Andrew Esterson is a Restoration Ecologist in IAE’s Habitat Restoration program. His duties include project management of restoration initiatives in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and foothills and to restore populations of state and federally listed species, including Bradshaw’s lomatium, Kincaid’s lupine, Fender’s blue butterfly, Willamette daisy and shaggy horkelia.
Originally from Virginia, and formerly a resident of Colorado, Costa Rica (only for 3 months, but it was fantastic) and southern California, Andrew has experience working in many diverse ecosystems. As an undergraduate at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Andrew studied population dynamics of Atriplex hymenelytra (desert holly) in the Mojave Desert, and co-founded and managed Pomona organics, a 5-acre organic farm owned by the university. While attending graduate school at Oregon State University, Andrew examined the role of plant-soil feedback in the invasive grass Brachypodium sylvaticum (false brome) and was the chair of bolstering undergraduate development and success program.
When out of the office, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. Typically they can be found hiking in the coastal range, enjoying the windy coastline, at a music festival or at their home cooking a delicious meal.