Dr. Niamh Quinn
Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor
Niamh Quinn is University of California Cooperative Extension Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor, based at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine.
She facilitates interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. Her focus is directed on the coordination of Cooperative Extension programming regarding human-wildlife conflicts, particularly within the residential and industrial areas within Southern California where significant human-wildlife conflicts are occurring, with concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Human-wildlife conflicts include increasingly critical issues such as negative impacts of wild or feral mammals and birds in agricultural production, food safety, public health and safety, forestry, and natural resource conservation.
Niamh's previous research efforts have focused on human-wildlife conflicts in California nut crops and lowland rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia. She earned a BS in zoology and PhD in small mammal ecology, both from National University of Ireland, Galway.
Staff Research Associate II
Danielle Martinez is a staff research associate working under Dr. Quinn at South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine, California. She is currently attending California State University, Fullerton where she is obtaining her master’s in Biological Science with a research interest in urban ecology, human-wildlife interactions, and vertebrate pest management. Her study focuses on the diet of urban coyotes in southern California as well as investigating the role free-roaming cats, associated with Trap-Neuter-Release, play in attracting coyotes.
She obtained her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Ariana Mc Kenzie
Ariana McKenzie is currently a student assistant working under Dr. Quinn at South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine, California. She is currently working on her master’s in Biological Science with a research interest in urban ecology and wildlife health at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on the demographic and environmental variables associated with anticoagulant rodent exposure in urban coyotes, and whether there is also a potential for sub-lethal effects.
She obtained her B.S. in Biology with a focus in evolution and ecology at California State University, Fullerton.
Chris Burke is a former student assistant working under Dr. Quinn at South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine, California. He is currently completing his Masters in Biological Science at California State University, Fullerton with interests in community ecology, urban pest management, and small mammal biology. His research highlights the use of rodenticide bait stations by non-target mammal species, as well as the potential small and large scale drivers that impact rodenticide exposure into urban mammals.
He obtained his B.A. in Zoology with a focus on Mammalogy at the University of New Hampshire.