CBC Supported Symposia


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

Sierra Nevada Science Symposium (October 2002)

The CBC and Hastings Reservation organizeda 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.

Ecology and Management of California Grasslands conference (April 2004)

This conference, sponsored by the CBC, brought together perspectives of over 130 people from throughout the many grassland settings in the state to both compare research findings and explore the scientific basis for management decisions. It provided a forum to foster discussion about research needs, and improve communication and collaboration both among scientists and between scientists and managers.

The conference featured over 30 oral presentations, 16 posters, and four panel discussion sessions on such topics as grazing, soils/nutrient cycling, community ecology/grassland invasibility, restoration, and genetics.

History of California Seminar Series (Fall 2004)

The aims of the seminar series are to bring faculty and other interested locals together in an informal setting to overview and exchange ideas on all aspects of the history of California so as to identify possible areas for interaction between researchers, to identify possible gaps in our knowledge and to identify useful areas for review papers etc.

  • Planning meeting (attendance 8)
  • Connie Millar from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station in Albany led the first meeting on 'Plant and Environmental History in the Sierra Nevada' at 6pm on Weds. Oct 20 in 2063 VLSB on the Berkeley Campus (attendance = 16). A follow up discussion was held on 11-10-04
  • Kent Lightfoot spoke on Dec 1 on Long-Term Human Interactions with the California Environment, with a more focused view on the greater San Francisco. A follow up discussion was held on 12-8-04

Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force Meeting - California-Nevada Working Group (January 2005)

This annual meeting was held on the Berkeley campus in 2005 and room and refreshment expenses were provided by CBC allowing the meeting to be a free event for all participants. The meeting attracted 120 participants, principally from California, and from both academic institutions and state agencies. There were keynote speeches from Professors Dave Wake and Tyrone Hayes of the University of California Berkeley, thirty other oral presentations plus a number of poster presentations.