Winter 2016 Department Seminars
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:40 PM in Natural Sciences Annex 101
(unless otherwise noted)
Anyone needing special arrangements to accommodate a disability should call 831-459-4986 two weeks prior to the date of the seminar they wish to attend.
Courtesy reminder - turn off cell phones and please observe considerate eating habits during seminars.
"Moving beyond the species interactions paradigm in ecology"
Host: Suzanne Alonzo
"Aquatic California: endemic fishes, endemic problems, endemic solutions"
Abstract: California is a great place to study aquatic species, habitats, and ecosystems, which I have been privileged to do for the past 45 years. It is wonderfully diverse, from the springs in Death Valley to the floodplains of the Central Valley, to the rainforest streams of the North Coast. California is also a distinctive aquatic bioregion, with a high degree of endemism in its biota. The best-studied group, the fishes, is 79% endemic to the state and adjacent regions. Endemic species are widely distributed around the state but most are concentrated in ‘hot spots’. Aquatic invertebrates follow the same pattern. But California’s aquatic biota is facing a major crisis of survival. For better or worse, California is the hydraulic society, so there is intense competition between humans and aquatic ecosystems for water. The ecosystems are losing. Most are highly altered and/or highly invaded by alien species, creating novel ecosystems. As a result 93 of 124 extant native fishes have some official designation as endangered, threatened, or special concern. The present drought is showing that climate change will make things even worse for aquatic ecosystems if present trends continue. Such severe stress requires new approaches and large-scale solutions that are home grown: California’s political and watershed boundaries largely coincide. Reconciliation ecology is an approach that seems to resonate with managers and can provide a basis for state-wide conservation strategies that are broad in scope but local in impact. Opportunities for creative conservation are nearly limitless.
Host: Travis Apgar
"High-throughput DNA sequencing for understanding hyper-species-rich ecological and coevolutionary networks"
Host: John Thompson
"Ecology and Evolution of floral signals in plants"
Host: John Thompson
Mark C. Urban
"Improving the forecast for biodiversity in the heat age"
Host: Dave Fryxell
"Salmon in the California Ecosystem and why they are more important than water...."
Host: Eric Palkovacs
"New paradigms in coastal wetland ecology under global change"
Hosts: Brent Hughes & Kerstin Wasson
"Integrating wildlife conservation and human livelihoods in central Kenya"
Host: Jordan Ruybal
Host: Kristy Kroeker