BILLY KRIMMEL, FOUNDER, ECOLOGIST
Billy completed his PhD in Ecology at U.C. Davis where he focused his research on native plant-insect interactions. Billy also holds a Bachelor of Science from Brown University and serves on the board of directors for the California Native Grasslands Association.
Billy founded Miridae with the intention of creating habitat for native species within human-occupied areas and engaging people with the species interactions occurring in these habitats. With each project we come one step closer to creating a network of habitat gardens and migration corridors to support resilient populations of native species.
Billy is still active in the research community, writing peer-reviewed journal articles on native plants and insects and a quarterly column in the peer-reviewed journal Grasslands. Check out his publications on the Community page.
KATE HAYES, Design Principal
Kate Hayes is the Design Principal at Miridae and a Registered Landscape Architect in California and Virginia. Prior to joining RLC, Kate worked at SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC in New York City where she designed resilient urban and residential scale projects.
Kate’s process-oriented design work draws on her interdisciplinary science background, integrating an inherent understanding of ecology and a multi-scaled systems approach. She is energized by working with clients and communities to realize a collective design vision.
Kate holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Morgan received her Bachelors of Science in sustainable environmental design from UC Davis where she focused on community development. She and her husband have an urban farm in East Sacramento where they enjoy sharing produce, plants, and gardening tips with the community.
EDY VASQUEZ, LEAD CREW
With more than three years of experience working for Miridae, Edy is an expert at many elements of landscaping, including irrigation, planting, maintenance, pruning, lighting systems and paths. He is our fearless crew-lead who can recall virtually any detail from any project he’s been a part of.
CELE ESTRADA, CREW
Cele is our resident expert mason and has more than a year of experience with Miridae. He has experience building stone walls and flagstone paths and patios across the Sacramento region and Bay Area. He is a steadfast and diligent worker and approaches every project and task with a positive attitude and attention to detail.
JOSE LOPEZ, CREW
Jose has more than a year of experience working with Miridae. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, an experienced driver of large trucks and trailers, expert at material procurement and is well-versed in many elements of landscape construction.
Owner of Z-Man Farms and grower for Miridae Nursery. Zane turned undeveloped agricultural property (0.5 acre) into 10,000 square feet of propagation space with 60 species of California native plants. His current inventory is in excess of 7,000 native plants and 3,000 specialty vegetables, with the on-site capacity to grow up to 100,000 native plants.
COLLABORATOR AND CONSULTANT
Haven is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. She worked as design principal for Miridae for three years before taking her new position.
Haven Kiers received her Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from UC Berkeley.
sara anning, Collaborator
Sara is passionate about design and education and currently teaches at UC Davis. She has collaborated with Miridae by contributing design work for California prison gardens through the Insight Garden Program.