Associated researchers

Science Advisor, Sula Vanderplank

Sula VanderplankSula earned a Bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Reading (UK) and a Master of Science degree in Botany from Claremont Graduate University at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), in California, United States.

She joins Terra to study the unique plants that grow on shell middens left behind by indigenous people of the region. Her current research is focused around the phytogeography of Baja California, with an emphasis on plant distributions along the Pacific coast of the state of Baja California and the adjacent islands, where the California Floristic Province meets the Vizcaino desert to the south.

Sula feels fortunate of being part of a project that intends to assemble an inventory of all the rare and endemic plants of the California Floristic Province portion of Baja California in collaboration with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its acronym in Spanish), Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, San Diego County Planning, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

Associated Researcher, Keith Lombardo


Keith studied in the University of Connecticut and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Natural Resources, later he obtained a Master’s Degree in Geography in the University of Arizona and a PhD in Geography at the same university.

During his professional career, Keith has worked as Chief of Resource Management and Science at the Cabrillo National Monument from the National Park Service; additionally, he worked as Research Assistant, first at the School of Natural Resources and Department of Geography from the University of Arizona, and later at the Tree-Ring Research Laboratory from the same university.

He also worked as a biologist at The Nature Conservancy in Tucson, Arizona. Lombardo has received different awards and honors during his professional career; he also has selected publications in different areas like Biology and Environmental Conservation. Since 2014, Keith works as Chief of Resource Management and Science in the Cabrillo National Monument, in San Diego, California, USA.