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March 2015

Humboldt State University

Schedule of Events

Please note: times and locations of speakers and guests are subject to change. Check back often and arrive at least ten minutes early to all portions of this event. Thanks!


Friday, October 4

12 Noon - 1:00 pm

Tyrone Hayes, PhD (UC Berkeley)

John Van Duzer Theatre

Tyrone's keynote address is on Friday afternoon .. which may not be the most convenient time for everyone .. for this reason, we are considering ways to screen the filming of his presentation at another time during the course of the weekend or in the very near future. - - We hope you can all still make it in person on Friday at Noon and apologize for any inconvenience.

At Bio Conf 2013, Tyrone will explore the challenges that scientists face in advocating for a position based on strong scientific findings and the importance of scientists being vocal.  He will emphasize his own career and the obstacles put before him as he builds a case for the important role of advocacy in the world of science despite advocacy having historically been considered a 'four letter word.'

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (ish)

Klamath Basin Water Management and Dam Removal Forum

John Van Duzer Theatre

A panel discussion that will include representatives of tribal, environmental, recreational and agricultural concerns as they relate to Klamath Basin water rights issues and the ongoing Klamath River dam removal controversy. Representatives of key stakeholder groups will be answering predetermined questions and questions from the audience. 

An opening address from CA's 3rd District Supervisor, Mark Lovelace, will provide the contextual history for the following series of questions for panelists.

Objective:  to provide a well-rounded breadth of information surrounding Klamath water issues for the public so that constructive, informed conversations can take place on a broader scale as we move forward into 2014.

Facilitator:  Alison O'Dowd, PhD (HSU) - see her faculty page here.

Panelists will include:
Craig Tucker- Karuk Tribe
Mike Orcutt- Hoopa Tribe
Don Gentry- Klamath Tribes
Glen Spain-  Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association

Saturday, October 5

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Rob DiPerna (EPIC)

Goodwin Forum

Rob DiPerna is an Industrial Forestry Reform Advocate at the Arcata-based Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) .   At Bio Conf 2013, Rob will give a presentation entitled "Citizen’s advocacy in defense of biodiversity: Regulating private lands logging in California." 

This presentation will discuss the laws and regulations governing timber harvest on private forestlands in California.  Rob's discussion will explore the role of citizen’s advocacy and litigation in shaping forest practice laws, regulations and policies.  It will also explore market-based approaches to regulation of environmental quality and timber production through market certification schemes.

11:10am, 1:15pm, & 2:30pm (registration req'd)

Guided Tours of the Fish Hatchery and Collections

Fish Hatchery

HSU fisheries biologists will lead the tours:   Sabine Mader M.S., hatchery manager and recirculating aquaculture expert, will lead tours of the hatchery and Jesse Wiesenfeld, M.S. student in fisheries biology and current collections manager, will lead the collections portion of the tour :)

This is a registration required event.
See the link on the home page. Sign up now!
12 people max per 30 minute tour.
Tour will meet 10 minutes before scheduled time in front of the Wildlife building.

11:10, 1:15, 3:15 (registration req'd)

Fire Ecology Demonstrations

Fire Ecology Lab

Dr. Jeffrey Kane (HSU Wildland Fire Lab) will discuss the importance of fire in ecosystems and play with some of the HSU Wildland Fire Lab's exciting, state-of-the-art fire science toys :)

This is an all ages event with a registration requirement.  
Always free and always open to the public.  All ages.
Each demo is expected to last 25-30 minutes.

11:30 - 5:30

Hands-On / Interactive Learning Exhibits

Kate Buchanan Room

Hands-on learning excitement for all ages:

  • marine life touch tanks
  • microscopes
  • native mushroom display
  • native plant display
  • the bones, skins, claws, and shells of countless amazing creatures
  • many more fun natural history exhibits

You will not be disappointed!

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Birds of Prey Exhibit

UC Quad

Humboldt Wildlife Care Center will present again this year!
Have you ever looked an owl in the eye? How about a hawk, an eagle or a falcon? Oh my!

Come check out HWCC 's educational animals on the UC Quad (under the clock tower).

12 Noon - 1:00 pm

Joseph Szewczak, PhD (HSU)

John Van Duzer Theatre

Dr. Szewczak will give a presentation entitled, "Bats in peril: Why it matters and what we can do."
Stay tuned for more details :)

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Jonathan Evans, J.D. (Center for Biological Diversity)

Goodwin Forum

At Bio Conf 2013, Jonathan will discuss the Endangered Species Act as it relates to modern uses of pesticides ... a very timely topic having just passed the ESA's 40th birthday and with all the talk of the dangers of pesticides making international headlines.  Find out more on the speakers page.

Jonathan is attorney for Center for Biological Diversity, who does amazing work ... and we're not just saying so because they're a sponsor of Bio Conf 2013 :)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mourad Gabriel, PhD candidate, UC Davis (Integral Ecology Research Center)

John Van Duzer Theatre

Mourad's Bio Conf 2013 talk is entitled, "Is the Grass Really Green?: Conservation perils from illegal marijuana cultivation in California: current knowledge and unanswered questions."

Check out his bio and presentation synopsis on the speakers page.
Check out the Integral Ecology Research Center.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Native Pollinator Exhibit ~ (bees!) ~ bzzz

Kate Buchanan Room

HSU grad students, including Carrie Lopez, from the lab of HSU pollination ecologist Prof. Michael Mesler will have pinned native pollinator specimens and dissecting scopes.  Emphasizing bees, they will have a diverse collection with which to share their knowledge of the insects life histories, nesting requirements and more! ~ ~ ~ Stay tuned, as we may add more times for this. 

