Global Change and Biodiversity

  Streams and fresh water management Dr. Lisa Micheli, Pepperwood Preserve Where does the rain go? Towards an integrated hydrologic monitoring strategy.
 8:30-10:00 Jennifer Carah, The Nature Conservancy RiverSmart Vineyards: Enhanced flows for salmonids, water security for agriculture
  Dr. Sasha Gennet, The Nature Conservancy Moving toward a watershed management approach for the Salinas River: Farms, Fish, and the Flyway



  Ecological restoration and invasive species Dr. Edith Allen, UC Riverside Invasive species and restoration of California grasslands and shrublands
 10:30-12:00 Dr. Edwin Grosholz, UC Davis Balancing biological invasions and habitat restoration in coastal ecosystems
  Dr. Juliana Gonzalez, The Watershed Project Bay Area A Community of Stewards



    Dr. Max Moritz, UC Berkeley Fire and California Naturalists
 2:30-4:00 Disturbance ecology Dr. Ryan DeSantis, UC Coop. Extension Disturbance effects on xeric oak forests
     Bruce Delgado  Maritime chaparral recovery after fire and habitat restoration
    Dr. Sam Veloz, Point Blue Preparing for ecological surprises: Climate smart conservation
 4:30-6:00 Species response to climate change Dr. Emily Burns, Save the Redwoods League Citizen Science and the Redwood Forest
    Dr. Stu Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation Up, down and sideways: Species responses to warming in the White Mountains, CA

Short Biographies

Dr. Edie Allen received her Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. Her areas of research are restoration ecology, soil ecology, and invasive species ecology, and she has worked in forests, shrublands, grasslands, and deserts, including sites disturbed by agriculture, mining, anthropogenic nitrogen deposition, and frequent fire. Dr. Allen has published over 100 research articles, and served as an editor for several journals such as Restoration Ecology.

Dr. Emily Burns is the science director for Save the Redwoods League. She uses citizen science to engage the public in a dialogue about climate change. The resulting crowd-source data helps the League track the impact of climate change on the redwood forest floor.

Bruce Delgado works on Fort Ord as a botanist and natural land manager for the Bureau of Land Management. He has a deep understanding of Fort Ord's issues and challenges.  Mayor of Marina has experience with a diverse array of local environmental and social issues. 

Dr. Ryan DeSantis earned BS in Forestry from University of New Hampshire, MS in Ecology from Michigan Technological University, and PhD in Natural Resource Ecology & Management from Oklahoma State University. Served as US Peace Corps ecological volunteer in Bulgaria and worked on fire crews in Massachusetts and Wyoming. Completed postdoc as threats analyst for Northern Forest Futures Project with US Forest Service Northern Research Station.

Dr. Juliana Gonzalez has been instrumental in engaging over 3,500 volunteers per year to help steward the creeks and shorelines of the San Francisco Bay. As Healthy Watersheds Program Manager she is responsible for empowering communities to keep our watersheds free of pollutants specially trash that can become marine debris. As Deputy Director she helps small friends of creeks get established and provides them support for long term sustainability.

Dr. Sasha Gennet addresses critical conservation issues such as climate change, wildland fire, and sustainable ranching and farming through science, spatial planning, policy, and land protection strategies. Since she joined the California Chapter in 2007, she has been the lead biologist and planner for the Mount Hamilton and Monterey Projects. She holds a B.S. in philosophy from Yale and an M.S. in range management and a Ph.D. in ecosystem sciences from U. C. Berkeley.

Dr. Edwin Grosholz has been studying invasions in coastal ecosystems for the past 20 years. His work also involves restoration of native oysters and salt marshes in San Francisco Bay.  He also manages an extension education program that addresse issues associated with invasive species and habitat restoration.

Dr. Lisa Michelli is the founding director of the Dwight Center for Conservation Science at Pepperwood.  She is trained as a hydrologist/geomorphologist and enjoys collaborating with ecologists on restoration and planning initiatives, particularly around the topic of how to make our natural resources more resilient to climate change.  She enjoys engaging Cal Naturalists in citizen science projects at Pepperwood!

Dr. Max Moritz studies natural controls on fire regimes, how humans interact with them, and effects of climate change.  Max's background is in disturbance ecology and biogeography, with an emphasis on spatial analysis and modeling.

Jennifer Carah is a regional ecologist is a biologist currently working on coho salmon recovery as part of The Nature Conservancy's Navarro River Project 

Jennifer Carah is an Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, and has successfully managed numerous salmon habitat restoration and monitoring projects on the North Coast of California, and is currently deeply engaged in work to protect critical stream flows for salmon.

Dr. Sam Veloz is a scientist with Point Blue and his research program is focused on predicting and understanding the impacts of environmental change on biodiversity. His research is designed to inform climate adaptation decision making.

Dr. Stu Weiss is an conservation ecologist using advanced quantitative techniques to address climate change, nitrogen deposition, habitat management/restoration, and conservation planning in California and the Western North America.