Scientists at Work: Greg Suba
Stream Biologist

David Rosen/Wildside Photography

Greg went to college at Duke University where he got a B.S. degree in Biology.  He earned his M.S. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. After college Greg built a career as a biologist, working for over 22 years as a research scientist and field biologist in marine, lake, forest, and stream ecosystems.

Greg dedicated the first half of his career to raising the ecological literacy of communities through education and stewardship. He taught high school science for 5 years in Sacramento County, during which time he helped to create and pilot the Splash secondary curriculum, Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Streams & Water Quality.

From 2000-2010 Greg coordinated watershed projects with schools and community groups throughout Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties. He spent many days sloshing through creeks and rivers, collecting benthic macroinvertebrates as a way to measure the quality of the water and habitat where they live.

Greg worked as a Splash Guide for several years leading spring field trips for classes of 4th and 5th-graders to the vernal pools at Mather Field. In 2009 he was recruited by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to become their Conservation Program Director. At CNPS he advocates for science-based land management practices to conserve native plant species and their habitats on public and private lands in California.

Greg’s favorite vernal pool critter is the Western Meadowlark and he defies anyone to stand alone in the vernal pool prairie listening to their song and not fall in love. His favorite vernal pool flower is Fremont’s Tidy-tips. Greg enjoys sharing music with others and proving to his wife and two daughters that being a nerd is cool.