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October 2016
Gage Dayton at Younger Lagoon Reserve

UCSC NRS director appointed to endowed chair

Gage Dayton, director of the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves, has been appointed to the Wilton W. Webster Jr. Presidential Chair for the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves. The endowed chair was established in 2015 with a $500,000 gift from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation and matching funds from the UC Regents. Read more >>

The frogs are all right

After decades of decline, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs are jumping back into the game. A new analysis of frog surveys in Yosemite National Park by Roland Knapp of the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab and colleagues finds that the frog is making a comeback in the mountain lakes where it was common twenty years ago. The chytrid fungus decimating amphibians around the world did not spare park frogs. But experiments suggest frog populations not extirpated by the disease have emerged with resistance. Read more >> 

World Conservation Congress

Conservationists from more than 184 countries met in Hawaii to share ideas, get inspired, and pass international resolutions to keep our globe healthy for both people and wildlife. Held in the United States for the first time, the World Conservation Congress attracted more than 9,000 attendees to the island of Oahu. The NRS was there to showcase its participation in global conservation programs. The plight of island nations and species facing climate change, the establishment of the world's largest marine reserve in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and the need to set aside far more of the world's oceans for conservation were a few of the major themes explored at the conference. The conference can already claim one notable success: the resolution to halt trafficking of a scaly mammal called the pangolin has already led to an international ban on the pangolin trade.

"One canoe, one island, one planet"
Chanted blessings, traditional Hawaiian hula, and the gathering of thousands of attendees kicked off the spectacular opening ceremonies.

A conservation emergency
Leaders ranging from Sylvia Earle to EO Wilson to the Prime Minister of Tuvalu call for action at this planetary tipping point.

Sighted at the conservation crossroads
Scenes of art, experience, and discovery at the congress.

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ReWild Mission Bay 

San Diego has lost virtually all of its original wetlands to development. A coalition of conservationists now seeks to rehabilitate 170 acres of shoreline habitat in the bay. The NRS's Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve will serve as the nucleus of this effort to open up more wetlands to the public via boardwalks and return native marsh plants and waterbirds to disturbed lands. Read more >>


Owens Valley Views

Oct 18  Special Lecture
7 p.m., White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St., Bishop
Geology of the Owens Valley from the Air

Author of the books Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park and Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and the Owens Valley, Allen Glazner is a professor of geology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of California, Glazner has done geological research in the Sierra Nevada and the Mojave Desert since his undergraduate days at Pomona College. He went on to earn his doctorate at UC Los Angeles. Talk will begin promptly at 7 p.m.; seating is limited so please arrive early.

Agave Hill Research

Dotted with the clustered swords of agave plants and spiny columns of barrel cactus, the Agave Hill section of Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center has been a magnet for succulent research for half a century. A large dose of this desert plant science is now at your fingertips. UC Los Angeles professor emeritus Park Nobel has summarized the 113 publications from his research group with a connection to Agave Hill. This may be the largest research digest available for any site in the NRS. Read the summaries >>


Oct. 7  Shore Stations Program Centennial Symposium
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Is 100 years of Scripps Pier temperature and salinity measurements enough?

Daily sea surface temperature and salinity measurements began a century ago in the waters of what is now the NRS's Scripps Coastal Reserve. This record is the longest continuous temperature and salinity time series in the Pacific, and continues to be used in fisheries, coastal, and climate change research. Learn the history and importance of these irreplaceable data at a symposium hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography. RSVP required.


Protecting the Big Sur redwoods: how is climate change a threat
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve
Monterey County Herald

Robot "larvae" deployed at sea by UC Davis researchers
Bodgea Marine Reserve
Daily Democrat

Minion-like sea-bots spy on fragile Pacific ecosystem
Bodgea Marine Reserve
San Francisco Chronicle

In the battle to save frogs, scientists fight fungus with fungus
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory
Southern California Public Radio

Endangered frog rebounding in Yosemite
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory
San Francisco Chronicle
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