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Andrew Kinziger, PhD (HSU)

Goodwin Forum

At Bio Conf 2013, Dr. Kinziger will give a presentation titled “Fishes: the most diverse vertebrate group in the world!”  The presentation will highlight fish biodiversity and contrast fishes with other major vertebrate groups (ie, birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians).  His presentation will also describe the imperiled status of our North American freshwater fishes.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tom Stokely (CA Water Impact Network)

John Van Duzer Theatre

At Bio Conf 2013, Mr. Stokely will give a presentation entitled, "Twin (Peripheral) Tunnel impacts on the Trinity and Klamath Rivers."  The topics covered will include Twin Tunnels, Central Valley Project, Trinity River Division of the CVP, lower Klamath augmentation flows, carryover storage in Trinity Lake, Sacramento-San Joaquin and the  San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Micaela Szykman Gunther, PhD (HSU)

John Van Duzer Theatre

In her talk at Bio Conf 2013, entitled "The strength of non-invasive methods to study wildlife populations," Micaela will present information on the use of non-invasive methods to conserve, protect and manage endangered African wild dogs in South Africa and North American river otters around Humboldt Bay, California.  Find out more on the speakers  page.

All Day

Pacific Union Elementary School (Arcata, CA) – Biodiversity Art Exhibit

John Van Duzer Theatre

"What Biodiversity Means to Me"  – an art display emphasizing the redwood temperate rainforest ecosystem .. by Pacific Union's 4th & 5th graders from the classes of Sophia Pelafigue and Molly Wasko!

Sunday, October 6

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Jeffrey Kane, PhD (HSU Wildland Fire Lab)

Goodwin Forum

In addition to leading the fire ecology demonstrations on Saturday at Bio Conf 2013, Jeff will give a talk entitled, "No Fire, Bad Fire, Good Fire: The complexities of managing fire for biodiversity in an era of rapid change."

Check out Jeff in action last year with this video, and view his bio and presentation synopsis here.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Birds of Prey Exhibit

UC Quad

Humboldt Wildlife Care Center will present again this year!! :)
Have you ever looked an owl in the eye? How about a hawk, an eagle or a falcon?? Oh my!

Come check out HWCC's educational animals on the quad (under the clock tower).

11:10, 1:10, 3:10 (registration req'd)

Guided Tours of the Plant Conservatory w/ Dr. Dennis Walker

Plant Conservatory

HSU Professor Emeritus Dennis Walker PhD will be leading groups through our amazing plant collection (of which he helped acquire much of).   HSU has the largest botany collection greenhouse in the California State University system and one of the largest collections in the whole state.

Opened in 1982, the plant conservatory consists of 11,500 square feet of instructional display space and supporting facilities. The collection contains over 1,000 species of plants in 187 families. The plant conservatory serves as a resource for faculty and students in the Department of Biological Sciences. The facility provides faculty access to live materials essential to the study and teaching of Botany and Biological Sciences.

Each tour is expected to last 30-40 minutes.
Registration is Required - see the link on the home page :)

11:30 - 3:30

Hands-On / Interactive Learning Exhibits

Kate Buchanan Room

Hands-on learning excitement for all ages:

  • marine life touch tanks
  • microscopes
  • native mushroom display
  • native plant display
  • the bones, skins, claws, and shells of countless amazing creatures
  • many more fun natural history exhibits

You will not be disappointed!

12 Noon - 1:00 pm

Nick Haddad, PhD (N. Carolina State Univ.)

John Van Duzer Theatre

Dr. Haddad will be discussing the use of conservation corridors in connecting fragmented landscapes in his talk entitled, "Connecting landscapes for biodiversity and people."

Check out his bio on the speakers page.

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Phillip van Mantgem, PhD (USGS)

Goodwin Forum

Gov't Shutdowns affect us all ...
Phil can't join us since he works for USGS .... talk CANCELLED :/

Phil van Mantgem is a Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, stationed in Arcata, California.

His talk at Bio Conf 2013 is entitled, "For whom the bell tolls: processes, patterns and consequences of tree mortality."


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Susan Edinger Marshall, PhD (HSU)

John Van Duzer Theatre

Susan is a soil scientist, rangeland management specialist and HSU professor.  In her talk she will address the following questions:  How has molecular genetics and ecology revolutionized soil science? .. How is soil ecology different from classic "macro" ecology? .. Why are soils so important for habitat, food production, waste disposal, etc? .. How do humans interact with soils?

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm

Kim McFarland, M.S. candidate (HSU)

Goodwin Forum

Kim is working on biology M.S. in the lab of Dr. Michael Mesler at HSU. 
She studies the dune silver bee, Habropoda miserables, on the Humboldt County Dunes.
Her presentation will highlight her research and it's findings ... very cool stuff :)

All Day

Pacific Union Elementary School (Arcata, CA) – Biodiversity Art Exhibit

John Van Duzer Theatre

"What biodiversity means to me" ~ ~ An art display emphasizing the redwood temperate rainforest ecosystem .. by Pacific Union's 4th & 5th graders from the classes of Sophia Pelafigue and Molly Wasko ! :)