MS in Ecology specializing in plankton population dynamics and food web production. He currently manages CalTrout’s Fish Food program using Sacramento Valley rice
July 15, 2019

Mary Burke

July 15, 2019
Mary is the North Coast project manager for projects on the Eel River, Mad River and Prairie Creek. In addition, Mary coordinates the CalTrout-organized Eel River
May 28, 2021

Gabe Rossi

May 28, 2021
Gabe Rossi joins CalTrout as a Coastal Rivers Ecologist. His studies include the ecology of pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus) and their recovery. Gabe’s research focuses on how
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