Meet Our Team
Our highly experienced staff is ready to serve all of your arboricultural needs.
OWNER / LEAD ARBORIST
Merlin is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (WE-7670B), an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor (TRAQ), and a CA Licensed Contractor. He is a graduate from the ASCA Consulting Academy (American Society of Consulting Arborists). Education is a key aspect of this business and he is constantly teaching clients about proper tree care and maintenance. Merlin teaches Arboriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College, tree biology classes to industry professionals, and grafting and pruning workshops. He has worked as the Orchard Manager at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Merlin holds a BA in Environmental Studies & Agroecology and Sociology from UCSC and a GIS certificate from Community College of San Francisco. He participates in frequent professional development trainings to keep up to date with the field of arboriculture. Merlin's love of trees developed as a child, growing up in a forested village in the French Alps.
OWNER / OPERATIONS MANAGER
In addition to managing client communication and business operations, Nicole works with clients to incorporate California native plants and encourage habitat & biodiversity within their landscapes. Nicole holds a MA in Teaching from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Environmental Studies & Agroecology from UCSC. Nicole specializes in California native plants and has worked as a botanist, wildland seed collector, and CA native plant propagator. She has also worked as a teacher at Orchard View School in Sebastopol and developed environmental education curriculum and summer camps for schools.
Seamus is an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-11396A) and brings a wealth of expertise to our team with over 15 years of experience in tree work, landscape installation and management, masonry, hardscapes, aquascapes and pond installation. Seamus is a skilled climber, and has a keen eye for tree structure and form. He has designed and installed landscapes including ornamental and productive food gardens and orchards with an emphasis on native plants and drought-tolerant water reclamation features. Seamus and Merlin both volunteer with the Bird Rescue Center to renest raptors after they have been rehabilitated.
Luke is an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-12616A). He is very interested in the relationship between fire ecology and tree care and the role of fire based vegetation management.. Luke has participated in prescribed burns through "Fire Foreward," the Wildland Firefighter II training, and holds a Natural Resources Management certification through SRJC. He also has experience with landscape maintenance and vegetable production.
Jess is an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-12226A) and Tree Risk Assessor Quailified (TRAQ). Originally from Miami, Jess moved to the west coast in 2006, following her passion for sustainability and the environment. She started out teaching gardening to pre-school kids and landscaping to high school students. Since 2011 she's worked as a fine gardener in residential gardens, focusing on native and low-water plants, fruit trees, veggie gardens, compost piles, and pollinator plants. As a certified greywater installer, she's helped teach greywater workshops and install residential greywater systems. She's worked with trees in the landscape since her garden career started, and joined the tree team at Merlin's Arborist Group in early 2018.