• Zoom Video Conference

Ever wonder what it's like to chase after tagged birds with only a telemetry wand to guide you? Curious about the breadth of pre-contact Indigenous stewardship practices in the North Bay? Worried that climate change is affecting your delicious Tomales Bay oysters? Wondering how to take care of your land without causing more damage?

Join us for another installment of our highly engaging Science Seminar Series featuring one speaker each month, September through December.

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Tuesday, September 14, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

  • David Lumpkin: Monitoring Bird Movement Avian Ecologist David Lumpkin will review ACR’s recent and upcoming avian telemetry studies, including the latest details from Great Egrets carrying GPS tags, and collaborative efforts involving Long-billed Curlews and Western Sandpipers. Learn about how Motus towers recently installed at Toms Point and Cypress Grove Research Center will function as part of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System network, offering infrastructure for future study of Dunlin space use, and scanning for animals tagged as parts of other studies.

Saturday, October 16, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

  • Dr. Peter Nelson: Past, Present, and Future Indigenous Land Stewardship in the Tolay Valley — The focus of Dr. Nelson’s talk will be on his work with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Sonoma County Regional Parks Department to reconstruct the precontact environment and gather evidence for Indigenous stewardship practices employed in this area, primarily at Tolay Lake Regional Park. He will share his findings and how they are informing stewardship practices on both park and preserve lands.

Tuesday, November 9, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

  • Priya Shukla: Temperature-Driven Disease Outbreaks Impact Oyster Aquaculture in Tomales Bay — The talk will focus on Priya Shukla’s PhD research which is a collaboration with the Hog Island and Tomales Bay Oyster Companies to develop strategies for improving oysters’ ability to withstand temperature-driven disease and outbreaks. The talk will also cover her work using bivalves to track ocean acidification as part of the Bodega Ocean Acidification Research Group.

Tuesday, December 14, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

  • Michelle Cooper: Preserve Stewardship: Why, How & What — Michelle Cooper will talk about the critical role stewardship plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She will share briefly about the natural communities living on the Modini Preserve and the threats facing them. Her talk will focus on how stewardship helps mitigate the impacts of human caused disturbance resulting in wildfire, invasive species, and climate change. Recommended listening before Michelle’s talk: Freakonomics: In Praise of Maintenance (Ep. 263) https://freakonomics.com/podcast/in-praise-of-maintenance/


David Lumpkin joined ACR in March 2017 as a lead scientist on the Heron & Egret Telemetry Project. David earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Oberlin College. While there he conducted research on the role of plumage and bill coloration in goldfinches as a signal of physiological health. After graduating, David worked as a field technician for a variety of organizations conducting research on wild birds, banding migrants, and aiding conservation and recovery efforts. Focal species David has worked with include Golden-Cheeked Warblers, Yellow-Billed Cuckoos, Golden Eagles, and San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrikes.

Dr. Peter Nelson is an Assistant Professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Ethnic Studies. He has a PhD in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He is also Coast Miwok and a tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Professor Nelson works at the intersection of anthropological archaeology, Indigenous environmental studies, and Native American Studies in collaboration with tribal nations and Indigenous peoples of California. Professor Nelson has also been working with ACR’s Fire Forward team to learn more about how prescribed burning is and can be practiced today. He was accepted into Fire Forward’s fellowship program for 2021-2022. He has recently partnered with Fire Forward staff and with Professor Tony Marks-Block of Cal State Hayward to conduct collaborative research investigating the impact of fire on acorns and acorn weevils at Bouverie Preserve.

Priya Shukla is a doctoral candidate in ecology at UC Davis. Her research explores the effects of climate change on shellfish aquaculture in California. She is working with the Hog Island and Tomales Bay Oyster Companies to explore whether stress hardening the commercially farmed Pacific Oyster through 'heat shock' reduces the species’ susceptibility to disease outbreaks. Priya is an active science communicator and deeply invested in improving the accessibility of marine science. She has participated in many JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) endeavors and has written about its integration in science in many venues, including her online Ocean & Climate Science column with Forbes. Prior to beginning her PhD, Priya received her master’s degree in ecology from San Diego State University and her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in environmental science and management. She has also worked as an environmental consultant, a high school teacher, a policy specialist, a public educator, and a lab manager. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @priyology, read her writing at blogs.forbes.com/priyashukla, and keep up to date with her research at priyashukla.com.

Michelle Cooper, Resident Biologist & Preserve Manager, joined ACR in 2018 and oversees facilities along with the conservation science, education, and stewardship programs at Modini Preserve. Prior to working for ACR, Michelle managed the stewardship program for Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), and represented MALT in local and regional organizations, activities and projects related to land stewardship and conservation planning. Michelle previously served as land steward at the University of California-Bodega Marine Reserve. She completed a bachelor's degree in botany from the University of Washington and a master's degree in biology from Sonoma State University (SSU). The focus of Michelle's work at SSU was on the role hikers and bikers play as dispersal mechanisms of phytophthora ramorum, the organism that causes Sudden Oak Death.

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