About the OWCN Bloggers

Mike Ziccardi, DVM, MPVM, PhD
OWCN Director

Mike received his veterinary degree, as well as his masters and doctorate in epidemiology, from UC Davis. Since 1996, Mike has acted as an oil spill response veterinarian and coordinator during more than 50 spills nationally and internationally. He has been a contract veterinarian for the California Department of Fish and Game as well as program coordinator, senior wildlife veterinarian, Assistant Director and now Director for California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network. Mike also serves as an Co-Director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis. During spills, Mike often works as the Deputy Wildlife Branch Director at the Command Post, as a Group Supervisor where the need is greatest, or clinical veterinarian at the rehabilitation facility.

Curt Clumpner
Deputy Director: Animal Care Operations

Curt came to OWCN after more than 20 years with International Bird Rescue, most recently as that organization’s Preparedness Director. His involvement in oiled wildlife response started as a volunteer in 1984 when a spill occurred near the wildlife rehabilitation center he founded outside Seattle, Washington. Since then, he has responded to spills around the world such as the Exxon Valdez, the American Trader, the Apollo Sea in South Africa, the Erika, the Pallas and the Prestige in Europe, the Nahodka in Japan, the Jessica in the Galapagos and the Rena in New Zealand. For these spills and others, Curt worked in a variety of roles within the wildlife response. He has collaborated globally on rehabilitation and response trainings with colleagues in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the US. During spills his focus will be making sure OWCN’s animal care team is a well-oiled machine.

Kyra Parker, MSc
Deputy Director: Field Operations

Kyra earned her Masters degree from UC Irvine, where she studied the foraging ecology of seabirds in the inshore waters of the Galapagos Islands. As a staff biologist for PRBO Conservation Science’s Marine Division, Kyra edited the California Current Marine Bird Conservation Plan, served as lead seabird biologist on the Farallon Islands, and was a member of PRBO’s cadre of trained Wildlife Processing Unit personnel for oil spill response. She worked for the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research from 2008-2010, and before joining the OWCN in 2010 she was a member of the biology faculty at the University of New Mexico. During spill response, Kyra ensures that field response, including hazing and recovery, is a well-oiled machine.

Nancy Anderson, DVM, PhD
Field Veterinarian

Nancy received her bachelors of science and engineering, veterinary degree, and doctorate from Ohio State University. After completing her veterinary degree, she worked as a private practitioner and then joined the faculty at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. For her doctoral research in ecophysiology, she studied energetics and thermoregulation in brown treesnakes. She came to California in 2000, where she served as the Director of Wildlife Services for Lindsay Wildlife Museum and then became a staff veterinarian at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in 2010. Nancy joined the OWCN team in 2011, and during spill response she coordinates the Field Stabilization Group.

Scott Buhl
Field Operations Specialist

Scott received his bachelors degree in Marine Biology from UCLA in 2006, and has spent the last 9 years working for nonprofit organizations in support of environmental conservation.  During his 3 years at Heal the Bay, Scott focused his efforts on water quality and conservation, and specifically led the volunteer and public programs at Heal the Bay’s educational outreach facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.  More recently, Scott spent nearly 6 years at The Marine Mammal Center, filling various roles during that time (including Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Volunteer Resources Manager) in support of marine mammal rehabilitation and conservation.  Scott joined the OWCN team in 2015 as a Wildlife Response Specialist and during oil spill response he supports field operations.

3 thoughts on “About the OWCN Bloggers

  1. I’m glad to have found this blog. I live in New Orleans and could likely be of use to you all. Please see my profile to see my credentials. Briefly, I have been through oiled wildlife response training have extensive animal care experience (wild and domestic) and am well networked. 504-952-7052.

  2. I am a second and third grade teacher and we would LOVE to help! What is the best way we can extend a helping hand without physically volunteering? Please let me know!:)

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