February 20, 2018

9 AM—Arrivals and registration

9:30 AM—Welcome and Opening Remarks from Dr. Michael Soulé

10:15 AM—Break

10:30 AM—Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session A—Emerging threats to biodiversity: Featuring emerging threats to biodiversity and potential solutions, this session will largely focus on invasive species. Experts will present information on the impact of pollution on native shrublands, effects of Shot Hole Borer and Fusarium Dieback in native ecosystems, ecological consequences of European Honeybees in native ecosystems, and practical experience in regional open space management. Profiles.

Session B—Genomics and Conservation: Advances in next-generation sequencing and genomics analysis aren’t just for the biotech industry. This session features experts who apply the latest technology to real world conservation issues. The panel will present case studies on species delineation of endangered species, environmental disruption in the Channel Islands, local applications of conservation genomics, and how paleogenomics informs present day conservation. Profiles.

12 PMLunch (box lunch provided)

1:15–2:45 PM—Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session C—Conservation Stories of Success and Struggle: The name says it all for this session. In particular, the session will highlight the plight of the vaquita, the role of natural history museums in reviving “extinct” species, the impact of climate change on conservation planning for endangered species, and the ecological impacts of argentine ant eradication efforts in the Channel Islands. Profiles.

Session D—Biodiversity and Landscape: This session will focus on how landscape level processes impact local biodiversity. Experts will speak about trends in fire activity in aridland ecosystems, the drivers of bird species turnover in Southern California, the impact of habitat fragmentation on native bee diversity, and binational efforts to restore habitat connectivity in the borderlands of the southwest. Profiles.

2:45 PM—Break

3-3:30 PM—Closing remarks

Please note: There will be a Nat Talk later in the evening, which is a separately ticketed event. Learn more.