9 AM—Arrivals and registration
9:30 AM—Welcome and Opening Remarks from Dr. Rodrigo Medellín
10:30 AM—Morning Concurrent Sessions
Session A—Climate Change Impacts and Biodiversity - Changes to climate can and do affect species’ diversity. Researchers in this session will share impacts on species from past, current, and expected future changes in climate. They will touch on landscape management, change on a geologic scale, plant-pollinator relationships, and the response of Mexican mangroves to climate change. Profiles.
Session B—Achieving better understanding of endemic species, species found in only one place on earth, has critical implications for conservation strategies. Experts on this panel will discuss an exciting new tool for studying biodiversity and endemism, geographic insights from short-range endemics, and implications for identifying conservation priorities. Profiles.
12 PM—Lunch (box lunch provided)
1:15–2:45 PM—Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session C—Public Awareness and Regional Biodiversity – Public support of conservation efforts is crucial for a healthy state of biodiversity. In this session, community engagement professionals will share education and outreach strategies that work to connect people to the natural world through public participation in biodiversity and conservation efforts on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Profiles.
Session D—Restoration and Recovery Strategies – Experts will reflect on their work with species restoration and recovery, sharing stories of conservation challenges and successes. Highlights include relocation of local burrowing owl populations, conservation implications of low genetic variation in Torrey pines, how Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) may affect future reintroductions of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and management of California condors in the Sierra San Pedro Martir range. Profiles.
3-3:30 PM—Closing remarks