8:30 – 9:00


Outside of Lane History Building (Bldg. 200)

9:00 – 9:15

Opening Remarks

Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo

Room 2 (downstairs)

9:15 – 10:30

Concurrent Session I

Room 2

Room 205 (second floor)

10:30 – 10:40


Coffee break

Main Lobby

10:40 – 11:55

Concurrent Session II

Room 2

Room 205

11:55 – 12:45


Wooded area across Serra Mall

12:45 – 1:45

Keynote Address I

Trophic Cascades: the new paradigm of conservation biology

Dr. John Terborgh

Room 2

1:45 – 3:05

Poster Session

Outside entrance to Lane History Corner

3:05 – 4:20

Concurrent Session III

Room 2

4:20 – 4:30

Coffee Break

Main lobby

4:30 – 5:30

Keynote Address II

Conservation for the 99%

Dr. Peter M. Kareiva

Dr. Michelle Marvier

Room 2

5:45 – 7:00

Reception at the Treehouse

459 Lagunita Dr., Stanford CA 94305


Session I

9:15 – 10:30

California Ecosystems I

Aquatic, Marine, and Wetland Ecology


Room 2

Room 205 (second floor)


Curbing biotic homogenization through restoration

Lauren Ponisio, UC Berkeley


The ecological signature of the ‘Sixth Extinction’ and oceanographic implications for the selective loss of large pelagic fish

Noel A. Heim, Stanford



The drivers and consequences of masting in California oaks

Mario B. Pesendorfer, Cornell


Non-native plant invasion in coastal salt marshes impacted by drought

Megan Kelso, UC Davis


Investigating the impacts of human-induced activity shifts in mesocarnivores in dietary composition

Justine A. Smith, UC Santa Cruz

What is more important to seagrass conservation: marine or terrestrial protection? An archipelago wide demonstration of land to sea impacts on seagrass meadows

T.E. Angela Quiros, UC Santa Cruz


Artificially constructed ephemeral wetlands as a proactive conservation and research tool for California tiger salamander

Esther Cole, Stanford

Attraction by olfaction: the role of a keystone odorant in plastic debris ingestion by marine wildlife

Matthew Savoca, UC Davis


Central Valley Flood System Conservation Strategy

Debra Bishop, H.T. Harvey & Associates

High vulnerability of reef shark populations to small-scale shark fisheries in the central Pacific Ocean

Timothy White, Stanford



Session II

10:40 – 11:55

Land Use Change and Spatial Ecology

California Ecosystems II


Room 2

Room 205


Title TBA

Chase Mendenhall, Stanford

From the pages of Conservation Biology to a Habitat Conservation Plan

Stuart B. Weiss, Creekside Science



Rescues & Rails: Testing the validity of inferences about metapopulation dynamics from occupancy surveys

Nathan Van Schmidt, UC Berkeley

Spreading seeds on rising tides: seed dispersal and vegetation development in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

Dylan Chapple, UC Berkeley


Assessing the importance of land use on species distribution model accuracy for gray foxes

Morgan Gray, UC Berkeley

Vineyard expansion influence on California’s oak woodland birds

Andrés Muñoz-Sáez, UC Berkeley


Are humans creating a more nocturnal world?

Kaitlyn Gaynor, UC Berkeley

Pyrodiversity Increases β-Diversity Across Forest Ecosystems

Lindsay T. Cook, UC Berkeley


Resilience-Based Spatial Prioritization of Tropical Fauna

Rebecca Brunner, UC Berkeley

Reduced survival of the California red-legged frog larvae from populations co-occurring with introduced bullfrogs

Rachel Anderson, UC Davis





Session III

3:05 – 4:20

Management and Agriculture

Disturbance and Disease


Room 2

Room 205


Habitat models to reduce bycatch in the California Drift Gillnet fishery

Julia Mason, Stanford


Threatened woody flora as ecological indicator of large herbivore introductions

Ramon Perea, Stanford



Subsidy cascades triggered by palm oil devastate tropical rainforests

Matthew S. Luskin, UC Berkeley

Impacts of Habitat Degradation and Environmental Variability on Extinction

Diana Rypkema, Stanford


Spatial and Temporal Response of 10 Species of Mammals to Human Recreation in Protected Areas in the San Francisco Bay Ecoregion

Michelle Reilly, Northern Arizona University

Forest regeneration dynamics following compounded disturbances: wildfire and Sudden Oak Death alter seedling recruitment, mortality, and growth

Allison Simler, UC Davis


Genetic assessments for conservation of the endangered Black Lion Tamarin

Patricia Domingues de Freitas, Stanford

Comparative transcriptomics of two amphibian host species exposed to the emerging fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Evan Eskew, UC Davis


Soundscape recording and automated analysis as a scalable conservation monitoring tool for seabirds

Abraham Borker, UC Santa Cruz

Baby, it’s cold outside: the collective foraging activity of Argentine ant winter aggregations in northern California

Ben Burford, Stanford