Please join us as we celebrate and hear about some of the cutting edge research that is being conducted on the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve!
Half Dome-Crescent Arch Room (Housing Area)
8:30 a.m.: Coffee and pastries
8:50 a.m.: Introduction
9-9:20 a.m.: Diet analysis of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) breeding on the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve by Ecologist Joy Stewart, applied technology and science
9:20-9:40 a.m.: Hydrologic monitoring and modeling for management and restoration analysis at Avocet Pond by Anna Fryoff-Hung, master’s student, UC Merced
9:40-10 a.m.: Monitoring soil moisture from unmanned aerial vehicles: Surface soil moisture retrieval using machine learning and multi-spectral images by Samuel Araya, Ph.D. candidate, UC Merced
10-10:20 a.m.: Using environmental DNA to monitor for listed vernal pools fairy shrimp in California by Shannon Kieran, Ph.D. candidate, UC Davis
10:20-10:35 a.m.: Break
10:35-10:55 a.m.: The secret life of vernal pool soils: plant genetic diversity above and below ground by Molly Stephens, assistant project scientist, and Dannise Ruiz-Ramos, postdoctoral researcher, UC Merced
10:55-11:05 a.m.: Soil effects on an endemic vernal pool annual plant, Limnanthes douglasii ssp. rosea (meadowfoam) by Daniel Toews, Ph.D. student, UC Merced
11:05-11:35 a.m.: Conservation genomics of endangered California tiger salamanders by Distinguished Professor Brad Shaffer, UCLA
11:35-12:30 p.m.: Lunch
Please also join us as we head over to enjoy the Environmental Systems seminar in Student Services Building (SSB) 170 for the afternoon.
12:30-2 p.m.: Connecting the dots: Hydrological connectivity between vernal pools and downgradient waters by Professor Mark Rains, University of South Florida
For details, please go to: http://vernalpools.ucmerced.edu/events/merced-vernal-pools-and-grassland....