The Mosaics Team

Sheylda Diaz-Mendez PhD, Environment for the Americas


Sheylda is a proud Latina from Puerto Rico and the mother of two wonderful boys. She started at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez and later obtained her BS in biology from the University of Central Florida. Her graduate studies focused on research in the ecology of wetland birds, and she obtained her PhD in environmental resource conservation and management from Ana G. Mendez University. She manages the Mosaics in Science Internship Program for Environment for the Americas.  Dr. Díaz is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Science and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and works with her students in the conservation genomics of Caribbean birds. When not looking for birds, you can find her participating in a 5K to help raise awareness for animal and humane causes.

Stephanie Loredo, Environment for the Americas


Stephanie earned a dual B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Oregon. In 2013, she was an EFTA intern in the Celebrate Birds Program. She later obtained an M.S. in Wildlife Biology at Oregon State University where she studied seabird ecology. Her research focused on using tracking devices to study movement patterns and dive behavior of Common Murres and Western Gulls. Stephanie has worked as a field wildlife biologist, environmental educator, instructor, program manager, and in many aspects of avian conservation.

Kiersten Jarvis, National Park Service


Kiersten is the National Park Service (NPS) program manager for Scientists in Parks and Mosaics in Science. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in environmental policy and a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management from Colorado State University. Over the last 8 years of her NPS career, Kiersten has worked in various parks and offices on citizen science projects and youth engagement programs. She is passionate about connecting people to the natural world and sharing how to get involved with conservation efforts in your national parks. 

Chelsea Bitting, National Park Service


Chelsea earned her B.S. and M.S. in Geology at Texas Christian University. Her thesis work focused on Cambrian volcanic rocks in southern Oklahoma. After graduation, she worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as a research and collections intern, managing rock, mineral, and meteorite specimens before becoming a Geoscientists-in-the-Parks intern (now known as Scientists in Parks). As a former intern for many years, Chelsea loves supporting current SIPs in gaining valuable field and professional experience for their future science careers.