2017 Science Symposium Presentations

Welcome
Jean Fraser, CEO, Presidio Trust

Plenary – Climate Change Across U.S. and San Francisco Bay Area National Parks
Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Scientist, National Park Service

Successes and Challenges in “Preserving Unimpaired” in a Changing Environment: Climate Change Adaptations

1. Broad-winged Hawks and Arctic Sea Ice—Did Climate Change Change the Pacific Hawk Migration in September 2012?
Allen Fish, Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

2. Lichens in the Mist: Investigating California’s Fog Lichens
Shelly Benson, Editor, Bulletin of the California Lichen Society

3. Climate Change, Vegetation, and Conservation
David Ackerly, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Successes and Challenges in “Preserving Unimpaired” in a Changing Environment: Understanding the Past

4. Mt. Wanda Historical Ecology Investigation
Sean Baumgarten, Associate Environmental Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute

5. Paleontological Resource Site Monitoring at Point Reyes National Seashore
Lillian K. Pearson, GeoCorps of America, Point Reyes Station

6. Beyond Star-Thistle: Restoring Native Perennial Bunchgrasses and Culturally Significant Forbs at Pinnacles National Park
Mike Shelley, Habitat Restoration Crew Leader, Pinnacles National Park

Special Sessions

The Power of Language: Linking Inclusion with Park Science & Management

Moderator: Kim Moore Bailey, Executive Director, Youth Outdoors
Panelists:
Yoseline Castillo, Youth Program Leader, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Maxie Hamilton, Equal Opportunity Manager, National Park Service Pacific West Region
Francis Taroc, Senior Specialist, Crissy Field Center
Fernando Villalba, Natural Resource Specialist, John Muir National Historic Site

Climate Ready Vegetation Management in the Bay Area: Utilizing Scenarios to Engage Land Managers
Lisa Micheli, President & CEO, Pepperwood Preserve

Successes and Challenges in “Preserving Unimpaired” in a Changing Environment: Restoration and Management

7. Restoring Critical Coastal Dune Habitat at Point Reyes for Threatened and Endangered Species
Lorraine Parsons, Vegetation/Wetland Ecologist, Point Reyes National Seashore

8. What’s Happened in the First Five Years of the New Landscape at Muir Beach?
Carolyn Shoulders, Natural Resource Specialist, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Kristen Ward, Wetland Ecologist, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

9. Restoration Monitoring of Drakes Estero: Pre-Restoration Assessment of Eelgrass, Marine Debris, And Non-Native Species
Ben Becker, Science Coordinator and Marine Ecologist, Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center

10. Ecology of the California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) in Coastal Dune Systems
Patrick Kleeman, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

11. Species Management Trade-offs: Does Nest Management Make a Difference for California Condor Recovery?
Kris Vanesky, Condor Crew Leader, Pinnacles National Park

Cooperating with Partners and Extended Benefits

12. Reconstructing Biological Connectivity, Creating Human Connectivity: Collaboration Recovers Ancient Colonization Paths of the Desert Night Lizard Between the Panoche Hills Management Area and Pinnacles National Park
Michael Westphal, Ecologist, Bureau of Land Management

13. Using Fall Migration Banding Data from Multiple Locations to Examine Causes for the American Kestrel Decline
Teresa Ely, Banding Program Manager, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

14. Working Together to Prevent the Loss of Redwood Creek Coho Salmon
Darren Fong, Aquatic Ecologist, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

15. Collaboration and Data Sharing with Calflora’s Weed Manager
Eric Wrubel, Botanist, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Rachel Kesel, Conservation Management Specialist, One Tam

16. Inspiring Collective Climate Action in the Bay Area
Oksana Shcherba, Climate Education Program Manager, Institute at the Golden Gate

Special Session – Lightning Talks

Download combined presentations here, including:

1. Unveiling John Muir’s Herbarium
Isabel Ziegler, Supervisory Museum Curator, John Muir National Historic Site

2. Predictors of Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) Body Condition in the San Francisco Bay Area
Courtney Coon, Field Biologist, Felidae Conservation Fund

3. Tag Resight Survey of Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris) at Point Reyes National Seashore
Luz Torres, Dominican University of California

4. Urban Amphibian Conservation in the Midst of a Fungal Pathogen
Jonathan Young, Wildlife Ecologist, Presidio Trust

5. Introducing the UC Point Reyes Field Station
Alison Kidder, Reserve Manager, University of California Point Reyes Field Station

6. Parks Unite: Bringing Parks Together to Save the California Condor
Rose Fielding, Intern, Pinnacles National Park

7. Efforts to Increase Bilingual Programs at Muir Woods
Jasmine Reinhardt, Community Outreach Manager, Marin County

8. Population Monitoring of River Otters (Lontra canadensis) in the SF Bay Area
Megan Isadore, Executive Director, The River Otter Ecology Project

Cooperating with Partners and Extended Benefits (Continued)

17. Visualizing Data and Engaging Audiences through the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore
Kate Bimrose, Resource Protection Specialist, Greater Farallones Association

18. 28,000 Square Miles of Land and Sea – the Golden Gate Biosphere
Daphne Hatch, Chief of Natural Resources, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Successes and Challenges in “Preserving Unimpaired” in a Changing Environment: Restoration and Management (Continued)

19. Breeding Ecology of Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphus columba) on Alcatraz Island, California
Tori Seher, Alcatraz Biologist, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

20. Use of Tomales Bay Eelgrass (Zostera marina) Community by Common Species: Pacific Herring (Clupea palasii), Bay Pipefish (Syngnathus leptorhynchus), and Non-native Tunicates (Didemnum vexillum, Didemnum albidum, and Botryllus schlosseri)
David Tran Bui and Laura A. Givens, Undergraduate Students, California State University Sacramento Department of Biological Sciences
Hali Rederer, Graduate Student, California State University Sacramento Department of Biological Sciences

21. Decreases in Indicator Bacteria Concentrations Correspond to Grazing Conservation Practice Implementation in a Multi-Use North Coast California Watershed
Dylan Voeller, Range Program Manager/Ecologist, Point Reyes National Seashore

22. From Alarm to Coordinated Action: The Golden Gate National Parks Response to Phytophthora
Alisa Shor, Director, Park Nurseries, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

23. Monitoring Plant Community Change in the San Francisco Bay Area
Marie Denn, Aquatic Ecologist, Inventory& Monitoring Program

Enjoyment, Education, and Inspiration of This and Future Generations

24. Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Park Science
Kelli English, Chief of Interpretation and Education, John Muir National Historic Site

25. Phenology: Tracking a Changing Environment at John Muir National Historic Site
Denise Amador, Biological Science Technician, John Muir National Historic Site

26. Developing Community-supported Partnerships and Inspiring Future Generations at Rancho Corral de Tierra
Georgia Vasey, San Mateo Community Programs Manager, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

27. Reducing Human-Coyote Conflict in the Presidio of San Francisco: A 21st Century Approach
Jonathan Young, Wildlife Ecologist, Presidio Trust

28. Citizen Science Monitoring of Reintroduced Turtles: Bringing Nature Back to an Urban Setting
Fue Her, Aquatic Ecology Intern, Presidio Trust, Natural Resources