BABS Special March BABS at Fairfield Osborn Preserve, March 31

Bay Area Biosystematists Meeting: Saturday, 31 March, 2012

at Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Sonoma State University

Capturing Biological Diversity at Northern California Nature Preserves

Northern California is a biologically rich environment where many lineages of organisms from diverse origins have come together and have rapidly diversified. It is also a populated region with diverse land uses, an environment-conscious population, and many invasive species that threaten native ecological communities. Environmental change models offer differing predictions about future conditions in the region. Our speakers will describe the coverage of topographic and biological diversity found in the North Coast region, especially in nature preserves. They will also describe current efforts to document long-term changes in the environment.

Program organized by Nathan Rank and Claudia Luke of Sonoma State University.

Speakers:

Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University Nature Preserves– Introduction to topic and speakers.

Lisa Micheli, Pepperwood Preserve– Ground up development of a network to quantify biotic and environmental change in the North Coast region.

Stuart Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation, Think Big, Connect More: The Bay Area Conservation Lands Network.

Schedule and venue:

2:00 – Guided tour of Preserve trails. We will explore ponds and creeks and visit an overlook with chapparal vegetation. We will also observe invertebrate and amphibian diversity in Preserve wetland habitats.

5:30 – Pizza, salad, and beverages at Fairfield Osborn Preserve Education Center (6544 Lichau Road, Penngrove CA) cost approx. $12.

6:30 – talks followed by discussion.

Please email RSVP to Nathan Rank, rank by Sunday Mar 25. Please specify whether you wish to come on the Preserves guided tour at 2:00 or just to the pizza and talks.

For directions, enter the address above into Google Maps or download directions at (http://www.sonoma.edu/preserves/docs/application/osborn_directions.pdf). Parking is free, carpooling encouraged.

All are welcome, members or not. If you want to join the Biosystematists, a venerable yet exceptionally lively group that provides the only inter-institutional seminar/discussion forum addressing evolutionary topics in the Bay Area, visit our website at: http://www.biosystematists.org/ to sign up for our mailing list.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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