Today, as we see the effects of urban sprawl growing closer to Oxford, we give thanks to the vision of former President, Paul Pearson, the continuing support of the Board of Trustees, the ongoing conservation efforts of the Bachelor Reserve and Other Areas Committee and the donors whose gifts made this greenbelt sanctuary a reality.

Bachelor Reserve and Other Natural Areas Committee

This Committee, chaired by Dr. David Gorchov, reports to the President of the University and is responsible for oversight and management of the Natural Areas. 

Bachelor Reserve and Other Natural Areas Committee (2021-22)

  • David Gorchov, Professor of Biology (Committee Chair)
  • Robbyn Abbitt, GIS Coordinator, Geography
  • Amanda Bentley Brymer, Curator of Silvoor Biological Sanctuary
  • Tom Crist, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology (Vice Chair)
  • Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus
  • Nancy Feakes, Field Manager of the Natural Areas System
  • Melany Fisk, Professor of Biology
  • Sam Fitton, Retired Biologist, Bureau of Land Management, and alumnus
  • Gerry Geil, Director of Grounds, Physical Facilities
  • Stephen Gordon, Administrator, McGuffey Museum
  • Jason Rech, Professor of Geology and Environmental Earth Science
  • Ann Rypstra, Professor of Biology and Director of Ecology Research Center
  • Steve Sullivan, Director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History
  • Holly Wissing, Co-Curator of Butterfly Gardens

Bachelor Wildlife and Game Reserve Subcommittee

  • Tom Crist
  • Melany Fisk
  • Sam Fitton
  • David Gorchov

Silvoor Biological Sanctuary

  • Amanda Bentley Brymer, Curator
  • Hardy Eshbaugh
  • Jack Keegan
  • Holly Wissing