Welcome to CONES (California Online Naturalist Event Series) archives. This series is created by and for UC California Naturalists and UC Climate Stewards to connect across the state on topics including natural history, ecology, climate change, and the intersections of pressing human and environmental issues. Each talk is available to the public afterward, pending speaker approval.
Bumble Bee Atlas Project with Dr. Leif Richardson
July 27, 2022
Dr. Leif Richardson is a conservation biologist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, where he runs the California Bumble Bee Atlas, a three-year community science project to survey the diversity and distributions of the state's 25+ native bumble bee species. His work focuses on interactions among species, in particular those involving bees, their parasites, and the plants they pollinate. He also study agricultural pollination, effects of pesticides on bee pollinators, and the causes and consequences of bee species declines. Join us for a discussion about this Participatory Science Project and how you can get involved.
Amy Jaecker-Jones is a Coordinator for the Community Science Program at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She joined the program in 2018 and works on the City Nature Challenge at both the local and international levels and on the Backyard Bat Survey. Amy received her California Naturalist certification at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in 2015.
Dr. Samuel Sandoval Solis is a member of the UC California Naturalist Program Advisory Committee, an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis and a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Water Resources Management at the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of California (UC ANR). In his dual role as professor and specialist, he is responsible for the California statewide outreach, education and applied research program on water resources management for UC ANR; and as a professor he is responsible for fundamental research, teaching, and graduate student mentorship at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources in UC Davis. His research interest focuses on integrated water resources management through a holistic approach, mixing different methods, tools and processes to improve water resources management.
January 19, 2021
Environmental Justice as a path to solving the global climate crisis: simple and not-so-simple things we could do differently to make the world a better place
December 8, 2020
Joana Flor Tavares (she/her/hers) is a marine scientist, an educator, and a mom. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of California, Irvine in the Earth System Science Department, where she is investigating the impacts of pollution on marine life with funding from NASA. Joana serves as a board member and community science advisor for local non-profit organizations: the Amigos de Bolsa Chica, and the Newport Bay Conservancy, both in Southern California. Joana is interested in intersectional environmentalism, the nexus between climate change and environmental justice, and the challenges and opportunities to effectively address systemic racism and cultural, social, and economic oppression.
Changing the climate of fear through elemental activism
November 17, 2020
How resilient communities respond to climate change
October 27, 2020
UC California Naturalist panel discussion moderated by Francis Mendoza.
Panelist Brandon Barragan (Point Reyes National Seashore Association CalNat partner) works for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association in the education department where he focuses on a variety of weekend programs for the general public to participate in. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Environmental Studies, Brandon has been devoted to improving visitor relationships in Point Reyes National Seashore and working on outreach to expand the opportunities available there for all potential visitors.
Panelist Emily Cobar (UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden Naturalist) is the Community Program Manager at Los Angeles Audubon Society, a nonprofit organization that focuses on wildlife conservation through research, education, recreation, and habitat restoration. Emily leads many environmental education programs for varying audiences from inner-city elementary school students to high school students to community college students. She enjoys teaching about the natural history of Los Angeles, including topics such as water conservation, plant communities, urban wildlife, geology, and more.
Panelist Jerome Gaw (Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum California Naturalist) is a wildlife photography hobbyist, science communicator, and conservation educator. A mental health practitioner by profession, he is a firsthand witness to the power of nature to promote community involvement and facilitate well-being.
Panelist Brenda Kyle (Pasadena City College California Naturalist) is a Southern California based naturalist who leads environmental programs all over the L.A. area. She rates herself an 11/10 on the, "I love nature scale!" Brenda is deeply connected to the mountains in L.A., and is descended from the Tarahumara and Tepehuan peoples from Mexico.