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2006 Sagehen Summer Speaker Series: "Exercise your brain this summer!"

Due 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:

  1. Kids welcome!
  2. We will have trash receptacles in the meeting area.
  3. No pets beyond the main gate--no exceptions!
  4. We will have folks to assist you in parking; carpooling is a good thing!
  5. No fires!
  6. 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.

Directions 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

The 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:


June 17


Dr. Amy Horne, Sagehen Creek Field Station

When hiking in the local forests, do you ever wonder about what you see? Who’s 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 came?

"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, we’ll put together all the clues we find to tell the story of Sagehen Creek."

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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.

July 1


Dr. Ben Orlove

"Ethnic cultures & climate change at 6400 feet".

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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.

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July 15


Doug Stoup

"Our Changing World Through The Eyes Of Adventurer Doug Stoup".

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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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July 29


Dr. Rick Karban

"Communication between Plants".

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I have a bachelor’s 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 cicadas.

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.

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August 12


Dr. Art Shimamura

"Muybridge in Motion: Travels in Art, Science, and Murder".

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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]).

Dr. Shimamura 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.

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August 26


Dr. John Battles, UC Berkeley

" SPLATS – What are they? Where did they come from? What might they mean?".

Field trip, 2:30-4:30

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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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Saturday, June 24, 2006: Sagehen Experimental Forest Designation Ceremony

The 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.

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May 5, 2006: "Kid's Climate Change Science Symposium"

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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