2020 Natural Areas Virtual Conference

Explore the Natural Areas Virtual Conference

The 47th Natural Areas Conference, Sierra to Sagebrush: Integrating Management and Stewardship Across Landscapes, is focused on the unique ecological and management dynamics that distinguish the Nevada-California borderlands, the Great Basin and Sierra mountains.  This conference is designed to bring together land and resource managers, scientists, and policy makers to share and discuss creative ideas that cross disciplines, ecosystems, and jurisdictional boundaries. These interactions are critical to solving landscape scale issues in the region.

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Natural Areas Topics We'll be Covering

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Plenary Speakers 



Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His journalism has appeared in publications including Science, National Geographic, and High-Country News, and anthologized in the Best American Science & Nature Writing. His next book, on road ecology, will be published in 2022.

Lenya Quinn-Davidson

Area Fire Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension

Director, Northern CA Prescribed Fire Council 

Lenya Quinn-Davidson is a Fire Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension in the North Coast of California. Lenyas primary focus is on the human connection with fire, and increasing the use of prescribed fire for habitat restoration, invasive species control, and ecosystem and community resiliency. Lenya works on prescribed fire issues at various scales, including locally in Humboldt County, where she works with private landowners to bring fire back as a land management tool; at the state level, where she collaborates on policy and research related to prescribed fire; and nationally, through her work and leadership on prescribed fire training exchanges (TREX). Lenya is passionate about using prescribed fire to inspire and empower people, from rural ranchers to agency leaders to young women pursuing careers in fire management. When shes not out burning, she enjoys ocean fishing, writing, and river rafting with her husband and 6-year old son.

Stephen T Jackson, Ph.D.

Director of the Southwest and South Central Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Adjunct Professor of Geosciences and of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Arizona

Jackson is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science, the Advisory Editorial Board for Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Holocene, and has previously served on editorial boards for Ecology, Ecology Letters, Frontiers in Ecology & Environment, Ecological Monographs, Ecosystems, Journal of Vegetation Science, Diversity & Distributions, Wetlands, and New Phytologist.  He is a past Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program (2006), a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford (2012), and a Scholar in Residence at the Ucross Foundation (2012).  He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009) and the Ecological Society of America (2014).  Jackson was awarded the 2011 George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Medal from the University of Wyoming, and the 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award from the U.S. Geological Survey.  He was listed as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2016, 2017, and 2019. 

Jacksons research has focused on using the past 25,000 years of earth history as a source of natural experiments to explore ecological responses to environmental changes of various kinds, rates, and magnitudes.  His interests also include the history of science, and he has edited two English translations of classic works by Alexander von Humboldt, with a third nearing completion.

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