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Sagehen Summer Speaker Series: "Exercise your brain this summer!"
to the success of last summer's inaugural science speaker
series & requests to make this an annual event, we've lined up another
roster of interesting topics. The series begins this summer on June 17 and
runs every other Saturday through the end of August. We pride ourselves on
having the ability to recruit some of the top folks in the country to come and
share their knowledge with the public. This year, some of the dates may also include
an afternoon field trip.
A few requirements:
- Kids welcome!
will have trash receptacles in the meeting area.
- No pets beyond the main
- We will have folks to assist you in parking; carpooling
is a good thing!
- No fires!
- Folks with special access needs are
asked to contact the station several
days in advance so that we can make arrangements to accomodate these needs.
to the station are available here, or download a printable information sheet
Map and directions (286K). 11-30-02
Information Sheet (323K). 5-20-03
station opens to the public at 4:30pm (2:30 for field trips). We invite you to
come in and bring a picnic dinner. The talks begin at 6:00pm & run until around
8:00pm. The following speakers are scheduled:
|Dr. Amy Horne, Sagehen Creek Field Station|
hiking in the local forests, do you ever wonder about what you see? Whos
making these burrows? Why did these trees die? Who left this scrap of metal and
what were they doing here? What did the forest look like when the first Europeans
"Come be a forest detective with other scientists
from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday June 17th. At the 6 p.m. evening talk, well
put together all the clues we find to tell the story of Sagehen Creek."
Amy Horne was Research Director of the Sierra Business Council from
1998-2004, during which time she produced two editions of the nationally acclaimed
Sierra Nevada Wealth Index and Investing for Prosperity, a comprehensive guide
to rural economic development. In October 2003, she was appointed to the Lahontan
Regional Water Quality Control Board. Amy has a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From the University of Wisconsin,
she has a B.A. in economics and a Masters in Public Administration. Amy worked
for the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest Research Station, where she
wrote the Economic Assessment for the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management
Project and many other papers about forest policy, recreation and management.
cultures & climate change at 6400 feet".
My current anthropology research focuses on climate. I am particularly
interested in the "human dimensions of inter-annual climate variability,"
especially the ways how people cope with El Niño events. I study such topics
as traditional forms of forecasting among peasant and indigenous people; the use
of forecasts in modern societies; and the influence of globalization on current
responses to climate variability. In addition to my faculty appointment at UC
Davis, I am also an adjunct senior research scientist at the International Research
Institute for Climate Prediction at Columbia University. I also edit an anthropology
journal, Current Anthropology.
Changing World Through The Eyes Of Adventurer Doug Stoup".
Adventurer, Expedition Leader, Filmmaker, Climber, Ski and Snowboard
Mountaineer, Educator, husband and father.
Doug Stoup has skied to both
the North and South Poles. He has climbed some of the highest mountain peaks and
traveled around the world. From the first ski and snowboard descent of the highest
peak in Antarctica (Vinson Massif), to becoming the first American male to ski
to the Geographical South Pole, he's experienced the beauty and mystery of nature
up close, while exploring the most remote regions of the planet.
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I have a bachelors
degree from Haverford College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. My
thesis project was an attempt to understand the population dynamics of 17-year
Since 1982, I have been a professor at UC Davis, teaching ecology,
population biology and entomology. I have been primarily interested in responses
of plants to attacks by herbivores. What changes in plants and do those changes
reduce herbivore populations? I have worked on communication between sagebrush
plants in the Eastern Sierra for the past ten summers.
in Motion: Travels in Art, Science, and Murder".
Arthur P. Shimamura, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, studies
human memory and cognition from a biological perspective. His research includes
studies of patients with neurological disorders and techniques to image brain
activity (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]).
is author or co-author of over 100 publications, was the recipient of the 1996
Division of Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, and has been Scientific
Advisor for the San Francisco Exploratorium Science Museum.
John Battles, UC Berkeley|
SPLATS What are they? Where did they come from? What might they mean?".
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Nearly a century of fire
management in the Sierra has had the unintended consequence of placing millions
of hectares of forest at risk of catastrophic fire. This regional assessment of
fire hazard and fuel loads is reflected in the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment,
in which modifying wildland fire behavior is a management priority. The preferred
alternative is to apply strategic fuel management at the landscape level. The
approach is based on the theoretical demonstration that disconnected fuel treatment
patches that overlap in the direction of the head fire spread reduce the overall
rate and intensity of the fire. Simulations have shown that with as little as
30% of the area in these strategically placed area treatments (SPLATs), fire risk
can be decreased for the entire landscape. Despite the sound theoretical underpinning
of strategic fuel treatments, there is uncertainty regarding their efficacy in
modifying fire behavior and concern regarding potential impacts on forest health,
wildlife and water resources. As part of a team of University of California researchers,
we have been working for the last year to develop an effective approach to help
answer these pressing questions.
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June 24, 2006: Sagehen Experimental Forest Designation Ceremony
USDA Forest Service and University of California, Berkeley announced the designation
of the Sagehen Experimental Forest under the administration of the USDA Forest
Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and the Tahoe National Forest.
Sagehen Creek Field Station will host the invitation-only
designation ceremony. More information.
May 5, 2006: "Kid's Climate Change Science
The Tahoe Truckee Regional Education
Coalition is planning a "Youth Symposium on Climate Change" for May
5 at the school. For more information, contact Jan
Ellis, project director for Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships. TTREC
is a partnership between the school district, NGOs & agencies that work together
on improving local education.
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