BIOLOGISTS - Chad Young, Senior Ecological Resources Specialist

Chad Young is a Riverside native who attended Riverside Community College before continuing his education at the University of California, Irvine. While at UCI, he tutored students in Organic Chemistry, conducted research on the evolution of plant defense mechanisms, and was a member of two on-campus choral groups. Chad graduated from UCI in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and began working for Riverside County as an Ecological Resource Specialist shortly thereafter. While with the County, he has continued to expand his knowledge and skills sets by obtaining State and Federal permits for small mammal trapping, including Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat. A regular participant in EPD’s annual Endangered Species Day event, Chad (AKA Professor Muzzlebutt) can be spotted wearing a monocle and pith helmet, while guiding local school kids through Riverside’s Sycamore Canyon Reserve.     

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