Science Symposia

Photos of speakers from past science symposia


2017 San Francisco Bay Area National Parks Science and Natural Resources Symposium

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Golden Gate Club, Presidio


On May 11th, the San Francisco Bay Area Network of national parks hosted its 7th Science and Natural Resources Symposium. The day brought together park staff, volunteers, and partners from a wide range of disciplines to share science-related research, management, and outreach efforts taking place in support of the National Park Service mission: 

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Regardless of what is happening in the world around us, this mission remains the same. However, striving to meet these lofty goals requires adaptability in the face of political, natural, and demographic changes that may be beyond our control. It compels us to use the best available science to inform resource management. It challenges us to go beyond what we have done in the past to engage new audiences in new ways. And, it calls for us to consider how we work with others for the benefit of all. 

This year’s event highlighted examples of the many ways the San Francisco Bay Area National Parks are working to accomplish these goals. Please see the links below for pdfs of the presentations, abstracts with speaker contact information, and the day's agenda.

Important information and links:

Presentation pdfs

Agenda - Updated 5/3/17

Abstracts, including speaker contact information - note, the number on each abstract corresponds to the numbered talks on the agenda


Past Symposia

Audio podcasts of some of the days' activities, agendas, presentations, and presentation abstracts are available from the menus on the upper right hand side of this page.

The San Francisco Bay Area Network Natural Resources and Science Symposium has been open to all park staff, federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, non-profit park partners, and volunteers. Past presentation topics have included restoration and inventory and monitoring projects, science communication and education, park management in a changing environment (e.g. climate change, invasive species, endangered species), balancing visitation with resource protection, and traditional ecological knowledge.