Public Symposium:  14 September 2015   (REGISTER HERE)

Closed Workshop: 15-16 September 2015



Monday September 14, 2015.  Open to the public, registration opens on August 4th.

A Special Photo Exhibition Will Be Displayed in the David Brower Entrance Gallery During the Event: 
Nepal, Then and Now, by photographer, writer, and conservation activist Kashish Das Shrestha. Over the years Kashish has used his work as a photographer to fund his research on contemporary environment issues and advise on sustainable development policies in Nepal.

Welcome and Overview

8:00-8:10  Anthony Barnosky/Elizabeth Hadly/Jussi Eronen: Welcome and Overview
8:10-8:15  Charles Marshall. Welcome from UCMP & BIGCB

Session 1. The Conservation Landscape

Session Chair: Anthony Barnosky
8:15-8:30  Lynn Stegner. A Capacity for Hope
8:30-8:45  Justin Brashares. Conservation Opportunities
8:45-9:00  Elizabeth A. Hadly. What’s Left to Save?

Keynote speakers

9:00-9:15    KEYNOTE 1: Ken Alex (Director, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research). Better Policy Though Science?

Coffee Break 9:15-9:45   

9:45-10:00  KEYNOTE 2: Nils Chr. Stenseth. Where Paleobiology Meets Conservation Biology

Session 2. Responding to Global Change

Session Chair: Katie Solari
10:00-10:15 Steve Jackson. Conserving Nature in a World of Change
10:15-10:30 Patrick Gonzalez. Climate Change in National Parks
10:30-10:45 Kashish Das Shrestha. Science, Conservation, and Policy in the New Nepal

Session 3. The Interplay of Science and Policy (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Elizabeth Hadly
10:45-11:30   Holly Doremus (Environmental Law)
                        Eric Biber (Environmental Law)
                        Ken Alex (California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research)

LUNCH 11:30 - 12:30

Session 4. Defining Conservation Goals: Some Regional Perspectives (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Emily Lindsey
12:30-1:15  Claire Kremen: Land sparing and sharing
                     Carsten Nowak: Europe
                     Zhibin Zhang: China
                     Gerardo Ceballos: Mexico/Latin America

Session 5. Conservation Paleobiology

Session Chair: Cindy Looy
1:15-1:30  Mikael Fortelius. A Common Metric for Assessing Past and Present Biomes
1:30-1:45  Paul Koch. Ecological Networks
1:45-2:00  Michelle Lawing. Ataxic Indicators of Ecosystem Structure and Function
2:00-2:15  Allison Stegner. Paleoecology for Land Management

Session 6. A Role for Ataxic Metrics in Conservation Planning? (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Anthony Barnosky
2:15-3:00     Chase Mendenhall. Working Landscapes
                       P. David Polly / Jason Head. Paleobiology
                      Thomas Hickler. Biodiversity Dynamics
                      Alexis Mychajliw. Islands

BREAK  3:00 - 3:30

Session 7. Designing Nature

Session Chair: Edward Davis
3:30-3:45     Jessica Hellmann. Managed Relocation
3:45-4:00     Rodolfo Dirzo. Defaunation
4:00-4:15     Uma Ramakrishnan. Is genetic data relevant to species conservation?
4:15-4:30     Melissa Kemp. Island Systems

Session 8. Ecological Baselines for Decision Making (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Harry Greene
4:30-5:15     Jessica Blois. Ecology and Paleobiology
                     David Ackerly. Ecology
                     Jussi Eronen. Paleobiology

5:15-5:30    Closing Remarks.  Harry Greene


September 15-16, 2015.  Closed session.  Details will be emailed to invited participants.

Workshop Delegates

  1. David Ackerly (Professor of Integrative Biology, Co-Director Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, UC Berkeley)
  2. Ken Alex (Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Director of the Office of Planning and Research)
  3. Anthony Barnosky (Professor of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology. UC Berkeley)
  4. Eric Biber (Professsor of Law, specialty in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, UC Berkeley Law School)
  5. Jessica Blois (Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, UC Merced)
  6. Justin Brashares (Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley)
  7. Gerardo Ceballos (Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, Mexico)
  8. Edward Davis (Assistant Professor and Curator, University of Oregon)
  9. Greg Dietl (Director of Collections, Paleontological Research Institution)
  10. Rodolfo Dirzo (Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Director of Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University)
  11. Holly Doremus (James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation; Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment; Director, Environmental Law Program)
  12. Jussi Eronen (Marie Curie Fellow at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  13. Mikael Fortelius (Professor of Evolutionary Palaeontology and Group Leader, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helskinki, Finland)
  14. Patrick Gonzalez (Principal Climate Change Scientist, US National Park Service)
  15. Harry Greene (Professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Faculty Curator of Herpetology, Cornell University)
  16. Elizabeth A. Hadly (Paul S. and Billie Achilles Chair of Environmental Biology and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research, Stanford University)
  17. Jason Head (Associate Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska)
  18. Jessica Hellmann (Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN)
  19. Thomas Hickler (Professor of Biogeography, Goethe-University Frankfurt and Head of Data and Modeling Center & Knowledge Transfer and Social-Ecological Dimensions, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  20. Stephen Jackson (Director, U.S. Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey and University of Arizona)
  21. Melissa Kemp (Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University)
  22. Paul Koch (Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences, UC Santa Cruz)
  23. Claire Kremen (Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley)
  24. Michelle Lawing (Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Texas A & M University).
  25. Emily Lindsey (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley)
  26. Cindy Looy (Assistant Professor of Paleobotany, Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley)
  27. Charles Marshall (Director, UC Museum of Paleontology and Co-Director, Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, UC Berkeley)
  28. Chase Mendenhall (Center for Conservation Biology Manager & Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Stanford University)
  29. Andreas Mulch (Professor of Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironmental Dynamics, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Vice-Director of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  30. Alexis Mychajliw (Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University)
  31. Carsten Nowak (Head of Conservation Genetics, Department of River Ecology and Conservation, Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  32. P. David Polly (Professor of Geological Sciences and Curator of Paleontology, Indiana University)
  33. Uma Ramakrishnan (Professor, Conservation Genetics, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India)
  34. Jan Schnitzler (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  35. Kashish Das Shrestha (Advisor to Nepal Parliament and Policy Analyst, Founder and Director of the City Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal)
  36. Lynn Stegner (Award-winning creative writer, San Francisco; contributor to the anthology West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West)
  37. M. Allison Stegner (Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley)
  38. Nils Chr. Stenseth (Professor of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway, and Head of Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Chief Scientist at Norwegian Institute of Marine Research)
  39. Marvalee Wake (Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley)
  40. Zhibin Zhang (Professor of Ecology and Past Director of the Institute of Zoology and Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)