About the Conference
The First Conference on Siskiyou Ecology, held in 1997, drew more than 300 people interested and involved in the study of the Siskiyou bioregion. Enthusiasm generated by the original conference conceived the Siskiyou Field Institute which has blossomed into a year round education facility at the Deer Creek Center. Expanding the focus of the past conferences, the Third Conference on Klamath-Siskiyou Ecology: "Sustaining Biodiversity in a Changing Environment” will address a broad spectrum of topics including (1) forest ecology and management, (2) watersheds, rivers, and fish, (3) wildlife ecology, (4) endemic and sensitive species, (5) forest pathogens and invasive species, and (6) hidden diversity ("small things that run the world").
The goals of the conference are to:
- Provide a forum to share the latest research about environmental change.
- Bring together scientists, researchers and the general public to foster dialog about current ecological themes in the Klamath-Siskiyou region.
- Increase awareness of the ecological significance of the Klamath-Siskiyou region and its conservation while facilitating large-scale community involvement in all aspects of Klamath-Siskiyou ecology.
The conference will include more than 30 presentations related to ecological changes in the Klamath-Sikiyou region. Presenters include: Dr. Susan Harrison, University of California Davis; Frank Lang, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Southern Oregon University; Dominick Della Sala, Executive Director of National Center for Conservation. Additional speakers will address Past, Present and Future Regeneration Themes, Climatic Conservation Planning, Climatic Stream Flow Changes and the aftermath of High Intensity Fire.
The conference will include oral presentations and a poster session, as well as field trips. Field trips will include tours of the Biscuit Fire, Darlingtonia Fens and other serpentine areas, and more.
Dr. Susan Harrison, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis will deliver the keynote address
Revisiting Robert Whittaker: Botanical Responses to Climate Change in the Klamath-Siskiyous
Dr. Harrison will address the influence of past and future climate change on biodiversity in the Siskiyou Mountains based on re-sampling of vegetation transects that Robert Whittaker studied in 1949-51.
Hosted by Deer Creek Center for Field Research and Education, the conference is co-sponsored by the Siskiyou Field Institute, Southern Oregon University Biology Department, National Park Service Klamath Network, National Center for Conservation Science and Policy, Klamath Bird Observatory, Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon, The Nature Conservancy, Jefferson Fish Society, and Siskiyou Project.
For further information, please contact:
Andrew Englehorn, at the Siskiyou Field Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-597-8530)
Michael Parker at Southern Oregon University (email@example.com; 541-552-6796)