Biodiversity Conference

Bios on the presenters:

- Dr. Dawn Goley, HSU Professor of Zoology, Director of The Marine Mammal Education and Research Center, "A Summer With the Klamath Whales"
Dr. Goley’s courses at HSU include Mammalogy, Biology of Marine Mammals, Comparative Animal Behaviour, Marine Mammal Field Techniques, Desert Ecology and Introduction to Undergraduate Research. She has been actively studying marine mammal biology in northern California since her arrival to HSU in 1996, with her current research including the population dynamics of Steller’s Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus) (in collaboration with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory). As the coordinator for the marine mammal stranding (NMFS) response in northern California, Dr. Goley is also actively engaged in studying the marine mammals that strand along the coast. She will share with us the exciting story of how she spent this past summer with the whales that swam up the Klamath River.

- Peter Galvin, Center for Biological Diversity (co-founder / conservation director), "The Extinction Crises and the Movement to Save Endangered Species"
Peter Galvin is a co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity. The Center works through science, law and creative media to secure a future all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Peter coordinates the Center's legal actions, oversees their International Program, and helps formulate policy and strategy. Before working for the Center, he worked as a contract wildlife researcher for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Peter also serves on the board of directors of the Beech Hill Foundation and is a member of the Science Oversight Team for the Global Owl Project.

- Peter Haggard, Timber Press field guide author / naturalist, "The Garden as a Reservoir for Native Insects and Wildlife in an Urban Landscape"
Peter Haggard received a BA in wildlife management from Humboldt State University in 1972 and since then has worked as a county agricultural inspector in California. During this time he has collected, photographed, and identified thousands of insects of the Pacific Northwest and maintained a database of hundreds of insect species. He is co-author the Timber Press field guide Insects of the Northwest. He is also an avid gardener and will combine his knowledge of entomology and gardening for the first presentation of the day.

- Dr. Matt Johnson, HSU Wildlife Deptartment Chair, "Rodents and Raptors of Coastal Grassland"
Dr. Johnson is the current chair the HSU's highly-regarded Wildlife Department. He specializes in ornithology, wildlife habitat relationships, habitat selection, ecology and conservation of migratory songbirds, and tropical wildlife ecology. His presentation will enlighten us on the interactions of the birds and their prey that catch our eyes every day.

- Dr. Morgan Varner, HSU professor, Director of Wildland Fire Lab, "The Importance of Native Fires"
Dr. Varner directs the Wildland Fire Lab at HSU, a one-of-a-kind facility that draws researchers and students from throughout the nation. His research is a mixture of field, laboratory, and modeling research. His field sites are located in the nearby Klamath Mountains, Coast Ranges, and Sierras, and in the southeastern United States in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina. His courses at HSU include Introduction to Wildland Fire Ecology, Fire Behavior & Use, Wildland Fuels Management, and Research Methods in Forestry & Wildland Sciences. Dr. Varner also serves as Associate Editor of the journal Forest Science. He will share with us the story of naturally occurring fires and their critical roles in maintaining ecological balance.

- Dr. Susan Marshall, HSU Professor, Wildlands Soil and Range Management
Dr. Marshall's is a professor at HSU in their popular Foresty and Wildland Resources Department. Her research interests include soil physical properties and implications for plant production and survival, small-scale surface processes in soils, and competition between different plant species in their roots zones and implications for weed control. She will discuss the many important roles soils play in the life within them and above them.

- Eric Nelson, US Fish & Wildlife Services, Manager of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, "Life in the Humboldt Bay Refuge" 
Eric Nelson heads up efforts at the Wildlife Refuge in Loleta. He has worked on some crucial ecological issues such as large-scale control of the invasive eelgrass (Spartina densiflora) in the Humboldt Bay. In his presentation Eric will highlight some of the amazing life that resides throughout the Refuge.
- Eric will be joined for the entirety of the evening by Denise Seeger and the hands-on activity center from the Refuge’s visitor center.

- Beth Werner, Humboldt Baykeeper, "Deep Channels of the Bay" -
Humboldt Baykeeper was launched in 2004 to safeguard our coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of our community thorugh education, scientific research and enforcement of laws to fight pollution. Baykeeper is a program of the Ecological Rights Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to furthering the rights of all people to a clean, healthful, and biologically diverse environment through education and the enforcement of environmental laws. Beth Werner is the director of Baykeeper and she will tell us about some of the amazing life in the deep channels of the Humboldt Bay.

- Andrew Orahoske, EPIC conservation director, "Redwood Forest Ecology"
The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) works to protect and restore ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in Northern California. EPIC uses an integrated, science-based approach, combining public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation. Andrew's extensive track record as an environmental advocate includes work with the Earth Island Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Earthjustice, Western Environmental Law Center, and others. He has also worked as a field biologist in a number of locations, including northern California, Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Jamaica and Venezuela. He has a great presentation in store for us on the ecology of the redwood forests he has fought so hard to protect.

- Rain Ananael, North Coast Environmental Center (NEC) executive director, "Flying Mammals: International Year of the Bat"
Created in 1971, the NEC is an influential non-profit coalition that educates, agitates and litigates on behalf of the environment in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northwestern California. They are the folks who bring us EcoNews. Rain is devoted to advocacy for ecological systems and has a diverse background in ecological field work, including work with listed and endangered species and ecological collaborations with native cultures. Her career and education include: population and community ecology, conservation strategies and watershed biology. The topic of her presentation is one she is intimate with, having done her graduate research on bats.

- Kim McFarland, HSU Department of Biological Sciences MS Candidate, "Life Under the Sand, the Story of the Dune Silver Bee" 
Kim will speak about her graduate research at HSU under Dr. Mesler on the mating and nesting behavior of Haborpoda miserabilis. With Kim we will learn how an important native pollinator makes a living in the coastal dunes of Humboldt’s coast.

- Brian Dykstra, HSU Department of Biological Sciences MS Candidate, "The Pollination Ecology of the Inside-Out Flower"
Another one of Dr. Mesler's graduate students, the focus of Brian's research is the pollination biology of the yellow inside-out flower, Vancouveria chrysantha, a rare serpentine endemic wildflower. Brian’s love of botany has led from extensive field work to leading walks and talks for the likes Friends of the Dunes and California Native Plant Society. His presentation on ecology of the inside-out flower will shed light on how the serpentine soils of Northern California and Southwestern Oregon help to promote incredible biodiversity.

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