Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Drew Gilberti

Staff Research Associate

Drew GilbertiDrew received a BS in biology at University of Reno, Nevada where he first learned the fundamentals of research. After graduation, he traveled throughout the American West, working seasons with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). After Drew's journeys, he received his MS in Biological Science with an emphasis in Ecology at Chico State. After working a season with the US Forest Service, he found himself working at regenerative agricultural demonstration lab. 

Drew received his M.S. in Biological Science through the Ivey Lab working with Disholcaspis eldoradensis. Disholcaspis eldoradensis is a noteworthy wasp for its ability to secrete nectar from the top surfaces of their asexual generation galls. The nectar is very sweet (try it!) and can be found on valley oak trees from summer to fall. Unfortunately, you will have to share the nectar with the hungry ants that patrol the galls, stopping other insects from reaching the gall.

Drew has experience working in the field performing various tasks such as: collection and processing tree cores, estimation plant biomass, plant identification, collecting and identifying various arthropods, and much more!