Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sabrina Drill is the Natural Resources Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and Associate Director of California Naturalist. Her current areas of research and extension include restoration of urban streams, terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, fire ecology and recovery, using urban nature to increase resilience to extreme weather, and public participation in science. She recently served as Director of the UC California Naturalist Program where she is especially interested in ways to engage underserved communities in conservation and management. She is a founding member of the National Extension Climate Initiative. Since 2009, Dr. Drill has led the Sustainable and Fire Safe Landscapes program, which focuses on improving fire resistance for homes in the wildland urban interface through appropriate landscaping, as well as reducing the use of invasive plants in fire-resistant landscapes. She has also been involved in efforts to monitor and manage the spread of invasive plants after fire, and to monitor the impacts of fire on streams, and develop best practices to recover urban streams and watersheds after fire. Dr. Drill has conducted research in Southern California, the Colorado River, the Hudson River, and the East African Great Lakes. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and a M.S. in Biology from UCLA, a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech, and an A.A. in Natural Science from Simon’s Rock of Bard College.