Mathias Symposium Program 2016

Mathias Symposium

We invite you to join us for the 2016 Mathias Symposium being held February 26-28 at Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve. NRS Mathias Graduate Student Researchers will speak on trout migration, stream morphology, climate warming impacts, and much more. Join us to celebrate the hard work of these young researchers.

The symposium showcases the work of the NRS’s annual Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant recipients. Grant winners are invited to participate in the weekend-long event held every other year at one of the NRS’s 39 reserves. Begun in 1988, the Mathias grant program has awarded a total of $791,264 to 429 graduate students from the nine general University of California campuses. The symposium is supported by the Kenneth S. Norris Endowment Fund for the California Environment, which was provided to the NRS by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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noon-1:30 pmregistration and lunch
2-4:40 pmGeologic controls on the distribution of gravel patches: bedrock-forced pools in a boulder- and cobble-bedded river
Allison Pfeiffer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Evolution and ecology of partial migration in a Pacific salmonid
Suzanne Kelson, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

The genetic basis of adaptation to climate change in a thermally sensitive ant
Maria Tonione, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

Experimental removal of an introduced pollinator reduces reproductive success of California native clustered tarweed
Annika Nabors, Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, UC San Diego

4:40-6 pm tour of Bodega Marine Laboratory
6-7:15 pmdinner
Long-term trophic level variation in California Current seabirds from 1880-2005
Benjamin Becker, Chief Scientist and Marine Ecologist, Point Reyes National Seashore


8-9 ambreakfast
9-11:50 amUsing historic photographs to document plant species range shifts over 35+ years in the arid Deep Canyon Transect
Sarah Skikne, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Mustard mayhem! Pinning the origin and pathways of a highly invasive species
Daniel Winkler, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Descent to the underworld: climate change opens gap in distribution of American pika in the Sierra Nevada, USA
Joseph Stewart, 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Explaining community assembly processes along the California rocky shore
Laura Elsberry, 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Variation in decomposition rates and the enzymatic constraints of microbial communities across a climate gradient in southern California
Nameer Baker, 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Genetic and environmental drivers for host population persistence vs. die-off in the face of pathogen invasion
Mary Toothman, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara

 noon-1:15 pmlunch
 1:20-2:10 pmCenter vs. edge—spatial variation in demographic responses to climate manipulations
Meagan Oldfather, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Assessing drivers of change in California forests using a comprehensive historical dataset
Kelly Easterday, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

 2:10-4 pm tour of Bodega Marine Reserve
 6-7:15 pm dinner
Ecological processes in a changing environment: perspectives from the past
Jessica Blois, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced


8-9 am breakfast
9-11 am

Sedimentary record of recent flood events from Sauces Canyon, Santa Cruz Island, California
Laura Reynolds, Earth Science, UC Santa Barbara

Interactions between salt marsh plants across a latitudinal gradient: the effect of environment and population
Akana Noto, Biological Sciences, UC San Diego

Invasions in the Eel: current status of invasive organisms in the South Fork of the Eel River
Philip Georgakakos, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

How much does phenology matter? An assessment of phenology dynamics in Lasthenia californica
Rachael Olliff, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Career opportunities
Benjamin Becker, Point Reyes National Seashore
Jessica Blois, UC Merced
Michael Hamilton, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, UC Berkeley
Erin Marnocha, UC Natural Reserve System
noon-1:15 pmlunch



Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve

Mathias Symposium