CBC Supported Projects in 2002

UC Museum of Paleontology Short Course (March 2002)

CBC was a cosponsor of a UCMP short course entitled 'Back to the future: the history of San Francisco Bay'. CBC members were also involved in lectures and topics discussed included:

  • Geological forces that continue to shape the Bay.
  • The results of sea level fluctuations through the ice ages.
  • The ecology of the Bay and what it takes to survive in such a fluctuating environment.
  • Major impacts on the Bay - the human invasion and 'other' invasive species.
  • The future of the San Francisco Bay.

Hastings Natural History Reserve Retreat (May 2002)

Attended by faculty and researchers in Integrative Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Anthropology/Archaeology, and Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Attendees made brief presentations of their own work and discussed plans for collaborations that could be fostered by the CBC. This retreat, and the April 2001 UC Botanicla Garden Retreat have launched several collaborative proposals for both research and educational initiatives, as well as ongoing plans for scientific and teaching partnerships (e.g., the Environmental Education to the Luce Foundation).

Angelo Coast Range Reserve Retreat (August 2002)

A weekend field trip to the Angelo Coast Range Reserve to welcome and orient new graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology at Berkeley.

California Science Teachers Association Lecture (October 2002)

In San Francisco on October 27, 2002, Director Mary Power was a speaker and panelist at the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), organized by Senior Analyst Judy Scotchmoor of the U.C. Museum of Paleontology. The presentation was part of a professional development program for teachers entitled, "Earth's History and the Nature of Science." Director Power highlighted opportunities for high school students to engage in field research at Berkeley's Natural History field stations, showed slides of student and faculty projects at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, and discussed their relevance to citizens' choices about land use and water allocation in California.

Sierra Nevada Science Symposium (October 2002)

The CBC and Hastings Reservation organized a special conferences in celebration of the Sagehen Field Stations 50th Anniversary, the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. CBC was one of a number of symposium conveners who provided financial and logistical support for the 2002 Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. The topic of the Symposium was 'Science for Management and Conservation'. CBC affiliates from UC Berkeley (Craig Moritz, MVZ Director, chaired a session, Jeff Brown, Sagehen Manager, hosted a field trip to his reserve) were well represented presenting 6 talks, chairing 3 sessions and presenting 18 posters. The main success of the conference was in bringing together people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines that shared a common goal: management and conservation of the various Sierra Nevada ecosystems. Representatives of state and federal government agencies and those working within universities were about equally represented as were academic scientists and those more closely involved with management issues.

EcoInformatics Workshop (October 2002)

The CBC sponsored an EcoInformatics Workshop for data managers, students and faculty on October 28, 2002. The presenters were Dr. William Michener, Associate Director (Special Projects) of the Long Term Ecological Research Network Office at the University of New Mexico and former Program Director of Ecology in the Division of Biological Sciences at the NSF, and Dr. James Brunt, Associate Director (Information Management) of the Long Term Ecological Research Network Office at the University of New Mexico. They updated the growing environmental informatics group at Berkeley on new initiatives and national standards being developed for ecological informatics. These include the Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge (SEEK), the Partnership for Biodiversity Informatics (PBI), and the Knowledge Network for BioComplexity (KNB). The follow up workshop, where hands on training in some informatics and database management was offered, was attended by graduate students, postdocs, informatics staff, and faculty from the Berkeley departments of Integrative Biology, Environmental Policy, Science and Management, Geography, Energy and Resources Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Jepson Herbarium, the U.C. Herbarium, the Essig Museum of Entomology, the U.C. White Mountain Research Station, San Francisco State University, the Berkeley Forest Research stations, the U.C. Botanical Garden, the U.C. Museum of Paelontology, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, the Center for Stable Isotpoe Biogeochemistry, and the new NSF Science and Technology Center, the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics.