Tyrone's presentation is on FRIDAY @ Noon .. 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 (when you can meet Tyrone and ask questions) and we apologize for any
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.'
Haddad is also interested in the restoration and recovery of critically endangered species. His research has focused on the restoration of plants and animals in the threatened longleaf pine ecoregion of the southeastern United States. He also studies the rarest butterflies in the United States, including the St. Francis' satyr, Miami blue, and Crystal Skipper. In part through this work, he has become involved in consulting on federal policy related to the Endangered Species Act.
At Bio Conf 2013, Dr. Nick Haddad will talk about what the past two decades of research has shown us about how corridors increase dispersal and increase biodiversity. He'll also discuss new work on the broader benefits corridors may have for people living in urban, agricultural, and forested landscapes. Conservation corridors are one of the most popular methods to conserve biodiversity in fragmented landscapes. By connecting otherwise isolated habitats, they are suspected to provide superhighways for plants and animals. But do they work?
Learn more about Conservation Corridors here. - - And in this video, Dr. Haddad talks about a paper that provides an effective guideline to conservation of plants based on their evolutionary relationships. - - See Dr. Haddad's NCSU faculty page here.
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." ~ ~ ~ Discoveries of the vast impacts that marijuana cultivation has on California's natural resources and the biological communities they support have recently emerged. However, this is a novel impact with as yet undocumented far-reaching short and long term effects. This talk will discuss the current knowledge we have generated on the subject as well as potential scenarios of impact on biodiversity and species of conservation concern.
Mr. Evans has lectured extensively on global warming and endangered species issues before representatives from government agencies, industry, and environmental groups. He has also authored several journal articles on the subject of natural resource use, land use, and legislative reform of endangered species protection. Mr. Evans received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Western Environmental Law Update. He graduated with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley where he received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies.
At Bio Conf 2013, Mr. Evans will discuss the Endangered Species Act as it relates to modern uses of pesticides.
Check out CBD's website here. They do amazing work through a variety of campaigns and we're not just saying so since they're one of this years Bio Conf sponsors!! :)
Learn more about CBD's rodenticide campaign here ...
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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.
Dr. Szewczak will give a presentation entitled, "Bats in peril: Why it matters and what we can do," on Saturday at Noon in the JVD. ~ ~ Unique among mammals for their ability to fly, bats account for nearly one out of every four mammals on our planet. These eco-essential animals support vital ecosystems but because they operate mostly unheard and unseen remain underappreciated for the vital and economically valuable eco-services they provide. However, more than half the extant bat species face serious threats. This talk will explain some of their peculiar natural history and how these and other matters lead to the conservation issues that threaten bats throughout the world, and here in our own North Coast, and how we can address them.
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?
See Susan's HSU faculty page here.
He will also be leading fire ecology demonstrations on Saturday at Bio Conf 2013 (see schedule of events).
His talk is entitled, "No Fire, Bad Fire, Good Fire: The complexities of managing fire for biodiversity in an era of rapid change." ~ ~ A century of fire suppression and the mounting challenges of climate change are having profound and unprecedented impacts on fire-prone ecosystems. These novel conditions are posing numerous challenges to mangers interested in protecting natural resources and biodiversity. Using some of the latest research and examples from northern California, this talk will discuss the importance of fire to ecosystems, the current issues that threaten many species, and possible solutions to help reduce the impacts of past management and continued climate change.
Check out Jeff's HSU faculty page here, and check out the HSU Wildland Fire Lab's page here.
Conserving, protecting and managing wildlife require a great variety of biological, economic, social and scientific tools. Modern technology has promoted the development and improvement of numerous non-invasive methods to investigate broad as well as some very detailed aspects of free-ranging wildlife populations. In her talk at Bio Conf 2013, entitled
"The strength of non-invasive methods to study wildlife populations," she 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.
At the Biodiversity Conference, 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.
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. Dr. van Mantgem’s research interests include forest dynamics (with an emphasis on climate change impacts), fire ecology and the management of forested ecosystems. He received his doctorate in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. He has been studying (and enjoying) forests since 1995. His research page can be found here.
His talk at Bio Conf 2013 is entitled, "For whom the bell tolls: processes, patterns and consequences of tree mortality." - - Tree mortality is a key demographic process that shapes forest populations. Yet our understanding of this process is poor despite its important influences on ecosystem services such as forest productivity, wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration. In this this lecture the audience will learn about the latest research on the mechanisms of tree mortality and how larger-scale patterns of tree mortality are changing in an era of global warming.
The primary focus of Kim's research is the mating behavior and nesting biology of native bees. She is a proud graduate of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History Bee Course. Currently, she is a graduate student in Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University where she has been studying the life history of the beautiful dune silver bee, Habropoda miserabilis. (Don't bee fooled by the name - they are actually quite lighthearted). She will be discussing mating strategies and nesting biology of local native bees and her approach to studying the behavior of the dune silver bee, in a talk entitled, "A birds and the bees story...of a bee: the mating and nesting strategy of the dune silver bee."
At Bio Conf 2013, he 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.